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Scottish caravan park gives back to community

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Silvercraigs Caravan Park in Kirkcudbright was taken over by the local community early last year after many complaints by residents and tourers about the state the park was in. It was agreed that the park was a terrible advert for the seaside town and steps were taken to have an asset transfer from the Regional Council, which is still in progress.

The local Development Trust is now responsible for the site and it is managed and run by the same team that run the award-winning community swimming pool. No time was wasted and the past year has seen many improvements that have seen the site upgraded from two stars to three stars by the Scottish Tourist Board. All electrics have been upgraded to 16 amp, WiFi was installed (which is free to all guests), pitches have been levelled out, heating installed in the shower blocks, buildings painted inside and out and grass cut and lifted almost daily.

In addition to this the site now has an entry barrier, CCTV and perimeter fencing. Plans for the near future include stone built BBQ areas and a cook house for tent campers.

The site has 52 touring pitches, many of which are hardstanding, all have on pitch electric points with water and waste points very nearby. There's a large area for tents, some with hook-up points, an onsite laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer.

The site is now open all year with contact details on the office door should you turn up out of hours.

There is a large children's play area adjacent to the park, and shops, cafes and bars are only 200 yards away. Kirkcudbright has a busy working harbour and is only 10 minutes away from many visitor attractions and beaches. There is a large wooded area behind the park with many walks and bike trails in it. The site itself is very dog friendly, you can bring as many as you can fit in your van or camper. The site's policy is the price you see is the price you pay, no extra charges.

Kirkcudbright has many projects going on for locals and visitors alike and all profits from the caravan site will be used to help fund these so everyone will benefit.

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