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Friday 07th August 2020 - News Update

Todays Latest News Update Fri 7th August 2020

 

The current situation regarding Coronavirus & Covid-19 is constantly evolving and we are doing our best to keep abreast of all updates issued by The Scottish Government.

 

Presently, there are members of the public who live in Aberdeen city and have been advised, by The Scottish Government, to restrict their movement and not to travel outwith a 5 mile radius from their home. They have also been advised not to go on holiday during this time.

 

With this in mind, may we ask those customers with Aberdeen city addresses affected by the current restrictions, to be mindful and thoughtful towards others during this time. At Braemar Caravan Park we would not expect to see bookings coming from any addresses currently affected by the new travel restrictions set in place by The Scottish Government and we would not be able to accept these bookings whilst restrictions remain in place. This would apply to any area that may be placed under similiar restrictions.

Customers who have existing bookings and are affected by the travel restrictions, please get in touch with us as soon as possible and we will do our best to help by moving bookings forward in the diary for you. 

 

Can we also remind customers with onboard facilities that we need you to use them as much as possible whilst staying with us.

This enables our limited toilet and shower facilities to cope with the tent, pod and campervan customers as intended. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Please all take care of yourselves and others at this time and stay safe.

 

more news updates to follow soon....

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers For Visiting After 15th July 2020

We have some very frequent and recurring questions arising the more we are talking with customers.

I have written this information as an up to date Q & A to help with the most frequently asked questions :-

 

Q.  When does Braemar Caravan Park re-open ?

A.  From 12 noon on Wednesday 15th July 2020.

 

Q.  Are your toilets and showers opening ?

A.  We are opening our facilities from the 15th July 2020 when the park re-opens. Toilets and showers will be available but with reduced capacity and with social  distancing in place in line with Government Legislation. Customers with their own onboard facilities are encouraged to use them to reduce any risk by entering enclosed indoor public spaces.

 

Q.  Are you taking bookings for Caravans ? Tents ? Pods?

A.  We are taking bookings for all, yes.

 

Q.  Can we book online ?

A. Yes, our diary is available online at our website www.braemarcaravanpark.co.uk for caravans and pods. Tents are required to call the park reception on 01339 741373. This is to ensure tent sizes will fit on pitches.

 

Q.  Will we be required to bring all our groceries with us ?

A.  The small Co-op in the village is happy to welcome visitors and help with essential groceries but please remember to bring face masks with you and wear them when visiting the shop. Social distancing queueing is in operation outside due to limited numbers only permitted in the shop at any time.

 

Q.  Do i need to bring face mask, hand gel and sanitiser sprays with me ?

A.  Yes, please do. Please treat your time on site the same as you would treat yourself / family and your surfaces at home. 

Q.  Will there be anything open in the village ?

A.  Yes, different businesses are opening back up and this information will follow shortly when we know exact timings.

 

I hope this helps answer some questions you may have wanted to ask. We are here to help and if you still have a question that needs answering then please call the park reception on 01339 741373. We will do our best to help.

REOPENING INFORMATION FOR BRAEMAR CARAVAN PARK

We are pleased to be able to inform you that the caravan park has a re-opening date of Wed 15th July 2020 at 12 noon.

We are excited about this and look forward to welcoming everyone back.

The caravan park will re-open following Scottish Government Guidance and caravan park industry legislation. We are currently working through our risk assessments and procedures to suit.

Facilities will be available but in a reduced capacity and with social distancing measures in place. Customers who have their own onboard facilities will be encouraged to use them as much as possible to reduce risk in public spaces.

All booked and seasonal customers will receive, via email & prior to arrival, information setting out the necessary changes that will have taken place around park to ensure the safety of customers and staff alike.

Customers who have raised enquiries or sent emails over the lockdown period please bear with us, we are working our way through the large volume of enquiries and will be in touch with you as soon as we can. You can also call reception on 01339 741373 for assistance or leave a message on the answer phone.

Take care and we will see you all soon.

