Review: Coalasnacon Caravan and Camping Park

Review: Coalasnacon Caravan and Camping Park

Quite possibly the most beautiful campsite in the world…

When we told people we were going camping in Scotland in July we were met with more than a few raised eyebrows. Didn’t we know about the midges? What were we thinking?! Anyway, being rather stubborn individuals we decided that everyone was just being overdramatic and so we ploughed on regardless.

We left Ullswater and headed north to our next stop, Caolasnacon Caravan and Camping Park between Glencoe and Kinlochleven. We have stayed at some impressive campsites, but this one was really special. Right on the bank of Loch Leven, it was truly beautiful. The owners are incredibly relaxed and we were able to pick our own spot, of course we grabbed a pitch right next to the water.

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The view from our tent


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Looking towards Glencoe


As well as a spectacular setting, this site has some good facilities, including a laundry (handy after being away for over a week), free electric hook ups, wifi and clean showers with plenty of hot water. There is a Co-op at Kinlochleven ( a short drive away) and we frequented a lovely local hostelry (mainly to get away from the midges) just outside Glencoe.

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So what about the midges? Well, we had gone prepared but they were still a massive pain. Luckily the bedroom section of our tent is a separate compartment which can be zipped up so we at least had some respite. That didn’t stop me getting eaten alive, although it definitely hasn’t put me off going to Scotland. It’s such a beautiful country and I’m very keen to go back-I just might treat myself to a B&B next time!

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  • Phoebe @ Lou Messugo Phoebe @ Lou Messugo August 31, at 10:38

    That certainly is a wonderful view from your tent, what a shame about the midges, but while they might be annoying at least they aren’t scary or painful. This summer I did a road trip around Poland and Germany and the wasps were hideously abundant in many places which really wasn’t pleasant – I would often count over 10 wasps on my glass – not fun! #MondayEscapes

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    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker August 31, at 14:21

      Mmm ok wasps are probably worse than midges-they do bite though! The view just about made up for it, even if I couldn’t sit out admiring it as long as I wanted. #MondayEscapes

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  • Absolutely stunning images Lauren! # MondayEscapes

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    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker September 01, at 09:48

      Thanks! It was such a beautiful and tranquil place, I’m not sure the photos do it justice 🙂

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  • Packing my Suitcase Packing my Suitcase September 03, at 06:53

    Looks stunning!! Glad the midges didn’t put you off 😀

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes

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  • Elizabeth Elizabeth November 29, at 08:51

    What a beautiful place to camp! I know what you mean about the midges though – they’re something else, for sure!

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    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker November 29, at 20:27

      It was truly stunning, easily the most beautiful place we’ve ever camped. Sadly with the benefit of hindsight I don’t think we’ll be camping , although I am desperate to head back north of the border.

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  • Kate Jamieson Kate Jamieson November 29, at 12:07

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! I want to head up to Scotland camping in the new year, so will definitely add this to the list!

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    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker November 29, at 20:27

      I cannot recommend this place enough, easily the most stunning place we’ve ever camped.

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  • Jonathan Jonathan November 30, at 19:54

    Gorgeous! I’ll have to keep it in mind when we eventually get up to Scotland again.

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  • Oh WOW! I want to go to that campsite right now! (I have already sent the link to my other half)

    I am using the winter months to try to concoct the most potent (but not too smelly) midge repellent so hopefully if we’re heading that way next year we should be covered… I think I might also spend winter looking at the views from your tent too 😀

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  • M.Barrett M.Barrett December 01, at 11:31

    That certainly is a pretty impressive view! With regards to midges, a lot of people swear by the Avon Skin So Soft stuff. I never have a problem myself, it seems like I’m one of those lucky people who are naturally repulsive to midges. Never have had issues with mosquitos or ticks either.

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  • Suz Suz December 01, at 16:54

    Looks like a great campsite. I have driven past it a few times and always wondered. Avon skin soft is the way forward with midge. I am a midge gourmet meal until I slap that on!

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  • paddlepedalpace paddlepedalpace December 01, at 21:32

    Looks amazing! The campsite on the Outdoor Bloggers trip to Snowdon was very similar in that it was on the edge of a beautiful lake in a valley- it’s a shame you couldn’t come as you would have loved it.

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  • Sally-Jane Sally-Jane January 28, at 10:45

    What a lovely view. I’d love to go to Scotland out of midge season and explore for a few weeks. We travelled back through the Highlands in the day time and was astounded by the beautiful scenery between Fort William and Loch Lomand.

    I get eaten alive by midges, mozzies and more. I swear by Skin so Soft (original) along with a little spray bottle of water and a few drops of citronella oil. The combination have certainly got my bites down from the hundreds to less than 10! Lavender oil sorts out the pain from the bites. But I’d still rather not get bitten!

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  • Squredawaydad Squredawaydad April 25, at 08:30

    Looks amazing. I always take my wife to midge infested places as she tastes much better than me and as a result I tend to get left alone. #adventurecalling

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  • Gareth Gareth April 25, at 08:43

    Looks a great spot, Lauren. Camping in such surroundings is always so good. We always tend to opt for a ‘tent with a view’.

    Scotland is always beautiful, as these images show. Come rain or shine, it is always worth the visit.

    #AdventureCalling

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  • Annabel Annabel April 25, at 10:49

    Wow that’s an impressive looking spot to camp. Camping next to a lake is so lovely. #adventurecalling

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  • Clare Clare April 25, at 16:37

    We had a great trip to Scotland years ago and yes the midges were terrible, we even tried to cover the little air vents in the tent with toothpaste we were so desperate!! But it’s such a stunning place I’d love to go back and this sounds beautiful #AdventureCalling

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  • Lindsey Lindsey April 25, at 20:14

    Gorgeous campsite! I’ve never been to a campsite with laundry before. That sounds nice to have if you are going an extended period. #adventurecalling

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  • Emma Hip2trek Emma Hip2trek April 26, at 10:21

    It looks a fabulous place, despite the midges! I managed to escape them when we went in December but hubby and my youngest still got bitten by something. I still really want to discover more of Scotland. #AdventureCalling

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  • naomi naomi April 26, at 21:14

    wow! we have yet to tackle Scotland, but saving this for later as it looks like such a treat. #adventurecalling

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  • What a view! And some stunning photos too! Pity about the midges though, we get lots of them in Ireland too, I guess that’s good thing about camping in cold weather…
    #Adventurecalling

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  • What a wonderful view! I hate midges. I walked the West Highland Way and the midges at Kinlochleven were the worst! I couldn’t walk quick enough to escape! haha #adventurecalling

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  • This looks like an amazing site, despite the midges. We’re heading up to Scotland a couple of times this year. We have to plan an extra trip now just to stay here. #adventurecalling

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  • Helena Helena May 09, at 09:55

    Ah I dislike midges. I can truly understand why you would plump for a B&B next time #adventurecalling

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