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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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8.7

Overall rating based on 43 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

 

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Bit spartan 19/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom wendy_w946176 Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Easy to find from Pitch Up Booking site directions
    Next to a river which was picturesque
    Friendly welcome from resident hippy

    Disliked: 

    Very sparse site with 'oldish' facilities
    Access quite steep on to very damp area
    Booking through website didn't work, went to Pitch Up instead

From the manager...

Actually all the showers and shower floors were all replaced , the building itself may not look so modern but everything is in good working order and cleaned regularly. We do have many people that appreciate the private space for our guests in terms of toilet cubicles and space in most of our showers you will not get in many camp sites . We are always looking to improve the facilities and it will be the same now that we have closed for the season .

We can suffer from rain like many sites in the highlands , I think it is common knowledge that Scotland can be wet ! We are only a very small site so we are trying to keep the site as natural as possible , this may not suit some people for sure.

We have many bookings from our website so not sure what you mean by that.

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Friendly site toilets and showers well below standard for a campsite. 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom pauline_t263321 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    This campsite is small and peaceful. Many people only stay one or 2 nights so chance to meet different campers everyday.

    Disliked: 

    Female shower wasn't clean. A used unisex one and drain was full of hair. No access to laundry despitong asking for token laundry was locked. Facilities showers toilets need up grading.

From the manager...

Thanks for your review.
We apologise if the cleanliness was not up to our standards but they are cleaned regularly. As you may appreciate , we cannot possibly be checking after every guest has had their shower , but I am confident this was an isolated case .

As stated on previous review we have upgraded all the showers and toilets are also good. We had issue with the dryer as someone had broken the door so apologies for that and that is rectified now .

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Great site with very helpful staff. A brilliant location with very go 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stephen M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location is ideal to explore the area. Very helpful staff. A great wee store less than 2 minutes from the site... facilities are clean and in good order

    Disliked: 

    N/A

From the manager...

Many thanks for your review and is very welcome as the 2 reviews after this would give a different impression !

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Great location, very clean facilities, friendly staff 23/08/2017

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

  • Electric grass tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great location, very clean facilities, friendly staff

    Disliked: 

    no dislikes

From the manager...

Thanks for your review and I think you summed our site in one sentence !

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A pleasant site in beautiful surroundings; a peaceful getaway. 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Francesca G. Confirmed

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

    A nice quiet location but close to various towns and attractions. The shop at the top of the site was useful for small purchases like bread and milk in the mornings. The facilities were generally clean. There were washing and drying facilities. although we did not use them. There were a lot of lovely walks which could be undertaken from the site.

    Disliked: 

    The facilities were a bit limited on days when the campsite was full- only two female toilets for example. One of the showers was much better than the other in terms of water pressure and heat control.

From the manager...

Thanks for generally positive review.

Most of the time access to facilities is no problem so apologies if that was not the case during your visit.

We have replaced all the showers and we go for the maximum kilowatts we can safely use to allow for better flow but there will be times maybe the water pressure will drop as in your case.

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Great site. Really clean facilities. Welcoming friendly staff. 19/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Wendy H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful site. Quiet by the river. Friendly staff. Clean and tidy facilities. Cannot fault the site.

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From the manager...

Many thanks for your review and hopefully we will see you again in the future.

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Great site facilities were dated but clean. Friendly site manager 18/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gill O. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful setting. Shop close by where everything Wes available. There was a wood directly opposite the camp which was great to take our dog.

    Disliked: 

    Did get rather crowded and no set pitches. The day before we left we had two camper vans park either side of the tent very close and we had no privacy. Shame as otherwise a great site

From the manager...

Thanks for your review.

Normally we do restrict how many pitches are taken as we like to give people space so I do apologise if that was not the case this time , We do try to get the balance right between allowing people freedom to pitch but ensuring sufficient space between other guests .

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Great stay, basic facilities but good value. Helpful site manager 14/08/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great spot near the river, beautiful surrounding area. Helpful sight manager.

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Thanks for your review ,

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Great staff facilities were clean 12/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kerryanne_t Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Staff were friendly and helpful. Site was basic with small park. It felt very safe for kids to play around the loch was shallow and kids played for ages here. We really enjoyed the fire pit and toasting marshmallows

    Disliked: 

    Not enough picnic benches.

From the manager...

Thanks for your review . We will be adding more seating for next year.

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Excellent site if you want a safe, easy base for exploring. 11/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stephen W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Simple site, but everything worked and helpful manager Jason lives on site in his funky camper van. Friendly chap, fixed problems quickly, and very diligent. Village store just on the entrance drive, so bit more in it than your usual camp shop. Showers are electric, so no hot water shortages. Good location bearing in mind how far away everything generally is in the Highlands.

    Regular flyovers by Red Kites a bonus.

    Disliked: 

    Although we had plenty of space, site description suggested unlimited which I think is stretching the facts if you intend to have lots of pup tents/shelters etc.

From the manager...

Thanks for your review.

We do not really limit the site pitches which is what we mean by unlimited but in busier times , of course , there will be less space.

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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 GMT (GMT+00:00)   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 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week 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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Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m..
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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