Braemar Caravan Park - UPDATE at 31/03/2020

The office at Braemar Caravan Park will be temporarily closed from Wednesday 1st of April 2020 until advised by Government when safe to reopen. Updates on any reopening date will be issued via this news section and also on social media, Braemar Caravan Park Facebook page and Instagram.

 

Any customers who have April and May bookings in our diary have been contacted and the bookings moved to holding pitches on the diary until able to re book with us, over the phone, once we have re opened. The bookings diary on our website is closed until the end of May at present awaiting further instructions from Government.

 

Can we ask any further contact be directed to :-

office@invercauld.estate   or by telephone to Invercauld Office on  01339 741224  until the caravan park office reopens.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 BRAEMAR CARAVAN PARK TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Braemar Caravan Park is now closed due to the current Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic following Scottish Government advice.

 

The bookings diary will not accept bookings until the end of May at present. This will be monitored and updates issued via social media and the park website as the situation unfolds.

 

Customers with bookings, during this closed period, will be contacted over the coming days.

Winter and summer seasonal customers are being contacted at present for reassurance regarding their caravans and pitches.

 

We thank you for your continued custom and please take care.

 

Kind Regards

Peter and Mike

Braemar Caravan Park 

Invercauld Estate

Coronavirus/Covid-19 and Bookings

We are currently operating Braemar Caravan Park as normal.

 

You will notice some additional signs around the facilities asking you to ensure you wash your hands thoroughly and more regularly throughout this time. Cleanliness is always an absolute priority at Braemar Caravan Park and of course this continues.

 

We are closely monitoring the latest advice from the Scottish and UK Governments and should their advice change, which may affect your holiday with us, then we will contact you regarding your stay with us.

 

For the latest advice issued by the Scottish Government for Scotland then please check here :-

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

For the latest advice issued by the UK Government then please check here :-

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

If you have any further questions then please call Braemar Caravan Park on 01339 741373.

Top 5 Best Things To Do On A Wet Day In Braemar

So you wake up, rains been drip, drip, dripping on your tent or caravan all night and the forecast for the day ahead isn't looking  any brighter, just more rain and your wondering what to do for the rest of the day. Hopefully, the following top 5 things to do in Braemar might bring you some inspiration. Braemar Caravan Park  and Braemar itself is an inspiring destination and can be a great place to be no matter the weather.

It's all about what you can do with your day that's going to bring the most satisfaction. Finding an activity or shelter inside from the rain is all you need for a few hours. Here are just a few ideas to think about.

 

  1.  Go for a breakfast roll or full breakfast at The Bothy, cafe/ restaurant, adjoining the mountain shop, sit back with a hot drink, wait on your breakfast to arrive and watch the river rushing past from the rear windows then have a chat and plan your next activity as soon as the weather fairs up. You can take your dog in with you as well.

 

 

 

   2.  If it's afternoon, why not wrap up, get your boots on and wander down to Farquarsons Bar and Kitchen. Have a pint or two and relax with friends or family in the comfy seating by the log fire and enjoy the warmth of your surroundings.

 

 

 

 

  3.  Go for a walk with your dog or offer to take your neighbours dog for a walk. It will get you out and about and stretch your legs for an hour or so. Give your mind a chance to plan your next activity when the weather fairs. Remember there's always the drying room onsite to dry off any wet clothing or boots.

 

 

 

 

  4.  Jump in the car, as it's a longer walk on a wet day, and head along to Braemar Castle, at the other end of the village. A fascinating 17th Century castle owned by the Chief of Clan Farquarson. There is a small gift shop onsite and a chance of a hot drink to warm you up.

 

 

 

 

  5.  Wander round to the Braemar Highland Games Centre. signposted through the village and along past The Fife Arms, continue past the Braemar Gallery and see the signs ahead and heading off to your left.Visit the museum and enjoy a hot drink and some lunch in the cafe. Take the chance to see the arena where the Braemar Gathering takes place each September and the current games can trace their roots back to 1816.

