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"Stay in the grounds of a fairytale Scottish castle on the South Ayrshire coast, with sunsets to die for."
Culzean Club Site is beautifully situated in the grounds of a castle. Culzean Castle itself is a fantastic example of Robert Adams’ architecture, standing dramatically on a cliff. Under its protection, our Club Site also has amazing views across the sea to the Isle of Arran. It’s said the sunsets over the island have to be seen to be believed.
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Culzean Castle Camping and Caravanning Club SiteCulzeanMayboleAyrshireKA19 8JX
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Ian Thomas, Jacqueline Thomas
We are just home after a 5 night break at Culzean. This is about the fourth time we have visited this site. Can't fault the facilities in any way. The staff are very friendly and a special thank you to them for helping us pull our car out of a rain soaked pitch. We had a very enjoyable holiday and will be back again very soon. Would recommend this site to anyone.
DATE STAYED: May 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
Beautiful setting kids loved the freedom of the quite well run site only minor criticism is the shower blocks are extremely cold.
DATE STAYED: April 2013
We visited the site Sept 11th to 18th during some of the worst freak wind and rainstorms that we have ever seen in Scotland, but this did not detract from a very enjoyable stay. The site staff were ever helpfull , friendly and most welcoming. The site facillities were kept to a high standard of cleanliness and the information cabin was well stocked with details of local places of interest. We also enjoyed being able to easily visit the Culzean grounds and castle from the camp site,
DATE STAYED: September 2012
Great site. The team were very friendly and helpful. We would like to stay there longer when we go again. Good flat pitches with very clean showers and toilets. Ideal for entrance to Culzean Castle. This is where we joined the Camping and Caravan Club. The team explained how the club works and were able to book in advance our next destination, which was very useful.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Sadly another season of storage and camping at Culzean has come to an end.
During the winter nights, we will think of the long peaceful days and glorious evening sunsets at this lovely site.
The warm welcomes and 'nothing is any trouble' attitude of the club wardens, Jacqueline and Ian always added to the pleasure of a stay. Thanks again for all your help and we look forward to seeing you again next year.
DATE STAYED: October 2012
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
The site was quiet and very relaxing well looked after by the helpful friendly wardens. Shower/toilets spotless.Great site for people with dogs as dog walk was adjacent to Culzean castle and a short walk to the beach. Would go again.
DATE STAYED: March 2012
we were greeted by some of the most helpful wardens ever. The site is in a most beautiful location, but the facilities are very tired. They could do with a false ceiling to brighten it up, new tiles, there were holes in the doors which were sealed over with sticky tape, the taps in the only two private cubicles were down to the base metal. The wardens kept them very clean but it cannot be an easy job for them. For the prices charged per night I think some improvements must be made to bring it up to date. Saying that it is a lovely site in a lovely area and we will come back.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
Our Family have just spent a fabulous weekend at Culzean Camp site .The site is very clean and well maintained . The Staff on site are very friendly and helpful. This site is located next to Culzean Castle.We did not visit the castle during our stay,But we plan to visit the castle next time we come back to the camp site. From the site there is a spectacular view over to the Isle Arran which was complimented by some very lovely sunsets .Big thank you to the staff, and we will definitely be back.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples
Very friendly team on site; facilities clean though a little dated.
Disabled facilities are good but would benefit from a free standing chair.
Views from the site are excellent and you can lose a day simply watching the weather go by. Access to the castle is easy (1 mile walk) and well worth being a National Trust member.
Definitely be back another year
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We had two nights here as stop off for going further north. We were very lucky as had been allocated one of the front row hardstandings - what a view!! Lovely site, very handy to get to Castle (we cycled in). Wardens were all very friendly and helpful. Toilet block was kept very clean and had all what was needed. Kids loved playground and meeting other children. Great site :)
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Younger couples
Just returned from 2 nights at this site and would thoroughly recommend it. We were lucky to have glorious weather, and as we were given a pitch overlooking the sea were were able to enjoy the magnificent sunset each night. Facilities were clean, but I would have appreciated it if the wash basins had been in separate cubicles for privacy. Our dogs enjoyed the wooded dog walk. We didn't get the chance to visit the Castle, so cannot comment on that, but we went into nearby Girvan and were impressed by the sandy beach there. Hope to visit again next year!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Peaceful break,Younger couples
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this site and will definitely return. The grounds at Culzean Castle were amazing and will take longer than a short stay to explore.
