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

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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.

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