As with all of my previous reviews, I will write this from the view of a full time carer for my wheelchair dependent husband.
This is a site we visited many years ago, in the days when MS had not done it's deed with my husband's mobility, so it was interesting to visit again, in a different situation. My first question, on registering was: 'Are there disabled facilities?' The reply was; 'There is a loo but only a tiny handbasin' - those the size of a postage stamp and totally useless to people who have problems with hand movements. The cubicle itself is far too small anyway for a wheelchair/occupant + carer. Also a drop down baby changing mat is in there - do mothers REALLY want to change their little darlings in a poky little cubicle when they have their own 'little home' on site?
The lady who checked me in was understanding towards my annoyance regarding lack of shower for disabled visitors, through personal experience of her own, and offered to make a sign for us so we could temporarily close the ladies' shower block as there are two hand held showers in there. And plenty floor space for a 'chair. We took her up on her offer. The site itself is very well maintained and all pitches are self serviced - I love having a tap and waste water disposal, right outside of our 'van door! Unfortunately some pitches are hardstanding, surfaced with the dreaded gravel, so we opted for grass. Now I learnt that the site had had problems with drainage and we realised, very quickly, that our pitch was becoming waterlogged, after a bout of heavy rain.
We chose to 'shower' my husband, in the afternoon, when the site was quiet. The ladies' shower room would be ideal as a wetroom. Certainly there are showers in there and also a big sink, doubling as a babies bath - all fine, but why is there another handbasin, purely for washing hair in?! What a waste of space!
Callander is only a mile away and a footpath passes by the site, straight into the town. No problem getting there, if you like walking and pushing a 'chair. The town offers various coffee shops - some wheelchair friendly, others not but we found a nice little place with tables and chairs outside. Some shops have steps so don't expect to get a 'chair into every establishment. On the whole we liked this site and would certainly return but PLEASE, would the owners cash in on the wasted space in that shower block and give disabled people the chance to have a proper shower!
PS: We did get off our pitch, with very little problem but it was still very waterlogged, even after a couple of days sunshine.
This is a spacious site, only an hour's tow from Glasgow, and has good facilities and a great children's playpark. The site roads are great for kids on bicycles and there is a small wooded area for dog walking off lead. Toilets and showers are clean and well tended. We were told that we had to put our nosewheel on a 3' x 6' long red marker when we arrived - not sure why that is as the pitches are positively spacious ( and It is probably easier to land a F15 hornet on an aircraft carrier) however we did our best, missed it by 5 inches, and nobody complained - other caravans were equally questionably parked. While we love the premium pitches for grey waste and water connections, once pitched we were so far away from the grey waste drain ( with no gradient) that we just ended up using out wastemaster. The site is full of mature trees - we made the mistake of choosing a pitch under one of them which ( in autumn) meant that there was a constant click, click, click of buds and leaves hitting the caravan roof throughout the evening.
The site has excellent coverage wifi at a reasonable price but we found it awkward to use with our ipad. Tv reception is good, but make sure you're pointing towards Stirling ( fewer channels) than west (100's of channels). The latter had the stronger signal but for some reason kept pixellating. The former ( signal strength was 'poor' on our antennae) gave near perfect reception, although fewer channels. I'm no tv expert and not sure why that would be! The site shop is spacious but they don't carry provisions of any kind ( other than ice cream) - there is however a filling station and Spar shop just a few minutes walk along the main road.
There's free fishing on the river Teith at one end of the site however the water levels were low during our stay and only fly fishing would have been possible ( watch our for overhead power lines). We were pitched at the east side of the site, backing on to a road outside the site boundary that we think went to some farms - there were a number of noisy, very fast, motorbikes ( without silencers) breaking the tranquillity along this and other roads in the vicinity.
Callander is a delightful town approximately 20mins brisk stroll to the west. We took our dogs on a really lovely, easy, flat walk to the impressive Bracklin falls.
All in all a really pleasant long weekend stay, we were most impressed with the spacious, fully serviced, pitches and the mature grounds with well kept grass and good site roads. On our leaving day we had the option of paying £2. 50 or £5. 00 more to stay until either 3pm or 5pm respectively. We feel the site would benefit from a site shop with some basic provisions and we thought our stay was reasonably expensive but we will definitely be back.
Well, a not good start to this one I am afraid. If you have any kind of VW transporter / caravelle / other van based camper please, read on.
We arrived late on on a Friday evening to book a pitch, and were told 'You can't stay here your camper is not factory built'. (We have a very tidy VW T4 that was professionally converted) 'We are not insured to accept them'
Following a discussion about insurance, and build specification we were (begrudgingly) allowed onto the site. - With hindsight having found out there was another campsite only a few miles down the road I probably would have taken my money elsewhere.
The site itself is nice and quiet, with a mixture of hardstanding and grass pitches, some of which will take a bit of effort to get your van level. The toilets and showerblock were clean and pleasant, unfortunately the washing up facilities were pretty mucky and covered in cobwebs.
The site is very child friendly and well located for exploring, however the experience on arrival left a bad taste in the mouth.
First up, I am new to the caravanning scene. A relative decided to buy a van and has given us use of it when not in use, so with a young family2+4 decided to take up the offer.
This was our first ever trip and had checked various sites online decided on the Gart for a 2 night stay to see if it suited us.
We booked up over the phone and were told we could check in at 2pm, we arrived about 12. 30(early I know), but checked in at reception with no problems. We were booked in for a hard standing pitch, after speaking to the lady at reception, and telling her that this was indeed our first trip, she gave us a map of the site, highlighted the hard standing pitches, and offered help if we had any problems setting up. (which we didn't need to take up).
Now for the site itself.
Absolutely immaculate grounds, shower block, toilets and sink area were spotless. Kids play park was very tidy and undercover which was a godsend when it started raining.
Free fishing available on the river at the back of the site is also a major plus point(unfortunately due to constant pouring rain we were unable to enjoy this pleasure). The wardens were round daily emptying the numerous bins located round the site. There is a designated dog walk, which we didn't use, but seen on a walk round the site.
There is plenty of shops and places to eat within a 5 min drive or 20 min walk(depending on age and mobility).
All in all, we as a family loved our time here and would definitely recommend it. Very friendly and helpful staff, quiet and peaceful site. This would be an ideal base for fishermen, hill walkers and sightseers alike. We will certainly be back as we have caught the bug.
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