Glenmore has a lot going for it and during holiday
Glenmore has a lot going for it and during holiday periods a lot going to it too.
The location is perfect for those who enjoy the great outdoors, with miles of walking of all levels of difficulty or effort, spectacular scenery, a beautiful beach and one or two off-site eateries within walking distance.
WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always found the site staff to be welcoming, helpful and often a good laugh too. The facilities block is usually clean despite extra usage during peak periods, though can be busy when one of the two blocks is closed for winter.
In essence there are three parts to the site. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a large area for tents, some with electric hook-ups. Another split area for vans and motor homes, and the Ã¢â‚¬Å“PinewoodÃ¢â‚¬Â down near the loch.
Pitch in the pinewood and you really are camping in the forest, pitches are well spaced and one has a feeling of seclusion even though thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a track passing a few metres from your door that can be quite busy as folk head off to the forest trails or down to the loch. The downside is that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a fairly long walk to the nearest CDP and toilet block and at least 250m to the other CDP that you will have to use when the nearest one becomes full.
The main (upper) parts of the site are pretty featureless and bare and even with the Ã¢â‚¬Å“3 metre ruleÃ¢â‚¬Â, during busy periods can in places look rather cheek by jowl and a bit like a busy seaside commercial site.
WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve found the upper facilities block is closed for winter despite the site being at full capacity during Scottish school October holidays and during each of our past three stays in October the lower CDP has been closed as full and resulted in us carrying our toilet cassette on a fairly long 250m + hike to the upper CDP. This it seems, according to a reply to a complaint to Forest Holidays, happens every six weeks and the tanker is ordered when BOTH CDPs need emptying.
The site must be a very good source of income for Camping in the Forest/Forestry Commission. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s open all year round and is well patronised; and not cheap. It does though need a substantial injection of cash to improve landscaping and drainage and perhaps extend the electricity network.
As it stands the main part of the site is far from what many would imagine as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“camping in the forestÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Have you ever thought about pitching up under a glorious, multi-coloured canopy, in a sea of golden leaves? Visit a Camping in the Forest Site and you can do just that!.........Ã¢â‚¬Â
The above from the Forest Holidays website could be interpreted as misrepresentation as far as most of the Glenmore site is concerned.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a bit of a shame that the Camping and Caravanning Club is associated with the site as it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really quite match club site standards elsewhere. The one advantage for club members is the member discount from Camping in the Forest.
Despite the above critical comments the site is a good base and in a perfect location for exploring miles and miles of forest. loch and mountain geography and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll continue to visit.
Type of accommodation: Camper
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