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Dall Cottage Camping: Site for walkers and bikepackers, close to Route 7 and Cairngorm Loops

General

  • Peaceful setting with riverside pitches and views of the Cairngorms
  • A 15-min drive from Blair Atholl, 20 from Pitlochry and 60 from Perth
  • Semi-wild camping with hot shower plus free-range eggs for sale

Peace in Perthshire, with views of the Cairngorms? Come along to Dall Cottage Camping.

The sensible folk here have set up their small site to stay as close to nature as possible, keeping the vibe as semi-wild camping in a rural wildlife haven. The site is next to the River Garry over a river ford crossing and is only accessible to walkers, cyclists and 4x4 vehicles, which means a definite remote feel as well as plenty of space… (parking and a lift in a 4x4 are available for those travelling in normal cars).

And for your adventures off site? This is a stunning setting for outdoor days: on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park (Britain’s biggest, fact fans), a short drive from three lochs and just north of Tay Forest Park. There’s easy access to towns and cities too: Pitlochry is 20 minutes’ drive away, the Fair Trade shopping of Aberfeldy within 40, and Perth just over an hour. Blair Atholl, home to the Atholl Country Life Museum and Blair Castle, is 15 minutes from the site.

Wild camping of any flavour most certainly needs fire, and the Dall Cottage team turn up trumps here too, providing firepits for guests’ use so that eats, drinks and stargazing can be done alongside toasty flames. Amenities are well thought out too: there’s a hot shower, clean and well-equipped compost toilet. Please note that only four wheel drive vehicles can be parked next to the pitch; other cars will need to be parked on the other side of the river (transport can be provided across the river on arrival and departure so you don't have to swim with all your stuff…)

Please note

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

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Access to the site is through a river across a rough un-surfaced ford. Most of the time the river is low to allow for crossing. On occasion after heavy rain the river can rise quickly and be un-passable, please be aware of this. Access to the site is at your own risk.

Recommended for 4×4 vehicles only with good ground clearance. Campers on foot or bike also welcome (you may get wet feet). Trail-type motorbikes can cross with caution.


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9.9

Overall rating based on 73 reviews

 

99% would recommend this park to a friend.

100% would stay here again.

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The remote feel despite being easily accessible The friendliness of …07/27/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichael R.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The remote feel despite being easily accessible
    The friendliness of Brett and Tabetha
    The sound/accessibility of the babbling brook
    The facilities (hot shower/toilets/shop with honesty box)
    The firepit
    oh, and the monster-truck vehicle used to transport you across the water :)

    Disliked: 

    The midges (although some Smidge and some After Bite helped to counter them).

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staff are friendly, beautiful site, good ground07/27/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAngela K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Such a beautiful place, paddling in the stream was relaxing, having the honest shop we had marshmallows by the fire, loved this place

    Disliked: 

    Not being able to have car by the tent was the only down side

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It is in a quiet and peaceful location. I loved …07/26/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJamie C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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    It is in a quiet and peaceful location. I loved the fact it is a small campsite with only a few pitches. It feels like you are wild camping but you have the luxury of toilets and a shower.

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Beautiful scenery, clean facilities, very helpful owners - A+ site!07/23/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomStacy S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We stayed here for 3 nights as it was near to the Cairngorms and looked lovely from all the pictures and reviews - and it is! We drove here in a small car and then Tabitha gave us a lift over the river with all our stuff (and back). The rest of the time you can simply walk/wade across the river, so bring some crocs or wet shoes.
    The facilities are kept very clean, the hot shower was very welcome and we had a roaring campfire with marshmallows on our final night using supplies from the little honesty shop on-site.
    It is a beautiful campsite - highly recommended. :-)

    Disliked: 

    Only the midges!! But the honesty shop has supplies for that too!

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Fabulous stay, would highly recommend it.07/22/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCaroline Q.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    The location was second to none. There are only 4 pitches which share a male and female toilet and a hot shower, great for those of us that want the wild experience but also the basics. The river is shallow and we spent much of our time swimming there.

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    Nothing

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Great site, lovely staff, will visit again07/22/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomColin C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The secluded location and family feel

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Loved my stay here and would most definitely return in the future.07/21/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRobert M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Pitch was beautiful with a personal fire pit and a lovely river alongside.

    Disliked: 

    One thing, could not get car close to pitch but was that big a deal.

