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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 12 Reviews
              7/10 from 12 Reviews

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Date of Visit: April 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ficklejade 6 reviews from this member

I've been to this site many times but not last year and not at this time of year. It is in many ways unchanged from my review in 2011, with the exception of the wettest part of the site being left as a wildflower area and a couple more hardstanding pitches (gravel) with EHU in place.

When I rang to book, the warden remembered me and sorted us out promptly. When I arrived, I was just told roughly where I could pitch and no probs so long as 6m rule obeyed.

The showers and loos are very outdated but spotlessly clean and the water is very hot. Bucket and mops available (and people were using them) and no push button showers, also plenty of hanging space in showers so your clothes don't get soaked. One shower in ladies not working when I was there but site was very quiet so it wasn't a problem.

Dishwashing facility (3 sinks/draining boards) undercover with seating if you have to wait a bit - again very hot water and spotless.

Comprehensive information area open at all times, well stocked with leaflets of local attractions and those further afield, plus bus times; information on local places to eat and medical information including vets for those travelling with their pets. The weather forecast is normally available too, but, given we had snow, think I'll forgive them trying not to put us tenters off!

Dog walk is long and wet (given the weather) with poop bins at the entrances.

Small children's playground - more for younger children but not toddlers - located at the top end of the site, away from most of the pitches.

Motor-home service pitch is located opposite reception. Plenty of bins, water points centrally but recycling limited due to Council policy. No Wi-fi (that colleagues told me) but O2, Vodafone okay for mobiles and friends with me had good tv reception in their caravan.

Reception has a small amount of foodstuffs, a few local maps and book lending.

I don't do local pubs etc. But feel other, recent reviews have covered this adequately.

If you like sites which aren't overly populated and want a touring base for this area, this is great. Less than an hour's car travel will take you to Inverness, Fort George, dolphin-spotting on the Moray Firth, or to the Landmark Centre or the Cairngorms at Loch Morlich with the funicular and walks, cycling and watersports facilities. Virtually on your doorstep is the Speyside Way for walking and cycling and of course, the distilleries (don't forget the Cooperage just outside Craigellachie about 3 miles away).

This is a little gem of a site that the CCC should spend a little bit more on, just to tweak some of slightly dated bits and give some support to the wardens who clearly care very much about the place. I should hate to see it go the commercial way many CCC sites seem to be heading.

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!

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