Pennyseorach caravan site was its owners’ destiny

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A Yorkshire couple visited Kintyre in 1989 but it took more than a decade before they made it their home.

Linda and Terry Smith from Bradford fell in love with the space when they came to scuba dive and stayed at Southend.

‘From that moment on it was not if but when will we move,’ said Linda.

The perfect opportunity came in 1999, when Pennyseorach farm went on the market, but the time was not quite right.

Five years later, when it was again up for sale, the Smiths took the plunge.

Terry said: ‘When we first came up it was always hard to find places to stay, so we were determined to create somewhere.

‘We have 10 plumbed in and fully certificated statics on the site which are popular from March to October.

‘Our furthest travelled guest this year has been from Malaysia. This week a family party, from Inchinnan, Glasgow, with 17 children, are in residence for their fourth consecutive year.

‘Each year they have an outdoor fancy dress party combined with games in the their outfits,’ added Terry’s wife Linda. ‘I have had a sneaky peek at what goes on and thought it was amazing.’

Jamie MacLachlan, one of the organisers said: ‘We love Pennyseorach because there is no internet, computers or phone signal.

‘When we first came we thought what a brilliant place for a party.

‘The children have to go out and play old-fashioned games, fishing and swimming.

‘We have trophies for the fancy dress and games, including supreme champion and best costume.’

‘Before we leave we will rebook for next year.’