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"Enjoy this peaceful Aberdeenshire campsite in the in the west of Scotland just outside the Cairngorms National Park, in an area favoured by royalty."
Tarland by Deeside has been a favourite for royal visitors for many years. Queen Victoria chose the area for her home at Balmoral in the 1850s and it is still a favourite with the royal family today. Our campsite shares the same spectacular scenery.
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A tranquil and beautiful part of
Scotland with spectacular scenery. - Mrs Rae
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Tarland Camping and Caravanning Club SiteTarland by AboyneAberdeenshireAB34 4UP
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Andy Paterson, Margaret Paterson
We only joined the club this year (although we have been caravanners for over 25 year) and indeed this was our first visit to a C&CC club site.
We found the staff extremely friendly and helpful.
We stayed 11 nights as the area has lots to offer, such as walking, cycling and National Trust place to visit.
We would definately return to this site.
DATE STAYED: September 2012
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
Wow! Our first time at Tarland, and it won't be the last! From the warm welcome to the site, we knew it would be great. Very peaceful, with enough places to visit and eat at to fill two weeks, nevermind the two nights we stayed. If you can only stay one place in Scotland, then make it Tarland.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
On arrival received the usual excellent,friendly very helpful welcome, with good pitch near facilities requested due to mobility issues. One minor problem is this site has no grey waste facilities which means many trips with a small container to the waste disposal area, not ideal for people bad on the legs, however the location and staff friendliness outweighed this inconvenience, again we'll be back
DATE STAYED: August 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
We are on Tarland 1-6-2012 until 10-6-2012 we enjoy oure stay on the campsite.
There are very nice and gentle people,and the managers are very kindfull and helpfull, nothing was to much. We traveld for 6 weeks, done 6 campsites and this was oure winning campsite.
DATE STAYED: June 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
Hi, just back from a week at this site although weather was not great we enjoyed our stay. Site staff were extreamly helpfull and friendly, toilet block old but very clean plenty of hot water recreation room well stocked with informmation leaflets and pool and table tennis tables also television and games to keep kids amused. Will definately visit site again and village only 10mins walk away with pubs and spar shop pubs do good variaty of take away meals........
Stayed for 11 nights. Our welcome was warm and friendly by the Site Assistants.
Our pitch with electric was close to the separate small two toilets above the 'tent field'.
Main toilets are next to the hardstanding area. Never understand why main facilities of a CCC site are always closest to those who probably don't need them the most.
Whilst the facilities were clean they weren't heated. Also, as with many CCC Club Sites, the showers are of the push-button variety. They are irritating.
We did have other niggles. One, we didn't understand why we couldn't dry towels from a plastic clothes hanger from a tree. Secondly, why the site entry barrier gate closed at all times of the day.
Staying in June 2012, we didn't exactly have the best of the weather. Indeed, it rained every night and I don't mean light showers. As our pitch was at the top right of the field, with the benefit of a slight incline, we didn't suffer. However, lower down it was evident the field is not good at draining. One couple in their tent relocated as a consequence. In addition, the gravel track which borders the 'tent field' to the left of our pitch and beneath the two-toilet block was a pool of water where it levelled. One motor home had the water up to its wheel rims.
One night during our stay we endured a thunder storm and the electric went off. No staff came to advise. It was only when the weather abated was I able to walk down to the site office to find a note in the window which said the electric was off. No other information and no site staff on hand. In the morning we learnt that lightning had struck an electric transformer in the village. I do think that site staff should have come round to all units to check everyone was ok and not left it to us to check on each other.
Niggles aside and notwithstanding the weather, I would stay at this site again.
A lovely little site with nice pitches,very friendly,helpful and well informed staff.
Only problem we had was the occasional noise from the 'B'road adjacent to the site.
We feel the tiolet & washing block although functional and clean is now in need of refurbishment, It's looking quite tired.
We used the recommended Commercial Inn within easy walking distance of nearby Tarland village (10% discount on food orders over Â£15.00 for campers very useful),the food was very good value with a good varied menu and a friendly service.
Would use this site again when in the area.
First time visiting this site.Was very impressed by the well kept grounds,friendly staff and good facilities.We camped in march so we weren't expecting great weather.However it was the hottest march on record so we really scored.My only complaint would be the distance from our tent to the toilet block.Through the day this was not a problem.However through the night,the site was very poorly lit and i had to wake up my partner to escort me there(as you can guess he was less than pleased!!)all in all we had a great time and would recommend this site over and over again.But maybe try get a pitch nearer the toilets next time!
DATE STAYED: March 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
This is a great site for walkers and people who want to get away from it all. Plenty of well sign posted walks for all abilities literally on your door step. Site staff were friendly and extremely helpful. Site was immaculate even though it is coming towards the end of season. Toilet block could do with a bit of an upgrade but facilities kept very clean and fresh. Plenty of hot water in the showers/washing up area. Highly recommended.
