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Reviews of Loch Chon Campsite

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Loch Chon Campsite
Loch Lomond And The Trossachs National Park
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
Stirling
Stirlingshire   (Browse area)
FK8 3TL
Tel: 01389 722600
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Pitches: 26
Open: 01/03/2021 to 30/10/2021
           01/03/2022 to 31/10/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 3 Reviews
                7/10 from 3 Reviews


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 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   No Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <5 miles 
Activities
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming On Site   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   Watersports On Site   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed 
 Lakeside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Brmac321 1 review from this member

 Been here 3yrs in a row. The first time myself and then 4yr old. Pitches are well thought out and do the job they’re suppose to do. The stated lack of running water was no issue as free bottled was supplied. Plenty of exploring and trails to keep us busy for 3 days.

The last two years I’ve camped with my now 7 and 13yr olds my brother and two friends and another five kids (4-13yrs) the kids absolutely love it. We go swimming, hill walking, fishing and exploring. They’re constantly asking when we’re going back.

We’ve organised a couple of kayaks for next time too.

The water thing has been sorted and the gate issue mentioned in another review is no problem if you prebook as you’re emailed a code for if you arrive later when the gets closed.

The lads and myself are used to the shinanagins of boys wild camping and this place gives the best of both with the wild camp atmosphere plus the luxury of toilets and running drinking water and a feeling of safety for the kids.

There’s also very good hill walking and nature trails within a 10min drive. 
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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Rossmcbeth 1 review from this member

 The pitches at Loch Chon campsite have been greatly improved from it's disastrous 2017/18 first season, they have almost all been replaced by rubber matting as a camping surface and those that were sloping have either been built up level or constructed on a platform. The site itself is constructed on the side of Loch Chon and for the most part the pitches are sited under trees on a hillside. This precludes sun from many of the hillside pitches and of course in the shade and wetter areas midges and other insects are a concern.

There is also a possibility (though infrequent) that the campsite will be closed for inspection after high winds to ensure trees have not been compromised. As happened this week after the tail end of storm Ali landed. This would be very inconvenient of you have travelled far or are in the middle of a stay and have no other accommodation options and highlights the lack of foresight building camping provision under a tree canopy.

The facilities are advertised with toilets, and water supply however since opening in April 2017 the water supply has been at best intermittent and at worst not available. The National Park has provided bottled water, a completely unacceptable solution given it's ecological footprint and the need for campers to wash dishes and themselves. This season there is a large water container (not for drinking) and a rather dirty bucket with instructions to flush the toilet using the bucket, surely a possible source of cross infection which the National Park have chosen to ignore. This is the end of the second season and still no safe and reliable water supply has been provided. I did not stay at the campsite and neither did a number of other visitors who arrived after 6pm to find the gates locked and no way to get vehicular access to the site. There is a requirement to pre-book the site on line or by telephone prior to arrival however without a phone signal on-site this was not possible. On trying later when a signal was available no one answered.

I spoke to a number of people on site, and they had a code for the gate which they were willing to reveal, making the gate quite pointless. I also asked a number of them what their experience of the rubber mat pitches, and the 3 replies were all positive.

The rangers were just leaving when I arrived they were courteous and helpful apologising for the water supply, however that does not compensate for the poor customer service, the fact the gates are locked and facilities are compromised by lack of running water.

The location is somewhat remote and the narrow road from Aberfoyle requires care for the uninitiated. The it's built on the site of a previous popular camping spot located on the shore, this area has no pitches and with the exception of the double pitch 21 non are loch side, though some are close by. The price is low and children under 18 go free however it does not represent good value without basic facilities.

Child friendliness - as a relatively wild site it is a place where children can have an adventure, the nearby loch and a number of rivers pose a danger from water and the main road is not fenced off from the site requiring constant supervision of young children.

Personally I cannot recommend this site until the basic provision of the advertised facilities including flushing toilets and a water supply is available, I saw one camper drawing water from the loch to use for cooking and bearing in mind the septic tank drains into the loch via the river running through the middle of the site, it should be of great concern. 


Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Gers1969 1 review from this member

 I was surprised to hear that the 'Wild Camping' site at Loch Chon had been turned into a recognised campsite with facilities, albeit somewhat basic according to the other review posted here.

We have enjoyed many 'Dads 'n' kids' camping weekends at Loch Chon until the kids have become a bit older. Now the boys and girls don't mix as well and all are upset at the lack of phone/internet connectivity.

The 'wild' site was great for one or two nights camping and as long as one is prepared for - and prepared to be responsible for - this type of camping was not too basic for adults and supervised children. Not too far from 'civilisation' but enough travelling required to feel that we had actually gone somewhere! Swimming in the loch, visiting the islands, climbing the hill across the loch or rope swings on trees were all popular pursuits.

Park Rangers often complimented us on our tidiness and organisation and we were never warned that we were doing anything that was frowned upon. Leaving the area as we found it (other than somewhat denuded of deadfall wood for campfire) we always expected that we would be welcome back. Unfortunately the Dads don't get license to go camping without taking the kids too! 



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