 

 

 

 

Maybe now, when visiting Braemar Caravan Park and the weather behaves in the way it very often does in Scotland, you will be able to find some inspiration to get up and get out there to discover something new about Braemar and it's very vibrant and colourful history.

 We look forward to seeing you - no matter the weather !! 

 

Spotlight On The Staff - Braemar Caravan Park

To assist our customers and potential customers who may be spending some time at Braemar Caravan Park, we would like to introduce the current staff working on Braemar Caravan Park, their roles,  and share a little bit about their background with you.

We would like you to feel able to approach any of the staff for help if required, and at the same time feel comfortable with who you are asking for assistance.

It may help make your stay a more pleasant and relaxing experience for you.

Hopefully, the questions and answers below will raise a smile or two. Enjoy reading!

A Group Picture of the Team

 

 from left to right:-  Tom Johnson, Chris Novak, Mike Rock, Peter Burt.

Mike Rock

Employed as Joint Park Manager to co-manage the caravan park.   

Q 1.   What date did you start on this park?   

            A.    September 2019.                                 

Q 2.   Most unusual place you have visited in your life?

           A.     Smoo Cave in Durness, Sutherland.

Q 3.   What movie can you watch over and over again?

           A.     Greatest Showman.

Q 4.   What item could you not live without?

           A.      Nice Shoes.

Q 5.   What tips or tricks have you picked up from your job?

           A.      Expect the unexpected & treat people how you would like to be treated on site.

Q 6.   When was the last time you slept for more than 9 hours?

           A.      Can't remember....... maybe when I was ill last summer.

Q 7.   Where's your go-to restaurant for amazing food?

           A.      Braemar Lodge.

 

Peter Burt

Employed as Joint Park Manager to co-manage the caravan park.  

Q 1.   What date did you start on this park?

           A.     September 2019.

Q 2.   Most unusual place you have visited in your life ?

           A.     The top of the Space Needle in Seattle.

Q 3.   What movie can you watch over and over again?

           A.    The Green Mile.

Q 4.   What item could you not live without?

            A.   Cake.  

Q 5.   What tips or tricks have you picked up from your job?

            A.   Always go with your gut feeling and instinct.

Q 6.   When was the last time you slept more than 9 hours?

            A.   On last day off, previous week.

Q 7.   Where's your go-to restaurant for amazing food?

           A.   Braemar Lodge - especially the desserts !!

             

 Chris Nowak (Tiff)

 Employed as Assistant Warden - to assist with the smooth running of the park.   

Q 1.    What date did you start on this park?

           A.   August 2019.

Q 2.   Most unusual place you have visited in your life?

           A.   Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum on the high alpine road in Austria - love the Alps.

Q 3.   What movie can you watch over and over again?

           A.   Vanishing Point  (1971).

Q 4.   What item could you not live without?

           A.   My motorbike.

Q 5.   What tips or tricks have you picked up in your job?

           A.   Always check the weather forecast. You will be asked !!

Q 6.   When was the last time you slept more than 9 hours?

           A.   Tuesday, I think. Whenever possible.

Q 7.   Where's your go to restaurant for amazing food?

            A.   Anstruther Chippy - Simple tastes !!

 

Tom Johnson

 

Employed as Assistant Warden - to assist with the smooth running of the park.

Q 1.   What date did you start on this park?

            A.   April 2019

Q 2.   Most unusual place you have visited in your life ?

           A.    A classic motorbike museum in Cyprus where the owner even made us a Cypriot coffee and talked us around his collection.

Q 3.   What movie can you watch over and over again?

           A.   The Butterfly Effect.

Q 4.    What item could you not live without?

            A.   A good pair of hiking boots.

Q 5.    What tips or tricks have you picked up from your job?

            A.  Always be prepared for a water leak somewhere in the caravan.

Q 6.    When was the last time you slept more than 9 hours?

            A.  Every day off!

Q 7.    Where's your go-to restaurant for amazing food?

            A.  Braemar Lodge.

 

We hope the selected questions and the answers will help the reader gain a better insight and understanding of the staff working on park. Our intention is to make you feel more at home and more relaxed about approaching any of the staff and be able to ask for their assistance during your visit with us.

