Arriving after the kids had returned to school, this has turned out to be a delightful relaxing place to stay. The pitches are large, if a little close together. Pitch posts have water, EHU, drainage and TV as a bonus. Shower & Toilet facilities are spotless but probably due a refurb - the same goes for the swimming pool, jacuzzi & sauna. Fochabers is a lovely place which is ideal for exploring this beautiful part of the country - lots of dog walks to boot!
Will not go back to this site, the site was messy covered in litter, lots of dog mess left by site users on well used path that cuts through the tents area and a definite noise hazard until gone 11pm every night of our stay, little or no enforcement of any kind of rules. You are packed in like sardines with no defined pitch space for tents or any rules regarding space between pitches Location is good facilities reasonable,
We have just returned from a long weekend at Burnside. We have a 6 man tent although only 2 of us went. We hooked up to the electric point right next to the tent.
The camping area is to the side and round the back of the reception building. There was some beautiful spots around the back of reception with a stream running past. Unfortunately our large tent was too big to pitch round the back of reception, so we chose an area to the right of reception.
Despite the torrential rain the whole weekend our pitch must have had the best drainage ever! We were still dry come Monday morning!
The site itself is beautiful! Very picturesque! Lovely walks along the river/stream that runs through the site. The wardens were most helpful and nothing other than pleasant - very homely!
Now to the showers/toilets. Immaculate, the ladies toilets were pristine to say the least! Ample toilet cubicles, 2 separate showers (mira showers and a separate wet room with it's own toilet and vanity sink! This is the first time I have ever camped and the toilets had gas central heating in them! Sheer luxury!
The dishwashing facilities on site for campers was always clean and the 2 extra large sinks was ample for the campsite.
The shop on site was very minimal but to be fair the shops in Fochabers were within walking distance. We walked into town on Saturday night through the well lit pathway through the woods leading from the campsite.
Only one thing I would say was that there was a fair bit of traffic noise from the main road which runs along the top of the site. Although on saying that, earplugs dulled out most of the noise.
There is also a log cabin in amongst the camping pitches which was lit up at night with portable BBQ's for campers to use - very quaint - even though the BBQ's were all one-legged! But it was October when we went so I'd say the BBQ's had survived a long busy summer!
We didn't venture into the swimming pool but did have a look. Very pleasantly surprised at how big it was! As per the rest of the site, it was clean, as was the sauna room and jacuzzi!
We are definitely intending going back to this site - can't fault it! Highly recommended!
We camped at Burnside for three nights over the May weekend 2011. The tent area is located down behind the reception block, within the trees by the stream. Not a large area, but several large tents as well as smaller tents managed to squeeze in without it feeling cramped.
One downside was the back of the reception block, which had a lot of building materials stored there which was unsightly. We didn't use it, but there was plenty electric hookup points around.
There is a stream beside the camping area, which was very low at the time, and safe enough for the kids to paddle. However, I would be more concerned if it was higher. There is also a dammed section further up, which has a deep pool.
The toilet/shower block is kept very clean, but get there early as the hot water runs out mid morning. This also affected washing up too.
The kids enjoyed the play area, which had a new climbing frame, and we felt we could leave them to play there without worrying too much. The pool was a small rectangular pool inside what looked like a large greenhouse, but did the turn. It's only open for a couple of hours in the morning and afternoon, and the wardens were very strict about getting people out on time. In fact, a friend reported that the warden wedged the changing room door open in order to hurry people out. There is also a charge, £1 per adult, and (I think) 50p per child.
The wardens themselves were friendly enough, but through the day, it was not obvious where they were if the reception was closed. The site itself was quite noisy through the day, but this didn't really bother us as our kids were making noise too. It was quiet at night, and we slept OK. There is noise from the A96, but you hear this less in the tent area, it is worse if you're pitched up near the road.
Fochabers itself is a lovely town only a 10 min walk through the woods, and yes the ice cream is great. We also had a great day out at Spey Bay, and Baxters is worth a visit.
- child friendly site - clean, well looked after facilities - for families - a good base to explore the local area
- get in the shower early as the water runs out - charge to use the pool - charge for wi-fi (£5 per day) we didn't use it - not for you if your expecting a quiet site
All in all, combined with good company and weather, we really enjoyed our stay at Burnside and would go back.
Well we last reviewed this site in 2008 and thought we should update due to the amount of changes they have carried out.
The site owners seem to have invested heavily in this site with the toilet block now fully refurbed and the river walk totally redesigned with timber bridges and a peaceful walk through the site. Each pitch now has elec, water, and waste, as standard and a tv hook up point
The staff are still very friendly and welcoming however we are noticing now the price is rising with many additional extras. A pitch is £22 (at time of writing) with an additional £2 for an awning wifi is an additional £5 and the pool is charged at £2 for adults and £1 for children. If you base all this on a family of 4, the spend per night including pool use and wifi is £35 per night. Other sites around are offering similar or better services at half the cost!
Fochabers is a lovely place with lots to offer and a visit to the ice cream parlour is a must. Ranges from bubblegum flavour to the old classics like mint choc chip taste better when home made.
The office displays a list of evening events in the town with weekly entertainment in the British Legion.
Great site this. Good kids playground. The caravans seem to be fairly spaced out, although I must admit my opinion on this could be coloured because we struck lucky with a nice quiet corner. All caravans are well presented and maintained. The setting is glorious, surrounded by trees. Reception staff are friendly and helpful. Pitches for tents are by a secluded stream.
My only criticisms would be the lack of any kind of even basic provisions (milk, bread, margarine, tea etc) in the camp shop, the cost of wifi access (£5 a day is a bit steep IMO) and the laundry facilities - not sufficient for the size of the site, and no clear instructions provided as to how to use them properly inone of the 2 laundry rooms.
Overall, very good site though.
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