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July - Latest News from Braemar Caravan Park

Latest News

The month of July is rapidly moving forwards and we continue to have some challenging weather events during this month. Last week has brought some record breaking temperatures across Aberdeenshire and indeed the rest of the UK, with Aboyne, especially, which broke their highest recorded temperature.

Bookings on the park continue to be very busy through this month, with most weekends being fully booked.

This is a combination of high season, school holidays and the welcome return of European visitors coming to the UK and touring Scotland in their motorhomes and caravans this year.

The Braemar Gathering on the first Saturday in September is also fast approaching and we continue to be involved with final preparations and ordering of items for the rally field and signage for the main road outside the entrance to the rally field area.

You will probably, no doubt, be aware that the Tour of Britain Cycle Stage is planned to run through Aberdeenshire on Sunday the 4th of September, the day after Braemar Gathering Saturday.

Various rolling road closures are planned along the A93 out of Aberdeen and the A93 through Braemar Will close at 11am prompt and remain closed up to Glenshee car park until 5-6pm, when the organisers deem it safe to re open the road.

 

 

 

April News from Braemar Caravan Park

April News From Around Braemar Caravan Park

 

We have now reached the month of April and this month brings a mix of unsettled showers, some wintry, and spells of sunshine. The evenings are stretching out as the days get a few minutes longer each day.

The daffodils around park have now forced their way through the ground and beginning to reach up a good 5 to 7 inches, it wont be long until we see the familiar, bright yellow flowers making their annual return around the park. This area tends to be, seasonally, about three to four weeks behind other areas around Scotland.

 

The arrival of April brings the welcome return of our summer seasonal touring customers to Braemar Caravan Park. We give a warm welcome to the seventeen of our summer seasonal customers, who have returned, and to the three new customers that have now accepted pitches and come onboard from the summer seasonal waiting list. 

From the start of summer season, the first of April, we have opened up all facilities around park. 

All water taps have now been drained back up, after the winter season, along with the small facility block, in the middle of the park, following the refit that was carried out during the winter months when the block was closed. We hope you enjoy using the updated facilities. The external hose reel at the motor home service point has also been refitted for your use.

 

The start of summer season brings the welcome return of regular stock deliveries of fresh bread, rolls, croissants and butteries in the shop at reception. Our supplier is Byron Bakery at Ballater, home of the famous Balmoral Bread.  We do hope you enjoy the produce as much as we do.

Welcome back to Averil and Alan, our Assistant Wardens, who have now started back full time with us throughout the summer season. 

 

I am sure we are all looking ahead to Easter weekend and the milder, warmer weather that has been forecast over this period. 

 

We look forward welcoming you on your arrival.

 

Latest News at Monday 25th January 2022

Latest News For Today, Monday 25th January 2022

 

Welcome to 2022 at Braemar Caravan Park.

We are all looking forward, with positivity, to the coming season and all that this brings.

 

Exciting news first, the renovation work on the small toilet and shower block is fast approaching completion and we cannot wait to see the end results. 

The Invercauld Estate maintenance team, the plumbers and the electricians, have spent many manhours within the block, during the blocks closed winter months, to ensure completion for Spring time 2022. 

I will take some photos within the small facility block, when the works are completed, and post these on the caravan park Facebook and Instagram pages to allow everyone a preview before re opening.

 

After calling nearly all the customers on the Winter Seasonal waiting list, to offer places for winter 2021/22, we are beginning to see more enquiries and the waiting list for Winter 2022/23 is beginning to grow again.

For Summer Seasonal 2022 pitches, the invitations should be emailed to existing Summer seasonal customers around late February, this then informs us of any spaces available for Summer 2022 season.

The numbers of interested people on the Summer seasonal waiting list remains very high and in the region of 50. This is due to the limited number of seasonal customers (20) on park through the summer season.

 

During the closed month of November 2021, The Invercauld Maintenance Team were onsite to carry out much needed repair work to the grass EHU pitches that run along the tree line and are numbered 87 to 97.

The top layer of grass has been cut out, a new layer of topsoil was then added and new rolls of turf were laid and finally rolled flat. This will make a huge difference to all the tent electric customers who appreciate being on pitches that are on flat level ground.

 

Bookings are increasing now, both online and over the telephone, on a daily basis. Although there is a lack of snow, at present, and the weather has been unseasonably mild for a few weeks, the park has been very close to full on Friday and Saturday nights for the last couple of weekends.

 

We still have a few spaces for February half term at the moment.

Please use this link which will take you to our bookings page online.  Follow This Link To Book

 

Looking forward to the coming season.

 

 

 

 

Reception Festive Opening Times

Reception Opening Times

Christmas and New Year 2021/22

 

Fri 24th Dec, Christmas Eve        Hours as normal winter opening  9am - 4pm

Sat 25th Dec, Christmas Day      Reception Closed All Day - in case of emergency please use on call no.

