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Silverbank Caravan And Motorhome Club Site
North Deeside Road
Aberdeenshire   (Browse area)
AB31 5PY
Tel: 01342 327 490
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Pitches: 70
Open: 16/03/2024 to 05/11/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 26 Reviews
                8/10 from 26 Reviews

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 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics for Sale   Seasonal Pitches 
 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 
 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   Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <5 miles 
 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 
 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

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Date of Visit: April 2022 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Romastone 45 reviews from this member

 Usual CMC clean facilities which are always of a high standard. Despite being on the edge of Banchory, it does feel that you aren't in a residential area.

A fairly large Tesco is about 10 mins walk, the centre of Banchory along the road or by the river takes just over half an hour.

One good walk is just beyond Tesco is the start of one of the access roads to Crathes castle which is a nice walk through the woodland. We came back via the station for the steam train and walked along the river bank.

The area has two dog walking runs. One looks to be fully enclosed but I noticed it is easy for a wandering dog to get behind the fence. Be careful if using this area. 

Date of Visit: April 2022 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: TheWheelsOnMyHome 1 review from this member

 Nice site, very clean and orderly. Toilet block clean, showers without time switch, always a bonus.

BUT there is a dog exercise area marked as an ‘off leash area’, quite large and well kept. There is one edge with just a hedge leading down to a thickly bushed area inaccessible to humans. Dog of course goes to sniff around and stays a while, she is young but hey it’s a safe area and she will come back. Thankfully she did eventually.

I ask the warden later just to check it is all fenced, but no it isn’t. It is open at the bottom to the main road with a few trees to scramble over. Incredibly unsafe. The rest of the site is accessible to dogs on lead only, so that reinforces the expected safety in the exercise area. Warden say I am the fifth person to ask about it but they won’t put a simple fence along the top but will consider changing the sign to ‘on lead only’ (so that makes it basically the same as the rest of the park then).

I have never come across a designated dog exercise area in any other campsite similarly unfenced. I would say about a third of campers had dogs, I hope they are all OK. How frustrating a nice site stops you from visiting by one ridiculous design flaw. 
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Date of Visit: July 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  With friends
Reviewer: J1llyb 1 review from this member

 A lovely site with a large hard standing pitch. Easily accessed from main road and within walking distance of Banchory town centre. Lovely river walks nearby.

Clean facilities, recycling too. Speedy check in and reasonable rates. Surrounded by trees so didn’t get a TV signal but noticed others did. This is my third time staying here.

A real favourite site. 
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Date of Visit: October 2020 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 30 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Laightown 1 review from this member

 A return visit to this site for an end-of-season stay. Silverbank is impeccably kept by the warden team, Sue and Gary, and really is a credit to their constant attention.

Covid precautions all working well. I had no concerns on that front.

The site itself is built around two grassed areas and there are some lovely hedges and shrubs which further sub-divide. So no feeling of being in a "car park".

Directly from the site you can walk down to Deeside and amble for miles along the river in either direction. Our dog loved it. As a previous reviewer mentioned, some pitches back on to the main road, but there is quite a wide demarcation area filled with mature trees and hedging, which does act as a sound barrier.

There is little traffic between 11pm and 7 am. If you are noise sensitive, maybe avoid these pitches.

Big Tesco within walking distance. Morrisons also. Banchory itself maybe a 20 min stroll.

The surrounding area has so much to offer to the tourist. Visit Balmoral. Drive into the Cairngorms. Take a walk round Crathie castle grounds (castle currently closed - Covid). Or drive to the coast and visit Balmedie Beach, long sandy dunes, and nature trails on wooden boardwalks.

Take a flask of coffee and park in the layby of the Gliding Club just to watch them come and go. I never tire of things to do from this site.

Highly recommended and can't wait to be back. 

Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Capt Lightning 45 reviews from this member

 First trip away this year, having not rushed off as soon as the sites opened. This is usually a popular site and was unsurprisingly fully booked. We managed to get our preferred location away from the noise of the adjacent sawmill and the main road.

The Covid precautions were well thought out with a "token" system to ensure no more than two male and two female used the toilet block at the same time. This gave rise to small queues at times.

There were numerous 'sanitiser' points round the site.

Silverbank is a good walk into town along the Deeside way, but the 202 bus that used to pass the site no longer runs. For those wanting to travel by bus (restricted passenger numbers), the 201 bus from Aberdeen to Braemar stops outside the Tesco supermarket, a few minutes walk from the site.

Overall, this is an excellent site with good access to Royal Deeside, but having no play area and adjacent to a busy main road, is not really the best site for young children. 


Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: KBKed 22 reviews from this member

 A well laid out site with spacious pitches. Facilities are adequate, maybe a little freshen up needed.

The walk into Banchory takes around 40 mins but can be undertaken along the Deeside Way/Riverside walk, which is easily accessed from the site. In the opposite direction Crathes castle is within walking distance.

However if walking is not your thing, there is a bus stop just outside the site. 

Date of Visit: May 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Dot P 684 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
Reviewer: LozzaS5 32 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
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
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Mischka 84 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. 

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