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Thorntonloch Caravan Park
Lothian   (Browse area)
EH42 1QS
Tel: 01368 840236
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Pitches: 16 (10 touring+6 small tent pitches)
Open: 1st March To October 31st

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

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

Reviews:  20 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: August 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Dmdemp27021my 1 review from this member

 A very pleasant site, loved being 1 min walk from the beach, a large sandy bay.

Everyone friendly & welcoming. A long narrow site making for a peaceful stay. 
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Date of Visit: August 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: User14936b42 1 review from this member

 Well kept site. Toilet block always clean. Plenty hot water in both dish washing area and toilet. Block. Great showers

We had a pitch with Fantastic views. ! We were welcomed by the warden Wesley and she made sure we had an enjoyable time.

Friendly people on site

We will certainly be back hopefully for longer next time. 
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Date of Visit: September 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Lizzie120464 12 reviews from this member

 What a fantastic find! This must be one of the best wee sites I have ever stayed on. The wardens are very friendly and helpful.

We only stayed for 3 nights but will be coming back next year.

Right on a beautiful beach and the sun was out every day.

Very clean facilities and the best showers ever. All in all a fantastic place to spend some quality time. 

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: HenryJF 4 reviews from this member

 Great site with an amazing beach just 50 metres away. Tent area is fenced and adjacent to the car park. Site is quiet and friendly with renovation works ongoing to one toilet block.

Current facilities were clean with non-metered strong hot showers. We walked along the coast to Dunbar (approx 3 hours amble) along the John Muir Way which has good pubs and good food.

A taxi back with full bellies only cost us 12 quid. We are looking forward to our return visit 

Date of Visit: March 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Nirikina 3 reviews from this member

 We had a warm welcome from Peter at Thorntonloch despite the cold wet weather. Great views of the sea from the campsite.

Our tent pitch was well drained and sheltered from the wind so we had a good couple of nights listening to the waves crashing on the beach.

The shower block nearest our pitch was closed for refurbishment but the block at the other end of the site was lovely and clean, plenty of hot water and a hair dryer too.

Would recommend. 

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Kayerunrig 1 review from this member

 Clean tidy and a pleasure to camp at, cant really fault it, but then were boring campers of a certain age.

Maybe not a site for those who expect to be entertained, but wonderful for those of us who just want a bit of peace and to put your feet up.

Gorgeous beach, basic facilities, could do with somewhere to freeze your ice packs. Ideal stopping off point on the way to Edinburgh or the Highlands.

Dont be put off by the very large nuclear plant next door, you don't notice its there and we promise none of the endless rabbits have eyes that glow green in the dark ! 

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Crainneag 10 reviews from this member

 We wanted a quiet site not far from home for a few days break and picked this site as it doesn't have a club and is by the beach.

Our internet enquiry was responded to quickly and we paid our deposit by PayPal.

On arrival we were greeted and offered the choice of two pitches, we chose one nearest the caravan park with moderate views of the sea, interrupted by a few vans. The site is level and the grass is kept short, pegging out wasn't easy due to the limited soil depth but they all held.

The tent field doubles as the car park for the tourers so there is only room for 6 or so tents at any one time. The site was very quiet when we visited mid week.

The toilet/shower facilities were excellent, very modern, clean and with lashings of hot water, the showers are free and not timed. There is a wetsuit sluicing basin outside the main block.

There is a washing machine and tumble drier available, I don't know the cost as we were there for a few days only and didn't use them. There are no freezers available for freezing ice blocks and, whilst the warden froze them for us, she pointed out that it was in her personal freezer which I took to suggest that it was not the norm there to freeze blocks for campers.

The beach is accessed through gates at each end of the static caravan fields. It is superb with fine sand and, near the site and for some distance on each side, rock free. Walking south east takes you on to limestone pavement with some very interesting rock structures and impressive rock pools. Further along there is a sea cut archway but this needs good footwear and knowledge of the tides to investigate (a tide table is pinned up at the campsite).

To the north west is Torness nuclear power station, a large block structure which is shielded from tent field by trees. It is a bit of a blot but not enough to put us off the area.

Dunbar is 5 miles away, there is a supermarket and a variety of shops in the town, we parked free at the leisure centre. The harbour is worth a visit as is the town museum. Belhaven Brewery is in the town and, as well as brewing superb beers, it offers brewery tours, online booking is required.

If you are tempted to visit Doonhill and do not have a Landrover, tractor, hovercraft or helicopter then I wouldn't really bother, the road/track is atrocious.

Back to the campsite; On arrival we were presented with a welcome leaflet that detailed a long list of 'Do Nots', I have never experienced this at any other site and this is a negative factor; I have been to several sites that lack published rules and they worked fine and I expect this one would to.

I would recommend this site for mature campers or families with youngish children who are happy on the beach, older children/teens would probably find it to uninspiring unless they were into watersports; ball games, even in the large, central grass area are one of the 'Do Nots'. 

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Zeryx 13 reviews from this member

 A really nice site but there's not a great deal of room allocated for tents. There are regular entertainment events in the community hall. Only about 5 mile drive to the nearest supermarket but not much else close by the site. The children's play parks look good.

I was camping with a group who despite ensuring we were quiet after the curfew found ourselves being targeted by a rather unpleasant and over zealous warden. Accusing us of using bad language and shouting (both untrue). After he'd left us we were told by some of the people who were in the static caravans that they'd also had problems with this couple who are new wardens to the site. 

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Campbeg 7 reviews from this member

 This is a nice campsite. Lovely views of the sea, but would not recommend it. Would take you all day to read the rules, only site I know where you cant sleep in inner tent in your awning or let your children play tennis because of no ball games rules. The amount of electricity supplied for price is unbelievable. The toilet block is very clean but freezing with no mats to stand on when coming out of shower so your feet are like ice. Got the impression if they could they would not have touring caravans or tents, only statics where everyone knew each other. Not very friendly to visitors. 

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Stevearty 7 reviews from this member

 Bit of a mixed view on this site - to start with, Warning! If you have a big outfit, do not negotiate the gate, without removing the gatepost first, we didn't, because we didn't know it came out, and I now need to replace my wheelarch cover on my Conqueror 645, (not helped by the warden who watched me scrape it off, I have to say).

We liked the beach location especially for the dogs, 30 seconds to the waterfront. We didn't like the 'A' field spots with no outlook, but if you can get on the other field spots that look out over the beach then they are ok.

Facilities were fine, clean showers, well located grey water, fresh water and waste facilities. Some road noise due to proximity of the A1, and the odd train through the night, but not overly intrusive.

I find the 'no sleeping' in an awning rule slightly strange - If it affected me, I would've insisted on seeing the Fire Safety Certificate, which actually states that, as it is a rule I've never come across before!

We did not like the Nuclear Power Station next door, or more precisely my wife was terrified of it - I spent Friday night explaining how a Reactor creates electricity, which was fine, but I woke up around 0130hrs on the Sunday morning to find my wife in the lounge staring at a brightly lit power station working at full tilt for some reason, (picture lots of light, lots of steam, lots of noise etc), it took a lot for me to stop her hooking up and driving away there and then! (A reassuring, 'well if it blows, we won't know much about it' didn't help either). 

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