A fabulous location, perfect for walks and cycling. The Manager was warm and welcoming and gave us lots of local information regarding walks etc. The facilities were excellent, whoever is responsible for cleaning the toilet blocks etc deserves a medal, they were scrupulously clean and a pleasure to use and lovely and warm on a cold day.
After reading the other reviews I would like to address some of their comments:
Yes you can occasionally hear a train on the hill but it does not cause a problem in any way in fact it adds to the atmosphere of the place.
Yes the toilet block is closed for cleaning, that's why they are so clean and surely by 11am you would be up and out !
Yes you can hear the road slightly but this does not cause a problem at all.
I would highly recommend 'The Village Inn' in Arrocour the food was amazing !
Stayed here for 3 nights as part of a tour of this region of Scotland. Despite being the high of the summer holidays the site did not feel cramped though occupancy was reasonably high.
The location is great for Loch Long. I woke most mornings to watch the sunrise and it is beautiful. Next time we, the family, will spend more time exploring the forest paths (injury prevent us this time).
The shower and toilet blocks are a little dated but are nice and clean with excellent showers.
On site highlights:-
A) The views - Stunning
Keep an eye out for the trains on the other side of the Loch.
B) The peace - Oh so quiet
C) The cafe - Nice drinks and snacks, though expect coffee shop rather than greasy spoon prices.
Off site highlights:-
A) Scenery - Easy access to all the local attractions
A) The shower and toilet blocks are a little dated but are nice and clean with excellent showers.
B) The priority seems to be the cabins with the campsite second. I hope the campers aren't forgotten.
An idyllic location, right next to Loch Long. We saw seals, gannets (and heard of dolphins and pilot whales). Peaceful and beautiful. Our children spent many happy hours playing by the loch. The facilities were excellent (toilets, showers, washing up, laundry) and extremely well maintained. The staff were very helpful and the small shop well stocked and reasonably priced.
Our only criticism was that the gravel hardstandings for campervans / motorhomes are very hard and we found it extremely difficult to put our small tent up next to our van. I'd recommend large sturdy tentpegs and a very good mallet.
Excellent area for walking, fishing, canoeing, peace and quiet and getting away from it all. And if you want a bit of urban culture it's only 40 mins to Glasgow.
I'm backing the previous review. We used to stay here as our first Scotland stop when touring and camping. Must have stayed 3 or 4 times.
It's changed a lot. New buildings, including a pizza cafe, which was a sore point - when we arrived, we asked about times and they said they closed at 8pm. So we figured (correctly) that we should be there by 7pm, and after putting up the tent and unpacking, we were there at 6. 50pm - to find the couple in front of us being told that they had stopped taking pizza orders for the evening as they were so busy! Though 'busy' turned out to mean that there were two pizzas in the oven, and two waiting. This news was delivered stroppily and with no apology or acknowledgement of the difficulties this presented.
We were given a choice of sloping, untidy pitches. We chose the flattest, which was untidy (for example, I picked up four used plasters!) and still sloped enough for us be sliding down the tent all night.
The utility block, while well-provisioned, was on a keycode lock! For a rural site this seemed a bit ridiculous - none of the other sites we visited felt the need.
The most serious problem was the water. It wasn't suitable for drinking! Yet the only signs to this effect were on the front desk (we were served away from this so never went near it) and by the washing up area (we didn't cook so didn't use this either). No warnings by the actual, you know, cold water taps! Not in the loos either.
We used to look forward to this site, it's in a fantastic location and used to be really friendly. I'm afraid only the first of these is now true, certainly if you're camping.
Whats happened to this site, campers are being squeezed out, there are only about a dozen tent pitches left on the site. The pitches are terrible, they are on a slope, very small and untidy, and you can not get a electric hook up if you are in a tent. The whole site looks grubby, and its expensive. Toilets are clean but locking them for a hour per day is just one of the crazy rules in this park ( editor's note - how else are they going to clean them!) Most of the staff are tip top, and this used to be a fantastic busy site but it has slipped. I think Forest Holidays have got to get it sorted and fast.
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