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Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park
38 Mortonhall Gate
Frogston Road East
Lothian   (Browse area)
EH16 6TJ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0131 664 1533

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Pitches: 250
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 93 Reviews
              8/10 from 93 Reviews

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Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Oompsy-daisy 7 reviews from this member

Overall a lovely place to stay. The site is well kept and the on site shop is well stocked. It had fresh bread everyday. If you a larger shop there is a Tesco Express a short car drive away. There were 3 toilet/shower blocks on site. The toilet block nearest to where we stayed was well kept, but with few showers for the size of site.

I would say that the only real draw back about this site was that the pitches were extremely small. We have a large tent, which the campsite knew when we booked. The pitch was that small that the couple next to us were completely hidden by our tent, which we apologized for, but there was no other way to pitch. There was a games room, laundry and a kitchen on site, but as we did not use I cannot comment, they did look clean though. There was a lovely bar/pub on site. It was in an old court yard type thing. Full of character and absolutely beautiful food. I would strongly advise that you BOOK in advanced as there were really busy every evening that we went up there for a drink.

The location of the site is great, close enough to Edinburgh to have a really good explore but far enough away to be peaceful. The bus link that they advertise is really great. It is a cheap way of exploring Edinburgh. The castle is lovely and as are the gardens. There is an old part of Edinburgh and a newer part, both equally lovely.

In the reception/shop they do have the facility to re-freeze your ice blocks, but it is not 100% guaranteed that you will get your own ice blocks back again, as it seemed like a very hap-hazard way of identifying whose blocks are whose.

The site was very large and with no gates etc they do supply 2 security guards at night, more for peace of mind I think.

All the members of staff that worked there were all very helpful.

This site was great but larger pitches woulod have saved on a little embarrassment, and made it a little more comfortable for campers.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Crackerjac 1 review from this member

Stayed at Mortonhall for 3 days whilst visiting Fringe. Very easy to find from the south by road. Good site, loaned electric hook up for 30 deposit. Good facilities, helpful staff, clean facilities, although showers just warm. Regular bus to and from Edinburgh but make sure you ask for Day & Night ticket as although Day ticket same price - 3. 50, this is invalid after twelve midnight and you will need to buy return ticket at 3. (We got caught out) Great value full breakfast till 11. 30 am at Klondyke Garden Centre on way into site for 1. 99. Dear but Ibis Hotel in Edinburgh 229 per night. Say no more Hope to return next year

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: JackieAJ 15 reviews from this member

We have just stayed here for 4 nights at the very start of the Fringe. Yes, the site is very expensive but very convenient for buses into the City which run very frequently from the site road end.

Caravanners and motorhomers beware. If you pay extra for a premium pitch (hardstanding) most of these are very sloping and it can be difficult to 'chock up' and get a level. My advise just stick to the grass pitches?

Site was very busy and shower facilities were stretched, morning and evenings there was a queue. Cleaning could have been more regular as it was peak season.

Handy chuck wagon on the site doing breakfast items for campers from 7. 30am to 11. 30am. Also on site restaurant and bar. Smallish shop not terribly well stocked, mainly essential items.

Morrisons supermarket was within 2 miles and also a Toby carvery within a similar distance the other way.

Lots of children as it was school holidays. Perhaps as it is a large 250 pitch site, an adult only section would be a good idea?

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Talbot 9 reviews from this member

Having just returned from a trip to the Fringe Festival I must agree that this is a great site for visiting the city. Running at max capacity it still felt peaceful and pitches not too crowded. As with the previous reviewer the site does let itself down with it's penny pinching policies. Despite occupying less space than a caravan and car I was charged more for having a motorhome and a car, a quick thinking staff member when I queried this put this additional taxing down to 'extra insurance involved'???? More embarrassing was the reaction of foreign campers when they had to feed a pound in to a slot meter for 15mins of electricity to boil their kettle or heat their meal. Obviously all the local plumbers must be at the Festival as two of the showers are still out of action must to the annoyance of the female campers!

Maybe I've been spoilt after having just returned from touring Eastern Europe at 15euro a night some of which included free wifi and buffet breakfast!, but the Fringe was worth the extra costs.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: AhgdP 8 reviews from this member

In spite of the alarming number of high spec German motor-mansions parked all around our humble, rental vehicle, all manner of camper seemed to fit in nicely at this superbly situated site. It really does have it all, proximity to Edinburgh (a short, regular bus ride away; the helpful staff advised us to get a mega-cheap all day family ticket which also permitted us to use trams- very exciting for the children!) and a surprisingly rural location. The latter is really worth exploring, again, staff gave me some maps of the surrounding countryside where one can walk or cycle for miles with some wonderful views. The site is expensive but the facilities are good and clean. The shower block closest to our pitch had half the showers out of use, which was a little disappointing but others were available a short walk away. My children tell me the playpark was 'awesome' and the site felt safe enough for us to allow them to go and explore and play away from the pitch. We would definitely visit again. The only negative point; given that it was pricey, charging 5 extra for wifi access seemed a bit of a cheek!

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Diogenes3 4 reviews from this member

Any site who has its basics right and does nothing obviously wrong is worth its eight stars, so at five this one must have done something wrong. Well, where do we start.

The site is centrally located near Edinburgh, well-connected by bus, and as such it seems to attract its visitors. Where another site would say 'we're full', Mortonhall decided to open up a 'festival lawn' - others would call it an overflow area - and point us there. Let's just say it is a football field sized lawn divided in marked pitches so small we couldn't even fit our tent in it, with Portaloo cabins as its own facilities, and conclude by mentioning our allocated pitch was some four metres from the Portaloo door. Yes, women really do go to the toilet in groups to hold a chat, even after midnight! It may finally be unfair to judge a site by its pricing, but again we cannot let it go unmentioned that it cost a whopping 166% of the next most expensive site we encountered during our three weeks holiday.

The actual facilities of the campsite we cannot even judge as it is so huge you need a map and compass to navigate it and we chose to just sleep there and head off right afterwards.

OK, so Edinburgh in high season may attract its visitors, and perhaps our expectations were off, but we have also been to Glasgow amidst the Commonwealth Games, and the campsite owner there had both come to better grips with the increased demand and charged significantly less for the pleasure of staying at his site. Score Glasgow 1, Edinburgh 0.

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