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.
- Also Known As:
- Loch Greshornish Caravan & Campsite Edinbane, Isle Of Skye