Given that this was the first time I had been camping since I left school (over 10 years ago) it is fair to say that I really enjoyed myself. Granted the week myself, partner and friends were there we only had one day of bad weather and that was fortunately on the last day so that didn't really matter to us.
The campsite had ample amenities, a reception/shop that was open from 8am to 9pm, kitchen, washer/dryer facilities and a games/TV/communal room that were all open 24hrs.
The toilets/shower blocks were relatively clean, the water lovely and warm - I did have to mop out a rather large amount of hair from one shower plug hole to let the water from the shower drain properly or I would have found myself with a small pond, but that was only one morning and I don't think the cleaning crew had been in there yet (it was early!).
When we arrived, we thought that getting a pitch pretty much at the entrance, opposite the reception block was a good convenient thing. No not at all. At night, there are two massive flood lights which stay on all through the night, and both are angled to give the entrance of the site plenty of light, unfortunately, because they are flood lights, they light everything else up too.
Additionally at night, a chain barrier is out accross the access with a sign to patrons that taxis are not permitted into the site after 8pm. Nobody follows this rule, not even the taxi drivers, who actually gave the security guard abuse when he pointed this fact out. The taxi cabs are loud, alot of them are the typical London Black cab type that have engines which sound like the Devil himself has a particularly nasty throat/cough. People passing by were loud, rude and had no consideration for those trying to sleep not 5 metres away even when asked nicely to keep it down!
There are some very simple solutions to this, don't put guests in front of reception/near entrance or if you do then you offer substantial discount or at least a warning that there may be some disturbance, or, move the chain barrier further up the road so taxis can drop off and turn around away off from the site, an additional security guard can gently 'remind' people to be considerate of those trying to sleep.
It is unfortunate as this campsite deserves a the very least a 4 or 5 star rating.
We have no idea if these reviews are read and taken into account but if they are, we will be making further comments to the owners of the site/management.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the south side of the city and set within a 200 acre country estate lies the beautifully maintained camping and caravan park. Our Thistle award Caravan Holiday Homes accommodate up to 8 people(easy access van available)whilst our new Wigwams, which can accommodate up to 5 people, offer camping in style. Tourers and campers always welcome with various pitch options available. Very accessible to the city centre and all Edinburgh's attractions and shops. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mortonhall Caravan And Camping Park Hotel Edinburgh
- Mortonhall Caravan And Camping Park Edinburgh, Scotland