We planned on stopping here as part of our Scotland tour and actually passed by it on the outbound journey. First time just driving past and it didn't look so good. Didn't like the area and didn't like the look of the setting so on the return leg we were not looking forward to making the stop. All I can say is that I must have been looking at the wrong thing or had an unknown mental breakdown whilst driving past.
Absolutely top notch site. On arrival you are met by a very well kept and maintained entrance that looks inviting. Pulling up at reception is a marked out area for check in. Good touch that. The reception doubles as the shop which had a good range of essentials at a good price. The staff were very friendly, welcoming, and helpful. We couldn't decide which pitch to choose so they said to have a look around, pick one and let them know! As we were driving around looking, one of the staff passed by (he was doing one of his frequent empty the bins runs), stopped reversed back up and asked if everything was alright and could he help. Excellent customer service.
Once we had chosen the pitch we started to get set up. At this point we were again visited by the same chap who was pointing out which of the facilities to use, where to plug things in and even which way to face to get the best out of the sun!
The site itself is nestled in the valley with fantastic views with a small river running down the edge. You are located near the main road but I can honestly say I never noticed it once. Maybe with the site being slightly lower down and the stone walls around the edge this is enough to dampen any road noise. Going through the site is a pleasure in itself. Grass areas all around, ample sized hard standing pitches with grass areas for tents, plenty of bins, water points, disposal points, etc. There are lots of nice little touches which are easily overlooked to start with. Simple things like we saw what appeared as a little random wooden building, looking inviting with flowers planted / hanging around it. On inspection it turned out to be a chem toilet disposal point! Never before have I been drawn to a toilet point.
The bins were similarly disguised. There has been an awful lot of time and thought gone into the site, from layout and appearance, to location and amount of facilities. The toilet and shower block was of a good size and, in keeping with the rest of the site, was kept very clean and tidy. There was a kids play area that although we didn't directly go and look at, did look very inviting for the younger members. Other nice touches included the several midge machines dotted around. In the centre of the main tent area a picnic table in a covered area was available for use. This gave the facility of having a dry area to use for food prep, I. E. Pack up for the day, or simply a way to get out of the rain should there be any.
From the site there is access to many different walks. A short stroll and you arrive directly in Tyndrum which has a pub serving food and drinks (didn't visit), a cafe serving good quality fish n chip style meals, a small shop and the Green Welly stop which has a shop, petrol station, restaurant and tourist shop. The main shop was fine for stocking up on the usual everyday items and not badly priced. Petrol was at a comparable rate to my normal midland prices, but the tourist part I though was very overpriced. We went in to look for something to take home as a momento but struggled to find anything that I considered to be actually Scottish that wasn't 3 times the price (one tea towel for near a tender? Please. ).
If you haven't got bored by now with my scribblings, to sum up, a fantastic site, very well kept and run, very friendly helpful staff, excellent facilities, sensibly priced, with access to good walking. Congratulations to the staff and owners. You should be used as a guide to all the other sites as how to do it.
I've stayed here with both my young kids on various occasion. Our later visit was the Easter weekend. Where to start, First impression are, fantastic location, followed by a very friendly reception. I had to change my original plans and this was no problems. The site itself is stunning, clean, nice layout. The shop is well stocked and very reasonable priced. The river is an added bonus as our kids played here for ages. The showers, toilets and washing facilities are as good as I've seen. Looking forward to our next visit.
Just back from a long weekend staying at Pine Trees (picked from reading reviews here!)
So glad we stayed here. The drive along the A84/A85 takes you through what must be the best scenery in Scotland. It's a brilliant wee campsite, in a great location, with really good shower and toilet facilities (always perfectly clean). Really friendly staff who couldn't have been more helpful, right from checking-in to saying good-bye and leaving. They had arranged an Easter Family fun day as well - Easter Egg hunt, egg decoration and a sports day
Nice wee shop on site for the essential, but a couple of wee shops (including The Green Welly Stop if you need whisky!), a chippy and pub/hotel only 4/5 mins into Tyndrum if you fancy.
The West Highland Way runs just at the back of the campsite, so a great walk through the woods in both directions. Popular spot for panning for gold as well and you can a hobby kit nearby if you fancy a bash at that.
The double pitches might be a wee bit tight, but we had 2 x big family/6-man tents and got them both on the pitch.
One of the best campsites we've stayed at and we'll definitely be back there again this year
Just spent long week end with friends at this site, and can't praise it highly enough, wardens managed to make sure our two units were next to each other, we were allowed to stay way past the check out time allowing us to enjoy another nice walk and our friends to try their luck panning for gold, all be it the site wasn't too busy, this would change in busy season.
The site is immaculate toilet block is spotless with nice music playing in the back ground, small shop on site, wardens were extremely helpful and friendly and we're always near at hand when needed but never intrusive. Surrounding area is lovely with the West Highland Way running just behind the site and Forrest walks nearby, Green Welly shop and Spar are short walk from the site.
All in all very happy campers and will definitely return very soon to Pine Trees
I would like to expand on my earlier review (an overnight) now we have spent a week at this lovely site.
The site: Pretty, tranquil, well looked-after campsite. As well as the touring and tenting pitches there are hikers huts for hire. Site facilities are immaculate. Pitches are big and have ehu/water at pitch. Some pitches have a point for tv aerial (no reception otherwise unless satellite dish). So if tv is important to you request one of these pitches. The reception/shop sells a few basic items but there is a small shop in the village. The wardens are friendly, helpful and hard-working. A small playpark keeps the children amused.
Off site: Pinetrees is a great base for sightseeing and walking, being on the West Highland Way. There are lovely walks direct from site and within a short drive. Two train stations get you to and from Glasgow, Oban and Fort William, all less than an hour and a half journey. Glencoe is less than half an hour by car and the Trossachs less than an hour.
The area is popular with gold panners, you can buy a basic kit locally if you want to try your luck. You can also walk to the old gold mine - there was talk of reopening the mine a few years ago but it hasn't happened yet.
Chip shop/cafe and dog-friendly pub/hotel in Tyndrum, only a short walk from site. And of course the famous Green Welly shop/cafe is worth a look.
We had a lovely week at Pinetrees. We plan to return.
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