The staff at the site were very helpful and friendly and my only disappointment was not booking early enough to extend my stay as it gets very busy when the weather's good.
But most of all the sunsets over Arran were breathtaking and you can't really put a value on that.
Thank you for a lovely wee holiday.
Very friendly welcome - great views across to Arran - site is well laid out.
Recommend for this area of Ayrshire.
We will visit again
A well presented site, long and narrow with many pitches having a good view out to see. Despite some very heavy rain the site drained well in most areas. The site staff were friendly and discussed the most suitable pitch for us before we were sited and gained a bonus point for complementing my reversing. The site is possibly a little short on service points and the chemical toilet emptying point could be better placed. On entering the site the initial area is a large rectangle but road layout means only the road to the right can be used easily. A small amendment to the layout would allow both sides to be used as the present layout does mean vehicles can meet on narrow road. This is a minor criticism and we can thoroughly recommend the site and will be back again soon. Access is easy just follow the signs for the castle from the main road and the site is just inside the entrance.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
We enjoyed our 4 nights stay at this site and had a site with a view over to Arran. However we felt it was expensive compared with other club sites we have visited.
We were not level on our site and many of the pitches were on quite a slope. There is no motorhome wastewater facility apart from emptying with a bucket. Only one washing machine and one dryer, and they don't tell you that the machine is not available while the toilets/showers are closed for cleaning, as they wash the shower curtains then! The "shop" has very little in the way of supplies.
The toilet/shower facilities were clean, and the walks surrounding the site are lovely. The castle is pricey to visit if you want to go inside, and even to walk in the grounds is expensive, Â£9.50 for the grounds only and Â£15 including the castle.
DATE STAYED: July 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Peaceful break
We absolutely love this site, Management team are excellent -helpful - friendly.
Dog friendly, best bit dogs have to be kept on leads at all times which makes a big difference for someone like me who is-int the most confident dog walker / owner.
We only live about a hour away but it really feels like you are hours away from home.
Please keep the site as it is.
We had previously stayed at another site in Maybole and much much preferred this site and will be back! Very friendly helpful welcome, given choice of pitch and were lucky to get pitch with view over to Arran...sunsets were stunning! Lovely dog walks, Culzean Castle a must, Electric Brae fun and lots and lots to do in surrounding areas. Site facilities kept clean and tidy...a lovely quiet site that is a credit to all staff involved. Thank you!
This was our very first experience of a club site and it was a positive start. we recieved a lovely warm welcome and were given a couple of choices of pitch, facilities or view. We took the view, still not to far from the facilities though so very happy. The views across the Firth of Clyd e towards Arran were great, especially at sunset. The area is very quiet and the nearby town is quite small, however, its only a 20 minute drive to Ayr along a lovely coast road. You can experience the 'Electric brae' en route too. A visit to the castle itself is worth a visit too, it is a bit pricey, but we took out a membership as we thought it was somethig we would use again so got free entry. The facilities were nice and clean and the site was immaculate and well cared for.
What an amazing time away we had. Thank you. This was a brilliant site. The welcome was so friendly but not in your face. The kids were so happy all holiday. My 2 dogs have never been happier whilst being away. Being right next to the castle grounds with 22miles of dog walking it was lovely. You can access the beach after about a 15 min walk. The facilities were great. We would definitely go back and would recommend to so many of my friends and family. Would definitely advise joining the national trust as we pay Â£5.50 per month or Â£63 per year. If we weren't members it would have cost us close to Â£150 to use the castle and surrounding national trust attractions. My kids are 6,3 and 11 weeks and it was fab. Would recommend also getting some shopping before arriving as the nearest big shop is a distance away but with us having a car it was no problem at all. Very well kept and even with the rain was very enjoyable.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We were so impressessed by the care of the wardens, we could have been pitching in their own garden by the cleanlyness. Not a piece of paper was overlooked, the site was continually being checked and attended to. All of the four wardens treated you as family members.
