Post by supertractorman on Jun 10, 2011 9:28:06 GMT
Hi, I have not been on the Forum for a long time due to moving house and creating a CL site here in Errol, Perthshire. We are just off the A90 midway between Perth and Dundee with Perthshire Caravans very close. Details and photos of our site are on www.perthshirecl.co.uk and we and Daffy our pet duck would love to meet any Caravan Channel members who are Caravan Club members and touring in this area. Having had many years with Caravans and Motorhomes we hope we have created a simple site with lovely views of the Carse of Gowrie and over the River Tay to Fife . Scotland's largest Car Boot sale is held every Sunday on Errol Airfield adjacent, plus we are on the Bus & Cycle route.
Post by supertractorman on Jun 11, 2011 21:41:39 GMT
Jim & Mike,
Thanks for the kind comments. Just had our first 3 vans in and with good comments from them hopefully we can get it right and plough some money back in to shrubs and plants to add some colour to the touring area. I think we are maybe more critical after visiting good and bad sites through the UK, but hopefully can provide a warm welcome to all visitors, plus a fresh free range egg for breakfast .
"Fearnlea" Caravan Club CL, Errol, Perthshire (www.perthshirecl.co.uk)
This is a new Caravan Club CL well worth a visit. We stayed there for 4 nights in July. We were met by our genial host, David Stoakes (AKA "Supertractorman" on this Forum) and helped onto our pitch and, boy, did I need some help!. I have never, in 25 years plus of caravanning, made such a pigs ear of reversing onto a pitch. Embarrassing to say the least.
David and his good lady moved into the bungalow, to which the site is attached, a year ago and he has done well to get the site up and running in such a short time what with all the trauma of moving as well. The site was opened for business in April 2011 and already is showing signs of maturity. There is a mixture of hard standing (3 pitches) and grass. The grass between the hardsatanding pitches and on the grass pitches is almost manicured. David tells me that once the use of the site tails off towards the end of the year, he intends to do some more work on the hardstandings.
Each pitch has an EHU and extension leads are available if yours won't quite reach although that should not be a problem. Water is available from a tap at the back of the house through a gate which has to be kept shut to keep the ducks and hens in captivity. You will most likely meet "Daffy" the man eating duck, so be on your guard. The chemical toilet emptying tank is behind the garage and is complete with flushing facilities.
There are bars in Errol village along with a fish and chip emporium (when they can be bothered to open), a SPA super market and an independent supermarket.
There is plenty to do in the area. Dundee is about 15 miles to the east and Perth is about 13 miles to the west. You are also within striking distance of Blair Atholl and Blair Castle. We did not visit Perth but did go into Dundee. In the harbour, well signposted, is Scott's Antartic survey vessel, RSS Discovery which was built locally to a similar design used for the whaling ships. It is worth a visit if you are at all interested in his trip to the South Pole. There is a very good museum and the trip is well documented with artifacts from their adventure. Even if you are not interested in the Antartic trip, the ship is a good example of a sailing/steamship of the period. Although the boilers and engine have been stripped out it gives a very good idea of what the ship would have looked like. For someone like myself who is heavily into sailing ships, it also gives a tremendous insight into the amount of "string" that was required to work the sails.
There are other museums allied to the other trades which proliferated in Dundee. In the main square, for those of us who read the "Dandy" from cover to cover each week, there is a bronze statue of Desperate Dan and his dog and another of Minnie the Minx, complete with catapult. Almost the entire centre of Dundee is pedestrianised which makes wandering around quite pleasant.
The remains of the Tay Railway Bridge which fell down with a complete train on it around the turn of the last century are visible crossing the Tay with the replacement railway bridge along side it. The road Bridge is a bit further to the east.
To the east and further along the coast, we come to Monifieth and Carnoustie. Carnoustie, as you golfers will know, is a links course used in the British Open and well loved by the American golfers who don't really understand what links courses are about. The British Ladies Open was on while we were there.
Further on to the east, we come to Arbroath, once a very active fishing port now sadly diminished in activity. There is still a small lobster and crab fishing industry operating from the harbour and a boat building and repair yard. Ofcourse, it would be remiss not to mention the Arbroath "Smokey", a fish delicacy of world reknown.
Montrose is a bit further on and up the coast. The beach here is huge. On the day we were there, there was a cold wind off the sea so sitting on the beach was a no-no. In stead, we spent about two hours walking along it and thoroughly bracing it was.
To sum up, there is plenty to do and I have no doubt David will be pleased to see you if you are in the area.
Post by supertractorman on Aug 6, 2011 17:53:15 GMT
It was great having Roy & Gillian ( Dickers ) stay with us and thanks for the review. ( I never thought I would have to help the RAF to land !!!!! ). Glad you enjoyed your stay, and this weekend I have a Full house with some repeat bookings next weekend, so must be doing something right. Daffy has now got a mate Dizzy who is 4 days old, so beware.