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"You will find a real taste of the Scottish Highlands in this area of castles, distilleries and beautiful scenery."
The well-known whisky distilleries of Speyside, using the area's famous springs to create the 'water of life', are only a stone's throw from our Club Site. Set on a gentle, south-facing slope, the campsite is lightly wooded - giving some shade but preserving its open feel.
Age Concession available all season.
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The Speyside Site is one we return to most
often because of many things, including the views and also so many local enjoyable walks. - Mr and Mrs Smith
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Speyside Camping and Caravanning Club SiteArchiestownAberlourMorayAB38 9SL
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Andrew Darnell, Elizabeth Darnell
Quiet site well placed for visiting local towns and tourist attractions. Site Managers Richard and Angela most helpful & outgoing. Add to these qualities fish & chips to die for and what more could we want?
DATE STAYED: July 2012
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break
We have visited this site on four occasions since 2010 with three different sets of wardens. All of the wardens were extremely hard working,and very helpful. However the site is so in need of extensive upgrading that no matter how hard they worked it did not and could not change the fact that the site generally speaking falls below acceptable standards. For example the disabled shower room although large was extremly cold in spite of a small heater and the water pressure was negligible. There is so much upgrading required on this site that we have decided that we will not return until the upgrading is in place.
DATE STAYED: October 2012
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
We spent yet another happy week here
Richard and Angela work tirelessly to keep this site looking good This is our second visit this year and hopefully we will get back before the season ends it is so peaceful and lovely with such friendly managers
DATE STAYED: September 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families
Whilst the Site Managers were absolutely brilliant, this site is desperately in need of upgrading. The presence of several somewhat scruffy caravans being used by local workers is off-putting. Several of the hardstandings are difficult to access easily, being the remains of prison camp hut floors!
A lovely quiet location with the Fish & Chip van coming on a Tuesday night to the site as an added bonus! Very well maintained, only complaint is this need for wardens to close off some toilet and shower units when caravan park is not completey full as the knock on effect to members is having to 'judge' when to go for a shower. Other than that it is really well maintained by the wardens - and as such I will go back.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
friendly well kept site the staff where very helpfull very clean toilets but a bit dated very good base camp for surrounding area
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
A lovely quiet peaceful site, well run by Angela and Richard. They are very friendly and conscientious and nothimg is too much trouble to them. A suggestion to overcome the drainage and wet areas is to form a pond on the bottom part of the site which is currently unusable due to the adverse weather conditions. This could enhance the wonderful wildlife already seen on this site. WiFi would also be a benefit. Angela and Richard have continued on from the previous managers last year and have a superb site.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Just spent a relaxing two weeks at this great site, we used it as a base to visit other places such as Elgin, Buckie, Forres, Nairn, Fochabers and Spey bay to name but a few. We have been to this site on many occasions over the years and this year we saw a huge difference in the cleanliness of the facilities thanks to Angela and Richard who also made you feel very welcome.
We are new members and this was our first adventure, we had a wonderful 4 days thank you, we will return even if its just for the fish & chips
DATE STAYED: June 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
Handy for coast of Moray Firth for walking and golf.Whisky distilleries in abundance.Cooperage in Craigellachie well worth a visit.Richard and Angela always had a friendly word beetween their duties
Just returned from an excellent fortnight at this site The site managers Richard and Angela go out of their way to provide for the campers keeping a clean and ordered site they have turned this site round they work hard to ensure campers' needs are catered for the flowers and available herbs (for the cooks)enhance the site far cry to what it was 2yrs back!!! The site managers encourage campers to approach them with suggestions never have to wait to shower or use the Loo facilities (let's be positive about this Clubsite facilities as our managers work their socks off for us members) all strength to their arm for the future Thank you we apreciate your efforts!!!!!!!!!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Peaceful break
Drainage at the site needs considerable improvement, don't expect to get puddles of water in the tent to come up through 2 groundsheets; nor water to be pooling under foot when stepping outside the tent.
Facilities are very dated and in both men's and women's showers only 2 out of 4 showers were available for use at any one time which often meant long queues.
Not recommended for backpackers as there is nothing to do on site or in the immediate area; definitely need a car or some form of transport as it is approx. 3 miles from any kind of public transport.
Evening entertainment is non-existent and if you do go out, be wary of the fact that vehicular access is banned between 11pm and 7am - something we didn't know about until we got there!
Compared to other sites we looked at in the area, the cost per night seemed rather high in comparison to other sites which had better and more up-to-date facilities.