DATE STAYED: October 2011
We were made to feel very welcome at this lovely well kept site. The facilities were always spotlessly clean and the television room well stocked with childrens games, jigsaw puzzles and books as well as the snooker table and table tennis. 5 minutes walk away are 2 pub/hotels serving excellent food (and take away if you like)and 2 village shops for provisions. We definitely will go again.
DATE STAYED: August 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Sadly we leave this morning after a few lovely days. The assistant wardens(Austin & Elaine) are very friendly and are currently managing the site alone. However the service is still excellent and the facilities very clean. For walkers this is an amazing site to stay at and a book of local walks is available from reception. Doug said that the stated walk times should be increased by half an hour to allow for time spent admiring the scenery! A pavement starts outside the site gate and it takes only minutes to walk into the middle of the village which has a few shops,pubs and a bus stop. The facilities are very clean but are just about ready for an upgrade.
DATE STAYED: September 2011
just spent a week at Tarland, the stafff and the site are 5 star, very peaceful . The toilets and showers were imaculate, the staff will bend over backwards to be of help to you.good wifi reception download speed of 7mb. as soon as you enter the site you are met with a coulerful site. flowers everywhere. This site is at the top of our list of sites to stay. We will be back.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We have just returned from a lovely stay at Tarland. Margaret and Andy made us feel very welcome and the site was really well cared for. As tenters we appreciated the little toilet block next to our field. Although we are getting on a bit we loved the table tennis in the recreation room! The area is great for walking and the weather was surprisingly good.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
we decided to stop at tarland and very pleased we were. it was a surprise to see margaret and andy the wardens as when stopping at culzean castle last year they were great when my husband had to be rushed to hospital by ambulance The site suits all if you like walking or just sitting watching the world go by.Also an added bonus especialy if you have older children is the recreation hall with table tennis and pool and a television ideal if weather bad and if you want a meal and a pint its a short walk back no need to take the car definetly going back
DATE STAYED: July 2011
This was the first time at this site. First class all the way. We were with our 2 children 10 & 6, there is a small play area which they were very happy with. But I was aware as a parent about them making too much noise as there were a lot of older people around. But everyone on the campsite was very friendly and came and spoke. Toilet facilities first class - spotless, everything was perfect including the weather which is always a bonus. Thanks x
great site for exploring Deeside short walks right out of the site entrance
small toilet block right on the edge of the tent field great for the children with the main block with showers at the other end of the site near the play park
wonderful site for getting away from it all and easy to get to
wardens are great and very helpful
DATE STAYED: July 2010
The site has a communal room with games, tv, inforation and relaxing chairs. What a great idea, particularly for tent users when it is raining.
Good local walks and cycling. Walking distance to the village.
Great location to visit Scottish Castles or walk the local hills and mountains.
DATE STAYED: August 2010
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
Up near the Cairngorms in Scotland , this site was chosen as a base to explore this area of Scotland , and a excellent site it is , the site is level ,grass and Hard standings , with six hard standings terraced in a very quiet area of the site and the top two, which we had one of , were in my opinion the best pitches on the site for views and peace and quiet, the facilitys are to the usual standard , and just a short walk 5 mins brings you into Tarland village Square, where there is a small spar , a chemist , general store , and two pubs that serve food ,the town of Aboyne, is six miles from the Site,and has shops and a swimming pool. The theatre is central to the Aboyne and Deeside Festival in July. The local Highland Games are held here in August.. On site there is a small play area for children well equipped ,also there is a recreation room with TV ,pool table ,and magazine and book section , there is also a few log cabins and statics on site , but these have there own entrance and do not encroach on the camping and caravan side of the site
DATE STAYED: August 2009
Having recently joined The Camping and Caravanning club this was our first outing to a club site. WOW!! Friendly, helpful people who bent over backwards to make sure we were wanting for nothing. Even when we ran out of gas, no major panic just very helpful and willing people. The whole site was spotless and a great credit to the managers. We have never had such a wonderful experience since beginning caravanning two years ago and we doubt that we will ever use another non club site again. Highly recommended.
DATE STAYED: September 2010
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Having recently joined The Camping and Caravanning club this was our first outing to a club site.
WOW!! Friendly, helpful people who bent over backwards to make sure we were wanting for nothing.
Even when we ran out of gas, no major panic just very helpful and willing people. The whole site was spotless and a great credit to the managers. We have never had such a wonderful experience since beginning caravanning two years ago and we doubt that we will ever use another non club site again. Highly recommended.
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Nearest train station: Aberdeen – 32 miles
Nearest bus: 800m from Site entrance
We're sorry, at the present time there are no dedicated accessible facilities available at Tarland by Deeside