Camped a Friday night recently (in November) as
Camped a Friday night recently (in November) as I'd become aware of this place via this site. Rothiemurchus Caravan Park was closed to tents until the following month and I was informed by a stroppy attendant at Glenmore that it would be £20 per night just for me and a tent..
The site provides an idyllic location, close to the pines on the shores of Loch an Eilein, right next to the car park which serves visitors to the loch and information centre.
The cabin at the entrance to the car park was un-manned on Thursday and Friday (with no info about overnight stays) and it wasn't until I returned from a walk on Saturday to drop my tent, that I encountered a (very helpful, friendly) attendant who advised that I owed £5 for the night (£5/adult/night; £2/<16/night; camper vans £10 + 2&pppn). We got chatting and he told me that the site was only supposed to be used as an "overflow" if other sites in the area were full, but I got the impression that anytime would be OK (inc. Christmas and New Year), but that there was only an attendant at weekends..he gave me a leaflet outlining the set-up which states the t&cs, specifically that stays of only ONE NIGHT are permitted.
As I've said, it is a great location but is "wild" only in the sense that there aren't any dedicated facilities per se., altho' there is a toilet block a short walk away next to the info. centre which is presumably locked overnight(?). I'm in two minds about the VFM, since, altho' a fiver is minimal, I didn't expect there to be a charge for a "wild" camp and there is nothing provided other than a car parking space and a patch of (well-drained) grass in a scenic location.
So, I've graded accordingly but would rather leave the impression that it's a great site overall, but just for one night! ;-)
p.s. re the "other" wild camp 2.5Ks further on - I didn't come across it, as far as I could tell, altho' I wasn't looking that hard..
Type of accommodation: Tent
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