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Visitor Reviews - Silverbank Caravan And Motorhome Club Site

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Silverbank Caravan And Motorhome Club Site
North Deeside Road
Banchory
Aberdeenshire   (Browse area)
AB31 5PY
Tel: 01342 327 490
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Pitches: 70
Open: 16/03 To 05/11

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 20 Reviews
                8/10 from 20 Reviews

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 No Tents   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   No Glamping Units 
 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Club Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
Activities
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 5 miles   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool 5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding 5 miles   No Cycle Hire   Golf 5 miles   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 1 mile  No Dog Walk 

This is a club member only site - you may be able to join on site - please check direct with the site

Reviews:  20 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: May 2019 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Dot P 580 reviews from this member

We last visited here 7 years ago, nothing has changed and that is a good thing. Site is kept beautifully, facilities immacualte and lovely friendy wardens.

Showers are piping hot and the facilities are well heated, laundry room with hot water for hand-washing and 4 for a machine wash, 1 per 15 minutes tumble dryer.

There is an off road path a couple of hundred yards outside the site that leads down to the Deeside Way, a fairly recent addition which saves having to walk on the road and use the previous muddy track down.

As well as the Deeside Way there is a riverside walk, both lead into town which is a 45 minute walk (all traffic free). Town has several shops, cafes, hotels and a lovely big park. Its just under 18 miles into Aberdeen, bus stops a few hundred yards from campsite with very regular services to Aberdeen and Ballater.

The site is close to the road but its not overly busy at night, we didn't find road noise at all intrusive.

Midweek offers bring the cost of the site down to 19 - other commercial sites in the are wee asking 24-25 so its good value for a great site during the week.
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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: LozzaS5 18 reviews from this member

Runs like clockwork.

A cracking site just outside the Cairngorms regional Park and a delight to stay here. Exceptionally

Run super clean CAMC site with identically sized generous hard standing pitches. Very quiet but people still friendly. Great site to relax at with easy access to pleasant town with shops pubs etc.

Deeside way great for cycling and walking particularly towards Aberdeen. Park Cafe up the road just opened really quite a nice place for coffe cakes and or brilliant pies. Many campers keep coming back to this site which is understandable.

Motorhome service pint does the job if a little tight for manoeuvring.

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Udny24 6 reviews from this member

This is an excellent site, very well kept. Wardens do an an excellent job making you feel very welcome, nothing is a problem to them.

Toilet blocks and the site in general are very well kept.

Great walks along the deeside way with paths from caravan site leading to it. Small dog exercise area on site. Mainly aimed at adults, no play area for children.

Tesco and Morrison are within walking distance. We had very good weather which was an added bonus.

Banchory itself is a lovely little town with variety of little shops and hotels, restaurants, fish& chip shop, excellent Chinese carry out.

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mischka 48 reviews from this member

We have just spent a lovely 5 nights on this site. It is a small level site on the outskirts of Banchory. Site staff were helpful and the loos and showers were great. All the pitches are large hardstanding, so the van, awning and car are all on the hardstanding.

There is a both a big Tesco and Morrisons within walking distance of the site. The only drawback of its position is that there is traffic noise from the main road.

We cycled from the site to Aboyne along the Deeside way, which is a long distance path from Aberdeen to Ballater. It is billed as suitable for walkers, cyclists and horses. Although it is not a mountain bike route, I would not recommend doing it on road bikes with skinny wheels because of the surface, which varies between compacted cinder paths and much looser gravelly sections.

There is also a chunk in a forest, which we avoided by using the road, but this adds a lot of miles to the route. We also took the bike on the car to Aboyne, to do the section from there up to Ballater.

The caravan site has a leaflet and pdf on the website of a short 4 mile cycle loop to Crathes Castle. We used this as a walking route to the castle, and round the grounds, which is well worth a visit.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Izzy58 3 reviews from this member

Beautiful location, lovely open site. Just a 15 minute walk from Banchory.

Friendly staff and amazing facilities as expected with a club site. Great for walks, on the Deeside way.

