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Visitor Reviews - Pickaquoy Caravan And Camping Site

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Pickaquoy Caravan And Camping Site
Pickaquoy Road
Kirkwall
Orkney Islands   (Browse area)
KW15 1LR   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01856 879900

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Pitches: 81
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 25 Reviews
              9/10 from 25 Reviews


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Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Idetika 15 reviews from this member

Excellent facilities on site; loads of individual bathrooms, a kitchen and lounge area all free to use.

However, there were several 'traveller' families on site and unfortunately we were pitched very close to a large group who were very noisy, moving vehicles during the night and sitting with engines running late at night etc.

We left after one night as we had hoped for more peaceful camping on Orkney. The site staff were great; understanding and sympathetic however we never saw a warden during our stay.

Without the travellers this would be a great site, handy for Kirkwall and walking distance to several supermarkets, a great pool and a cinema.

The site is in the town and quite close to the road so whilst being convenient for the town, you miss the stunning views that other sites on Orkney offer.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mmad 4 reviews from this member

Spent 2 weeks here, including the busy week of the county show. The site has both good and bad points.

Location: Handy for shops, pubs, Orkney ferries, sports center but close to busy road and no views.

Facilities: Very different to caravan club. Rooms unisex but contain toilet, shower and sink and plenty of them. Never had to queue even when busy. They do not close for cleaning but are cleaned regularly, as a result they are never as clean as they could be as people trample in mud while still wet.

There is a warden but not full time. When we were there, a lot of 'traveller' caravans were in running a block paving business in the area, possibly because one of the barriers was broken at first. Caravans also arrive late at night off the ferries. This is not a quiet site and work started next to the camping area on what looked like a new all weather pitch.

Has a good, comfortable campers room which is well used, laundry good and cheaper then most. Free and good WiFi.

With a few things tweaking this site could be really good. A full time warden would sort many of them.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kellyboast 6 reviews from this member

We initially emailed to enquire about a pitch for 2 nights and didn't receive a reply, however on telephoning the girl couldn't have been more helpful and apologetic for the lack of reply. The booking process was then straightforward and simple, with the pitch paid for before we even left home.

The site itself is really good, flat grass pitches for the tents, plenty of electric hook up and hard standing pitches, picnic tables to go around and excellent facilities.

As the weather wasn't great we made use of the indoor lounge area in the facilities in the evening to charge our mobile phones/kindles and chat with other campers. The kitchen was well laid out with sinks at 2 heights allowing easy access for wheelchair users. The free showers were hot and the toilets were generally clean. As has been mentioned in previous reviews, any mess had been left by fellow campers who clearly don't see the need to clean up behind themselves!

There was a fair bit of road noise, police car/ambulance in particular but it died down over night. The location is great, easy to find. There was a small play area on site for the kids.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Cc43 9 reviews from this member

The best things about this site are

- the wardens. Couldn't be more helpful and friendly

- the amenities. The kitchen / laundry / shower block is brand new and is first class. The site is on the same road as Coop, Tesco and Lidl supermarkets, and is within walking distance of Kirkwall centre.

The site is surrounded by trees and so feels quite secluded. The main disappointment is that there aren't really any good views - Orkney is full of beautiful scenery but you don't see it here.

They have free WiFi

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Rexxie 17 reviews from this member

Well located next to the leisure centre -near a busy road and housing so not a picturesque/tranquil site. Also walkable to supermarkets and town centre.

Friendly wardens -if not available you need to call in to the Pickaquoy centre to check in. At present building work still not quite finished so you have to walk around fencing to the centre -I think there is usually a cut through.

Great amenities- lots of showers -although unisex -shower rooms had a loo and a basin and were well spaced out and appeared private. Spotlessly clean. Lovely kitchen and sitting area. Wifi available. Lots of local tourist leaflets provided.

As lousy weather during our short stay -we visited the cinema in the centre! Not many sites have this facility!

Date of Visit: October 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Annadg 7 reviews from this member

We found the site excellent - very good facilities and very well placed for going into the city and enjoying the excellent museum and the lovely cathedral.

The wifi at the main centre didn't work for us which was a bit of a pain, and we hope it can be extended to cover the whole site for the future as we need to do work even when on holiday !

At this time of year the site is nearly empty, so there was no need to book in advance. But we love to come to Orkney out of season, and it is a real problem, as NONE of the camp sites are open all year. I can't see why they can't keep this one open, and maybe just reduce the facilities a bit - for example provide hot water only between certain hours or something.

There is a small playground for kids, but other than that it isn't especially child friendly. Out of season there is no warden on site, you go round to the reception at the Picaquoy centre and they book you in. They were friendly and cheerful but hadn't really much knowledge of the site (or the wifi. Sorry to gripe but we really needed it!)

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