It was so good to be there, after other sites we have visited this year, with four people showing such a pride in their site.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Just returned from another visit to Culzean site. Lovely site with very nice staff, Ian from Wales accompanied us to our pitch and as usual was very pleasant.We were on pitch 11 and enjoyed a beautiful view of the setting sun from our caravan window (awesome).
Toilet block was kept very clean.
Already looking forward to our next visit.
Lovely site, great views and sunsets.
Culzean castle is excellent and worth a couple of days, not much else in the local area, although spectacular coastline.
DATE STAYED: June 2012
Just spent a lovely 2 night break here as part of a tour of Dumfries & Galloway. Great friendly welcome from the wardens. Arrived on a very wet Saturday and was offered the last pitch available overlooking the island of Arran. Although it was quite sloping and we did have a little difficulty getting level we were happy with the pitch - however, couldn't see any of the island as it was shrouded in mist! We were assured by the warden that when the sun eventually appears the sunsets over the island are stunning. Indeed it was, as on our last night when we took some spectacular photographs.
Was a little diappointed on arrival to be told that to access the grounds of the castle, even to walk the dog, we would have to pay Â£9.50 each. We duly joined the Scottish National Trust only to discover that if you walk down the dog walk and turn left you can actually walk directly into the castle grounds - of course if you do want to visit the castle you have to pay anyway. Spent the 2 days we were here having great walks around the grounds and on the beach.
Facilites were OK, showers clean and water hot - no push button showers! No motorhome service point however so had to empty the waste water using a bucket - we were able to drive up to the water tap to fill up on arrival though.
Would definitely recommend this site and would stay here again if in the area.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break
Needs upgraded roads need tar Mac pitches need to be levelled a lot of work needs to be carried out also toilets need heated seems if u have no say where you are pitched Staff where very friendly
SUITABLE FOR: Younger couples
Hard to fault. Wardens were very friendly an helpful. We broke our chocks and were offereda set by he warden. There are a lot of sloping pitches so do be prepared. Facilities were clean, lots of hot water,bins frequently emptied. Having read some of the negative comments I think there would be mayhem if campers were allowed to chose their own pitches - some pitches clearly only would suit certain types of van/motorhome. You do pay to visit the Castle & Grounds but we got a great deal - there are reductions for site users - the Castle etc are lovely - worth the money to visit. Would certainly use this site again.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
We stayed here for 9nts over the Bank Holiday from Coventry, about 8.5hrs drive (incl breaks)in the pouring rain until we arrived in Maybole when the sun came out. Both Ian&Jackie and Ian&Alison were friendly, welcoming and accommodating. The showers were hot and facilities were clean although the freshly mowed grass got everywhere. Our pitch was overlooking the sea and Arran. We were so lucky with the weather, whilst the rest of GB had downpours, we had glorious hot sunshine. The midges were just starting to appear on our 8th day. Don't expect your TV to work though as the signal is very poor. We gave up after a couple of days and bought some DVDs to watch. There's a large Asda in Girvan which is open until 10pm every day. There's a whisky experience store nearby too. Culzean Castle is well worth a visit;free if you're NT members, we had to return another day and still didn't "do" it all! We cycled on the dog walk down to the sea. On the coastal road to Ayr is Electric Brae - watch your car go uphill! Fascinating. Ayr is lovely for kids, not over commercialised but enough to do. The sunsets over Arran are magnificient.We visited Arran, about 1hr 15min drive to the port;very reasonable too Â£10.75rtn and an all day bus ticket on Arran is Â£5.15 with another NT property, Brodick Castle to visit! There is so much to see and do, I don't think you'd see it all if you stayed a month. A wonderful stay, brilliant!
As soon as I'm home I book to go back, its now becoming my home from home. Beautiful sunsets, great dog walks and wonderful wardens. Ian and Jackie are passionate about what they do and it shows.
