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Glengoulandie Country Park Campsite (Pitlochry)

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Address: Pitlochry / Perthshire / PH16 5NL / Scotland

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      01.08.2009 16:30
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      A campsite in Pethshire

      I chose Glengoulandie Campsite more or less just because of its location. En route to the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides I needed somewhere within driving distance of my home and Glengoulandie some 350 miles (565Km) away or around a seven-hour drive from my house in Sheffield seemed ideal. It was near enough to Pitlochry, a favourite place of mine, but I knew from experience that the campsites there were too commercialised for my liking. Glengoulandie Campsite is located about 18 miles (29Km) to the north west of Pitlochry on minor roads towards Tummel Bridge, which has the claim of officially being Britain's coldest place. Glengoulandie sits in a mountain valley on the fringe of the Tay Forest and the campsite itself is on the Glengoulandie Country Park, which is essentially a huge Deer Park.

      First impressions looked good although from the road I could only see a few static caravans and no tents. I wasn't too worried however as I had pre-booked and I quickly found a sign advising all new arrivals to report to the coffee shop during daytime hours or to go the house on the hill if the coffee shop was closed. The coffee shop was still open so I headed there where the incredibly friendly owner (or possibly the daughter of the owners) greeted me. She showed me where to pitch my tent, which was basically anywhere on the other side of the river, which looked quite idyllic. Families with children are kept separate from those without and the pitches across the river from my area had a small children's play area with a large sandpit and a slide. There were a few kids paddling in the river, which although quite shallow this is quite fast flowing so parents with small children take care.

      The facilities are quite basic but adequate for a short stay. There is a toilet/shower block and a block of unisex showers but the showers operate on tokens that have to be purchased from the coffee shop. Tokens cost £1 each and provide about 10 minutes of hot water. I remember many years that most campsites charged an additional fee for the use of their showers but I thought that was pretty much a thing of the past. There is a laundry room with a washing machine and dryer (didn't make a note of the cost) and an undercover area for washing pots and dishes.

      The main benefits of this campsite are its lovely setting and the coffee shop, which also serves snacks and a cooked breakfast at a reasonable cost. A full cooked breakfast was £5.95 and from what I saw looked huge.

      If you are staying on the campsite you can have free access onto the Deer Park which is an added bonus. The Deer Park is open from 8am until 8pm and for non campers costs £2 to enter (payable at the coffee shop). I couldn't guess how many acres the Deer Park covers but I did take a stroll and walked for about an hour and the path still continued onto the horizon when I turned around. I saw lots of Deer, some of them very close up and plenty of other wildlife too as well as plenty of Highland Cattle. It is only from the Deer Park that you really appreciate just how nice the nice location is. There is a small loch at the side of the campsite, which is surrounded by wooden holiday chalets (also owned by the Glengoulandie Estate), but these aren't actually visible from either the road or the campsite.

      Glengoulandie Camp Site is open from Easter through to mid October. There are 20 pitches for tents but no electric hook up points or provisions for touring caravans or motor homes. Most of the pitches are nice and flat and they are very spacious. Visiting in May the midges weren't really a problem but I can imagine in July/August with all of the water and long grass that the midges could be a big problem here. Pets are allowed and prices for tents vary depending on the size of the tent. I paid £10 per night for a 3 man tent.

      Glengoulandie Camp Site is located on the B846, a minor road that runs between Aberfeldy (just to the north of Pitlochry) and Tummel Bridge. The nearest pubs and shops are at Aberfeldy, about 5 miles (8Km) to the south, although there is also a small but rather expensive shop at Tummel Bridge in the other direction.

      Glengoulandie Campsite
      Glengoulandie Country Park
      By Pitlochry
      Perthshire
      PH16 5NL

      Tel - 01887 830495
      http://www.glengoulandie.co.uk/

      Reservations for tents are recommended due to the limited number of spaces.

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      The country park is also home to a small petting zoo with deer, sheep and goats and other furry friends.