Overall, site seems to be better suited for those with caravans and motorhomes.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples
A peaceful site withing a short distance of all that is attractive of Scotland. Countryside, rivers, distilleries offering tours and tastings (Cardhu is about 4 miles). The site is pleasantly laid out with a mix of grass and hardstandings; some shade and shelter from trees etc. Facilities are dated but are adequate, clean and work perfectly well. Would thoroughly recommend this site to anyone visiting the area.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We have just returned from spending two wonderful weeks at Speyside. The site we could not find fault with, and the managers Richard and Angela could not have made us more welcome or been more helpful. They are doing a wonderful job.
DATE STAYED: May 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
very well recieved by the warden and partner, very friendly with an outward going personality, most helpful with regards to local knowledge, found the site very clean and tidy.
Site very quiet as the weather could have been more friendly. Will definately be back to this site when the opportunity arises.
DATE STAYED: April 2012
Thanks for a very nice stay, and for repegging our tent during those winds! :-) Scott Caldwell 14/05/12
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups
I have spent the last 5 seasons at Speyside and about to commence yet another however, 2011 saw a complete turn round in fortunes for this site with all the time and effort put in by Steve & Sheree the new managment team ranging from a transformation of the toilet/shower block to filling in the bomb craters in the narrow road round the site as well as heavy de-vegetation of the dog walk and other parts of the site plus many other tasks that make for a well run site, hopefully Steve & Sheree will be here at Speyside for as long a club policy permits.
DATE STAYED: April 2011
We spent a week here from the first of September and we enjoyed our stay so much that we were back for another week from 29th September The hospitality you receive from Sheree and Steve is absolutely wonderful nothing seems a bother to them if you have any queries and they are so friendly when you arrive that you just want to stay longer each time. It just seems like Heaven on earth to us with Sheree and Steve always busy trying to keep the place in tiptop condition. They both work so hard around the place but still take the time to have a chat when cutting the grass or cleaning we just love this site and it's very friendly managers
DATE STAYED: September 2011
Steve and Sheree have done a great job here. The place is very clean and tidy and they are always there to give a warm welcome and help with any questions we had. I would recommend this site to anyone and will be back. Only downside is poor drainage as most of the grass pitches get very soggy when it rain. Thanks and well done to Steve and Sheree for making our stay so good (and thanks from the kids for the goody bags)
Overall, a nice enough site, very warm welcome. Would recommend making sure you've got an extra long electric cable as some sites may be further away from the hook up. Facilities were clean and plenty of showers to go round.
Unfortunately whilst we were there, a rowdy group of teenage campers arrived which made this less of a peaceful break. I think we'd opt for a smaller site next time - but definitely a thumbs up for the site in general.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break
We camped here last year and weren't going to return as the site seemed "run down". So glad that we came back, Steve and Sheree have made a huge difference since last season with work in progress to further improve the site, everything has improved 100% on last year. Cleaner, tidier, lovely flower beds, the shower block has had a facelift and has shower curtains that don't stick to you.. hurrah. The fresh herbs available to cut and use are an especially nice touch. Keep up the good work and we'll see you next season.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
I agree with everything said by previous reviewer mr johnson with regard to the poor drainage on site, only half the site was useable for the 5 days we were there and potential campers turned away. Steve & Sheree were very friendly and helpfull the site is well maintained with nice personal touches such as growing herb pots and hanging baskets.Did both the walks avalable from reception. A 45 minute walk down peacefull country lanes to Aberlour an attractive highland town. Can also walk on along the Spey to Craigellachie stopping at the Highlander inn and crossing the interesting Telford bridge. Would definatly visit again.
DATE STAYED: August 2011
site managers are doing an excellent job with a poor site.no drainage annual event flooded toilet block all areas on site under-water,concrete hard-standing in very poor condition .this site is on a slope drainage is an easy fix. about time the club looked after its members and carried out the necessary work to make this an excellant site.
A very warm welcome received from Sheree and Steve upon arrival, nothing was a problem, and were both very helpful and pleasant at all times. The site was lovely and clean and tidy. We were apprehensive about our holiday this year with 4 young children, but this site was a rare and lucky find as it was very safe and secure for our two eldest to wander around at their own leisure. We will definitely consider revisiting next year. Very quiet site, which suited us perfectly, however the town of Elgin is within easy reach.
