Description of site - East Balthangie is ideally situated for exploring Banff and Buchan. The site is located 600 feet above sea level, on a very gentle slope/flat area, facing South East, so has the sun for most of the day. The site is bordered by trees on the Northern side, giving shelter from the occasional breeze. The area dedicated to caravans and tents totals approximately 5 acres, with picnic tables, electric hook up and water points, plus all the usual facilities expected at a traditional, but good site, (see facilities for the full list). The site tries to re-invent the 50's feel with no long lists of rules, regulations or annoying charges for 'extras'. We cater for visitors who want a quite peaceful site. Pets are very welcome but as we have livestock they must be kept under control, children under strict control :). For bikers and cyclists we also have 'the Bike Bothy' designed for campers too tired to put their tent up.... crash out here for a charge of £10.00 per person per night and make use of the 2 bunk beds, electric sockets, TV and lights - semi-luxury, compared to your 2 man bivvy! The area has a wealth of beautiful and interesting places to visit and enjoy. The Castle and Coastal Trails are within easy reach and of course the Distilleries are always popular. There are Museums and Art Galleries too and there are plenty of walks and country parks to visit. Wildlife is abundant - Deer, pheasants, buzzards and owls are just some of the regular visitors and our herd of nine grazing horses set a very tranquil scene. The games pavilion has a pool table, dart board, table tennis and TV room for campers. The climate is usually dry and sunny, with a gentle coastal breeze on occasions. The East Coast of Scotland has one of the driest climates and our site is no exception, with very low rainfall in comparison to the West of Scotland. Children are welcome on the site, however, we probably have more of a name for people looking for a quite restful site, where their pets have some freedom but and are safe from busy roads or concerns about livestock worrying. We usually keep at least 10 acres free for dog walking, although it does vary. At night, the sky is superb, with one of the best views in the country of the Milky Way. On occasions you will also see the Northern Lights. Bear in mind though, that in this part of the world, the sun barely dips below the horizon around June! For visitors travelling long distances, we offer a storage facility. The coastline is only 5 miles away to the North, where rugged cliffs, vitrified forts, caves, nooks and crannies are found. Here you will find the famous Pennan Bay, where the film Local hero was shot. To the East, beginning at Aberdeen beach, we have over 50 miles of golden sands running all the way North to Fraserburgh. The area has a wealth of beautiful and interesting places to visit and enjoy. Eating out poses no problem here as choices vary from the local Chippy or Chinese carryout to good Bar Meals and Restaurants with cuisines to suit most tastes. Or you may wish to stay on site, have a barbecue and truly eat out! At East Balthangie we offer friendly efficient service in a relaxing tranquil atmosphere. We aim to please our customers and if anyone has any special requirements we will do our best to meet them. A dog walking area, farm walk and pet loo are also available. Horse riding (Learn to ride Western with one of the UK's top trainers Tina Von Gehlen, who's riding centre is just down the road from here!), fishing, shooting, golf and other outdoor pursuits can be arranged locally. See you soon!
Site Address - Cuminestown, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 5XY
Onsite Facilities - 12 Tourers/Motorhomes, BBQs Allowed (permission must be sought first before siting any naked flames), Chemical Disposal Point, Dogs Allowed (Secure dog exercise area available, with 5ft fencing about 2 acres in all), Electric Hookups, Games Room, Large Groups OK (Must be booked in first!), Laundry Facilities (Charges apply £2.00 a wash and £1.50 to tumble dry a wash load), Recycling, Showers (Power showers at no extra charge, with no water limit, but don't use all the hot water!!), Toilet Block (2 gents, 2 ladies, no specific disabled set up, we do have disabled guests who find current set up ok), TV Room, Wi-Fi (Wi-fi planned for 2010 although computer access is currently available for checking emails etc ), Because we are on the North Sea cycle route, we are ideally placed for a stopover when cycling in the area. In 2008 we introduced a bike bothy for the use of all tired cyclists! The Campers kitchen includes sink, hot and cold water, electric kettle, microwave, kitchen table and chairs, outside primus stove point.
Offsite Facilities - Food Shop 3m, Bar/Pub 3m, Restaurant 3m, Takeaway Food 3m, Indoor Heated Pool 15m, Outdoor Heated Pool 15m, Tennis Courts 15m, Fishing 3m, Golf Course 5m, Horse Riding 10m, Water Sports 10m, Sandy Beach 5m, Not Sandy Beach 5m.
Contact and Fees
Open March to October
Caravans £14.50 per night including electric hook up plus weekly rate discounts.
Small Tents £8.50 per night.
Family & trailer tents £13.50 per night.
£1.00 extra for electric hook up.
Mr & Mrs Burdon
Tel 01888 544261
Fax 01888 544921
Directions to Site - From Aberdeen take the A90 to Ellon. Go through Ellon, or round the Ellon bypass, take the A948 to New Deer and on towards Cuminestown. Approximately 1 mile beyond New Deer on this road, take the right turn signposted 'New Byth'. There is also a sign to the site at this point saying 'Caravan Site 3.5 miles'. Follow this road until the site becomes visible to the left.
From Banff take the A98 towards Fraserburgh. Take the right turn at the B9027 signposted 'New Blyth'. Pass through the village and after leaving, take the left turn straight up the hill towards New Deer. Follow this road for approximately 2 miles and look for the site appearing on the right hand side.