Q&A Niki Larth­well and Volker Ganzer

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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.

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