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Howe of Torbeg

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General

  • Stunning surroundings in Royal Deeside, five minutes from Ballater
  • On the Snow Roads route and in the Cairngorms National Park
  • Well-maintained amenities including heated shower block

Small, scenic and perfectly formed... your only problem at Howe of Torbeg will be deciding just Howe long you can eke out your stay.

A family business run by Nicole and Iain, Howe of Torbeg is spectacular Deeside surrounds (see pics) as well as in handy setting for the activities, attractions and more smashing scenery of the Cairngorms National Park.

Family, road, touring and mountain biking trails meander past the site or from local town Ballater four and a half miles away; elsewhere, there's hiking all around, snowsports and munro climbing nearby, and castles and distilleries aplenty for sightseeing days. Or just take to the car for one of the most scenic drives you'll have anywhere: Howe of Torbeg is on the A939 and part of the Snow Roads, the 90-mile route from Blairgowrie to Grantown-on-Spey that covers the highest public road in Britain.

​Facilities on site are excellent, including a heated shower block with two self-contained shower rooms, each with a sink and toilet and one with a baby changing unit. A small shop sells firewood, postcards, insect repellent, candles and local eggs; guests can also pick up board games and books for days inside.

Barbecues are allowed and all units on site have firepits. For supplies and eating out, Ballater with its bakery, deli, butcher, supermarket and restaurants is five minutes' drive away.


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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Location

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  • Torbeg, Glen Gairn, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, AB35 5XL
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 57.0878°N 3.1155°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Aviemore: Town Centre Coach Stop — 44.7 kilometres
Huntly: Square Bus Stop — 44.7 kilometres
Dalraddy (Highland): Coach Stop — 47.4 kilometres
Train stations
Insch Rail Station — 41.0 kilometres
Aviemore Rail Station — 44.6 kilometres
Huntly Rail Station — 44.7 kilometres
Ferry ports
Aberdeen Ferry Terminal — 62.3 kilometres
Airports
Aberdeen Airport — 56.7 kilometres

Directions


From Ballater head away from the viallage and take a right turn on to the A939 towards Tomintoul. Howe of Torbeg is approximately 4 miles along this road, on the righthand side. Turn sharp right down in to the driveway and follow signage around the main house for parking.

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

Stride forth into the Cairngorms straight from the site, get on your bike, go skiing, go climbing, have a driving day around this stunning setting... all are easily available.

Hiking tracks are all around the area immediately surrounding the site, and further trails are easily accessed around the Muir of Dinnet nature reserve 15 minutes' drive away and Invercauld house within half an hour. For those seeking even more exertion, regional munros to climb include Brown Cow Hill (20 minutes' drive), Lochnagar (40 minutes) and Corbetts Morven (50 minutes).

Cyclists can tackle the paths from Bike Glenlivet trail centre 40 minutes away, or stay closer to home to access the Etape Royale road cycling route from Howe of Torbeg's local road the A939. Mountain bikers should make for Ballochbuie Forest, 35 minutes' drive away, where there are single and double track paths through the woodland to Loch Muick. For family cycling, Ballater is surrounded by routes of about one to four hours.

Nature spotters will be chuffed to hear that the Cairngorms as the biggest national park in the UK is a haven teeming with wildlife: a quarter of Britain's endangered species are here, some of which are only to be found in the Cairngorms.

The Lecht and Glenshee ski centres are within 30 to 40 minutes.

Must see

  • Balmoral Castle (8.6 kilometres)
  • Braemar Castle (18.5 kilometres)
  • Braemar Highland Heritage Centre (19.4 kilometres)

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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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 10 day(s) of arrival.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.

Vehicles
Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

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

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 10 p.m..
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Additional terms

There are no fridge facilities at present on site, so please bring a coolbox.

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