We had a great 4 days at Dalraddy during the October Break. This is our second time here and won't be the last.
The site is well situated within easy driving distance of the folk museum, highland wildlife park and the Cairngorrm mountain railway. Not to mention Aviemore town centre and the Happy Haggis chip shop.
We pretty much use this site as a base so our 2 kids make do with the park on site for when we are setting up or packing up.
The trip to the grey waste disposal can be a bit of a walk.
The toilets are clean and the showers are hot. And free.
The site could do with a few more lights around the pitches and we have found a mover is required with our caravan, although a lighter van may be able to be manoeuvred as the pitches are reasonably level.
The approach to this site is very well signposted, nice wide entrance for towing caravans in and out. Second speed bump beside shop is very harsh. Toilets are in immaculate condition, clean fresh and modern with plenty of hot water. Good pitches although could do with being a little more open ie less tree cover. Shop adequately stocked staff helpful and friendly and open 7 days 9-5. Grey water disposal and fresh water taps would benefit from screw on pieces of hose to aid in filling up and washing out of containers. Small playground for children. If pitched nearer to shops some railway noise may be experienced although didn't bother us too much. Site very convenient for Aviemore with Tesco, various outdoor shops, good chines takeaway by the name of Snow Mountain and Hungry Haggis chip shop but never tried Indian restraint beside it as we considered it way over priced. All in all had a great holiday and would return to this site.
Excellent site, very welcoming, nice warm toilet block and great kids play park fenced in!
Didn't enjoy the smelly portaloo but at least you didn't have to go all the way to the toilet block every time you needed a pee!
Thank you also to the owners for dealing very decisively with the noisy campers from the night before and throwing them off site. We would not have stayed another night after the severe lack of sleep but to see such strong decisions being made and stuck to made us feel more secure.
Here two nights, on 2 different EHU pitches as the site was busy. Whilst camping in a Highland birch wood is atmospheric, we found it frustrating to sit in the cold shade whilst the Cairngorms glowed in the warm sun well into the evening. Motorhomes & caravans are all on hardstandings, dotted in with the private statics & seasonal caravans; there are a mix of fences around people's holiday homes, and TV dishes taped to trees with cables draped around, so it was a bit tatty. Pitch 404 beside the toilet block had two short cuts through it, and we would have asked to move if we hadn't had to anyway, because folk passed within touching distance. Free pulse-type showers, though the one I used was blocked with hair and almost overflowed. There's no on-site dog run: you can use a field if the farmer has no livestock in it. Convenient for the local attractions. But we'll try one of the other sites next time we're passing through.
Absolutely lovely site set within woodland, caravans grouped together down in the main park next to the shop/office and toilet block. Tents dotted around the rest of the site which gives the site character. Showers very clean and plentiful, slight walk to the shower/toilet block but I didn't find it a hindrance, may be more of a pain in bad weather. The only main down side - there's 6 serviced tent pitches, pitch 1 and 2 are directly opposite the portaloos and bin store, which also seems to act as a meeting point, this didn't bother us however the smell was off putting and our view was obscured with the portaloos and bin store. If booking a serviced pitch, I would ask specifically for pitch 3 or above.
We spent a week at Dalraddy at the recommendation of a friend who visits frequently with their caravan.
The site itself is really easy to find, with clear instructions on their website and is within minutes of Aviemore for the usual selection of shops, Tesco etc.
Dalraddy appears to have two distinct locations, with the very busy statics, tourers and cabins in one area, whilst further out is an open tent field with numbered pitches along one end and then a fantastic selection of secluded tent pitches set amongst the trees. We had a very large pitch with EHU and its own water tap and sturdy picnic bench provided, which was really handy for packing the roof box set amongst the trees. You only realised the size of the site when taking a walk around.
The pitch drained very well, as we had frequent spells of rain, which also meant that we could have done with stronger pegs. We have an Outwell, which is fantastic in every way except for the coloured pegs which are useless.
My one gripe about the site is its toilet block which is stated as being updated recently. This houses a laundry, dishwashing area, ladies & gents toilets/ shower areas. This is the only one for the whole site and is simply not enough. It is set in the heart of the caravan area and was about a 10 minute walk from our pitch.
The toilets were cleaned regularly but the floor never looked clean. There was a mop and bucket left out in the gents shower area to use after your shower. Many sites I have visited have squeegees which are better.
The dishwashing area has two sinks poorly laid out in an L shape which means that it is difficult to dry when someone else also uses the other sink. This may seem petty, but the simple solution would be to have the drainer part of each sink turned the other way.
The only other toilets are a set of 4 portaloos on the open tent field. I can only say that I never had the pleasure of using them, but my family did and said that the smell and state of them were disgusting. We only saw them cleaned once in a week which also seems to be the experience of other campers reviews.
We counted 60+ tent pitches not including the tent field and somewhere nearer 300 pitches for statics and tourers meaning regularly around 1000 people on site with one toilet block!
This let down what is otherwise a good site. There was a large playpark for younger children which always looked well used with happy kids, and there are also lots of kids on bikes, scooters etc on the roads so keep your wits about you when travelling around the site.
The area is well known to us and is Central for exploring much of the Highlands. There are a great deal of cycle/ walking tracks which are better maintained than our local roads! We had a lovely walk around Loch an Eileen, ventured up Cairn Gorm for stunning views and had a great day out at Landmark at Carrbridge.
My favourite was Channonry Point though. Treat yourself with a picnic and just sit and watch the dolphins playing in the wild.
We will definitely be back in the Highlands soon, but only visiting Dalraddy to buy some more venison unless the toilet facilities are greatly improved.
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