Balbirnie Park Caravan Club Site

Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 6NR, Scotland

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Ideal for ...

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays

Why stay here ...

Attractively set within 400 acres of parkland, Balbirnie Park Club site offers a variety of walks, some of which are suitable for cycling, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The site is great for dog owners, with plenty of open space and woodland, and is a great holiday location for everyone in the family. You have a choice of pitches: those grouped in open areas and surrounded by statuesque mature trees or others located in charming shady glades.

The nearby village of Markinch is only steps away and offers grocery shops, a post office, restaurants, bars and cafes, most of which offer free WIFI and are dog friendly.

The stunning beaches of Elie, Leven and St Monans are just a short drive away, as well as as award winning fish and chips shop in Anstruther. The beautiful Falkland Palace and gardens are also only 5.5 miles from site and well worth a visit.

The railway station, just 15 minutes’ walk from the site, provides direct links to Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth. Why not take a day trip to Edinburgh, just an hours’ train ride away that crosses the spectacular Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bus also stops directly outside the site making access to the local area easy.

For a more active way to spend the day visit Glenrothes and Kirkaldy sporting facilities or go swimming, ten pin bowling, ice skating, go carting or horse riding (all within five miles of the site). There is also a golf club in Balbirnie Park and a further 30 courses in Fife including the famous St Andrews course. The Balbirnie Park Club Site enjoys the annual Highland games for Markinch & Glenrothes located just opposite in the John Dixon Park, every first weekend in June. Enjoy traditional bagpipes, dancing, tug of war and caber throwing.

Facilities on site ...

  • Baby changing facilities
  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dishwashing area
  • Dog walk from site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Family washroom
  • Gas
  • Late arrivals area with electric hook-up
  • Laundry facilities
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: fair
  • Wi-Fi

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Walking notes:

The site is surrounded by farmland and lochs, including Loch Leven, so it’s easy to find routes to explore. The East and West Lomond hills are a great starting point with routes for all abilities. There is also a coastal path from Burntisland to St. Andrews that is accessible from most coastal towns, the nearest of which is Leven about 7 miles from the site.

Check out our ViewRanger walk.

Supermarket notes:
The closest is Morrisons in Glenrothes, about 2 miles from the site.

Great savings on days out

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Directions

Please do not use sat nav on final approach to the site. From South leave M90 at junction 2A (junction 3 if approaching from North) onto A92 (signposted Kirkcaldy) for about 15 miles. At Tullis Russell roundabout turn right onto B9130 (signposted Markinch, Balbirnie Park House Hotel, Balbirnie Park international caravan site sign). In 0.75 mile turn left at large white signpost into Balbirnie Park. The site entrance is on the right in 30 yards.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
KY7 6NR
GPS:
Lat 56.203969 / Lon -3.139994
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OS field ref:
NO293018
OS map ref:
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Handbook map ref:
F15

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Glenrothes and Leven
  • Car hire on site
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest park and ride: Edinburgh
  • Nearest train station: Markinch
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Train station within 5 miles

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A great site, just where we needed it

Balbirnie Park Caravan Club Site
We stayed 5 nights, at the end of September 2021 and really rate the site. The only loss of peace and quiet was on Saturday night, from somewhere (off site) nearby. We will be back, at some point. If only it were nearer to home.

robertdavey6

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Reviewed on 03/10/2021 21:57

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Great site and very clean

Balbirnie Park Caravan Club Site
This is the 2nd visit any the site nor the wardens disappointed us. The shower block is exceptionally clean and the wardens very friendly and helpful. This is the first grass pitch we’ve been on. Very clean and quite. There loads of places to visit nearby and I particularly liked the remote barrier system. You don’t have to struggle trying to swipe a card. We will be back soon. Thanks to the wardens. Keep up the great work that you’re doing.

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We have been to Balbirnie Caravan Park several times, we generally go at the start of the season and at the end of the season to get our van ready for the holidays. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The toilets were spotless I could have eaten my dinner off the floor ... well done for keeping the toilets fab. If the toilet/shower block is clean that is the most important thing for me to choose a site. We had a great pitch hard standing and next to the shower block we had more than enough space for our caravan, awning and car to fit nicely and have some privacy. Balbirnie park is great place for dog walking it has woods and also large grassy areas. Only small downside is that the site overlooks a housing estate it would be good if there were some large trees or something to block the view. There isnt much in the village regarding shops however just a 5 minute drive there are several large super stores, ASDA, Morrisons & a Lidl.

