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General

  • Spectacular scenery next to the River Blackwater
  • Hill walking in the Munro mountains just minutes away
  • Reiki, reflexology, massage and workshops available

River and reflexology, mountains and massage, whiskey and waterfalls, red kites and fishing and a remote location with easy access to roads for urban day trips… some places really do have pretty much everything.

Or almost – you won’t find a clubhouse, pizza joint or noisy entertainment at family-run Riverside Caravan Park, but if you’re camping in the Scottish Highlands we’re going to assume you’re erring on the quieter side of peaceful. And that you’re up for some stunning Scottish scenery – have a look at the site pics to see of what we speak.

Riverside is next to the River Blackwater, flowing into the River Contin, a popular pull for salmon and trout anglers from Scotland and further afield. (Fishing is available too on the Blackwater from the campsite – just be sure to catch and release.)

The Munro mountains rise minutes from the park for hill walking and 'Munro bagging' (climbing all the Munro mountains in one fell swoop/tired-legged trip), and mountain bike trails start just over the road from Riverside if you prefer to go at a more breakneck speed.

Also nearby are the Rogie Falls rushing downhill a couple of miles away, and we’d bank on almost every guest seeing a red kite overhead when staying at Riverside – if not, viewing points and nature trails are not far away at the RSPB’s Tollie Red Kites reserve.

To sort supplies, the well-stocked and reasonably priced village shop and post office is right at the site entrance and fresh bread and pastries are sold on site most mornings during busy seasons. A garage/petrol station and hotel with bar and restaurant are about a mile away.

Catch a bus just outside the Riverside Caravan Park entrance to Contin village and on to Inverness for exploring; if you do want to drive, Riverside Caravan Park has good access to the main roads for Inverness and Loch Ness, and is centrally based for other Scottish attractions like the malt whiskey trail, Aviemore, Ullapool and the Isle of Skye.

And you’ll probably need a rest now. Which is why we say some places really do have pretty much everything: there’s an on-site holistic therapist at Riverside, offering reiki, reflexology, holistic massage, Karuna and metamorphic technique, and occasional workshops in drumming, meditation and more. It's a hard life.


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8.9

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Nice quiet site. 18/07/2017

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Easy to find.Just off the main A835 road between Inverness and Ullapool.Small field which slopes down to the river.Reasonable price.

    Disliked: 

    The door to the shower cubicle we used was poorly made with a gap at the top of the door and the bolt did not secure properly into the frame.The whole place seemed bodged up and just needed a decent joiner there for a day.But don't let this put you off as I would use the site again.

From the manager...

Thanks for your review.

We will look into your comments as nobody has mentioned this before now.

Martyn

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Excellent small friendly site 17/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tzvi L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful setting by river, good toilets and showers, staff really friendly and helpful. Did a lovely walk in the evening, would love to stay longer only had a ferry to catch

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike, even the midges behaved themselves

From the manager...

We cannot take the credit for keeping the midges under control but thanks for your review.

Martyn

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Beautiful scenery, very clean well kept facilities with hot showers ... 16/07/2017

Reviewer's country: Australia Mali B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
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    Beautiful scenery, very clean well kept facilities with hot showers and sink to wash up, friendly staff. Very picturesque definitely recommend.

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The location was really good, very scenic area and nice ... 12/07/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The location was really good, very scenic area and nice and quiet.

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From the manager...

Thanks for your review and we do aim to keep it quiet !

Martyn

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Location, laid back way of running site 09/07/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
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    Location, laid back way of running site

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From the manager...

Thanks for your review and glad you appreciate the laid-back approach,

Thanks
Martyn

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Welcoming and friendly 05/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Bill W. Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Made to feel welcome the moment we arrived. The site is very laid back and friendly with a beautiful river flowing at the bottom. Jason the manager could not have been more helpful. Camping here is all you imagined camping should be even with a camp BBQ round a roaring fire with all made to feel welcome. Thank you Jason for making our stay memorable.

    Disliked: 

    Washing machine not working.

From the manager...

That is great feedback .

The washing machine should be working but we have issue with broken door on the dryer so we will replace the dryer .

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UTOPIA 03/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom DANIEL C. Confirmed

  • Electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
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    THE BEST CAMPING HOLIDAY WE HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED.
    THE SITE FOREMAN JASON, WAS TOTAL MAGIC, ORGANISING NIGHT TIME ENTERTAINMENT ROUND THE PIT FIRESIDE AND GENERALLY HELPFUL THROUGHOUT OUR STAY. WILL BE GOING BACK NEXT YEAR.

