We booked in at silver sands for a few days on the basis of location and the introduction of new serviced, hard standing pitches, as well as the upgraded toilet and shower block.
Location was excellent, with easy access to Lossiemouth and Elgin. The sight is also located at the beach, which is fantastic.
Unfortunately, the silver sands website was misleading in terms of their new hard standing, serviced pitches. The pitches are too small and only the area for the caravan was hard standing. Located next to this was an area of grass that was not even the same length as the pitch for the van. If pitching my awning on this grass area, only two thirds of the awning would have been on the grass. The other third would have been sitting on soil, which would have turned very muddy in the rain. In addition to this, there is no space allocated to park your car next to the caravan and awning. All new hard standing pitches are small and tightly crammed in together with very tight access roads. I was unable to reverse the van onto the pitch given the close proximity of the neighbouring pitches. Surrounding areas to access the electric and water supplies were also very muddy - again, not hard standing and far from ideal when it rains. Our neighbours on the next pitch explained that some people actually got stuck trying to manoeuvre their car and/or caravan in this area due to the soil and mud.
I can't help but think if silver sands had created slightly less new hard standing pitches, but allowed for more space on each pitch and made each pitch and the surrounding area all hard standing (with room for your car) this could have been a valuable addition to the site.
I did not stay on the new serviced, hard standing pitch and requested to be moved to one of the older grass pitches. The ground at that pitch was not very level so not great for the awning, but at least it was not as muddy.
During our stay the noise and loud music on the Sunday evening was not acceptable and it went on until the early hours of the Monday morning. Also there were many groups of people drinking from early on the Sunday afternoon creating an intimidating atmosphere, which was not great when you are visiting for a quiet break with young family.
The site was not very clean in terms of rubbish and many of the bins were overflowing onto the ground for the first couple of days.
Although the toilet and shower block had been recently updated, the finish was very poor, e. G. Some of the shower doors would not close properly/were hanging off into the cubicle. The shower and toilet block was not kept clean and given the weather, it became very dirty and muddy. It was not acceptable that only on the morning of our final day did I see a cleaner in the toilet block for the first time.
With all of the above said, the site is in a great location, has an excellent park for the kids and even has it's own shop and fish and chip shop on site. Nevertheless, unfortunately we will not be returning to silver sands.
Just spent a weekend at this campsite. Had glorious weather and the area is beautiful. Great for dog lovers as beach is so close by. The site was full which is of course a great sign and the kids were all having fun. This site is now under new management and small changes for the good have been made however the one area they really do need to focus on is the toilet block. There is one large block for the site and this is not adequate. The toilets/showers are dated and awful. The shower pressure is zero and there really needs to be more cleaning rounds particularly at peak season. Been in lots of campsites and if the toilets are clean and showers good it really does make you rerun time and time again. Hope management can invest in new modern toilet block rather than focus attention on the sales side of things.
Been on this park one year seasonal pitch. Club and its facilities five star, good bars. Restaurants serving three meals daily, chippy for take aways, shop for most needs, children's slot machine, play room, bouncy castle, and pony riding some weekends.
Large mixed site, really open with long beaches a short walk over the dunes. Gentle beach access. Head for the lighthouse (being turned into a museum and visitor centre this year)
New owners took over in May big strides forward in all fields, more staff. Toilet block updated with new shower and lighting and cleaned five to six times daily, with permanent staff in daylight at school holidays promised. Play areas sparse at best, a pirate ship last year but as I write diggers and toys moving in, looks like a climbing centre slide etc.
Local facilities: 2 miles - Lossiemouth, no path on road, small town facilities, coop main store. 5 miles - ELgin great shop 2 superstores Asda Tesco, good high street, M&S Aldi Lldl, Saturday market.
We're are pensioners so we like a slow pace with minimum fuss and just enjoy the scenery, love it here. Hermesheralded
Went here to meet other family members who had booked to stay here.
Reception was good, minimum fuss and easy entry to the site.
The grass pitch which we were allocated was very uneven and covered in rabbit holes making pitching the awning very difficult to say the least.
Toilet and shower facilities were pretty poor and the in a very dirty condition, despite the site not being all that busy.
Hopefully, the new owners have got pockets which are deep enough to make all the improvements which are much needed. Given the size and location of the site it has the potential to be a fabulous place. Unfortunately, we will not be returning until we hear these alterations have been made.
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