Blair Drummond Caravan Park
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A short stay at Blair Drummond affiliated site gave us a varied experience. As already mentioned elsewhere, the location was ideal for visiting the Falkirk Wheel, the Kelpies and Stirling Castle, but we also explored the park. The tracks are good and signposted 'the quarry loch', 'the river', & 'Doune' but are limited as there are partridge and pheasant pens which are out of bounds. A walk following the river of just under three miles brought us to the bridge on the A84 over the river into Doune. Here we spotted a sign for Deanston distillery and decided to investigate. Still following the river we came to buildings (designed by Richard Arkwright) blackened with the 'angels share' - the evaporated liquid from the stored casks of maturing whisky. Inside we found a welcome, and, having decided against a tour, we sampled delicious coffee and homemade cake in the 'coffee bothy'. Refuelled we paused to taste a limited edition whisky produced by the distillery before returning through the park a slightly different way. The site was new to us. We found the walled garden site more open than Chatsworth, and the pitches bigger but thought the facilities a little stretched for the 90 odd pitches (plus 8 tents). The one block has only 4 showers in each side, and just 2 dish sinks. Busy when all the occupants of the seasonal pitches were in residence at the weekend. We didnt make use of, it but the site offers discounted tickets to the neighbouring safari park, good for a family day out.
On first appearance the site looks very good, but it soon went down hill. Not up to the normal standard of caravan club sites. Bins were emptied late in the day on several days, meant that the bins were overflowing with rubbish. The toilets were supposed to be closed between 10 - 12 which was never kept too. Toilet block was not clean to the same standard as other CC sites 1 shower drain was always blocked, several times there was no toilet paper. People used the clothes washing sinks for washing dishes and pans (Not the site fault) There appeared to be an area outside the walled garden which was used by Campers(tents) who were not CC members and had little respect for the facilities. Office was not always manned. On arrival we were told fresh bread and milk everyday. Then told only fresh bread on the weekends, but next day they had fresh bread!!!! However, the pitches were of a good size and the grass was well maintained. An ideal centre to explore the area, sadly we will not be returning