After living in the UK all my life this is the first time I have visited the Cairngorms National Park. And I was looking forward to 3 nights in a luxury camping pod at Blair Castle Caravan Park in Blair Atholl. It’s all the fun of camping outside without the hassle of putting your own tent up. Perfect when you arrive and it’s raining!
Blair Castle Caravan Park, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TL
Blair Atholl Caravan Park is situated far south of the Cairngorms National Park. Directly off the A9 road. If you head further north Inverness is about 1 hour 40 minutes drive and driving south it’s 55 minutes south to Perth. Although, my next stop was Ben Nevis at Fort William which is also about 1 hour 40 minutes drive.
campsite and Caravan Park facilities:
- Shower block with hot showers!
- Dishwashing area
- Children’s play area
- Reception/information area with fully stocked shop
- Games room
- Laundry facilities
- Segway and bike hire available
- Discounts for visiting Blair Castle, Blair Atholl
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi (and paid for option)
- Camping Pods
- Tourers & Holiday Homes
- Caravan Holidays Homes
- Woodland Lodges
- Camping pods from £45* per night.
- Additional persons £5 (15 years+/14 years and under free)
*Prices range due to the time of year. All rates correct at time of writing. For latest rates for Blair Castle Caravan Park click here: Camping Pod Rates
About Blair Castle Caravan Park
The site is large, with a one-way driving system taking you around. With five Shower Blocks, you’re only a couple of minutes walk from any one of them. These also have the washing-up facilities around the back. The four camping pods are located about 2 minutes from the main reception, shop and information area.
Check-in at Blair Castle Caravan Park
On arrival, I was quickly given my camping pod key and welcome/information sheet. And a map explaining how to get to my pod and where to park. There is no direct parking outside your pod. But there’s a small area you can park which is closer for unloading your belongings. The actual parking is only a minute walk away so either option isn’t far!
The sheet includes all the important information you need. From the 24-hour emergency phone number for the warden, check out time and caravan park rules. A separate handout with paid Wi-Fi options was also given to me. Free Wi-fi is available in the reception area.
I was also given a voucher for 25% off entry to Blair Castle and 10% discount for food. So if you’re planning on visiting make sure you’ve checked in first!
Blair castle Caravan Park – The pod
Arriving at my pod was so exciting. Nestled in between the trees there are four camping pods, each with their own name. Mine was called the Pheasant. Although, a sad reminder that I had hit one in my car the day before :(. Anyway, great idea to name the pods.
There’s a large porch area, partly covered and very handy as it was raining when I arrived! And each pod has its own large picnic table outside.
Inside the pod, there’s a small heater, double powerpoint plug with USB points and 2 small lights. Some coak hooks and a little shelf.
Oh, and did I mention there’s a very comfy corner sofa that turns into a double bed. Complete with storage underneath.
The pod felt very spacious inside. Well, I guess it was only me but I had bought in everything from my car to have a bit of a sort out. So I welcomed the extra room.
I have come to expect poor phone signal/4G during my travels around the UK National Parks. I am in the middle of no-where most of the time. However, I had good phone signal during my time at Blair Castle Caravan Park, including most of the hikes I did.
There is free Wi-Fi available in the reception area, which includes the Games room and Quiet area. Or you can opt for the paid version. On my second day, I had some work to do so opted to pay for this.
- 24 hours = £3
- 2 days = £5
- 5 days = £10
- 7 days = £15
The connection wasn’t great. It does explain that the system logs you out after an hour of idle time. But mine seemed to have a mind of its own and kept kicking me out! I am of the opinion that if you’re staying some beautiful like this then really it’s lovely to have an internet break. So I guess for most this wouldn’t be a problem.
walks around Blair Atholl from Blair Castle Caravan Park
At reception along with free help and information. You can buy a great little book with all the Waymarked trails around the area, costing only £1.50. There are 6 walks detailed in total, ranging from 1 to 10 miles. I ended up doing a mixture of most of them over a couple of days. And really enjoyed my time hiking there. I even spotted a couple of red squirrels which was lovely. Full details coming soon!
Overall thoughts at Blair Castle Caravan Park
My one very small criticism would be the showers. They were lovely and hot, however, they were a push-button setup. And they seemed to be set on for only 15 seconds at a time. Now that’s enough time to have a super quick wash. But I can imagine in cooler months it would drive you mad having to keep press it! On the flip side, it is great for conserving water so I can only see it as a benefit. But be prepared when you go in!
My visit to Blair Castle and gardens was also a wonderful place to visit. This is literally right next door to the caravan park and you can walk down a little path in the top left corner to get to the entrance. Be sure to plan enough time to go around this beautiful house. I spent a good few hours there, including doing the tour of the house and outside gardens and woods.
For further information or to book go to www.blair-castle.co.uk/caravan-estate
*I was a guest at Blair Castle Caravan Park, Blair Atholl. However, all views and opinions are my own.