As an Affiliated site I wasn't sure what to expect. Really pleasantly surprised. The site is in an old walled garden, it looks well cared for and 'pretty'. The dog walk is in the grounds of the house, looks more like a castle, which I now believe to be a Rudolph Steiner school. There are many tracks around the estate with a river/lake at the bottom, this is complete with an island of monkeys, which are part of the next door safari park. The Rhododendrons were out and were beautiful, some over 20ft high. The showers were brilliant, double width with a hand basin, and you didn't have to touch the controls, just wave at them. Dyson hand driers. I was only there for one night as a stopover up to Skye, but well worth staying longer.
We just loved this site. Situated in a wall garden with lots of walks in the woods adjacent to the site. Children's playground well away from the main site. Showers and toilets clean and lots of hot water. We especially liked the many tracks just outside the site on the estate where you could walk or cycle in peace away from the traffic. Large loch nearby and a lovely river walk into the village of Doune where there were two small supermarkets. Would definitely go back.
This is the most formal, 'posh' site I have been to. I have only ever been to sites that allowed tents before (with a tent, as this was my first time with a caravan): this site does not allow tents. Most of the caravans were good quality and the owners were obviously experienced caravanners with every mod con available. This probably explains why, even on the Bank Holiday weekend, that the toilet and shower blocks were never busy when we were there.
When we arrived, the woman on reception was not very helpful or friendly. I enquired about some toilet chemicals and asked what the two types were for, only to be told, rather incredulously by the woman on reception, 'I have NO idea! I know NOTHING about caravans!' So if you're new to camping and think you might get some advice or assistance at this park, you probably won't get it from the staff.
As stated on the website and in other reviews, they offer very limited opening hours, however, they do have electricity hook up (1) and water in their car park and they also have a key entry to allow you access up till 8pm to the park.
Everything about this caravan park speaks of quality - a lot of money has obviously been spent on everything -the toilet block, the hard standings, the satellite dishes dotted around and the children's play area.
The toilets are warm - the gas central heating radiators were on all the time and the sink water was hot, but the showers weren't great: there is an ill-fitting shower curtain that does not stop the water soaking the whole cubicle and there is only the tiniest space to stand on the other side of it to dress/undress and to dry yourself after the floor is soaked. The showers are operated like automatic taps, so can just go off at random if you are not standing/moving close enough to the sensor and even up to the highest setting, it was only lukewarm when I used it this morning.
The site is not at all friendly. In fact, it is the most unfriendly site I have ever been on - fellow campers rarely even smiled at one another and did not say, 'Hello'. It was lovely and peaceful though - I was far away from the children's area, near the toilet block. I could have had peaceful lie-ins in the mornings if I had wanted to. Everyone seems to be in bed by 10pm. You won't find any late night drinkers or loud music at this park.
There seems to be no recycling here and it's not very eco-friendly - all rubbish is general waste in big bins outside the toilet block and the toilets have heating on all day often with the external door left wide open.
You can walk/cycle through the land in the private estate next to the caravan park with its lovely trees and loch and this route takes you to the back of the safari park (although this is not a way in). The safari park is a mile away and we got entry on other days for free after paying once at the caravan park, which was really good value.
We had lunch the first day at a pub in nearby Doune which was great and went to Waitrose in Stirling one evening. We also used a local Spar in Doune for bread and milk.
This is a really well-established site that is very peaceful and in lovely surroundings and would probably be most suitable for older (age 60+) experienced caravaners with beautiful caravans - the type of people who polish their car at least once a week.
Just not for me. I would rather slum it in a more child friendly place. This has a good children's play area but it seems like the children are shoved as far away from the rest of the site as possible and when other caravanners do see them coming to and fro - they don't seem to like young children being there.
All in all - great for retired people, or childless couples, not so good for families.
Whilst not exactly a warm and friendly welcome, it was quick and efficient enough. The site is mainly in an old walled garden, we picked a pitch just outside near the kids play area.
TV reception was poor, we got a fuzzy picture, no C5 and no sound on the BBC, very frustrating! However, pitches inside the walled area did appear to have tv hook, but didn't get chance to investigate.
The site is served by one shower block and it was great. Clean, warm and loads of free hot water and plenty of power from the showers, unlike on some sites.
Stirling is about 5 miles away, there is a good park and ride that was dead easy to find and is much underused according to the driver.
Visit the castle for a great day out, it's free to English Heritage members. There is also the Wallace Monument as well, there are around 250 steps to the top, its a breathtaking climb to the top and the views are amazing!
We preferred Stirling to Edinburgh as it's seems much more relaxed. Didn't get chance to see all that we could and will be going again, just get the tv reception sorted!
Just returned from this site after staying for a week with the wife and 3 kids (8yrs and 4yr old twins). Very nice site, staff were pleasant enough and helpful when needed. The road to the site has been repaired since last year making it easy to get to the site. Access is easy, it's about a mile past the safari park and sign posted.
The site was clean and tidy and spacious, big pitches. The toilet block was very clean and showers were free and hot! There was a family shower room which could accommodate my three kids easy and was handy to shower them all at the same time.
The site is split in two, the walled garden and the play park. This was handy as we pitched right at the park and the kids loved that. The park itself was good, kids loved it and the woods were nearby so walks were also fun.
The site has a limited shop which we found not really helpful, but a 5 minute drive and you are in Stirling where there is everything you need.
The pitches were all hard standing (make sure you have rock pegs) and you arrive and pick your own pitch. The one complaint about the arrival system is you can't arrive before 2pm and must be in before 5pm! Not the best.
WiFi is available, £5 a day or £20 per week. Good cover too. Another bonus is if you purchase your tickets to Blair Drummond Safari Park at the caravan site, you can re-enter the park as many times as you want while you stay there for free.
Only bad points, no chemical point in the top park, toilets close between 10-12 for cleaning and silly arrival times.
All in all this is a good site and we will be going back soon.
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