Sun 26th Dec, Boxing Day           Hours as normal winter opening  9am - 4pm

Mon 27th to Fri 31st Dec             Hours as normal winter opening  9am - 4pm

Sat 01st Jan, New Years Day      Reception Closed All Day - in case of emergency please use on call no.

Sun 02nd Jan 2022 onwards       Hours as normal winter opening  9am - 4pm

 

Please note:

For emergencies the on call number is displayed on the reception door and also on arrival maps given to customers when checking in.

Latest News From The Caravan Park Mon 13th Dec 2021

Latest News at Monday 13th December 2021

 

Following the clearing up of the tree debris and disturbance around park, caused by Storm Arwen, the caravan park was able to reopen on Friday the 3rd of December 2021.

It has been great to welcome all the winter seasonal customers onto the park, some return customers, who have been with us a number of years, and a lot of new winter seasonal customers, who are joining us this year, for the first time. We hope you all have an enjoyable winter season with us.

 

The village of Braemar have been enjoying various activities in and around different venues throughout December and in the run up to Christmas. Those customers lucky enough to be on the caravan park, last night, were treated to a rare show of fireworks which were set off from St. Margaret's church following the Christmas "Festival de Noel" .

 

We have been fortunate to have also had some casual touring visitors in motorhomes and touring caravans booking in and also just stopping by off the road. We have also had some visitors staying with us to try out the skiing in Glenshee on the first weekend of the ski centre opening up this season.

 

The work on the small toilet block refit is well underway and the difference is already outstanding following early viewing of the progress. We look forward to seeing all the plumbing works completed.

I will update the caravan park Facebook page and also Instagram with the first pictures taken once the works have all been completed. The estate maintenance team and Smiths Plumbers have been working long hours on the facility and we are all excited to see the end result.

The small toilet block, in the middle of the park, will reopen in the Spring as normal and in time for the start of the Summer season.

We look forward to a very busy Christmas and New Year period ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

Latest News at Tuesday 26th of October 2021

News as of Tues 26th October

We are now fast approaching the end of a very busy summer season at Braemar Caravan Park.

This summer has gradually seen a lowering of Government Levels to below zero which has meant a slow easing of the tight restrictions that were in place most of last season and the early part of this season. 

We hope you have enjoyed a more free and normal time on the park this year.

The park closes at 1pm on Sunday the 31st of October 2021 and reopens on the 1st of December 2021 for the winter season. We are looking forward, with hope, to a snowy winter season for the skiers who enjoy coming to the area during the winter months.

 

Please remember the closing date for this years photographic competition is the last day of the season, the 31st of October 2021. Entries must be in by this date and in order that we can see them, please remember when posting the photograph on your facebook page, you must complete the sentence, I enjoy visiting Braemar Caravan Park because .................................. and also remember to tag "Braemar Caravan Park and Camping Pods" in your post to ensure we can see your entry. Good Luck !!

The prizes are very desirable for the winning entry with £100 voucher off your 2022 holiday at Braemar Caravan Park and a half day hill tour for two people with Steven Rennie, a local professional photographer and hill tour guide in the Braemar area.

 

Some other exciting news, the planned refit of the Ladies and Gents facilities, within the small block in the middle of the park, is scheduled to go ahead during the winter months, when this block remains closed. The materials are all on order and are planned to be delivered soon.

The excitement is building to be able to view the finished results when the small block reopens in the Spring of 2022.

 

We are all looking forward to a break during November and will then feel refreshed and ready to welcome you  all back at the start of December for the winter season. 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest News At Saturday 18th September 2021

Latest News 18th Sept 2021

As we move through September the mild and calm weather seems to be continuing which is great for all visitors to the park during this month.

Bookings for touring pitches and pods, in the diary for September, remain very high, meaning weekends are fully booked for a Friday and Saturday night throughout this month.

 

At present, now that Scotland has moved below level 0, all onsite facilities are open and available to all of our customers.

Please remember that whilst staying with us, facemasks are mandatory within communal corridors and spaces until you are inside cubicles. Doors and windows must also remain open to create a flow of moving air through the toilet and shower areas. These measures are put in place to keep us all as safe as possible at this time.

 

This week has seen the winter seasonal invitations issued to our existing winter customers and also this year we are able to approach quite a few of the names, from the winter seasonal waiting list, in order that some new customers have the chance to come on board.

 

Work is nearing completion on the new perimeter fencing along the roadside and both sides of the entranceway at the caravan park. The original fencing had deteriorated beyond repair due to years of extreme weather taking its toll. We look forward to seeing the end results shortly.

 

Soon we will be heading into October which displays some remarkable tree and shrub colours on the surrounding hills as Autumn well and truly makes it's mark on the landscape.

We look forward to the change in the seasons and to the magic each season brings.

A Trip into Aberdeen

For anyone looking for inspiration and somewhere to go for a day trip out then Aberdeen has a multitude of options for all types of people and with a whole city to discover then I hope this blog offers you some ideas.