Enjoy your stay!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting The Neighbours of Braemar Caravan Park

Many of our customers will be wondering what we have been up to whilst Braemar Caravan Park has been closed from the 10th of November until the 13th of December this year.

We have taken this opportunity to introduce ourselves to our nearby neighbours and also wanted to share our meetings with all our readers and customers alike.

The first neighbouring business we visited was Braemar Lodge Hotel. This is situated between the caravan park and the village, on the left, and has a large statue of a stag at the roadside. In the summer months the front of the building has a colourful display of flowering baskets. At the moment, the building and grounds are lit up by a wonderful display of Christmas lights.

We had the opportunity to eat twice in the warm, comfortable restaurant and met the friendly, welcoming owners, Fiona and Ronnie.

The owners and the staff went out of their way to be very hospitable to our friends, who were stopping there for a short break, and ourselves when we stopped by to meet them and have a meal in the restaurant.

The varied choices on the menu and the standards of the hearty meals were of an exceptional quality and our compliments go out to their chef. The restaurant is available from 6 pm each evening and at busy times it may be best to book a table. They are open on Christmas day for Christmas Carvery also New Year and still had availability in case any of our customers were looking for somewhere to eat at Christmas or New Year but best to check with them first. Their information leaflet is shown below.

 

 The second neighbouring business we stopped by was Cranford Guest House. This building is situated just outside the park again by turning left towards the village and you will find the guest house is the first roadside building on the right hand side of the road.

We stopped by to introduce ourselves to the owners. We met a very friendly and welcoming owner called Sarah, her husband was out at the time so unfortunately we never had a chance to meet Alistair. Again, it is a breath of fresh air to find very welcoming individuals in the village. You can visit the website for Sarah and Alistair's guest house at www.cranfordbraemar.co.uk .

The final business we visited was the restaurant up at Glenshee Ski Centre. You have probably seen the signs at the side of the road through Glenshee for T @ the Shee. This is out the park entrance and turn right up to the ski centre and the restaurant is located on the right hand side of the road.

We ate a very hearty scottish breakfast including tea/coffee for less than £8.00 and comes highly recommended. Take a look at their website www.ski-glenshee.co.uk  then look up Base Cafe they are open daily from 8.30am until 5pm.

These are just a few of the many businesses and eateries that we have met recently.  Further experiences of places to eat in the village centre will follow.

Please support local business and say hi to our neighbours if you see them in the passing.  We have found them all to be friendly and welcoming and great people to know.

We look forward to all our customers returning when Braemar Caravan Park re opens on Friday 13th December.

 

More blogs to follow......

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning your trip through the Lairig Ghru - and other amazing routes

Braemar Caravan Park is a fantastic base for walking some of Scotlands Largest and most iconic mountains, and it is also an ideal start or finish point for some really spectacular longer distance walking routes; The Lairig Ghru, Jocks road, Lairig an Laoigh and many more.

These routes are amazing, walking them is a great experience, and can also be quite challenging, not just in terms of the weather - which can change in an instant, but logistics.

A big consideration when you're planning your walk, is how you're going to get back to where you started. One option of course is to walk back the next day - but time constraints (and tired legs) may well stop that. 

Public transport in Braemar can take you in the direction of Ballater and Aberdeen, but going south or over the hill to Aviemore requires a lot of planning and takes a long time.

There are guided walks available who organise transport; Hillgoers and the the National trust for Scotland at Mar Lodge organise guided walks throughout the summer and have a minibus waiting for you at the other end ready to bring you back. So you'll get to enjoy the route in the company of like minded people and you may make a few new friends on the way.

 

Highland Yaks is another fantastic service in the area, they not only can be your transport for a walking route, they can arrange bikepacking pick ups and drop offs, Canoe transport and drop off, Airport transport and even distillery trips.

So whatever you're planning there are some fantastic companies in the area ready to help with your trip.

Happy walking everyone :)