This year we went to Hunters Quay Holiday Village with Sun £9.50 Holidays. This is in Dunoon, Scotland. We went on the August Bank Holiday – which isn’t a Bank Holiday in Scotland. Of course this is our school summer holidays and getting a break away can be rather expensive. Here is information on our experience!
Please note that I received financial compensation for this post.
Price of Hunters Quay Holiday Village with Sun £9.50 Holidays during August
Sun £9.50 Holidays are rarely that these days but can still get you a much more affordable holiday. Especially good if you are worried that there may be a recession. Have to admit my usual advice would be to check how much it would be to book direct first but I didn’t. As it was the summer holidays I figured that I was unlikely to get it any cheaper and was happy with the price.
We paid £250.60 for two adults, two teens for 4 nights – which, as I say, included the Bank Holiday Monday in August. This was £49.50 per person (£198) plus a £3 booking fee, £10 insurance totalling £211 to pay up front to The Sun Holidays. Next were optional entertainment passes (£39.60, £9.90 per person) and linen costs £30 (but we had this removed, took our own and linen was provided anyway). Finally the service charge was free.
Getting to Hunters Quay Holiday Village
My husband drove but it seemed quite straight forward enough to get there following the SatNav. Obviously it will depend on where you are coming from but England up there were no particularly difficult roads that I recall.
There is a ferry to cut out around 46 miles of travelling. Also Hunters Quay Holiday Village offer discounted ferry tickets are available to purchase from the park at least 14 days in advance. We decided that actually we would rather drive round and see a bit more of Scotland’s beautiful scenery. It also wouldn’t have saved much on time.
We also broke our journey up by stopping off at Gretna Green, which none of us had ever visited before. We were going to visit Hadrian’s Wall on the way back but decided to go straight home – a decision we are now very much regretting since the felling of the Sycamore Gap Tree.
Initial Thoughts of Hunters Quay
It was easy to get to and then find our way around once there. There was a great big car park outside reception. Staff were very helpful and friendly. We literally just got there before reception closed, but had rung up prior to this and it wouldn’t have been a problem.
Outside there were coloured letters saying Hunters – which reminded me of a holiday abroad! There was also room to park two cars outside our caravan.
Hunters Quay is a in a great location and has lots of stunning views. It is a great base to go off and explore some of Scotland’s natural beauty. We visited Dunoon itself (by foot to go to the local Morrisons); Glen Massan, Puck’s Glen and Loch Eck.
We went out of season for Scotland and took our food thermos flasks with us. If I am honest I am not totally sure if you could get away with trying to just eat out. The places we were visiting weren’t really near restaurants etc.
Hunters Quay Holiday Village Accommodation
Despite not putting any pets on our application form we were given a call by Hunters Quay Holiday Village to inquire as to whether we were bringing a dog. Due to this we were allocated a 3 bedroom caravan which was kept dog free. Initially our booking had said that we had been allocated a 2 bedroom premium caravan.
It was an amazing caravan. So roomy and in a great location with a spectacular view! With double patio doors on to a large balcony. Here there is a table and chairs. The balcony was large enough to put my hammock up on – as well as going around the side. Plus there’s a gate around the outside of the caravan – to stop any children running off.
It looked really premium and had little touches like pictures on the walls. Of course it also had radiators throughout so it didn’t get cold.
What is Provided in the Caravan
Normally when we go on a Sun £9.50 Holiday there are a few extras I pack – such as mugs, knives, tea towels. It was advertised as being a well equipped kitchen but honestly we have never had one better and really only needed hand soap, towels, a pizza tray, and a clothes airer – off the top of my head.
In the Kitchen
There was a wash pack provided with wash clothes, tea towels, washing up liquid. No hand soap however. There was even toilet roll and a bin bag provided! Of course there is cutlery, and plates, bowls, glasses, cups – the latter being a decent size, no need to bring your own from home! Obviously a Washing up bowl and drainer!
Plus there’s egg cups, teapot, fire extinguisher, jug, kettle, toaster, sharp knife, various types of large spoons, pizza cutter, whisk, scissors, peeler, masher, can opener, and tongs. Also saucepans, frying pan, glass dish, sieve – no pizza trays but we used the grill pan!
Then there’s the iron and ironing board, mop and mop bucket; loads of coat hangers, bins and recycling box! It had a microwave, large fridge freezer, and a dishwasher! Literally all that was missing was a washer dryer!! A lot – I have probably missed some stuff out too!
It also had a fire, television and dining table with four chairs and all the place mats; two sofas with scatter cushions; and a further living room table with storage. In fact there was loads of general storage throughout the caravan. The bedrooms all had plenty of wardrobe/drawer space. Luckily the boys had a room each with two beds each to choose from!
Great lighting throughout, including switches for easy by the beds.
There was a bathroom with shower (again with plenty of storage), shaving plugs and a mirror cabinet; then a further toilet and sink en suite in the master bedroom which had a double bed.
Entertainment at and Around Hunters Quay
We opted to pay for the entertainment passes even though we knew we would probably not use them. Actually I am glad we did because it would all help towards more money going to the park as it really was worth it. If we were short of money though, for us, the passes wouldn’t have been necessary.
Club and Games Room
You didn’t actually need the passes for the club and games room/arcade – but not sure if that’s because it was low season and hardly anyone there. We did pop into both once and bought one drink from the bar – but that was more to do with the fact of why not when we arrived.
There was a great variety of arcade machines, pool and air hockey tables; dart boards and a climbing wall. Obviously these all had an additional cost.
The club had additional entertainment, and we heard a singer briefly before a disco.
The Leisure passes were needed to get in and out of the swimming pool, which three of us used once. We had been swimming at Loch Eck so again not necessary. Not exactly a fun pool for families but was great for me to get a bit more practice for Swim Serpentine. What I will say is that they had an amazing ice shower – wish my local pool had one like that!
They also had a variety of trails, of varying levels. My son and I did the squirrel trail at night – not sure how easy small children would have found it though! It also took us by where there where crafts obviously made by children. Some of them light up in the dark too.
Hunters Quay Holiday Village
Dunoon, Argyll PA23 8HP,