Rated 4 of 5

Rated 5 of 5

Peace and tranquility

Rated 5 of 5

Access to local places of interest

Rated 5 of 5

Beauty of surroundings and scenery

Rated 5 of 5

Ease of arrival/welcome

5 Star Rating in every aspect

We chose this CL as it is extremely well placed in an area of northern Scotland we had yet to explore. Booked in 2020 having spoken to Linda about the site and the area. So useful to be able to chat and be reassured by someone who knew the area so well. Whilst it is not uncommon for CL owners to ask for a deposit when booking, Linda's trust in CMC members to do the right thing was nice - even more so in these difficult times regarding Covid and travel restrictions. In making our choice to stay at the CL I was interested in the little mention that is made in their listing about fishing either a local Loch or in my case on the River Deveron. Linda briefly outlined that Michael could arrange whatever I required and so I arrived well prepared for some prime river fishing on one of Scotland's premier rivers. Once you arrive on site it could not be more simple - all pitches are clearly marked and we had been informed of which was to be ours for the 8 nights we stayed. The fact that each pitch is FULL SERVICE is a real bonus but the views and peace and tranquility also go a long way to making this a truly amazing CL. So what to do in this area: Cycling, especially ebiking, on roads that are well maintained and hardly used by cars is a real pleasure. Easily possible to accomplish rides of 45 miles and see some truly amazing scenery and famous Scottish beaches. Visiting more local villages by car also allows for some great walks on the beach or along cliff tops. Michael also runs the local wet fish shop in Gardenstown so you can get the best of local fish right on the door step or he will also deliver it to your pitch. What a service. Now to the fishing - well Michael really made my trip - he is a very accomplished salmon fisher and was keen for me to experience this discipline - sadly whist I had 3 good opportunities I did not connect with one. However, it was different story when Michael had booked and organised a day for us on the Mayen House Beat across the river from his own beat. I am not going to spoil the anticipation for readers who are interested - just let me say it was an experience of the highest order with Michael acting as Ghillie, Mentor as well as Head Chef for an amazing lunch. I hope that you both are able to use some of the photos I have shared with you as these show some of the wonderful places and scenery available as well as the truly memorable fishing day. Linda and Michael deserve our support as Club members and whilst their CL is at the top end of the UK it is a trip that is certainly worth the effort. You will leave well rested and relaxed having seen and experienced a very special place managed by equally special people.

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