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General

  • Wildlife haven
  • Whitewater rafting, canoeing, fishing, paintball and lots more on site
  • Outdoor camp kitchen with firepits and log stools

What an ace site this is...tucked into the Findhorn Valley in rural Morayshire, with camping and glamping spots hidden all around, and loads to do right on site, including whitewater rafting, tubing, canoeing and kayaking, salmon fishing, paintball, disc golf…

Turn up with your other half, the family or your friends to stay some days here and take in the countryside, scenery and activities: there are plenty of scenic strolls around the surrounding countryside woodlands and river paths to spot deer, owls and other native birds or red squirrels (the team recommends wanders in the early morning or the evenings for the best sightings).

There are woodland compost loos on site (the owners guarantee they're comfy and smell/fuss-free) and showers in a wood structure with instant gas heating for toasty woodland washing.

Guests can also use the outdoor camp kitchen, which has two communal firepits, a sink, a two-ring gas camp cooker, a huge table and several log stools sawn from a nearby fallen tree – now that's recycling… There's also a small shop on site selling camping essentials, drinks and chocolate (another essential).

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Facilities/activities including outdoor activities such as white water rafting, canyoning, tubing, canoeing and kayaking, salmon fishing, paintball and disc golf are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.


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8.8

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94% would recommend this site to a friend.

94% would stay here again.

 

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Staff were very helpful, hut was very clean, dog friendly. 03/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Connor R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Shepherd's hut
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    Staff were very helpful, hut was very clean, dog friendly.

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Amazing nature, opportunities for hiking, rafting, canoeing and several cultural ... 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Netherlands Ellis K. Confirmed

  • Bell tent
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    Amazing nature, opportunities for hiking, rafting, canoeing and several cultural day trips. Owner and staff will welcome you warmly, provide you with all necessary information and help immediately with all kinds of things (thanks Kim, Tracey, Jim!). There is a cosy atmosphere, whether you are alone, with a family or as a couple. Don't pass the oppurtunity to make your own camp fire.
    The bell tents are fairly comfortable, especially with the log burning stove. Turn it on an hour before you think you'll need it and keep it burning, because it can get really cold (5ºC) even in augustus and really wet (all year round, it's Schotland). In return you can whatch the birds and enjoy the quiet, surroundings.

    Disliked: 

    A minor one: it would have been useful to know in advance that bell tents (and woodland pits) are not provided with electricity. Fortunately, you may use the sockets at the reception.

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A hidden gem. Highly recommended 13/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Leslie B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
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  • Liked: 

    Loved having our own fire pit and the surrounding area. Felt like we were in the wilderness. The whole experience was fab. The staff were very helpful too.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike

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This was our 2nd camping trip as a family. Its ... 11/08/2017

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    This was our 2nd camping trip as a family. Its a fantastic location with lots to do and see close by. The campsite and staff are amazing. We all loved it. 10yr old loved building the fire of an evening. The dog loved eating the toasted marshmallows and the steak (Thank you Tracy!). We used the camp kitchen most nights, clean and everything you need there. We had booked white water rafting but due to low waters we ended up Tubing and cliff jumping......... never in a million years would I have booked that but it was the best experience! Kids loved it too. Andrew and Matt went beyond the call of duty to help and make us (well me really!) feel confident enough to take part. The disc golf is great fun. We hope to come back!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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Best place for camping in the wild with facilities 07/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Peet M. Confirmed

  • Bell tent
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    The location is ideal as a base for a wide range of outdoor activities. Paintball and disc-golf on site and campsite forms base for wild water activities like rafting, tubing etc.
    The Bell-tent pitches are nicely situated in woodland and each comes with their own wood-stove inside and fire-pit outside. Ideal for games and stories round the campfire.

    Disliked: 

    The showers were not really warm but that is just a matter of tweaking/fixing the boiler

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Great staff, clean and inviting site 30/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom john p. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Shepherd's hut
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    Liked Everything..
    The environment was perfect, tranquil, calm, silent.
    The accommodation was clean, well fitted out with everything needed for a short stay.

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Great treat for all. Facilities excellent loads to do locally 29/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Christine K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Bell tent
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    Natureful everything on this 3 day holiday was great! Truthfully it was glamping ( I'd never have been able to book it if it said it-my husband is a real camper and booking a round tent with mattresses and wood burning stove was the highlight of my summer and a necessity after he demands of my full time job. The wood burning stove was such a treat;the fir pit kept the men folk busy every evening and I loved the rustic alfresco shower. We felt we had our own little piece of the Forres forest all to ourselves, lots of privacy but able to hear all the happy noices of other campers. The round tent was spacious for the 4 of us and I felt refreshed after 3 days(not normal practice after camping elsewhere)Everyone was friendly, staff helpful and we will be back with our pals to do all the outdoor activities we didn't have time for. The cleanliness was impeccable in the 'cludgie', showers and kitchen. My favourite bit was the bird song and seeing a tiny wren when I walked through the forest early morning on my own. 'Middle Earth' is now my second home.