RuthSmith

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Reviewed on 27/09/2021 15:29

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amazing site and best wardens ever

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This is our second visit to Balbirnie Park. On our arrival we were greeted by a very warm welcome from Joanna and Craig. They were so friendly and so helpful ensuring we had a pitch near the facilities block as my wife has mobility issues and disability in walking. They even contacted the next site we were visiting to ask for a pitch near the facilities as we didn't know we could do this. They both work extremely hard keeping the site in a very clean and tidy condition. Always ensuring the facilities blocks are kept to a high standard at any time of the day. We often saw Craig checking them as well as doing a check around the site. They are probably the best staff we have come across in the last 5 years of Motor homing. We would strongly recommend the Laurel Bank Hotel for food as we ate there every night and were never disappointed with the food or the service. We also recommend using the trains if you are Motorhomer's. The station is only 10 minute walk away and the fares are very reasonable into Edinburgh and Dundee, it is also good to get to Perth too but we didn't partake in this one as we were only at Balbirnie Park for 3 nights. They run every hour and are very clean and strict on covid rules regarding masks whilst travelling, so you feel safe.

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A good base, but a site likely to divide opinion

Balbirnie Park Caravan Club Site

This site was not to my taste, though some might love it for its nooks and grannies and unstructured nature. My time here was not helped by a lot of wet, dank, misty and very muggy weather which made what is a very gloomy site even gloomier. It is heavily wooded, the trees tall, and there is not much light. The damp, and the detritus created by myriad trees, meant for an untidy and grubby surface underfoot and this grime was easily trampled into the van. I pitched in a relatively open area at the north-east edge of the site, adjacent to housing. This area has a hard-core surface throughout and is set low down. Many pitches were defined by a dividing bed of shrubs, but others relied on customers being fair about how far they spread themselves. I saw one instance of encroachment that would have enraged me if I were the neighbour. The nearest service point to this part of the site was atop of a steep bank making hauling a full waste carrier up quite an effort and negotiating a full water carrier down a challenge. Perhaps there were technical reasons why the site engineers (presumably many years ago as the site feels very aged) could not put a service point in this low part which, after all, had 20 pitches. If not, this was negligent design.

There were a number of seasonal pitches in this part. My neighbours – either side and opposite – were unoccupied during my stay save for one van for one night only. It made for a lonely existence and, along with the darkness and dreariness of the site, made for a sense of cheerlessness.

For caravanners there is much to see in Fife and that makes the site a good base. For those who rely on public transport, the new station is a 15-minute walk with direct trains to Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and elsewhere. For once, I did not explore the buses but there appears to be several options from outside the site.

The local village of Markinch is typically grey, but, if you explore it, you’ll find it to be surprisingly pretty with lots of lovely narrow, hilly streets with pretty cottages. The church is well worth a visit and also Markinch Hill which has some good views – restricted by trees – to the Forth estuary. The village has limited facilities including some dubious looking pubs, a hotel, suffering with bad reviews it seems, two mini supermarkets, a pharmacy, a pretty little gift shop and an over-supply of hairdressers. I enjoyed the 3-Beans Coffee shop daily and the Grace Chinese was excellent, if very expensive. I was disappointed with Balbirnie Park in which I could find nothing of much interest and most of which is taken up by a golf course. The standing stones were something of an anti-climax. Nearby Glenrothes is a new town that has seen happier times. The saving grace of this visit was that the local people, and the Scottish people on site, were wonderfully friendly and warm with almost every passer-by offering a greeting and those in the shops and other establishments always ready for a chat.

Graydjames

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Reviewed on 16/09/2021 11:27

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Remember, you only pay 12.5% VAT until 31 March 2022 on Club campsite prices! All you need to do is book your holiday as normal, and the discount will be applied to the appropriate rate when you pay on site.

With our campsites busier than ever right now, we'd really appreciate your support with a few things to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable stay. Please be mindful of site arrival times (as they do vary), keep children and pets close by and within sight, and ensure you keep your speed below 5mph. Thank you!

All internal shared facility areas, including toilet and shower blocks, wash up areas, laundry rooms, drying rooms and information rooms are now fully open, however in order to continue to protect our staff, we do still require social distancing, and the wearing of face coverings in our reception areas for the time being.