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Visitor Reviews - Tarland By Deeside Camping And Caravanning Club Site

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Tarland By Deeside Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Tarland By Deeside
Tarland By Aboyne
Aberdeenshire   (Browse area)
AB34 4UP   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 013398 81388

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Pitches: 52
Open: 01 Mar - 03 Jan 2016

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 20 Reviews
              8/10 from 20 Reviews

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Date of Visit: March 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Martin5a 3 reviews from this member

This site is situated near a very picturesque village with two very good pubs.

The facilities are up to the usual camping and caravanning club standards and are conveniently situated. Our pitch was a little tight but we were helped by the warden who used the site tractor to manoeuvrer our van so we could hook up.

Date of Visit: January 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Headgardener 14 reviews from this member

We had booked this campsite some time ago for Wed & Thur 30th & 31st December 2015 and Fri & Sat 1st & 2nd January 2016. The weather forecast on the morning of departure was for more heavy rain -again - for the North East so we phoned the site warden at 9 am to find out how bad it was. We were told there were some pools of water but everyone was getting about. So we set off intending to go via the A90 to Stonehaven then cut across to the A93 to Aboyne then up to Tarland. It was raining very hard and there was a LOT of surface water on the A93 and it was just passable in places.

We got to the site OK. Perhaps the warden had an off day and we though he was a bit short with us but anyway he showed us to a small hardstanding backing onto the road. We could not have one of the bigger pitches in the centre close to the facilities as they were for the 'Rally'. We were surprised to hear about this as there was no mention of it when booking. There was a reasonable sized social/function/games room which was taken over by the Rally members and others were not invited.

On the 1st January 2016 the forecast was for more heavy rain and flooding - there had been extensive flooding in the area. We decided we would leave the next morning cutting our stay by one night as we did not want to get stranded or our van stuck in the floods.

We were very surprised the next morning when we were told we could not get a refund.

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Wulster 4 reviews from this member

Spent two nights here in the fantastic October sunshine. Really nice site. Easy to find and in great location with good walks nearby for dogs. Wardens were very pleasant and helpful. Toilet block is a wee bit old, but it was spotlessly clean. Very quiet at night this time of year, and even though weather was glorious, it got very cold at night. No problems though. Close by is the nice little village of Tarland. Couple of pubs and a few shops, so really all you need. Food at the Commercial Hotel was really good and was dog friendly as well.

Really enjoyable stay.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Yappieannie 11 reviews from this member

This is the 3rd Camping and Caravan club site we have used this year (getting our money's worth from the membership!) and it was one of the poorer sites.

We were shown to our pitch (small grumble about why, when the tent field is empty do they put all the tents together in the one corner, our neighbor was able to see directly into our tent) by the warden. The pitch was small and very close to the next tent.

The toilets were clean and spacious but once more the push button shower ruins the experience. The water was warm, a stool was provided but there was very little space in the cubical, some of the space around the washbasins could have been put to better use.

The dish washing area was clean, however there are no waste bins around the area, meaning you have to go out to the recycling area at the entrance to put your rubbish in the bin, I'm all for recycling but a food waste bin at the dishwasher area would not go amiss.

The whole set up of the site and the way customers are treated made us feel very much like second class citizens, not sure who would be top dog but I think that tourers in general are a bit of an inconvenience for the site owners.

The area was lovely and I did like being able to walk to the village.

Wouldn't rush back.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Pennine1976 1 review from this member

Our first visit to a C&CC Club site, but about 10tgh club site for my dad who was also with us. Nice welcome from a female warden in the office then show to site by a 'strict' male warden (turns out he is the site Manager), who told us everything again the female did as though he didn't trust her! Site was rather damp due to recent flooding along the Deeside area, so tent field was closed and ment the tents where all mixed up with Caravans etc. Toilet facilities all though very clean are very dated and closed for 1. 5 hours over dinnertime every day. Also showers are push button and very small. Far to many sinks and toilets for the size of the site, this building needs a major rethink. Also on site are Holiday Homes and we did feel second class too them. Wasnt impressed with wardens cutting the grass with literally inches to spare to our units. On one very quiet day played frizbee with the dog, the Warden saw us but didn't 'pull us up on it' till the next day when supposedly someone else who he pulled up for playing with their dog complained, he was looking at the floor as he said it, couldn't even look us in the eyes. When all they offer on site is a dog walk that's all on 30 yards long how can it be dog friendly. After that day 'grumpy' warden never once acknowledged us again, not even when we left. Some of the staff there need a course in Customer Service! Also you cant hang anything on a tree or put up a washing line! It was like we were second class citizens and dogs pretty much can't go anywhere due to their no dog signs! On plus side all usual facilities on site, decent information room and Spar in walking distance and other supermarkets about 20 mins drive. Won't be going there again unless the site Manager Changes !

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Smart Family 27 reviews from this member

We arrived as a family of 5 in our motorhome. The site entrance has a good security gate. The reception was very welcoming and the gentleman warden even walked our van to the allocated pitch, which backed on to a quiet country road. The traffic was very light so there was minimal noise. The pitch was hardstanding and level but not the biggest, if I had put my awning up it would have been half on gravel and half on grass. The site is nicely laid out with good spaced pitches and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and well maintained. There is a nice small play area for kids a recreation/information room with a pool table and table tennis and a lounge area with television. The room is in need of a new carpet and seemed very dusty. The toilet block is nice and clean and heated. But dated and with 3 push button showers with duration of push varying from 4 seconds in one shower to 30 in another. The village is a short walk away and there are 2 hotels. We were given a 10% voucher from the warden, for the Commercial Hotel restaurant which we had previously booked, it was very good. There is also a Spar shop and some other small shops. We cycled on the Tarland Way to Aboyne a 6 mile route half on minor roads and half on cycle/walking paths, highly recommended. We also did 2 of the many local walks from Tarland which are all waymarked with signs taking in interesting local sights. This is a lovely area and I would certainly go back to this site.

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