Arrived in evening and was booked in efficiently by friendly staff. Given choice of pitches. Pitches with EHU were all grass but were mown short and tidy, site was on a slight slope so had to be careful driving off next morning on wet grass. Pitches were huge.
Toilet facilities were clean and had plenty hot water and good shower water pressure. Was very quiet when we stayed, with just a few motorhomes and a couple of tents.
Lidl across road was handy
Views across to Orkney (our destination next day) were fantastic and path along clifftop tidy and good for a dogwalk ( locals seemed to pick up their dog mess which is good) although I would imagine parents might need to keep a close eye on their kids as the cliffs are very high.
Overall I thought the site provided a good service and I would recommend it as a stopover before moving onto the Orkneys.
We stopped over for one night on our travels, we hadn't booked beforehand. When we arrived at reception, the staff were booking us in while another lady was trying to drive onto the site. She wasn't happy as ourselves and another van had stopped in the reception lane to book in and she was boxed in. There is an alternative road round the site and the staff pointed this out and continued booking us in. We felt the issue was dealt with good humouredly and sensibly by the staff.
The view from the site over to Thurso and the ocean is lovely and the view out of our van was a big concern of the staff when our pitch was selected.
The toilets and showers are very clean, we didn't notice the dated worktops. The showers were hot and free. The washing machine worked great on the site, however we were unlucky with the tumble dryer. One of the ones on the site is broken and the other one wasn't able to cope with our machine load of washing. After 80 minutes we gave up and dried the laundry in the van as we were heading off that day
The diner on the site was very good we had rolls and coffee in the morning and when we went back for another coffee later in the morning, while waiting for the tumble dryer, we were advised that they provide free fill ups of coffee and being as we had already been in we could have our second coffee free
We were surprised the site was quiet, it was the end of the Scottish School holidays. We would visit again but not do our laundry here.
The most expensive site I have used in the whole country (United Kingdom) £21.50p for a small van and 1 person per night.
Half the fresh water taps are turned of at the stopcocks inside the cupboards, and located so awkwardly it is impossible to use them without getting oneself muddy or the the van potentially stuck, again for the price the chemical disposal was pathetic as well, merely a large toilet.
The EHU's are all on grass pitches, which was soft and boggy. The few hard standing pitches have no EHU's. When I asked the person taking the money, he replied I just needed a very long cable for hookup on hard standing.
When I booked in I was proudly offered free WiFi, which was rubbish, the signal only strong enough inside the cafe, this was not mentioned before I chose my pitch, when I needed to use it the cafe was locked up, as it also was when I went to buy laundry tokens.
I was also informed of several rules I must adhere too, even being told how to turn the toilet door handle.
The waste water dump was also located in a ridiculous position, very close to the end of a static caravan, I am sure larger van owners would find it impossible to use.
I have also heard this site will charge for 2 people if you have a two man tent with one person in it.
Comparing this site to many others I have used and paid half as much the facilities, pitches and service are hugely inadequate and way overpriced.
The owner/warden whatever he is customer service attitude was merely flippant and unhelpful.
£21.50p, please somebody justify this price for me? And before anyone suggests it, I badly needed the hookup for my batteries, and laundry though I'll look for a launderette next time.
Harbour car park for me next time, as Thurso is well worth a visit and a very handy stop over town. Friendly and helpful locals, lovely beach and a very well thought out walk up the river too.
Booked this site at last minute as another site had double booked us. Had read reviews and were open minded about what we would get. On arrival (WED) there were only 2 tourers on site and we thought oh dear not a good sign. However we were pleasantly surprised. A few more vans and tents joined us later in the day and on Thurs the site filled up with a martial arts get together. The toilet blocks took a beating with all the children on site but were cleaned up to a high standard by late morning.
There is a public path which runs along the edge of site leading into town. We didn't experience any nuisance from people using the path. There is a small play park ajacent to the site for kids to play in.
Beautiful views across the water and the orkney ferries can be seen toing and froing. Could also see water sports. Canooing in the water.
Toilet blocks were immaculately clean albeit a bit dated but as long as theyr clean it doesn't really matter. Lashings of hot water and even 4 clothes ropes for you to hang out your washing or wet gear.
This was the only site we visited out of 6 that gave a good FREE wi fi access. Reception gives you a code.
There is a DINER on site and the Diner food was good and the young girls there were very pleasant. It didn't sell alcohol but you could take in your own. There were also nice comfy sofas to sit and watch tv. Very American styley.
LIDL is directly across the road and handy for shopping needs. Tesco is 5 mins drive away and SCOTMID in town too. Shopping centre looked nice but was a huge let down. Nothing much there for the size of Thurso.
The owner needs to organise his pitch bookings a bit better as he seemed to spend a lot of time going around the site with his note pad seeing who was pitched where. This wee site is a goldmine with lots of potential. Would return and would reccomend it to others. Nice clean tidy site.
Two over 65 cyclists booked in for one night on a return from Orkney. Site is as most reviews state but the price for a one person tent was £9. 50 per pitch plus £3. 00 per person giving a total of £25. 00 for two of us. 30 days pm on this site would pay a mortgage every month.
Just booked in and told our pitch number and within 15mins the guy was round to check his board. The place is a joke. Last month I stopped off with my caravan and got the same check up by the person who allocated the pitch. Electricity was off for over an hour and the toilets were closed for cleaning, Ok, they need to do certain things but at least we could have been warned and not have campers running around asking who had leccy.
We live locally, only 14 miles from Thurso (Don't laugh) but came here at short notice to try out our new caravan for the weekend and make sure we knew how to put up the new awning as it was different from our previous one prior to going away for 3 weeks in the Summer.
We were last here in 2009 and found that some of the issues I reported then had been rectified and were very happy with the site. There was now a flagstone wall between the campsite and the cliff top path at Victoria walk. The local council have also placed railings along the cliff top, so much more secure and safe for the kids.
Staff were friendly and site was very clean. Toilets were also very clean, but still like stepping into a time warp bak to the 70's with bright orange laminate counter tops. Could do with a bit of a revamp in here, and for the life of me could not find any Grey water disposal points so had to drain it at the outside shower point. (I did make sure I washed everything away afterwards)
Diner is very good by all accounts and although we did not eat there ourselves is very popular with locals so that in it's self is a good indication of the quality of service. Council owned kids play park right next door and nice walk to the beach. Lidls is right across the road which is handy for stocking up on supplies and there is also a Tesco & Coop within a few minutes drive as well.
Thurso Castle ruins can be seen from the campsite and although I am local have never been to them so we took a stroll over, however although nice to look at were disappointed as there was no access into them, but you could see why as they were falling down so would have been dangerous.
Living locally with sea views over the Pentland Firth from our House we don't appreciate what is in front of us so if you are visiting on holiday and you want sea views, you really will struggle to get better views than what is provided at Thurso Caravan Park.
Large Tesco can be found in Wick (20 miles East)which has 24hr fuel.
Places to see:- Mey Castle, John O' Groats, The Stacks of Duncansby, Mary Anns Cottage, Wick Heritage Cnetre, Laid Hay Croft Museum (Dunbeath). There is also a soft indoor play area in Wick at PPP next to the Old Pultney Distillery
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