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Barry Downs Holiday Park
Angus   (Browse area)
Tel: 07825 957629  or  01382 535386
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Pitches: 65
Open: 01/01/2022 to 31/12/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 12 Reviews
                7/10 from 12 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming <5 miles   Indoor Pool <5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding On Site   No Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   No Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <5 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 

Reviews:  12 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Meleto 1 review from this member

 Site nice and clean, no kids, restaurant really good, pub very quiet, bus links into local town easy,

Bad - showers, one large cubical nowhere to shower and keep things dry, ended up keeping things in main toilet area, and constantly opening main door and closing it, I would expect a shower cubicle to be within the cubicle. 
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Date of Visit: November 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Jenny2 2 reviews from this member

 Easy to find, lady in reception efficient and helpful. We got to choose our own pitch, they’re all level and gravelled.

We chose one close to the shower block (still open) due to the weather forecast!

Bar and bistro open on site, great breakfast!

Quiet site, adult only, I believe. Lots of units parked up on seasonal pitches. Now then, shower block. Ladies - two toilets and two showers. Both toilet seats were broken, one unusable unless you are into hovering. There was water on the floor coming from the other toilet, and it was dark. There’s only one strip light for the whole room. The shower cubicles are large, however there’s no stool or seat and only hooks on the back of the door.

The block was, however, toasty warm!

In short, it was fine, fix the toilet seats and we’ll be back! 
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Date of Visit: July 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Gdawso 1 review from this member

 Nice friendly welcome at reception, everything explained clearly.

Well laid out pitches, toilets cleaned thoroughly daily.

Restaurant and bar welcoming reasonable prices.

Yes we will return 
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Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Templogin 3 reviews from this member

 I had cycled down from Aberdeen in heavy rain for the best part of the day, stopping every hour for food and drink, and to wring the water out of my socks. The roads were flooded so I was worried about how the site would be fairing. This was my first experience of a campsite that I have had to pay for, so everything was going to be new to me.

The reception was unmanned, so I went to the house and was told to just pick a spot and set up my two man tent. There was hardly anyone else around, and absolutely no tents, and with the rain coming down full pelt I was very tempted to set up the tent in the shower block! I braved the elements though and got the tent up. It was hard work driving in the Alpkit tent pegs and I managed to damage two of them badly.

The shower/toilet block was very clean. Half of the cubicles had been locked for some reason, but with so few people around this wasn't a problem. There was plenty of hot water, but one of the two open toilet cubicles had no toilet paper.

I visited the popular bar for a swift cider. The locals looked a bit wary of the soggy beardy bloke who had appeared in theirs midsts, but I can't blame them for that.

There was nowhere to put my wet clothes to dry, so I changed into dry clothes to sleep in and wore the wet ones the next day, hoping that they would dry out on my body.

I packed up in the rain and went across to reception to pay my fees, expecting it to be £10-£12 maximum. I got quite a shock when I was told that it was £20. If all other campsites were the same as this it was going to be an expensive six-week camping holiday.

All in all a dismal stay, due to the weather, in a very tidy looking campsite. 

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Buckland18 1 review from this member

 We recently visited the park and it was really nice me and my husband really enjoyed it, the pub on the park was a nice place friendly staff and the residents of the park seemed friendly enough too.

The cafe was good as well recently been taken over and extended and real cheap! also I think the park might have undergone some work to the toilet/shower area because the flooding problem I read about in the other reviews seems to have been resolved.

Me or my husband fail to fault this park apart from the the noises of work being carried out but it was at the other side of the park and we could barley here it! 


Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Triciauk1970 3 reviews from this member

 Just bought our first caravan so we thought we'd go not to far for first outing on arriving here it took us a little while to get into site as it was after 5pm and office was closed we had booked and informed them it would be evening arrival.

Eventually we were shown in and given pitch on first view the place is very tidy and the shower blocks were clean but as in other reviews the showers were very small and tight for showering and changing and were prone to flooding.

The cafe on site is very nice and well priced and the staff are very friendly they informed us that the site wasn't really for people with children as there are no activities or parks on site for the kids and also that the children may only go into the pub until 7pm which for us was not a worry.

We did enjoy the site but did have to travel out with for kid friendly stuff to do and also for dog friendly walks but on a whole the site was very nice, but I would say it is not really family orientated and verges more to the older clientèle 

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Val0712 33 reviews from this member

 On arrival the lady at reception wasn't very helpful, no change in till, told us we hadn't booked in which we did, were told to choose a pitch but the one's we did want for some reason we weren't allowed! Did not get shown where the toilets, waste disposal, water etc was. Very poor reception skills.

Toilets £5 deposit for each key. They were not as clean as they could've been. Bad drainage & no room in shower to get changed.

A bar is on site, with bingo & a man was singing who was good. The gym & hairdresser was next to the pub.

Small cafe on site we had the breakfast which was very good & very good priced.

The site is fine, there is a bus stop at the campsite entrance. Lots of beautiful holiday homes & everyone was very friendly.

Not sure if we will return to this site. 

Date of Visit: April 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Elizabethkim 1 review from this member

 On arrival staff were really helpful friendly were shown to our pitch and manoeuvred in with ease, and were surprised to find we were allocated with a separate parking bay which was really useful. Toilets are spotless and well maintained as they go in at early hours to clean twice a day. Cafe is really good and friendly also cheap. Breakfast at 2. 50 for 7 items plus coffee and toast really nice people. The club has a great entertainment every week , also bingo and always made us very welcome. All in all a great stay and beaches are immaculate 

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Bearsden92 1 review from this member

 The site is in a beautiful part of Scotland and the staff were helpful. However, our stay here was disappointing.

As other reviews have mentioned, the toilet block although new is very poorly designed. It is almost impossible to get changed in the cubicle and stay dry. There is inadequate drainage and the floor of the toilets was always flooded.

We also found several instances when there was no toilet roll - not a great feature when you are travelling with children! In addition, the toilet block had no ventilation - no extractor fan and no windows that could be opened, not pleasant!

There is a construction site immediately over the fence from the tent area which was very noisy at points during the day. One morning we were wakened at 7am by the sound of a JCB!

A plus point for the site was a small on-site cafe.

We will not be returning! 

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Scottish_tourer 3 reviews from this member

 Visited the site for a weekend with young family. Could not find my booking on arrival, however the site did have room to take me. £50 deposit for site barrier fob & £10 deposit for toilet block key! (Cash only at touring office, no cards)

The site is a tight squeeze for manoeuvring in my opinion, car and outfit could never stay on the thin road running round the site, and anyone without a motor mover may struggle to get onto some of the pitches. The pitches themselves are well kept serviced by EHUs, some with water taps on them.

The toilet block on site is brand new and modern. However there is a design problem with the showers, a bit of a carry on to get in and out, and unfortunately due to their design with raised shower tray and curtain, the whole toilet block floor becomes a huge swimming pool that cannot drain away to anywhere, (shame really for a new modern block)

2 sinks with drainers under cover attached to toilet block for washing up, and open air chemical disposal point. No dedicated grey waste point found.

It looks like there is construction of play area/improvement work about to commence adjacent to the touring area, although this did not effect our visit.

The site does have a Bar which I visited, and enjoyed the Saturday night band. A new small building next to the Bar contains a steam room, sauna, showers, Gym and Hairdresser.

A good base for the surrounding area, but the site has room for improvement on the above points. But as its a relatively new touring site and hopefully all these issues can be ironed out to make it a great place. 

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