Its site of smiling happy people and dogs........
We were looking for club sites from which we could walk and visit National Trust properties - Culzean fit the bill perfectly. Our welcome was excellent, helpful,friendly and accommodating. our levelling challenge was assisted by Ian with extra blocks found in his store. Our site was on the front row of an ever changing scene with spectacular skies, over the Isle of Arran and, on the first night we experienced the sun set over the island - breathtaking! The silence was only broken by other campers joining us with their chairs and cameras. We spend two days wandering and exploring Culzean Castle and its gardens with evening walks along the cliff tops to Port Patrick. Most of the people we talked to were regular visitors to the site, which is testimony to the location and staffing. I could go on and on and on.. we'll be back. I would like to be a warden there.
DATE STAYED: May 2012
We booked this site well in advance. We arrived shortly after midday; we were directed to a pitch at the rear of the sight although there were several pitches with a sea view. We were not allocated to a pitch with a sea view because we had not requested a pitch with an awning (on booking, we were not asked if we wanted one!!). There is no difference in price but the pitch size is very different.
We had spent two weeks touring Scotland and our only two negative experiences were with Camping and Caravanning Club sites. When you arrive at a Caravan Club site, you find your own pitch - all the pitches are the same size; twice the size of what we were allocated to at Culzean. The prices are similar to the Caravan Club but the facilities are not of a high standard as with Caravan Club sites.
The toilet facilites are basic, although clean - and you are charged for the hairdryer!!
The wardens did offer us a full refund but as it was the bank holiday weekend we had to stay. The wardens are very friendly but it was obvious they were reserving pitches and that is not acceptable.
We were horrified to see a tent being pitched right next to the rubbish bins which were overflowing despite the wardens best intentions. We observed three units arriving on the Friday who were unhappy with their allocation.
On a postive note, i did see muntjac deer on sight late one evening.
SUITABLE FOR: Families
We stayed here for 2 nights with our 4 year old. The Site itself is fine, nothing spectacular in my opinion but all that you would expect.
The campsite is supposedly within the grounds of the castle, it actually isn't. The gates to the grounds are a short walk away and you have to pay to enter the grounds (I think it was Â£8 per adult, just for the grounds) You cannot see the sea, the beach or the castle from the site. The only access to the beach is through the castle grounds.
When I asked one of the attendants about this I felt I was treated with some distain. Though it seemed acceptable to me that the selling points of the site shouldn't incur further unexpected payment.
Other than the castle grounds the only walking that can be done from the site is along a busy road, and it is several miles from anywhere.
On the second night of our stay, a family was permitted to enter the site and pitch up next to us after 10.30 pm. They proceeded to noisily inflate an airbed until well past midnight. Another member of their party (who had arrived earlier) had young kids who were up and running around screaming before 7am the next morning. This might be how some people enjoy their holiday but no consideration was given for other (quieter) families.
By permitting people to set up so late and children to run riot so early the attendants showed no attempt to keep the site peaceful for all and I was annoyed that our stay was ruined.
DATE STAYED: August 2011
As always,a site stands or falls on it's staff,and I have seldom met such friendly helpful people. A real credit to the club. The site itself was clean and tidy,and the pitches of a very good size,most with great views.The local area is perfect for walkers and those with an interest in historic buildings,and is close to an internationally recognised "dark sky area",so remember your binoculars!
Ian and Jackie (the site managers) were very welcoming and helpful, as they have been each time we've visited. They always make a point of going round chatting to people and offering help when necessary. The site is very well maintained and everything is spotlessly clean (and we're very fussy!). There are great views of Arran from the site and it's conveniently located for Culzean Castle and grounds. We'll be back :)
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We've just returned from a 6 day stay on this site and had a wonderful time. The wardens worked hard to keep the site clean and were helpful with any enquiries. The views were spectacular! Culzean castle worth a visit. Our two dogs enjoyed all the lovely walks. The weather was very changeable, a couple of days were really nice and sunny although it did rain quite a bit but you are in Scotland!!