    Disliked: 

    Our 10yr old son was slightly unprepared for the openness of the boys urinals

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Loved every minute, great place for a getaway to relax and unwind!! 24/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Zoe J. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Shepherd's hut
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    Everything was fab! Staff were helpful and friendly.... shepherds hut was lovely and cosy with fire pit/BBQ outside. Would definitely come back!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing apart from midges but smidge does the trick and nothing to do with site just the highlands!

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Beautiful setting with generous pitches and good facilities - these ... 24/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sarah S. Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
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    Beautiful setting with generous pitches and good facilities - these were kept wonderfully clean throughout our stay. Loved the fact you could have a camp fire by your tents and enjoyed how peaceful the site was. Overall a lovely site in an idyllic location! Really good value for money.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Excellent site for those of us who like traditional camping 15/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom richard m. Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Laid back attitude of the site
    Facilities functional
    Kitchen with stove& equipment was a luxury

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    Nothing

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Leisure on site

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Bath available

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Drying room

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Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

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Parent & baby washroom

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Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

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Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

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Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Shepherd's huts

Location

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  • Auchnagairn, Dunphail Forres, Highlands and Islands, Scotland, IV36 2QL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 57.5096°N 3.6910°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Forres: Tolbooth Bus Stop — 7.5 miles
Nairn: Bus Station — 8.5 miles
Tomatin: Road End Lay by Coach Stop — 16.2 miles
Train stations
Forres Rail Station — 7.3 miles
Nairn Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Carrbridge Rail Station — 16.7 miles
Ferry ports
Cromarty Ferry Terminal — 17.6 miles
Nigg Ferry Terminal — 17.6 miles
Invergordon Port Ferry Terminal — 21.5 miles
Airports
Inverness Airport — 14.0 miles

Directions


From Aviemore and the south: head north on the A9 to the A95, turn left onto the B9153 for Carrbridge then right onto the A938 for 1.5 miles. After that, turn left onto the B9007 for 16 miles and turn right, up the gravel road at the Ace Adventure sign.

From Inverness or the west: head east on the A96 to Forres, turn right heading south on the A940 for 6 miles, then turn right onto the B9007 and follow for 2.2 miles. Turn left, up the gravel road at the Ace Adventure sign.

From Aberdeen or the east: head west on the A96 to Forres, turn left heading south on the A940 for 6 miles then turn right onto the B9007 and follow for 2.2 miles. Turn left, up the gravel road at the Ace Adventure sign.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

You'll probably want to stay on site for a few days to try out all the activities right on site (we rather fancy the frisbee golf), but once ready to explore the area, another plethora of things to see and do is within easy reach.

Take the walk from Ace to the nearby beauty spot of Randolph's Leap (we rather fancy this too) and on to the Logie Steading Visitor Centre with its café, artisan shops, play park, heritage centre and the Logie House Gardens for starters…

Other options in the immediate area are visiting the pretty local town of Forres (did you know this is where Duncan''s castle was in the Scottish play?) and some most excellent salmon and trout fishing on the River Findhorn.

The art and antiques of Brodie Castle are just outside Forres, or your crew could take a wildlife trip around Moray Firth to see dolphins, whales, porpoises, sharks, seals and flocks of seabirds. Nairn Beach, where a school of dolphins are often visible from the coastline, is about eight and a half miles from your ace base.

Must see

  • Speyside Heather Centre (14.8 miles)
  • The Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre (17.5 miles)
  • Culloden Visitor Centre (20.1 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Arrivals are up to 7pm. Late arrivals are subject to a £10 cash charge payable on arrival to the warden. Unfortunately, no access is allowed after 10pm.

Ace Hideaways cancellation policy

No refunds within 15 days of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Ace Hideaways will debit the balance from your card 15 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 15 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

Hired accommodation: £150.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Extras
Facilities/activities including outdoor activities such as white water rafting, canyoning, tubing, canoeing and kayaking, salmon fishing, paintball and disc golf are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
The grocery shop is open between 01/05 and 31/10.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £150.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Arrivals are up to 7pm. Late arrivals are subject to a £10 cash charge payable on arrival to the warden. Unfortunately, no access is allowed after 10pm.

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