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Kinloch, Blairgowrie, Perthshire & Kinross, PH10 6SGView on map
Some sloping pitches
Levelling blocks required
Electric amperage: 10
Great savings on days out
Offers available to Club members
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First time visiting here. Nice location and peaceful What let it down for us was the upper price range for its current facilities. We were £28 for family of 4 in a motorhome with an awning. Not usually charged extra per person or awning on other CL we have visited. Seemed to have lots more than the usual 5 on site. Each pitch had electric but water tap on the pitch was unusable and was told to drive to drinking water tap (after we parked up and levelled van on blocks!) Also no waste on pitch and grey water disposal was around a very tight turn behind the ruined barn making it not very easy to drive to in a motorhome The ruined roofless barn was making an otherwise nice looking site messy and not very inviting. Another caravan resident was enjoying telling us what we were doing wrong which made us feel not too welcome. It's a shame as like the wee walks around we had but at this price tag I would be expecting a little bit more ease of stay.
We were a little worried about previous rather negative reviews but we enjoyed a 2 night stay. Warm welcome from our hosts and basically everything that you would expect from a CL site. If approaching from the A9 it is better to drive past the entrance which is a very tight turn back on yourself.Drive some 100 metres further to the Hotel on the left and do an easy U turn in their entrance and approach the site from the Blairgowrie direction.
This CL site advertises that all 5 pitches are hardstanding, so we duly booked a hardstanding pitch a couple of months in advance. On arriving at the site we drove onto one of the two vacant hardstandings. We were soon accosted by a warden / owner telling us that we would have to move our van onto a sloping grass pitch as all the hardstanding pitches were reserved. It soon transpired that the reason we were being put on a grass pitch was because we were only staying for one night and that basically we could take it or leave it. At no time during the advance booking process were we informed that we may be put on anything other than one of their 5 hardstanding pitches. I find it incredible that the Caravan Club allow this kind of blatant misrepresentation by a CL site.
Not at all as advertised, the main issue being that there were at some times 6 units on the ‘CL’. Warden not there when we arrived and phone number given not answered so we chose a pitch. When she finally arrived we were informed that she had planned to put us “on the field” I.e not on the ‘CL’ which had 6 hardstanding pitches but on the field adjoining field not on a hardstanding. There were 4 additional units on here. Several of the units were occupied by noisy men, clearly friends of wardens husband. Our potential nice view was spoilt by a ‘seasonal’/long term touring caravan pitched on ‘the field’ caravan immediately in front of our van The route to the toilet was through an area akin to a bomb site, dilapidated building with no roof but water streaming through the remaining first floor floorboards when it rained. Trip hazards everywhere, infrequently cleaned toilet. The final insult was that we were charged £14 per night not £12 as advertised on the Caravan Club website. Caravan Club should act against CL owners who flout the rules.
I booked this at very last minute for one night but being mid week and October it was fine. Owner extremely helpful and made sure I was happy with my pitch and offered to help with ramping if necessary (he even had ramps, though I had my own) I was fine without but being a solo travel the offer was much appreciated. I didn't use hook up but it was available and there was a tap nearby, plus a range of recycling and rubbish bins. There is a loo within the rather ramshackle old farm buildings; I didn't see any shower but that doesn't mean it's not there! Loo was clean, dry and had paper etc. Oh and although I see that the listing here on the website says it is only open til 1st November, I had asked the owner and he said he is open all year.