Just like the last reviewer, this was our first time camping (with a 10 week-old baby to boot) so we decided on this site because it is close to home and seems to have a good reputation.
The people in reception on arrival and departure were first-rate and very friendly and helpful. The site itself is in a beautiful setting nestled up against the lower slopes of Dumyat at the western end of the Ochil hills, so there is no shortage of scenery. The site is located on the A91 between Stirling and Menstrie, so there are plenty of local amenities and tourist attractions, but little within easy walking distance. There is no shop on site but rolls, milk and papers can be ordered from reception.
The layout of the site was a little less than intuitive, however, and I share the previous reviewer's concern that most of the facilities (toilets, showers, laundry, play area) were located very near the entrance to the site. As the main tent area is at the very rear of the site, this meant a good old walk to use any of the facilities. That's no problem during the day, but it's a right old pain at 4am when it's raining.
To be fair, despite their location, the facilities are superb: warm, scrupulously clean and served by a welcoming 24hr radio feed. I should also add that there are points for drinking water, waste water and rubbish/litter provided throughout the site, so you won't have to walk far for those. The play area is small but well-equipped, although some of the apparatus was a little too big for my 4 year-old daughter.
All in all this was a very positive first experience for my family and I and, despite one or two minor niggles, we really enjoyed our stay here. There is a lovely atmosphere at this site and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for families with younger kids.
This is a lovely site spotless toilets, very friendly owners,small shop you can order milk & papers for the morning, what a view of the Ochil hills, you can climb to the top if your fit enough as quite a few did when we were there, there's also a kids play park which the kids seemed to love, the park was also quiet at night no drunken carry on when your trying to sleep, Itís handy for Stirling shops, Castle, Wallace monument and much more, will return soon.
The only thing that annoyed me was having to pay extra to use my canopy, no sides just the roof, thought this was a bit greedy, a few sites seem to be doing this now. Still a nice site for all the family.
As a first time camper I was very nervous but I needn't have been because this site was better than I could have ever expected. The staff were very friendly and I noticed that one of the girls did checks every so often round the park to make sure everything was OK.
The toilets were clean and the play area although probably only suitable for under 10s was of high quality too. The only negative thing I would say is that the play park would have been better situated in the centre rather than at the entrance and then all campers could keep an eye on their children.
I sat with my 8 year old in the park while he played as I was too scared to leave him as it was so close to the entrance. However, that said we all had a great time and met some lovely people. The park wasn't noisy at night (apart from the sheep on the hills)
Would really recommend this site so much so that we plan to go again next weekend.
Another excellent week at Witches Craig. I cannot fault this campsite. It is very central, we left the car at Stirling and took the train to Edinburgh, which took less than an hour. We were only 40 mins from Knockhill racetrack as well.
The facilities are 5*, plentiful hot water and extremely clean. The radio is a nice touch in the toilet blocks too!
A fridge freezer in the laundry room for iceblocks etc £2.40 for a load of washing, which we managed to dry outside as the weather was beautiful, £1 for around 15 mins in the tumble drier.
The staff are very friendly and helpful too.
The dog walk was free from litter and doggy do's and although we didn't have our dog with us this time it was still a pleasure to have a walk every evening.
There is a playpark but our 3 yr old never used it so cant comment on it, but it looked well maintained.
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