    Disliked: 

    NOTHING TO DISLIKE.

From the manager...

Great feedback , yes Jason is doing a fantastic job at the site and is really appreciated by all our guests.

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Brilliant holiday clean friendly foreman 02/07/2017

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    Beautiful location, basic facilities but kept extremely clean at all times
    Site foreman Jason really did make our holiday He was very helpful and and made such a good impression on all
    We have made lots of new friends this year which without Jason none of this would have been possible
    We are all going to be returning next year for another great time

    Well done Jason without you our holiday would not have been the same.
    Also has a fantastic massage on site which I highly recommend but book before you arrive as I thought by reading web page it was already on site

    Disliked: 

    Web page stated local shop reasonably priced
    Don't be fooled by this
    Costs an arm and a leg
    Even sold me herbs that were 9 months out of date

From the manager...

Many thanks for your feedback..

We had previous feedback that the shop was reasonably priced but since then some people have been surprised by the pricing so I may need to amend that on the listing.

My wife would normally perform the massages but had caught a cold so did not want to pass this on to you so asked Fiona to step in . But in any case a booking would still be required .

Martyn

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Nice site, clean facilities, excellent staff. 02/07/2017

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    Nice location with lovely scenery. The site foreman, Jason was extremely helpful and friendly, he made the whole camping trip a great experience.

    Disliked: 

    The shop was extremely expensive.

From the manager...

Thanks for the feedback , I am getting feedback that the shop is expensive so I may need to warn guests of that in the future .

We had previously had feedback that shop was reasonably priced .

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Grass site in a pleasant riverside setting. Electric hookups. Showers. 29/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David L. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Location, price and facilities. Nearby shop.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

From the manager...

Many thanks for your great review and I am glad you liked what we offered and we look forward to seeing you in the future .

Best Wishes
Martyn

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

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

Lake and/or mountain

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Contin Strathpeffer, Highlands and Islands, Scotland, IV14 9ES
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 57.5687°N 4.5820°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Contin (Highland): Post Office Coach Stop — 0.1 miles
Garve: Hotel Coach Stop — 5.2 miles
Ardullie Interchange Coach Stop — 8.9 miles
Train stations
Garve Rail Station — 5.0 miles
Conon Bridge Rail Station — 5.3 miles
Muir of Ord Rail Station — 5.7 miles
Ferry ports
Inverness Loch Ness Ferry Landing — 14.3 miles
Invergordon Port Ferry Terminal — 17.4 miles
Cromarty Ferry Terminal — 21.7 miles
Airports
Inverness Airport — 19.4 miles

Directions


By car (from Inverness)
Take the A9 from Inverness over the Kessock bridge, passing the ICT football stadium. You will reach a roundabout after about 6 miles: take the second exit onto the A835. Follow this road until you reach the village of Contin. Continue through the village until you see the village shop on the left-hand side and also the signs for our campsite. Turn left into the shop car park and continue past the shop to the right-hand side and into the campsite area.

By bus
Take bus number 27 from Inverness bus station. Buses run approximately every hour from Inverness until early evening.

By train
The nearest train station is Dingwall with service from Inverness. Dingwall is about 7 miles from our site.

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

If you’ve any time left over after whiskey trailing, fishing, climbing, mountain biking, wildlife watching or being massaged (really, it’s a hard life), there’s still a load to do around Riverside and the Scottish Highlands.

Strathpeffer, Riverside’s nearest town, is well worth a look for its somewhat gorgeous golf course and the toys/exhibits of the Highland Museum of Childhood.

Walk from the west end of Strathpeffer along the forest track to the hill of Cnoc Mor via the Pictish hill fort of Knock Farril, or drive a few miles from the town to visit Castle Leod originally a Pictish fort and now seat of the Mackenzie clan.

A 24-hour mountain bike challenge starts each January from Strathpeffer too (yes, probably the one you saw on the news while you sat on the sofa polishing off the Christmas mince pies).

And if you’re Loch Ness monster spotting on a day trip, pause for a few hours to Urquhart Castle on the loch’s shores, a medieval fortress and one of the biggest and most visited castles in Scotland.

Must see

  • Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park (12.4 miles)
  • Jacobite Cruises (14.5 miles)
  • Culloden Visitor Centre (14.8 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:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11:30 a.m.

Riverside Caravan Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 5 days of arrival date.

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. Riverside Caravan Park will debit the balance from your card 5 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 5 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

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

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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.

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