Top 100 Sites Grantown-on-spey Caravan Park, our Regional Winner for Scotland
Claudia Dowell visits our Scotland Regional Winner, where loyal guests keep coming back
Driving through the Cairngorms National Park is spectacular at any time of year, but particularly beautiful in the autumn, when the lower mountain slopes are cloaked in forests of gold, red and green. Follow the A9 as far as Kinveachy, then take the A95, coming off before it turns sharply right to cross the River Spey. At the centre of the Georgian town of Grantown-on-spey is the Bank of Scotland and directly after that, the road that takes you to the Grantown-on-spey Caravan Park, in effect behind the main street. It’s just a 10-minute walk from all the town has to offer, so you can leave your vehicles nestled on the very spacious pitches – nine metres for the super-pitches – while you go out for breakfast or dinner. This is an ideal set-up and, with only a few things available to buy on site, the town benefits from campsite visitors. Wardens Niki Larthwell and Volker Ganzer, along with their three dogs, have been at the site since March 2018. The welcome couldn’t have been more cheery and they were eager to show me around. It’s a neat site, with everything in its place. The space is shared between tourers, tents, statics, lodges and wigwams. Of the 67 statics, two are available for hire; the rest are under a 25-year licence as holiday homes. The 15 lodges above the site are privately owned, while the two wigwams are essentially heated wooden tents with electricity, foam mattresses, seating and a table. They can sleep up to five.
Some super super-pitches
Of 150 pitches, 71 are super-pitches, with 16A electric hook-up, fresh water, waste-water drainage and a satellite dish. You get a Freesat box when you arrive. Standard hardstanding and grass pitches have 10A hook-up. All have good reception for free, fast Wi-fi. You can leave your van here, too, if you wish: the park has storage for 50 tourers, so all you have to do is tow it to your pitch when you get there, or you can have it sited before you arrive, for a small charge. All tourers are escorted to their pitch and assisted with siting. There are two washblocks, the newer of which has underfloor heating and a toddler washroom with a small bath. You can do your laundry, wash your dishes, prep veg or dry your hair in either block, although one might be closed in winter. Children are well catered for with a great playground.