Glenesk Caravan Park7.7
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Angling for some Angus fishing? Pitch up at glorious Glenesk Caravan Park and cast off at its loch in the middle, stocked to the gills with mirror and common carp, tench and roach – then pack your rod for salmon and trout fishing on the nearby River North Esk.
Not angling for Angus fishing? Leave the fisherfolk to it and settle down to species spotting from the loch shore, wander around the unspoilt woodland of this wildlife haven park or tackle the (b)reams of hill hikes within walking distance. Sandy beaches, city shopping, the Cairngorms National Park and the Scottish Whisky Trail are all within driving distance – once you’ve wrestled your other half from the rod, of course…
If the weather decides not to acknowledge that you’re on holiday, Glenesk has a reception lounge with telly and an indoor games room for you to lounge around/get competitive in; when it’s sunny, the well-equipped park playground will keep the kids occupied while you get on with the serious business of fishing/lying by the loch spotting red squirrels.
Campers have a choice of non-electric grass pitches for tents or hardstanding pitches for tents, tourers and motorhomes (all hardstanding pitches have electric hook-up). Park amenities include a heated loo block, hot showers (20p), covered dishwashing area and separate laundry room. The small tuck shop sells basic essentials and camping gas, and can arrange to have your morning papers and other bits and pieces delivered over the weekend.
Several walks and hills are within easy walking distance; lace up your boots and walk forth, or ask the Glenesk Caravan Park for recommendations for walks, actitivies and attractions nearby and around the area.
Glenesk is about 13 miles long and has hill walks for all abilities from the faint-hearted to the confidently striding and all sorts in between. The Hill of Rowan walk from the Tarfside car park should make a peaceful compromise as it’s a doable four and a half miles long and easy to navigate given that the huge memorial of the top of the Hill of Rowan can be seen for miles around. (Of course you know to bring a map and compass anyway.) Tougher types can try the Loch Lee and waterfalls circuit walk, a steep ten miles around Loch Lee, up past the Falls of Unich and the Fall of Damff and back down via the Shank of Inchgrundle.
Make some time for a stroll to Edzell too, lined with nineteenth century buildings and called the ‘jewel of the glens’ for its prettiness – in this part of Scotland, we think that’s quite a moniker. The start of the main street is marked by Dalhousie Arch: pass under here to browse plenty of interesting shops, antique establishments, cafés, tearooms and restaurants. From the village, walk about a mile to the red sandstone ruins of sixteenth century Edzell Castle, from the Gannochy Bridge to watch salmon leap at the Rocks of Solitude or to the golf course, one of several in the area.
Castles, historic houses and gardens abound in Angus and neighbouring Aberdeenshire, most open to the public from Easter onwards. Glamis Castle, setting of the Scottish play, has guided tours, exhibitions and an Italian garden, and the Queen’s pad Balmoral is an enviable look at the lives of the royals and part of the Aberdeenshire castle trail (of which there are a mighty seventeen).
Dun’t miss the eighteenth century and award-winning House of Dun, set among Victorian gardens and woodland, and managed by the National Trust of Scotland which has its Hutchison (paintings) and Stirling (furniture) collection here, along with smashingly ornate interiors, a model theatre display and courtyard buildings to nosey around. Even better, it’s within walking distance to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve and its 50,000 or so migrating geese, regular wildlife events and guided walks, and three miles from the family-friendly sands of Montrose Beach.
Finally, fancy some paintball? Ally forth and battle, deep in the Edzell Woods at Bedlam.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
- Glamis Castle (19.8 miles)
- Carnoustie (23.7 miles)
- Balmoral Castle (25.0 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Edzell - Gannochy - Rocks of Solitude - Gannochy - Edzell (1.8 miles)
- Mount Battock from Glen Esk (5.5 miles)
- Drumtochty Forest - Short Walk (7.8 miles)
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Lovely site 17 Aug 2014
cassandra_b (Young couple, 2 reviews) Confirmed
From the manager...
Thank-you for your review. Very sorry you had noisy neighbours, my assistant [ who lives on site ] walks round the site every evening at around 10.30pm but unfortunately must of missed this one, in her defence it was pouring with rain! We do have other camping options where you can have the car next to the tent but missed your arrival and unable to tell you hopefully we will do better next time !
From the manager...
Really sorry you had a miserable night but unfortunately we are not in control of the Scottish weather! May i advise for camping in Scotland that single skin tents such as yours were really not suitable, [there was only 1 other tent that got flooded]we do not have a licensed clubhouse but we have a large reception area with a games room and TV area where we serve teas and coffee's on request reception is open from 9am-10pm
Great if you like to relax or fish, a bit boring for older kids 25 May 2014
sharon_m15 (Family with older children, 2 reviews) Confirmed
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Motorhome service point
Seasonal pitchesMax. motorhome length: 7.5 metres
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
St Cyrus (Aberdeenshire): Station Rd Coach Stop — 10.3mi
Montrose: High Street Coach Stop — 11.4mi
Inverbervie (Aberdeenshire): Coach Stop — 14.5mi
- Train stations
Laurencekirk Rail Station — 7.4mi
Montrose Rail Station — 11.3mi
Stonehaven Rail Station — 18.8mi
- Ferry ports
- Aberdeen Ferry Terminal — 30.2mi
Dundee City Airport — 29.8mi
From the A90, take the B966 exit toward Brechin/Edzell/Fettercairn. Drive straight through Edzell until you reach a small bridge; take the next road on the left and continue for about a mile. The campsite entrance will be on your right.