Lovely site with magnificent views across to Arran. On the doorstep of Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS). Friendly and helpful staff. Only downside was the freezing cold weather at the start of May. I'm sure we will be back again
Spent 2 nights here and loved it. Quiet, well maintained and very clean site. Staff friendly and very helpful. Site is right at Culzean Castle with spectacular view over to Arran and easy access up and down the west coast. Will definitely be back.
DATE STAYED: April 2012
This is a beautiful setting with stunning views over Isle of Arran and beautiful sunsets. Site is nice although access roads within the site are badly needing repaired and upgraded. Speed bumps are unnecessary on the site. After visiting the site 7 years ago nothing has changed on the site. Poor lighting, and pitches on grass area are very close to the main accessroad within the site. Shower block not heated and very cold. Difficult to contact site to book as wardens are rarely in the office. More hardstanding pitches would be better and more space required between pitches as if you have an awning you would not have have the 6m space between units. Very steep climb to chemical toilet disposal point. Speed bump on exit road means it is a difficult climb for large units.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Peaceful break
Respect to Ian and Jackie who keep this site incredibly clean and well kept - the difference between this site and the independent site we had travelled from beforehand, was night and day, and really proved to us the merits of being in the club.
Our young family had a fantastic time in the area and also in Culzean Castle which sits next door.
The site is so well laid out that there's a good number of pitches available, and yet feels so secluded and private. The view is simply breathtaking and has to be seen to be believed!
Will definitely be back!
Visited Culzean during the summer break with my wife and teenage son. We found the site location beautiful and its close proximity to Culzean Castle great for exploring as we are NTS members. The staff at the site were brilliant and extremely helpful especially when I took ill on the day of our departure. They reassured my family and offered to keep our unit in storage if I was unable to tow it home. Fortunately after a day in Ayr Hospital I made a good recovery and was able to depart the following day. Many thanks to Chris and Andrew who were a god send. I would recommend this site to friends and will definitely return next year.
Culzean is a super site, particularly with the close proximity to the Castle. There is something for everyone to do in the area with the area being close to the towns of Ayr and Girvan, not forgetting the Isle of Arran.
We found the Wardens Ian and Jackie Thomas to be friendly and welcoming, and very efficient in the running of the site which was excellent.
We hope to be able to return to Culzean again in 2011.
DATE STAYED: October 2011
My first time caravaning for over 30 years and my partner and i were just out for 1 night to check we had all we needed for next season. the welcome was very friendly and the wardens sited us close to them in case we needed any assistance (we did manage ourselves, but very nice to know help was at hand). our conclusion was very friendly and helpfull wardens beautiful site and kept very clean.
DATE STAYED: September 2011
Spent a wonderful week here during August, a perfect site for relaxing whilst enjoying the views of the Isle of Aran.
The site was perfect, we pitched our caravan at the end of the site on a slight hill, then proceeded to get stuck on the day of departure. Then had to wake the poor site managers and assistants to help pull us out, have to say they couldn't have been more helpful or willing. The surrounding areas had plenty of places to visit, and would recommend the souter jonnies inn for a perfect meal. A fantastic holiday all round. The castle grounds were an ideal place to wander around. Would recommend joining the national trust as you can then wander at your own pleasure over a few days. I have two girls who really enjoyed this holiday and would love to visit again.
WOW! What a perfect holiday in the most outstanding scenic campsite we have visited yet. From outside our tent we had a view of the Isle of Arran with stunning sun sets. The walks were amazing around the area with lots of historic towns and scenery.
The staff were very welcoming and friendly and definitely made our visit a more pleasurable experience. The facilities were cleaned to a high standard and there was a useful shop on site for the basics.
We will definitely be returning to Culzean again. The castle grounds were wonderful with the castle running events throughout the year.
We are missing our view from Culzean :0(
WOW we have just had a fantastic 8 nights on this site and the children are already planning next year (only been home 12hrs)it is an amazing site and the staff are just the best thank you guys you are all so nice and helpful you felt like friends from the first day we arrived, all the facilities are really clean but the views are amazing and the sunsets over the isle of Arran not to be missed thankyou for the best camping trip we have ever had and there have been a few .Hope to see you all next year
Absolutely amazing holiday ... only returned today and can't sing their praises enough.