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Quiet, remote, clean, next to river07/21/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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    Quiet, remote, clean, next to river

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    Nothing

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Perfect for that wild camping feel with toilets and shower07/20/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomIain M.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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    I loved everything about this campsite. It's remote, so you get that wild camping feel. It's a great base to explore the surrounding area or stopping off on route further up north. There are only 4 pitches, which are very well spaced out, so you do not feel you are 'on top' of each other. It's picturesque and right beside a river so you can splash around all day when the weather is hot. There is a fire pit and logs available to buy so you don't need to worry about finding logs to buy on route and taking up valuable space in your car. There are are also some other essential items available to buy like bottled water, smidge, etc. There are compostable toilets for male and female. There's also a hot shower so you get the 2 most important luxuries while still getting the wild camping feel. I even had good mobile internet access via EE. The owners are lovely and always available to answer any questions. Loved my stay and can't wait to go back.

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Highly recommended, loved our stay.07/18/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCaspar C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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    Friendly Staff, tranquility, river with fish & frogs.

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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

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Farm

Pop-up campsite

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Calvine, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland, PH18 5UL
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 56.7970°N 4.0316°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dalwhinnie: Road End Lay by Coach Stop — 11.4 miles
Pitlochry: Fishers Hotel Coach Stop — 13.0 miles
Ballinluig (Perth & Kinross): Road End Bus Stop — 16.8 miles
Train stations
Blair Atholl Rail Station — 7.2 miles
Dalwhinnie Rail Station — 12.5 miles
Pitlochry Rail Station — 13.0 miles
Ferry ports
Fort Augustus Ferry Landing — 34.4 miles
Airports
Dundee City Airport — 45.4 miles

Directions


Dall Cottage Camping is about four miles north of the House of Bruar signposted to the left 'Dalnamein'. You'll see the site sign next to the metal gates.

The river ford is only suitable for 4x4 vehicles; please do not attempt to cross in a car. If you're travelling in a normal car, you'll need to park on the other side of the river and use the site's 4x4 to transport your gear (please arrange this in advance).

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

Local village Blair Atholl is a pretty place to start wanderings off at, for a stroll around the extensive gardens of 13th-century Blair Castle… followed by fish and chips at the town’s acclaimed takeaway. Scottish tweed, other clothing and gifts are all sourceable at the House of Bruar.

The Pitlochry fish ladder is a local destination to take your camera along to: this famed fishway has 34 pools in total, including one with an underwater viewing area and CCTV for easy viewing. In town, the Pitlochry Festival Theatre has performances and festivals throughout the year, or if you’re feeling energetic you can strike out on the long-distance Rob Roy Way which runs for 79 miles from Pitlochy to Drymen in Stirling.

More walking paths and mountain biking routes are close by, along with walks by Loch Rammel, Loch Errochty and Loch Tummel all within 25 minutes’ drive. More placid options include the zoo and safari park of the Highland Wildlife Park (45 minutes’ drive), Aviemore (55 minutes), Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (also 55 minutes) and Scone Palace (an hour and five minutes).

Further afield, get along to Dundee or St Andrews (an hour and 25 minutes and an hour and 45 minutes away respectively), for several castles and Firth of Tay views at the former and some of the most famed golf in the world at the latter.

Must see

  • Blair Castle (6.8 miles)
  • Braemar Highland Heritage Centre (27.9 miles)
  • Braemar Castle (28.5 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

RV, trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

If you require assistance across the river, please call or text in advance with your estimated arrival time.

Dall Cottage Camping cancelation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

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

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 cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Dall Cottage Camping 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.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

Park booking terms and conditions

  • Does Dall Cottage Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Dall Cottage Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Dall Cottage Camping? Local village Blair Atholl is a pretty place to start wanderings off at, for a stroll around the extensive gardens of 13th-century Blair Castle… followed by fish and chips at the town’s … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Dall Cottage Camping?
    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon

    If you require assistance across the river, please call or text in advance with your estimated arrival time.

    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Dall Cottage Camping? From $41.49 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

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

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

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

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Additional terms

Access to the site is through a river across a rough un-surfaced ford. Most of the time the river is low to allow for crossing. On occasion after heavy rain the river can rise quickly and be un-passable, please be aware of this. Access to the site is at your own risk.

Recommended for 4×4 vehicles only with good ground clearance. Campers on foot or bike also welcome (although you may get wet feet). Trail-type motorbikes can cross with caution.

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