We had a fantastic time at the site. Sheree and Steve were more than accomodating and friendly!!! Very clean, peaceful site. We were camping for the first time with 2 young girls and after enjoying the site so much would recommend to friends and would go back ourself's for another visit. In a great location for lots of day trips out. Lovely little personal touches such as a herb pot to help your self to, recipe's for summer cooking and pictures up on the walls in the toilets. Our girls were also give a goody bag on arrival!! Fabulous site and would go back next week :-)
DATE STAYED: July 2011
Very friendly welcome from Sheree and Steve, not at all phased out that we have 5 dogs, Sheree gave us doggy treat bags which I thought was a lovely welcoming touch (dogs thought so too). Steve showed us around to choose our pitch and did not hurry or hassle us to pick he was very relaxed and when he left us to get set up wished us a lovely holiday. We were made to feel extremely welcome indeed. The site was immaculate with lovely flowers all around the toilet block which was immaculately cleaned every day.
The grass pitch we were on was very spacious and you didnt feel like you were crammed in at all.Even though it was a bit busier at the weekend the site was never noisy or dirty and still didnt feel crowded. Steve always waved and said hello whenever he passed and both he and Sheree seemed to take a great pride in the site and maintaining its standards, they really do enjoy their jobs and I felt this makes a huge difference in how they make holiday makers feel. I would highly reccomend the site especially if you have dogs as on a couple of occasions on other sites (not C&C)we have not been made to feel as welcome.
Would reccomend a visit to the Cooperage and a couple of distilleries and most definitely a walk up Ben Rhinnes. Couldnt praise the site wardens enough, thankyou.
Spent four days at this site and what a transformation from the last time we were here. Sheree and Steve the new managers have certainly been working ever so hard. They are two of the most pleasant friendly people and dedicated to the job they are doing . Even my two grandsons who were with us remarked at the difference from the last time they were here. so that must say something when even children notice all the nice flowers etc. that are around them. Congratulations to you both and it won't be long till we are here again
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples
Spent a quiet, peaceful and pleasant week at this site. The site was well maintained and we had a very friendly welcome from the Warden. Facilities were clean and in good order. Would definitely go back.
Great to see the site being cared for again. Sheree and Steve have done a great job in such a short time there. Flowers were beautiful and the 'help yourself to herbs' was an excellent idea. Everybody that goes to Speyside will get a great welcome and be well looked after.
just back from a short break at this site, this was our first time away with a caravan having just changed from a motorhome so was a bit apprehensive about reversing and positioning the caravan, however after telling Sheree at checkin she told Steve who helped us and went through the basics with us, Steve also went through the settings of our heating/hotwater system which seemed a bit complicated but after the 'tuturial' was no problem. The site is very clean and tidy with flower planters and also a help yourself herb planter (not seen that before) toilets/showers were immaculate too. This site is very well placed for walking the Spey Way and visiting local distilleries. We look forward to returning soon and would like to say thank you to the new managers Sheree & Steve who were very friendly and helpful.
Just returned from two weeks camping at speyside (craigellechie) what a great site. Well maintained and well looked after by Steve and Sheree. Even although the weather to begin with was dreadful and warm welcome we received from the site managers more than made up for it. We loved it so much we will be bringing our caravan the next time to store it.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
We would like to thank the manager and his for there help and concern when my wife was ill. This is there first site and have alot to do, but they both work very hard all day and the site will be first class by the end of season. There welcome was very warm and made us feel at home immediately, i recomend the site to anyone and for any reason and look foreward to visiting them again
DATE STAYED: May 2011
We took our Motorhome to this site and were greeted by very friendly and helpful managers. On discovering this was our first outing Steve was very attentive to make sure we knew what we were doing and, when finding our water hose was too short, lent us his to fill the tank. Site is very clean and hard standings are an excellent size. Toilets/showers and dishwashing area also very clean with plenty of hot water. We hope to return later in the year to see what further improvements have been made, although we could find no faults.
DATE STAYED: June 2011
Having returned one month later we found the site imaculate, the work that Steve and Sherrie have done is unbelievable to return it to Stewart and Sue"s standard, i just hope they are left there for at least 3 years, and take the site back to what it used to be, excellent managers will definitely be back
We decided at the last minute to go away for the Easter weekend, and looked for a site within 2 hrs drive. I phoned the site direct to see if there were any pitches available and was answered by Steve who gave me detailed info about the site, where and how to get there. On arrival we had a very friendly cheery welcome from Sherrie, and shown several pitches which to choose from. The site is a great, not too large, south facing, looking onto the hills and Craigellachie - the home of Walkers Famous Shortbread, and quite a few excellent distilleries (hic). The site being south facing is a great sun trap. You can walk into Aberlour about 4 mls. Steve & Sherrie although fairly new to the site have put in boundless work since arriving and the facilities are very good with plenty of hot water in the shower block etc. The toilets are kept very clean, as is the whole site. Both wardens are very approachable
very cheery, and welcome you like long lost friends. This is a site we will use again & again. Thanks for a good relaxing weekend.