Lovely welcome and very accommodating, the scenery was to dream for... seeing the sunset every night over the sea, Isle of Arran and Mull of McIntyre was to die for. We have teenage girls and offset all of this old stuff with shopping in Glasgow and Edinburgh and had a very happy family.
Oh and there wasn't much on site but what they did have was amazingly clean with an overnight bleaching of toilets.
Am experience not to be missed x
We only stayed here for 1 night but the site was great and the area is amazing, the castle ground would take a week to get around. The sunset here is something to be seen to be believed. Stunning. The only downside is the shop/reception is up steps and has no ramp access, and the disabled facilities are not as good as on other sites. If you are not a wheelchair user however, you don't need to worry about this. It seems more family orientated than other sites we've been on, but that's not a negative comment, just an observation. I wouldn't mind going back here and exploring the area further. There is a nice restaurant nearby, The House of Burns.
DATE STAYED: July 2011
We had a lovely holiday here and would definitely return in the future. Probably would not recommend this site to people with boisterous/noisy/normal children as a rather dim view is taken to any noise and there is a policy of no ball games whatsoever on the site. I feel they are possibly being a little unfair on this matter as it is billed as family friendly. I imagine it can be quite difficult to keep old and young happy however. Beautiful location and immaculately clean site throughout. My 5 year old made loads of friends and loved the whole thing. Two wardens walked off-site whilst we were there which I think will help the site in the long run as they did not seem very happy to be there. The remaining wardens are very friendly and helpful.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break
One highly-satisfied Border Terrier and owner, just returned after a 3-night stay... which we extended to 5, so much did we enjoy Culzean, the castle, its park and the shoreline walks. Cannot praise the site team enough... in spite of their constant workload they always had time for a friendly chat. Rather bemused by the earlier review which spoke of a long walk from the hardstandings to the facilities block. What??? Well, I guess it might be long if you are in your late-90s, riddled with arthritis and with a serious heart condition! I'm 63 and no Olympic athlete, but on average the walk took me between 15 and 30 seconds! One light-hearted suggestion... I think the team could well make a bob or two selling silage to a local farmer!! Will definitely be back.
Loved this site. Very clean and friendly, nothing too much trouble. The walks are great and so is the beach. Very dog friendly. The views are beautiful unfortunatly we did not manage to see a sunset but perhaps next time when we go back. Well done site team.
DATE STAYED: June 2011
On arriving on site you are greeted by Jackie one of the friendly wardens.Having booked you in tells you where all the facilities are,you then follow another warden riding a bike to show you to your pitch. This site is secluded and surrounded by trees.It is well maintained by the wardens who in the week we stayed cut the grass 3 or 4 times in that week. It is a quiet site even though there was children there the week we stayed they were well behaved and did not annoy any of the campers
We highly recommend this site,and can`t wait to return.
Thank You Wardens IAN-JACKIE-JOHN-SUE
Had a great week here! Not only are you in wonderful surroundings with terrific views, but you also have clean safe facilities close at hand and friendly helpful staff to make your visit comfortable.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Younger couples
Immaculate site, beautiful situation, free unlimited access to Culzean Country Park, great for young kids, safe and with swings! And yes, beautiful sunsets. Loved it .
Geared up for first family camping trip, as having stayed here before (before kids) we thought here was an ideal introduction to camping being close to home. Unfortunately as now into high season cannot stay for 1 night so now have 2 very disappointed kids! Could not see this 2 night minimum stay requirement on the website...might be there but not obvious. So beware before getting organised and kids getting excited.
Overall a great 9 days was had by all, although if the club is classifying Culzean as Family friendly I think they may need to reassess their rigid ruling re no ball games. As a parent of 4 children ages ranging from 2 - 11 years ball games and potted sports is a way I had previously entertained my kids at this site. Most parents would monitor their childrens behaviour and ensure no damage or inconvenience was caused to other campers. If there then was an issue with my childrens behaviour I would fully understand a warning but a blanket ban is not Family friendly and has made me rethink booking Culzean again for my family holiday. Also the site shop was poorly stocked for a busy period, no fresh bread or rolls were available for most of the time and at times there was a shortage of milk. The opening time of 0900hrs also was slightly inconvenient as most peole on site had eaten breakfast by this time even if it meant eating dry cereal.
