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- 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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Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Friendly site toilets and showers well below standard for a campsite.
Great staff facilities were clean
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
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Contin (Highland): Post Office Coach Stop — 0.1 miles
0.1 miles Garve: Hotel Coach Stop — 5.2 miles
5.2 miles Ardullie Interchange Coach Stop — 8.9 miles
- Train stations
Garve Rail Station — 5.0 miles
5.0 miles Conon Bridge Rail Station — 5.3 miles
5.3 miles Muir of Ord Rail Station — 5.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Inverness Loch Ness Ferry Landing — 14.3 miles
14.3 miles Invergordon Port Ferry Terminal — 17.4 miles
17.4 miles Cromarty Ferry Terminal — 21.7 miles
Inverness Airport — 19.4 miles
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.
Take bus number 27 from Inverness bus station. Buses run approximately every hour from Inverness until early evening.
The nearest train station is Dingwall with service from Inverness. Dingwall is about 7 miles from our site.
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.
- Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park (12.4 miles)
- Jacobite Cruises (14.5 miles)
- Culloden Visitor Centre (14.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||8 p.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.
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.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash