“ Address: Aberfoyle / Stirling / FK8 3SA / Scotland „
I go camping about once a month during April - September at which point I give up with the cold. Living in Glasgow means we are only about 45 minutes away from some countryside and liberated living and come rain or shine I still love the feeling of freedom and space.
We only had one night last week so abandoned our far flung sightseeing and instead went to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, a beautiful area for walkers and cyclists and a good stopover if your heading further north. We decided to head to Trossachs Holiday Park which we thought was right next to Aberfoyle, a town with a few pubs/ restaurants and because the weather is rarely good we try and head for places where there is some amenities close by. The campsite was easy to find although not really signposted until you saw the parks own large signs at the site entrance.
When we arrived it was clear this was a well organised location. Hoilday homes are available to buy/rent and the main customers of the park appear to be caravans with all pitches full. There is a well stocked shop which was open until 7pm on Sunday night and in the morning it sold fresh farm eggs. All the camping pitches were also booked up however there was an entirely empty field in the middle of the park. Eventually they relented and let us camp on the empty field but only because we were a couple, had we been friends or a group they would have turned us away. The reason behind not liking camping on the empty field is apparently because the holiday home owners don't approve so if you do want to camp here I suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. The pitch was £18 for one night and we had great views over the Campsie hills and as we were away from the main camping/caravanning area it was blissfully quiet, just the sound of the birds.
As any camper knows the standard of the toilet/shower block varies greatly but here it was not only spotless and spacious but well stocked and maintained. There was also a god games room with pool table, toys and television for when the inevitable rainy day strikes. Although we didn't see inside the lodges they looked lovely and for one week during peak season cost £750.
The on site cycle shop seemed very popular and had we been staying longer we would have rented some bikes, the cheapest adult bike was £7 for 2 hours.
The downside for us was that you were about 4- 5miles from Aberfoyle which meant taking the car if you wanted to go to the pub or for some dinner but overall it was a good location.
I suspect this would be a good site for caravanning and for the few campers it can accommodate will provide clean toilets and tranquil surroundings with staff that are relatively easy going in comparison to other sites we've been too. For us it was a good stopover but not really somewhere Id stay for a week as your too far away from any action.
Enjoy the 40 acre park landscaped with glorious oak and bluebell using the rental bikes available on site!