I wanted to take my two kids (age 7 and 5)away camping for a few days to see how they would like it so picked a site very near to home and must say i will most def be back. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and nothing was a problem to them(i even seen one warden helping a family to erect a tent), the site itself was very well maintained and spotless. The kids played in the small play park on site and made loads of new friends and loved the freedom just being able to run about and play. Being a single parent on my own and female with my 2 kids i felt very safe on site as both wardens stay on site right at the entrance and the gates are locked between the hours of 11pm and 7am. There is a small shop on site with the essentials. I enjoyed my stay so much i will return and even joined the camping and caravan club on site and would highly recommend this site to anyone.
We found this camp site a truly fantastic place to stay. When waking up on a morning and unzipping your awning the view was fantastic straight over to the Isle of Arran. I made sure i did it every day. The facilities on the site wre extreamly clean and tidy and had fresh flowers in the ladies everyday. Small touches are the key yo enjouyment. My children age 7,10, and 13 found other children of their ages to play with when we were on the site. We used it as a base for travelling trhe area an it was situated well for ayr and the sourounding area. The added bonus of when you stay on the site gave you reduced rates to get into culzean castle was just an added bonus. The site was a little sloping but again the staff were very helpful,finding pieces of wood ect. to use as chocks.
DATE STAYED: August 2010
We have been visiting Culzean on and off since 1996 and find the site to be up to the usual C&CC standard with the current wardens, John & Ian very friendly. There is a valid comment in another review about the grass cuttings getting everywhere.
Our main reason for visiting is to gain access into the adjacent country park which is ideal for gentle cycling etc. When we first came, we had free access into the park simply by showing our receipt for the site. In 2006, we found that we had to pay the daily entrance fee once per person, and that lasted for the week. This time, we found that we had to pay on a daily basis, ie no concessions other than for age, and this makes it a very expensive proposition at Â£9 (Â£6.50 age concession) per person per day. As a result, it is very unlikely that we will be returning.
It must be pointed out that we have always bought meals, snacks, sweets & gifts from the estate so it isn't as if we are wanting something for nothing, but the entrance fee now is frankly too much.
In addition, I have to say that some of the roads we travelled over are amongst some of the worst we have ever experienced: they are long overdue for repairing.
All in all then, a good holiday marred by poor roads and excessive charges none of which are the responsiblity of the Club but nevertheless have contributed to a less than satisfactory holiday.
My husband and i have just returned from the site and had a wonderful few days. This was the first time we have been away on our own and Ian an Jackie were very welcoming and helpful. The site is so peaceful and view are stunning, the facilities are spotless and nothing is too far away from you no matter if you are in a tent or caravan.
Great holiday and will certainly return as often as i can.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break
First time camping for my children aged 9 and 3 and just the one night. First time visit to this site for me. We all had a lovely time and the staff there were both friendly and helpful. Being located right next to Culzean castle and country park is a definite plus point.
We'll be going back!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Peaceful break
The site was well maintained (nice lawn, clean washrooms) BUT it is not child-friendly. This site is for old people (minimum suggested age = 65 years old).
Old people complained that children were running in the open areas and were told by staff not to run. No ball games were allowed. There was a very small play park (2 swings and one chute) and staff took down the two swings after old people complained about the children. How are children and families supposed to have fun here? It didn't seem like "The Friendly Club" to me - other sites that we've been to in the club were child friendly. I hope club management looks into this issue.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples
Just back from an overnight here to try out our new camping gear and to see how the boys would enjoy the experience, FANTASTIC!!! Really friendly staff, clean facilities and a wee' park for the boys to play in. The weather was fantastic, the sunset amazing and all had a great time. will be back!! would suggest it is worth joining National Trust though as entry into Culzean expensive and will take more than one visit to get round it all! Great site thanks to all who made our first outing a huge success.
