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 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.
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.
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 !!
Good Morning ,
Whilst we all patiently await the next stage of the route out of lockdown, it is worth recapping the information we know to date.
We look forward to The First Ministers briefing "mid March" when we may hear more detail of further re-opening of the economy.
The latest information we can provide was as discussed by the First Minister during her announcement on 23rd Feb 2021.
"a return to all of Scotland moving to at least level 3, with some possible adjustments. This could mean that from the last week of April that we would expect to see phased but significant re-opening of the economy, including non-essential retail, hospitality and services like gyms and hairdressers."
We await further information regarding the reopening of Tourism in Scotland and hope to hear in the planned mid March briefing, by The First Minister, a more precise opening date.
The bookings diary for the caravan park is available for customers who wish to place bookings for late Spring onwards and is accessible on the main page of this website.
Further updates will be published as and when more information is received with regard to opening dates and any restrictions that may be imposed on Scotland's caravan parks, such as have been placed on caravan parks in other areas around the UK.
Take Care and Stay Safe and Patient at this time.
Earlier today, The First Minister has explained her intention to discuss a route map, which would safely ease the country out of the current lockdown, during her broadcast next week.
We were all excited to hear this and look forward, with anticipation, to hear the plans next week and hope the statistics continue to head in the right direction.
Take care at this time.
5th January 2021
Following The First Ministers' announcement, yesterday, on 4th January 2021, regarding all mainland Scotland must go back into lockdown until the end of January 2021 then the caravan park must also remain closed at this time.
We will await further announcements at the end of January and the caravan park will reopen when Government travel restrictions permit and it is safe to do so.
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Wednesday 16th December 2020.
On Tuesday 15th of December the First Minister announced an increase in the tier level for Aberdeenshire from Level 2 up to Level 3.
This again reduces people's ability to travel to Braemar at this time.
Invercauld Estate have informed Braemar Caravan Park that the next possible opening date could be Saturday the 9th of January 2021, due to the increased restrictions.
Customers with bookings, during this period, will receive a call from park management throughout Wednesday the 16th of December.
We thank you all for your patience and understanding at this time.
Given the continued uncertainty regarding the Scottish Government's decision on the tier level for Aberdeenshire with Covid 19 cases remaining unstable in this council area, and also peoples inability to travel around Scotland at this time, Invercauld Estate have again requested that Braemar Caravan Park hold the opening date until Saturday the 19th of December. Customers involved will be contacted throughout the course of today, Wed 8th of December 2020.
In light of current travel restrictions set in place around Scotland and the UK, which now affects a number of seasonal and regular customers and their ability to travel, Invercauld Estate have decided to temporarily close Braemar Caravan Park from 5pm Friday 13th November 2020 with an aim to reopen at 9am Saturday 12th December 2020, dependant on the Scottish Government and First Minister's decision on Aberdeenshire travel restrictions.
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