Morrisons on your doorstep for all your shopping so no need to stock up before you leave.

A site we'll definitely go back to.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Janine1947 43 reviews from this member

Booked this site due to its proximity to Aberdeen and stonehaven. Both are easily accessible from this site. Situated on the main A9 road into the village centre. Lovely little site.

Immaculate pitches and facilities as expected with caravan club sites. Large Tesco within easy walking distance. Also Morrisons slightly further but easily walkable. The village centre is about two miles away along the A9.

Road noise was a slight disturbance but not excessive so. The 202 bus to Aberdeen and stonehaven stops outside the site entrance. Very friendly wardens.

We will certainly return to this site

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Diesel steve 9 reviews from this member

Just back from 4 nights at this site. As previously said site is faultless, very clean toilets and no queuing with site full.

Site is beside busy a93 and a lot of road noise can be heard also sawmill had forklifts working from 6. 30 in the morning, reversing buzzers all day.

The track to the deeside way is a muddy track down the side of the site from the main road and no foot path from site entrance.

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Dot P 580 reviews from this member

We were really quite impressed with this site. On the side of the main road so some traffic noise - but quiet enough during the night not to bother us. Just below the site is the Dee River, the footpath along the river takes you right into town without going along the main road.

Whole site is immaculately kept by the wardens, pitches are hardstanding and very big. Motorhome dump point, ehu etc that you expect from CC sites.

As per previous post only 1 facilities block, 3 showers in ladies. Despite site being nearly full we didn't have to queue once. As always toilets and showers spotless. Wardens were helpful and friendly - office was open 9am-11am and 2pm-5pm.

We rode the Deeside Way bike path down to Aberdeen and back. You can get on a few yards from the site. Almost flat ride practically all on cycle paths right into the city. It's 17 miles each way but very easy ride and well worth the views as you cycle alongside the Dee.

Not sure we could fault this site, well placed for the coast and Braemar etc. Tesco less than 5 minutes walk across the road, town has everything you could need.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Squeky 10 reviews from this member

Silverback as previous reviewers have said is a nice campsite very open surrounded by trees. However although the facilities are spotless there are not enough showers for the size of the site so expect to queue unless you get up very early. There are a few negatives these being:

One of the wardens can sometimes be quite snappy

One of the prime pitches is always closed marked off with cones as this is where the warden keeps her large jeep.

You are not allowed to arrive before 12 so when you arrive after that the office is closed what is the point in that.

There does appear to be rules for some and not others we had a visitor and was told they had to park in the tiny car park outside the site but others were allowed to take cars to pitches one in particular stayed overnight parked on the walkway.

We particularly did not appreciate the warden taking her horse on site and allowing it to urinate right outside the office/shop where the smell hung about for quite a while.

Banchory itself is a lovely place to visit with plenty to see and do. There are a couple of very nice garden centres.

Date of Visit: March 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Capt Lightning 41 reviews from this member

Silverbank is a beautifully maintained site sandwiched between the busy A93 and the river Dee.

It is completely level, has generous hardstanding pitches and is laid out with an almost geometrical precision, giving it a slightly formal feel.

Being close to a main road and a sawmill, it is also quite noisy at times.

Banchory, which is a pleasant town with good shops and cafes, is an easy walk away. It all sounds ideal, but somehow it all lacks the character of other Deeside towns such as Ballater and Braemar.

Its main redeeming factor is the Deeside Way - the walking / cycle track that largely follows the disused railway that once carried Queen Victoria to her home at Balmoral. You can walk or cycle from Silverbank to Aberdeen if you choose and when the final section is completed, west to Ballater.

Nearer to the site, the restored railway line at Crathes offers short trips. The line is hopefully being extended to Banchory. From the station at Crathes it is only a short walk to Crathes castle and gardens. If you want to visit the castle, a path leads from the west lodge just a few minutes from the site.

Overall, Silverbank is an ideal site for exploring Deeside, especially by bicycle or on foot. It is a pity that it does not cater for tents.

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