Just returned from a 3 night break with the kids. Site was immaculate, staff very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be returning!!
Excellent friendly staff site very handy for touring Bonnie Galloway Culzean Castle added bonus only complaint mower not lifting grass cuttings which must be a nightmare for wardens and gets all over the toilets
wow what a difference a year makes! had a bad experience last year and did not stay for full period, new managers now and this has made such a difference, felt really welcolmed the site was run fairly and cheerfully with a great group of people, well done the club for getting it so right, its made a good site into a great site and a credit to the club, thankyou.
Very friendly, so we joined camping club on site.Very well run and clean.Good shower and toilet block, we were made to feel very welcome and we will return. Thanks for a great week-end.
The welcome was warm and friendly,and the site is spotless,the sunset over the Firth of Clyde is fantastic. The staff are very helpfull and basic goods are available in the shop.Great site for touring the South West of Scotland & Culzean CAstle is a bonus. 10/10
An excellent quiet and relaxing site. Castle, contents, walled gardens, woods refreshments, beaches, lake, ponds deer park etc. all a short walk out of the site. Best value is to National Trust Members as there are no entry fees for unlimited walking and interest. You need 3 days minimum to 'do' Culzean justice. Oh, and a well run site to return to.
DATE STAYED: May 2011
We stayed here for the long weekend, as we are members of the National Trust and the castle is a walk away. The staff are lovely, so helpful, even when I had an issue with my electrics in the caravan (new to this game so I made a schoolboy error by not charging the caravan battery). Quickly resolved by the staff. The staff were really nice to the kids too. Beautiful walk from the campsite to Culzean, through the woods. You can also reach the beach too. 5 star - we are defo going back there again. Small park area but with the woods right there the kids preferred that anyway.
This is the second easter we have stayed here and hope to visit for many more to come.
The friendly staff make the stay even more of a pleasure.
I would and do recommend this site to anyone that asks.
Good clean facilities stunning views and sunsets all set in a castles grounds.
The site has new managers and the difference in the maintainance to the site is outstanding. The managers and the assistant are so very helpful and nothing is a bother to them, they make you feel very welcome. I would recommend this site for a relaxing enjoyable stay.
We have been visiting this site for the past 3 years and love it. The site management are always friendly and helpful. The location is superb as it is within easy reach of the coast and the towns of Girvan and Ayr. Culzean castle often has events taking place and our two children particularly love when the pirates come to town. We can't wait to go back again this spring.
DATE STAYED: May 2010
What a fabulous location. We never tire of it. Well organised by a great management team!
DATE STAYED: September 2010
A very well run and secure camp site.
Staff are always there to lend a hand and are extremely accommodating. Shower,toilets,laundry and washing blocks are kept very clean at all times.
There's a well stocked shop and a small safe play area.
DATE STAYED: July 2010
site is right within Culzean castle Country Park, the Visitor centre for the castle is ten min walk through the country park , but do take your site receipt from C&CC , as this allows you big discount on entry to grounds and castle all week , you do have to ask though as they do not advertise this , the site itself is very sloping except for the hard standings , and a area at the top of the site , the facilities needed a a bit of TLC to bring them up to scratch and if you was on the hard standings or grass at the top of the site, you needed to put your hiking boots on to go to the toilet ?shower facilities etc ,they were that far away, and the chemical toilet point was a car journey away literarily, or a climb up a steep bank to a dirt road , dog walking from site was very good , the area itself, has very little apart from golf courses and the castle itself , I was disappointed with this site and area and could not ever see me going back
DATE STAYED: August 2008
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Younger couples
What a gem of site!
We didn't intend to stay the period that we had booked for going on first impressions but how wrong we were. Thanks to a fellow camper parked next to us who stays regularly each year with her dogs, who pointed out the delights to us.
Where else can you get beach, countryside, great gardens, fairy tale castle & great views & sunsets all in one place!
Definately a return venue!
DATE STAYED: September 2009
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