Q&A Niki Larthwell and Volker Ganzer
Who are your customers? It varies, but some people have been coming back here for many years.
We see lots of backpackers with tents; they say they feel quite safe because the site is very welcoming. We get a lot of people touring in motorhomes, too, following the North Coast 500 route. The split is very much 50/50 for caravans and motorhomes, although it depends on the time of year. Most of our UK customers are members of the Caravan and Motorhome Club; this is an affiliated site. Do you get many visitors coming from abroad? We are promoted by the ACSI scheme, so we see a lot of European visitors, many from Germany – on motorbikes, sometimes five or six at a time, with tents – and Holland, for the whisky
and the scenery. Lots of Americans rent a motorhome and come here to do the whisky trail. Which eating places in town do you recommend? Macleans the bakery does excellent cooked breakfasts, and good soup and a roll at
lunchtime. The Grant Arms
Hotel is good for lunch and dinner, and The Wee Puffin
for evening meals. For pie and chips, head for The Craig Bar. What about the local area? Speyside is famous for its whisky trail, but it’s also
great for walking, cycling and climbing. We’re quite central to everywhere: just 45 minutes from Inverness, an hour from Elgin, Loch Ness and Cullen for the dolphins, and half an hour to Aviemore. For kids, there’s Landmark Forest Adventure Park and the reindeer at Glenmore.