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Loch Greshornish Caravan & Campsite
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Non-Members Not Welcome”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

We drove all day to reach Skye and planned to choose somewhere that we liked the look of to spend the night, enjoying the freedom of the open road. We found this site at 9.45pm and the reception was closed. A sign advises to ring a bell beside the reception door and wait for the duty manager. Having done so, we watched the male owner open the door of a house nearby and shout angrily at a young couple who were passing, assuming they had rung the bell - they had done nothing wrong. His wife then walked out and apologised to the couple before walking towards us, looking as though we were dirt she'd found on her shoe.

I asked if there was a pitch available for a tent. She responded icily: 'It's a bit late.'

I looked at my watch: it was 9.50pm. Considering we had been able to check into a hotel in Orkney days before at 11pm, this statement seemed strange. My girlfriend tried to apologise for the lateness of the hour before the woman interrupted and asked if we were members of the Camping and Caravanning Club. We said no. 'In that case' she said, 'I must advise you that it will be £28.50.'

'We'll find somewhere else' my girlfriend said immediately, and we drove off, both shaken and angered by the way we had been spoken to and dismissed.

Having read other reviews for this place on Trip Advisor, I know that we had a lucky escape. The unpleasant and sneering attitude of the owner was bad enough, but the fact that the place advertises that 'non-members are welcome' was not reflected in our brief experience. We were going to be charged almost £30 to pitch a tent for one night, three-times the rate of members of the Camping and Caravanning Club that was displayed at reception. This may be standard practice, but we felt and continue to feel that we were quoted this price as a way of getting rid of us, as there was no way that we would be willing to pay that rate. The owners may prefer to cater to an exclusive class of clientele, or perhaps choose to take advantage of anyone who is not a member of an organisation that ironically advertises itself as 'The Friendly Club'.

Both myself and my girlfriend are Scottish. We both feel extremely sorry that visitors to Skye might encounter this kind of unfriendly welcome and unpleasant manner, as this is not the kind of behaviour that typifies our country. We recommend that any casual campers avoid this site and go elsewhere. It would appear that this is what the owners want anyway.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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103 reviews
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

We stayed at this caravan park on Skye in September 2013 for three nights, then came back again for another tow nights after visiting the Western Isles with our motor home. Great place to stay with modern amenities. One night, a mobile kitchen even came by with delicious take away meals

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

We had booked 7 nights in May 2013, We arrived at 12.30, nobody on reception, so we found a pitch which was empty, then I went to the toilet block to find the owners cleaning the blocks. Nicky asked David to book me in, and apparently the pitch I had chose was booked, so Nicky came to allocate a pitch, I asked to be near the toilet block, and she said the very first pitch overlooking the Loch 15 I think, wow what a view. We have a Motorhome and visited Portree, but the limited car park was full, so we had to return to site. There is a bus service stop at the main road, 5 minutes walk from site, beware the 15.00 return bus picks up at the senior school, so is very busy. The handy man Joe was busy everyday, building and repainting so the site is in a very good state, especially the ~Pods which he repainted. The wind turned from North to southerly and rocked us all night so beware Isle of Skye is very windy. Worth it though as the sun came out and the views are spectacular

Room Tip: try to get the pitch 12,to 15, looking out over the Loch, no TV only satellite. That didnt bother us...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Stayed for a week at end of September as we needed a bit of R&R. The location overlooking Loch Greshornish is superb - fantastic sunsets and at night with a clear sky just great for star gazing. The site is tiered and pitches very well spaced so there are good view from all of them. Nicky and David who manage the site couldn't be more helpful and their fresh eggs are great for breakfast! The facilities block was absolutely spotless - the cleanest and best we've ever encountered.
We'd a really lovely break and came home refreshed and relaxed.
We'll be back!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

We stayed in one of the new camping pods, wonderful views, excellent facilities. Even the weather was lovely (remember fly repellant though!)

The north of Skye was lovely scenery and the small village of Stein is well worth a visit. There is a lovely bakery in Dunvegan (the oldest bakery on Skye) which was lovely with great service.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

A wonderful and peaceful (May 2013) site with spectacular loch views. Up in the north of Skye so best if you want to spend your time walking the northern peninsulas. Northern Skye has some brilliant walks both short and long. Site not too far from Portree which has an adequate shopping centre / supermarket and range of other interesting shops.
The campsite was excellently managed and immaculate - the loo of the year award well deserved. The management team must be congratulated for their hard work and helpfulness. Be warned there is no terrestial TV signal so take plenty of videos. Also no Orange signal although there is a good fast wifi service so you can stream.
Not far from The Three Chimneys restaurant

Room Tip: A hardstanding pitch overlooking the loch - No 13,14,15 best- close to water and waste facilities.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

We stayed three nights initially then another night on our way back from the Western Isles. As visitors from overseas, we had taken out temporary membership of the Camping and Caravan Club which was well worth while. This site was well laid out with most pitches having a view of the loch. The couple operating the park were both friendly and helpful. Lovely modern and clean amenities. Mobile phone reception was a little problematic, however, up in the car park we received a strong signal. Peaceful and quiet at night, at least one night per week there is a visiting take away food van with lovely hot food.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Loch Greshornish Caravan & Campsite
Address: Arnisort, Edinbane IV51 9PT, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Skye > Edinbane
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Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Edinbane
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