Just back from a long weekend at this site. Cannot recommend it enough. Site very quiet and peaceful and bonus of a good dog walk. Weather was glorious and will definitely be back soon.
A lovely site convenienty placed between the foothhills of the Cairngorms and the fabulous Moray coast and right in the middle of the Speyside whisky trail (Whisky festival was on when we were there. There's good walking and cycling locally, with the option of water sports on the Spey or on the coast. The Archiestown hotel just up the road is a gourmet's paradise, and there are plenty of other places to eat out in Aberlour and Craigallachie, a few miles away, if you want a break from cooking. We received a very warm welcome from Steve and Sherrie - there was no problem pitching our small tent after the official last pitching time of 8pm. Until we spoke to them the next day we would never have known that the site was recovering from a recent spell of hard times when all was not well. Everything was spotless and looked very well cared for - a lovely touch was a pot of "help youself herbs" that appeared on day 2. There are views to the surrounding countryside, including Ben Rhinnes, and small trees aruond and within the site which breaks up the uniform level grass a bit. The only niggle we had was the road next to the site - it was quite noisy from before 6.30 am and at night, with distillery and agricultural traffic, though it quitened down during the day - and if the wind's in the right direction, you can hear a distant rumble from the main road on the other side of the Spey. You probably wouldn't be aware of any traffic noise if you were in a caravan or mobile home, though - and otherwise, the site was very quiet, even when busy on the May holiday Friday and Saturday nights.
Their are new wardens that were really working very hard to improve the site and even during our two stays (One at the start and one at the end of our holiday)they made very noticable improvements.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and although new to the area went out of their way to make your stay a success.
The site is in a beautiful part of the world and a good base for wandering.
We will certainly return again.
Well what can I say!!! TRANSFORMATION!!!
Two weeks into the season and this site
has sprung to life. Seeing is believing and I would recommend a visit to confirm what I'm saying. Sheree & Steve(New Managers) have done the biz in such a short time.Beautiful part of Scotland -not to be missed.
Having been back at the site after being absent for 2 years due to the state this site was in. We found the new managers excellent place back to beautifull condition,will be back soon this was our weekend site.
New highly motivated managers at this Site are already making a huge difference to it's appearance. Previously it was a "little tired" with hardstandings being overgrown and the washroom looking a bit sad. With continued effort by the managers, this site will become a real "gem" in the near future. Would not hesitate to recommend a few days away at this site in this glorious area.
We will be back later in the season to see how things are going.
Very pleasant site. I believe the manager is new, and improving the standards (according to a long-termer I spoke to) - an added bonus was that they had a couple of goodie bags made up on arrival for our kids which was great - the colouring in kept them happy while we put the awning up. Toilets very clean, childrens playpark was good. Only downside was that the grass was VERY boggy, but hey it was the north of Scotland in early April. Drainage on site was not great. However, plenty of hard standing, so it can be avoided. We will probably return at some point, but more likely in the summer time when the ground is probably a bit drier.
Good location for exploring distilleries, walks, local towns. Quiet neck of the woods.
This has the potential to be a very good site as it is well positioned in Speyside.
However We have been on this site few times this year and were disappointed with the cleanliness of the toilets. The site also requires the drainage system updated as there was a lot of rain which made the ground very very soft and the toilets flooded during the high rain periods.
There was a dog walk which was unkept and had not been maintained during the year.So dogs were being walked on the site and fouling could be seen.
The grass sites were very untidy and not mown regularly.
The toilets and shower cubicles were locked regularly to reduce the number available for use to reduce the amount of cleaning that was not done to a god standard anyway.
We feel the club is lettng itself down by not keeping its standards and doing some investment on this site
DATE STAYED: May 2010
SUITABLE FOR: Peaceful break
I've had a seasonal pitch at speyside for the last 3 years. In that time the site has went downhill ie:- maintenance,cleanliness,etc. This site has a washing machine that runs on a hot fill, showers closed because of lack of water pressure, domestic input into the site- not commercial. People queuing for showers because of this. There is poor drainage on the site, very wet when raining,perimeter road needs looked at, holes everywhere. Time a basic amount of money was spent on this site to bring it up to reasonable spec.
DATE STAYED: June 2010
Just back from 3 day stay in Craigellachie, found this site very pleasing.
Managers Gordon and Margret very helpful and friendly, nothing was too much bother for them, even gave us a loan of electric plug-in, as ours was too small for the site we asked for.
All in all would definately recommend this site to others and if you want peaceful holiday and beutiful surroundings and friendly managers, Craigellachieis for you.
DATE STAYED: August 2010
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Nearest train station: Elgin – 15 miles
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