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Visitor Reviews - Speyside By Craigellachie Camping And Caravanning Club Site

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Speyside By Craigellachie Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Moray   (Browse area)
AB38 9SL   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01340 810414

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Pitches: 75
Open: 01 Apr - 26 Oct

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 11 Reviews
              7/10 from 11 Reviews

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Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Ridgebacksontour 11 reviews from this member

We passed this site hundreds of times during the many years we lived just ten minutes away. So finally, now it's not on our doorstep we thought we'd give it a try. I tried booking on line but all the system would offer me was a grass pitch with no EHU so I rang the site directly. This required patience because for the best part of a day and a half of frequent ringing nobody answered. When I finally got through a hard standing pitch with EHU was immediately offered & at the bargain price of 16 per night for two adults.

Upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly warden-not always the case on club sites-who offered us a very nice pitch at the top of the site which gave us a very nice view whichever way one looked. He pointed out the dog walk to us and explained about the facilities etc.

The facilities though dated were extremely clean with plenty of hot water. Everywhere was very tidy and looked well cared for.

Craigellachie is only three miles away. Here one can get fuel groceries etc. Within the village and opposite one another are the Highlander hotel, famed for its vast selection of Malts and the Craigellachie Hotel, an imposing Victorian pile recently refurbished. To experience a true Highland pub one has only to walk a few hundred yards along the Keith road to the Fiddichside Inn. A real old fashioned pub with real hospitality, it is tiny but on a nice day one can relax outside by the Fiddich ( from which the Glenfiddich distillery upstream takes its name).

From the campsite one can also walk down into Aberlour, it took us just over an hour at a leisurely saunter. Here there is a good variety of local shops an hotel and a pub, The Mash Tun, which serves real ales and good food.

The village is also home to Walkers Shortbread which in addition to it's shop on the high street has a factory shop at the northern end of the village. There is also the Aberlour distillery which like many others in the area offer guided tours.

We had planned to stay just one night and then move on but we liked it so much we stayed on for a second night and intend to return again soon.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: 2Adventurers 4 reviews from this member

This a lovely site, easily accessed and well located for exploring the beautiful Moray Firth coast area and inland towards Aviemore. The site is well maintained by two friendly and helpful wardens, both sporting a healthy sense of humour! Toilet blocks are slightly dated but perfectly adequate and spotlessly clean. Their datedness gives the advantage of showers that actually run without constantly having to press the control button.

We booked in for a stopover en route elsewhere but liked it so much we stayed an extra two nights. As Camping and Caravan members we were able to take advantage of 25% discount made available to over 60's so excellent value for money at approx 15 per night for two adults in touring caravan with electric hook-up. No Wi-FI. Who needs it every day anyway?. But great TV reception. Highly recommended.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Deveron Chef 3 reviews from this member

Visited here again for a short stay of just three nights. New wardens who seem to really care about the site, which unfortuately has been let down in the past. This could be a star in the clubs network if only they were prepared to spend a little on improving things. As good as the wardens are, they can only work within the budget provided to them. The showers in particular are badly in need of an upgrade. One of the best dog walks around, which leads to Aberlour if you have the time and energy.

The site itself is well situated for a number of local attractions, including of course many distillieries as well as the Spey itself. Aberlour, which is a five minute drive away is an interesting little town, well worth a visit with some fantastic local shops.

All in all a very good site, great wardens, just spoilt by lack of care by the club.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Deveron Chef 3 reviews from this member

Stayed here for the second time during a wonderfully hot spell. Only had three nights, but thoroughly enjoyed this very quiet and peaceful site. The current wardens are very friendly and helpful and as they own a Border Terrier what more can I say!

Excellent dog walk here, although I know it can get a bit wet when the weather is not so good.

I think the site facilities are superb, especially the showers where you have lots of room to store your clothing etc. As an ex POW camp, I feel the club have made a superb job of running this as a camp site. The local area is amazing with plenty to do, particularly if you like walking, cycling or fishing.

We will almost certainly be back.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lmnjr33 2 reviews from this member

This campsite is great if you want:

-peace and quiet

-cycling and walking on Speyside way, which is close to the site

-places to visit by car, distilleries, National Trust properties, wildlife places

Site managers are very friendly and helpful, reception has a small selection of food items for sale and some maps of the local area.

Fish and chip van comes at 6. 30pm on Thursdays and is thoroughly recommended. The nearest place to purchase any substantial food shopping is in Elgin (about 20 mins drive) where there is Asda, Tesco, Lidl etc.

As other reviewers have pointed out the toilet block could do with refurbishing BUT it is very clean, everything in working order and ample hot water!

Other facilities - washing up area, tourist information, playground area and laundry room.

Using the Camping and Caravanning clubs 5 for 7 night offer we paid a mere 80 for a week here - including electric. A bargain that will be repeated by us!

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: ficklejade 5 reviews from this member

Stayed for 2 nights 5/6 August after one of the wettest weeks I can remember camping in Scotland and the site, which slopes slightly but has plenty of hard standing and well-drained pitches (it's only the bottom half with the non-service pitches that seemed very wet. Consequently got a pitch at top end of site (actually outside the gates which was great because I had a family emergency and needed to leave very early on the Sunday am. Site warden was very pleasant which was especially welcome as I'd got caught up in the aftermath of an accident en route and had to do an 80 mile detour.

The site slopes a bit - hence I guess the rather wet nature of the bottom of the site. The loo/washing up block is pretty central and I don't know how the wardens kept it so clean with all that rain - good on them. There was a plentiful supply of looroll, mop and buckets for the showers and the one shower that I used had space for clothes etc in the outerpart of the cubicle. There's a good undercover washing up facility outside the loo block and a covered area with plentiful leaflets about what to do, local contacts and the essential weather forecast which sadly proved only too accurate.

There is a dog walk which I understand was rather wet (understandable given the amount of rain that had fallen prior to my short stay) but normally quite long and poop disposal points are present by ways in/out.

There is a small playground at the top end of the site that seems to keep two/three youngsters happy but would not suit those whose children need constant entertainment.

I cannot comment on TV/Wifi etc. Reception as I don't use such facilities but got a very good signal on Vodafone and nearly as good on O2 on the site. There seemed to be a considerable number of hard-standing and EHU pitches.

Rubbish bins, water etc. Points seemed plentiful and although recycling limited, that's not the site's fault - just the way the Council area works - have met this problem before elsewhere!

I don't think this site would suit any live wires and families wit children who can't cope without modern tech stuff. It is better suited to those who want a peaceful base for touring - and don't mean the sedentary crowd - there's some serious walking/cycling routes not far away, plus it's not much more than half an hour's drive from some really beautiful beaches.

There's a good chippe and chinese in Rothes 4 mile up the road towards Elgin.

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