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Visitor Reviews - Ythan Valley Camp Site

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Ythan Valley Camp Site
Smithfield
Ythanbank
Ellon
Aberdeenshire   (Browse area)
AB41 7TH
Tel: 01358 761400
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Pitches: 5
Open: March To November

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 7 Reviews
                9/10 from 7 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Glamping Units 
 Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis 
 Beach <10 miles   Watersports <10 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   Dog Walk 

Reviews:

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Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: LesD 18 reviews from this member

We stayed 5 nights on the campsite and had a very nice time. It feels more like camping on the side lawn of the house than a campsite. The lawn area is small and will fit about 6 tents max. There are 2-3 other spots in the field that are secluded if you want to pay more for a private pitch. The ground is level and a bit stony but ordinary pegs worked fine. The site is in a quiet and sheltered location with fields on 3 sides. Cattle were in 1 field. Nice countryside views apart from the wind turbines - a personal dislike of mine.

Facilities: the Wash House is very well built and looked after. Fresh flowers, very clean and even a little shop on a shelf. Lots of nice personal touches. It is unisex, with 2 WCs, 2 wash hand basins cold water only and 1 electric shower. There were only 4 other people on site so it worked okay for us. Outside is an under cover washing up sink and drainer, again cold water only.

A novelty is the 'bush shower'. I won't spoil it by explaining but on a warm day it would be great fun. On cool evenings, there is a chimenea to use and toast a marshmallow or two.

Access is via a small track from the house. It has large tree roots across it. If you don't have a 4x4 or high ground clearance car I would advise looking at it before driving across. A fully laden car will easily ground. Park by the house and use the wheelbarrow to get your stuff to the lawn.

The owners are very friendly and knowledgeable. They have made up laminated sheets of some short walks from the site and have a box of up to date leaflets to borrow. They can provide eggs, homemade bread and even cooked foods.

A few miles away is the town of Ellon with local shops, bars and restaurants and supermarkets.

A good campsite for peace and quiet.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Floreda 1 review from this member

This is a smashing site if you like peace and quiet. Toilets and shower are clean and tidy with little homely touches. There is no play area but there is plenty to explore. The site sits in the middle of castle country with added distilleries. A short drive will also take you to the east coast where you can go for walks along sandy beaches. I will be going back again.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: SandJBavister 2 reviews from this member

This beautiful campsite is idyllic. We were privileged to have it all to ourselves just ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Both the host and hostess were so friendly and welcoming. We couldn't have asked for anymore. It was an absolutely freezing night and they brought out logs to us so we could light the woodburner and keep warm. So caring and attentive as hosts.

The washroom is amazing, such a wonderful idea. Cannot believe I had a shower in a 'real' shower whilst camping. Only a shame it wasn't warm enough to have enjoyed the new bush shower.

Fantastic little home from home touches all over the campsite.

In the morning, knowing we were off on our bikes again we were brought leaflets for things to stop off and do along the way. Aswell as sharing local knowledge and just having a chit chat really. We stayed most of the morning, we were exhausted from the previous days cycling, and we did not feel as though we were a bother at all.

The little ducks kept is company for the morning as we enjoyed the sunshine and piece and quiet. Idyllic spot and fantastic campsite. Would definitely recommend if you are in the area!

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Huntingseason 1 review from this member

A really wonderful campsite. The toilets and shower and sinks were all spotlessly clean and the host and hostess were very friendly.

We went with two four year olds and they were very entertained by the collection of animals.

There were rabbit, ducks, doves and chickens. The breakfast, cooked by our hosts was really delicious and mostly organic.

The surrounding countryside is beautiful, although flatter and more farmed than the west of Scotland, and we had a great walk around.

The river Ythan is nearby and we have seen otters there in the past. There are no shops in Ythanbank and no pubs.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: JLCC 1 review from this member

We stayed at this peaceful campsite for four nights with our two children. It only has five pitches and for the first two nights we had the whole place to ourselves. The whole area was silent, no traffic noise or anything. There is a proper shower room and toilet to use. Although when the site got busier we did have to wait to use the toilet while people had their shower it was worth it for a proper bathroom.

The owners make fresh bread and breakfast brought either to your tent or to eat in the courtyard which was great if expensive.

There wasn't a play area or anything like that for the children to do but the daughter of the campsite owner took our son to show him the ducks and chickens and there was plenty of space for the children to run about so it should be great when they are a bit older. They loved looking at the cows in the neighbouring field.

I think that this is our favourite campsite so far.

We will be using this campsite again.

Date of Visit: August 2007 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Akela Sue 12 reviews from this member

What a find, people and site are fantastic, very friendly and welcoming. I was visiting friends in the area and it was great to find a campsite within minutes of their house.

Nice level site with only a few visitors to enjoy the ponies, ducks and chickens. The owners offer a breakfast facility when they will bring bacon sandwiches to your tent in the morning. Just wish we had been organised enough to take advantage of this.

We will certainly be back.

Reviewer: Hugh Thomas

april 2003
I recently found this site whilst in the area. It is in a delightful area , and Mr. and Mrs. Wright are very welcoming.
The site is well located for touring the many historic castles and ancient monuments of the north east of Scotland.


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