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Visitor Reviews - Glenmore Camping In The Forest Site

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Glenmore Camping In The Forest Site
The Cairngorms
Aviemore
Inverness-Shire   (Browse area)
PH22 1QU   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0845 137 633  or  024 7642 3008

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Pitches: 206
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 130 Reviews
              7/10 from 130 Reviews


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Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Slbhill 6 reviews from this member

Firstly the location: brilliant, 10/10. Right on the shore of Loch Morlich (great watersports centre, lovely beach), surrounded by walking / cycling routes of all difficulties, just over the road from the Forestry Commission visitor centre, Youth Hostel (great for dinner), and reindeer centre. Short drive from many other places worth a visit.

I found the staff very welcoming and friendly. The site is quite expensive, but as a Camping & Caravan Club site that's set nationally. We did have a few problems with making and adjusting the booking because it's all done centrally - adding an extra person for a couple of nights took a staff member about 15 minutes of battling the CCC computer system.

The site itself is in two very distinct halves - the 'camping in the forest section, and the open field. The two have very different feels. The open field is like most CCC sites - road runs all round the site, and it is completely open, the pitches are reasonably well spaced and good and flat, but to me the pitches feel quite public. The woodland section is much more private, again the road runs past all the pitches but there are trees and bushes around and in between all the pitches giving it much more privacy. As you'd expect though, except in really good weather, the woodland pitches always seem slightly damp and sometimes dark (that might be a good thing if you're trying to get small children to sleep, of course!) Because of the CCC booking system you can't book a specific pitch, and you may not be able to get into the section of the site you wanted. When we were there this was exacerbated because weeks of rain had left a lot of the site waterlogged and lots of pitches were out of use - I'm told (by staff and regular visitors) that this is a very rare occurrence, usually the site is very well drained!

The toilet blocks are huge and fairly new, and were clean and well stocked. There was a laundry room and a dishwashing room but I was surprised that a site this size had no family bathrooms at all, so be prepared to shower your unwilling toddler without help (come on CCC, surely you can provide some in a place this size!)

There is a playground adjoining the site (I think it belongs to the Forestry Commission rather than the site), more of an obstacle course than a typical playground. My 3 year old loved it but needed help on almost everything, it's really for older kids.

The gate is locked at night so if you're out late be prepared to park over the road (free as long as you display your camping permit). There is a warden on call at all times so presumably in an emergency you could get your car off site.

It is a great location and we may be back for that, but the site itself was a bit big and commercial for my personal taste. Although I'm a member I am starting to feel that the CCC are overdoing the rules - no sleeping in awnings, no gazebos in summer, unwieldy booking systems, paying for day visitors, and so on. That 'hemmed in by rules' feeling rather took the edge off the site for me.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: TheLaird 7 reviews from this member

Hmmmm. 75 for a motorhome for 2 nights: 2 adults and 2 kids. A bit steep.

Got a pitch in the forest at the loch side. Beautiful, quiet and big pitches.

Pine Martin bar at the side of the camp was really good as is Loch Morlich watersports.

Chemical disposal was full so could not use it.

The toilet block (there are 2 but they are big) at our end of the site was closed for cleaning but not at 11:45 as was posted but 10:00. So we had to leave without a shower.

A great site with kids cycling about. Seemed like a European Campsite to be honest.

A superb site let down by the 2 items above and the value for money costs.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Joanne oxley 10 reviews from this member

Stayed here for one night and loved the position. We stayed at the bottom of the park in a sheltered spot beneath the trees and although the pitch was a little dark the position next to the cycle track and just across from a lovely beach and loch was perfect for us. We used our kayak on the loch.

The toilets were clean and modern and the owners seemed friendly( he did mention they had only been there a few months)

We paid 22 for 2 adults which was one of the most expensive ones on our two week holiday.

We didn't use the shops pubs etc nearby but there did appear to be within walking distance.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: McPotatohead 6 reviews from this member

We've been here a dozen or so times so know it good and bad.

Bad - Odd staff in office. 'No' seems to be their favourite word usually before you've finished asking. It may be a franchise but don't forget your customers.

Midges - Avoid the Pines and the stream. Nets otherwise.

Toilets need a through draft esp in morning. It reeks in there!

Pricey for tent'ers.

Good - Everything else. Book out of high season for the best experience. Take your bikes. Gotta try Pizza Riach in Aviemore PH22 1UQ!

Date of Visit: March 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Freecamper 4 reviews from this member

This site is one of the best I have found lots of walking from the site and things to do around locally. We had 3 to 4 inch's of snow the one day and it made it even better and the roads were all clear in an hour or so. The only thing a lot of dogs running around off leads there were lots of signs saying dogs on a lead on site but nobody taking any notice

Date of Visit: March 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Photo4x4 14 reviews from this member

On the afternoon we arrived the weather was appalling it was certainly 'dreich'. Being out of the main season the reception was closed so we found the motorhome grey water disposal and 'serviced' our motorhome by dumping grey and black waste and filling up with fresh water. It is great to be able to drive over the grey water disposal point so good marks for that. We then bumped into one of the wardens who directed us to our pitching area. There was plenty of room for our 7. 5m vehicle on the stone chip hard standing.

The grassed areas were saturated but that is not the fault of the site, there had been a lot of very heavy rain.

Only one of the shower/toilet blocks was open as a section of the site was closed until the main season starts. This was not a problem as the block in the open area was very good indeed. Large, open and airy and very clean and warm. The reception area was open later in the afternoon. I did not check out the washing up and laundry facilities as we did not need to use them but they are a part of the same 'service' block.

The location of the site is fantastic alongside the woods and the loch which has a great sandy beach. This is a fantastic site if you have a canoe or bicycles as there are miles of cycle paths in the forest. It is also only a short distance from Cairngorm for skiers and the mountain railway. It is a great central location for exploring the Cairngorm region.

We will be coming back with our grand children who certainly enjoy the 'beach' and forest walks.

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