After leaving Braemar follow the A83 eastwards towards Balmoral and Ballater direction. The A83 is the main road leading straight to Aberdeen, without any detours, and will take on average 1hr 15mins dependant on traffic.

You will pass some familiar places on the way, Balmoral, Crathie Kirk, Ballater, Aboyne and Banchory. All worthy of a visit on another day out.

Aberdeen, being the third largest city in Scotland, has a wealth of things to do from places to see, places to eat and a whole host of interesting architecture finished in the characteristic, glistening, grey granite stone.

Parking in and around the city is made easier with the plentiful supply of easy to follow signposted parking areas.

Visitors to the city can enjoy a wide variety from golf courses, shop lined streets and modern shopping arcades to the two miles of sandy beaches on the east coast and the numerous parks making this a very green city in the sunny summer months.

Within these parks are some very interesting bridges. One of these can be accessed via Seaton Park and is the oldest bridge in Scotland, the Brig o'Balgownie or Bridge of Don. This bridge was built on the instruction of Robert the Bruce around 1320 and restored in 1607.

In another park, Duthie Park, you will find another old bridge, the Brig o'Dee. This was built in the 1520's and is decorated with coats of arms and many inscriptions. This park is also home to one of the largest winter gardens in the world.

When wandering around the city you will find many interesting buildings well worth a visit. In Castlegate you will find the Tolbooth Museum, formerly the town hall and prison, inside you will find extraordinary displays on crime and punishment including a prison cell dating from the 1600's used to imprison Scots prisoners after the battle of Culloden.

Whist in Castlegate, across from the Tolbooth Museum, you will also find the very ornate and elaborate Mercat Cross. This dates back to 1686 and signified Aberdeens right to hold a market and was built by the city guild of merchants.

From here enjoy a wander down busy and bustling Union Street which can be traced back some 200 years with a multitude of shops, arcades and cafes.

Aberdeen is also a busy fishing port and is a main ferry point for Orkney and Shetland islands as well as having been heavily involved in the oil and gas industry since the 1970's.

Another fascinating area worth a visit and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets is Old Aberdeen and thoroughly recommended for a different experience. Medieval cobbled streets and buildings have a wealth of history to open your eyes and imagination. To find this area head for Old Aberdeen which is well signposted on the city street signs. This area was originally an independant town from Aberdeen between 1499 and 1891.

In the few, short examples I have mentioned above, my wish is that you may be inspired to discover this fascinating and historical city, Aberdeen, and tell others of your interesting day out.

I hope you enjoy your day out in Aberdeen and return home feeling another visit must be made to satisfy your need to see areas that you have missed on your first visit..

 

Latest News on Friday 02nd July 2021

Our toilet and shower facilities have now been open to all customers for one week now.

Customers are feeling happy and confident now that they can have access to facilities as required.

The Laundry is proving popular this year as is the drying room area.

There are signs requesting numbers to remain at a maximum of 6 people within a space at any one time, this is to keep you as safe as possible whilst using the communal facilities. Please note the laundry can only have one person inside at one time, the door has been removed to make it easier to see inside the laundry room before you enter. Face masks must be worn in communal areas as well as reception.

The weather has been very summery this last couple of weeks and the customers have been enjoying their breaks in the sun.

Some other great news to share is that Byron Bakery have taken over the baker shop in Ballater and they have kindly agreed to carry out an order and delivery service with Braemar Caravan Park.

The order list is available to view in the reception window and orders will start on Monday morning and must be in by 12noon for delivery the following morning.

 

The photographic competition is underway and some very good entries have been submitted with some funny sentence endings on them, keep up the good work !!. Be sure to submit a winning pic and sentence.

 

For all customers looking for somewhere to stop by, in the village, The Games Centre have events and food stalls set up between the hours of 10am - 4pm on each Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to visit and pick up something great to eat.

 

Enjoy your sunny weekend visit to us and enjoy the Braemar area and all it has to offer visitors.

 

 

 

 

Latest Park News at Saturday the 22nd of May

Since the caravan park has reopened on Monday the 26th of April, we have been very busy most weekends, with all hardstanding touring pitches booking out in advance. We have even had the pleasure of some hardy, early season, tent customers, who have taken the opportunity to get away and have a break, some putting up with extreme heavy showers mixed with occasional sunshine.

As most of Scotland moved into Level 2, we have opened up the toilet and shower facilities to our pod, tent and VW campervan sized units, without onboard facilities. All other customers must continue to use their onboard facilities whilst staying with us.

The hope and intention is when Scotland safely moves down from Level 2 to Level 1 that from our next review, these can then be available for all to use. Please bear with us as we move cautiously one step at a time.

Exciting news about our 2021 season photographic competition. Entries start from Saturday the 22nd of May and with a closing date of 31st of October 2021. All information is in reception window and a copy of the terms and conditions are also available by asking reception. Winners will be contacted within a week of the closing date. 

Good Luck !!