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8.7

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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 44 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

89% would stay here again.

 

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Family friendly site, good pitches 05/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jennifer R. Confirmed

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

    Lovely location by the river. We were on an overnight stop to Ullapool so didn't spend much time there but explored a little of the woodland walk on the other side of the road. Very quiet. Toilet blocks adequate and kept clean. Friendly welcome and well organised bookings.

    Disliked: 

    Midges and rain!

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A great family site in a perfect location with a shop virtually on sit 06/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Adrian C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    The location. The site manager was great an really helpful. Having an open fire.

    Disliked: 

    Some parts of the site were a little untidy/unkemp

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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 trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
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  • Liked: 

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

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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 trailer tent, tent or campervan 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.

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very peaceful site, basic facilities but everything you need. 18/06/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom lindsey_s661537 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Riverview, peaceful, friendly staff

    Disliked: 

    The midges lol

From the manager...

Many thanks for your review .

Normally we are no too bad for midges but there has been more this year , sorry !

Thanks
Martyn

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great wee site very friendly staff, clean facilities and good pitches 17/07/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom adam_c321559 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Good location made it easier to travel to some nearby spots like roggie falls and nairn beach

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From the manager...

Yes our site is centally located for the highlands so makes it easy to reach most parts in a comfortable day.

We are also on the Northcoast 500 route , a truly spectacular route .

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Martyn

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Nice location next to the river 24/07/2016

abi_m335437 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    Riverside location. Helpful owner. Walk to local 'hotel' for drinks.

    Disliked: 

    Reception entrance hard to find. Showers a bit under powered.

From the manager...

Thanks for your review .

We will make it more obvious where reception is , as vehichles in the car park can sometimes obscure the reception signs .

The showers are at their highest rating for electirc showers to keep in mind electrical safety , we do not limit your shower time either.

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Martyn

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Fabulous site very clean and friendly 31/07/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Samantha S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Clean facilties , friendly site with beautiful views and close to lots of fun activities

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From the manager...

You are welcome back anytime , thanks for the review .
Martyn

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Excellent location, could do with a communal washing up facilities, 01/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kevin P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Great location with plenty of things to do, nice pitch, showers are great , with nice staff and very polite.

    Disliked: 

    Washing up area or lock off, could do with a communal washing up area.

From the manager...

Many thanks for your review.

We have been considering a communal washing area for sometime now as the current arrangement , even though it is preferable to what we inherited , is not totally acceptable . We will definetly address that as soon as we can so thanks for highlighting that .

Regards
Martyn

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We absolutely loved our stay at Riverside campsite. 01/08/2016

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

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

    The peace and quiet and the location was just perfect! Loved the camp fire which was situated right near our tent! A lovely way of spending the evenings and meeting new people!

    Disliked: 

    The laundrette facilities could have been better. The machines are run by electric meter cards and these weren't always available when required. A coin operated facility would be much easier and accessible at all times!

From the manager...

Thanks for your review .

I understand your comments on the use of coin operated machine but not sure we want to retain cash in a room we would have no security for .

We will think about how we can manage this better in terms of allocation of the meter cards for next year so thanks for your comments.

Regards
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.

Policies

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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No music after 10pm.

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