“ Address: Blair Atholl / Perthshire / PH18 5TE / Scotland „
This is a lovely little campsite in Blair Atholl set on the River Tilt. It is mostly static caravans with a small area reserved for tourers, motorhomes and tents.
We booked our first ever camping trip here this summer and it was a great park to start at. There are standard and large pitches, the large ones being £20 per night which is on the dearer side for a tent pitch, but on this site it is definitely worth it.
You can book ahead, which is a service not available all over Scotland for campers and the owners and staff are polite, friendly and take great care of the site. You pay on arrival and are given a key for the toilet block which is heated (a welcome bonus at night) and spotless. There are toilets with sinks in each cubicle and plenty of hot water. A hairdryer is available for 20p but the hand dryer suffices just as well!
There are also huge sinks for washing dishes, it costs 20p for the hot water whcih fills these big sinks adequately. Draining racks are provided and this area is also spotless. The 2 top loading washing machines cost a pound and the tumble dryer takes 20p's.
On site is an enclosed short tennis court near reception which costs £1.50 to hire for an hour which was so much fun for our family. We went with our 4 kids, aged 5,7,14 and 15 and they all had a great time.
There is also a spa which is open to the public but also available at reduced rates for residents of the site. The ample swimming pool is well-maintained and it cost us £14.50 for a family ticket (2 adults and 3 kids) and they let the wee one in free! They also didn't charge us extra for using out 2 man dome tent on our pitch in addition to out 4 man tent to accommodate all the family!
In the spa there is also a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi and some beauty facilities as well - manicures, pedicures, massages etc.
There is a path down to the river which takes a minute to walk to, with a stony beach and our kids could have scrabbled about there all day. A great bonus is that this path has a tall gate which is locked at 8pm every night, providing peace of mind if your wee ones are roaming around - keeping them safely away.
The building containing the spa also had a gorgeous restaurant which we didn't use, but looked round it (all white linen tablecloths and silver service). It opened from 10am and had an outdoor terrace which i used for a quiet coffee one morning with my book to get away from everyone for half an hour.
Five minutes along the road there is a shop selling lots of essentials very reasonably and is great for rolls in the morning. In the other direction, there is a great chip shop with a sit-in facility which also does pizzas, but not on a Monday for some reason!
There is also a much larger campsite diagonally opposite where you can use another small shop, and they also have a games room and playpark which we went over and used.
This campsite also has little cottages that you can rent and is within visiting distance of many interesting places - the Crannog Centre at Loch Tay, Pitlochry, Killin, The House of Bruar, Aberfeldy and the Highland Wildlife Park and many more places.
We would definitely go back for the quieter campsite appeal an dwould thoroughly recommend it to others.
Camp and caravan park.