Your 2020 guide to holiday and residential parks in Scotland
Imagine a permanent or leisure home amid Britain’s most spectacular scenery of mountains, lochs, remote places, vibrant cities.
There are scores of residential and holiday parks north of the border – here are just a few of them, as a sample of what you can find.
Holiday Home Parks
Endless spectacular scenery. Lochs. Awesome coastline. Castles. Character towns and cities. Scotland has all of this and much more. Whether your main home is in Scotland or you’re in England, within holiday home commuting distance of all that Scotland offers, buying a holiday home in the land of the ‘thistle and tartan’ is an enticing prospect.
A good place to start in your search for your ideal holiday home park in Scotland is Scotland’s own show, which takes place from 6 to 9 February in Glasgow. It’s called the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show, and its venue is the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow G3 8YW.
Holiday Park Village
The show’s Holiday Park Village is the focal point of a holiday home choice. Some of the parks exhibiting are detailed here.
Sandgreen Caravan Park
A coastal retreat 90 minutes from the English border, this park has its own sandy beach on the Solway coast and is within two hours of much of central Scotland and the English borderlands.
It’s less than an hour from Dumfries and Stranraer, 90 minutes from Ayr, Carlisle and Biggar, two hours from Glasgow, Stirling and Hexham and two-and-a-half hours from Edinburgh, Newcastle or Lancaster.
You can book a short break here to take time to find out if the park is your dream holiday home location—and, if you then buy a holiday home at Sandgreen, they will refund the cost of your break there.
There’s a good choice of new holiday homes available, and some pre-owned ones, too, typically starting at around £25,000.
You can often find new holiday homes at special offer prices. For example, a 42ft by 20ft lodge, at £98,000 reduced from £111,645, and a 40ft by 14ft holiday home at £38,200, reduced from £40,996.
Sandgreen is at Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 2DU
Craigtoun Meadows Holiday Park
The park is a mile and a half from the famous town of St Andrews, most famous for its world-class golf centre, known as the Home of Golf. The town is famous for its character shops and restaurants, museums and medieval buildings.
St Andrews is half an hour from Dundee and less than two hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow. It’s in the Kingdom of Fife, a region of charming villages, plus castles, palaces, museums and galleries.
The park has its own putting green, plus a play area and multi sports court. Two games rooms house table-top football, air hockey and pool tables. There’s also a coffee shop and restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner, and takeaway options are available.
Several holiday homes are ready and available - sited at Craigtoun. Typically, new holiday homes start at around £42,000. Ex-hire and pre-owned homes are often available, too. Prices start at around £28,000 for ex-hire units. You can buy pre-owned units for as little as £13,000.
Craigtoun Meadows is at St Andrews, Fife, KY16 8PQ
Also in Fife, Silverdyke Park is between Anstruther and Cellardyke in East Neuk, just off the A917, the main road from Elie to Crail.
This is a quiet park where many of the holiday lodges have sea views. A wide variety of holiday homes is available here. Prices for a 40ft by 20ft lodge start from around £140,000. You can have a lodge custom built. Or you could choose from a range of holiday homes make by ABI, Willerby, Victory and Swift.
Attractions of the region include the Fife Coastal Path, which takes in 117 miles of scenery from the Forth estuary in the south to the Tay estuary in the north. You can join the Fife Coastal Path 100m from Silverdyke Park.
Scotland’s Secret Bunker (a relic of the Cold War conflict, a command centre, a broadcasting studio and more, 100 feet underground) is three miles from the park. There are arts festivals, food festivals, distilleries, gardens and castles.
The fishing village of Anstruther is less than a mile from the park. Cobbled streets, a famous fish and chop shop and boat trips to the Isle of May, where you can see seals, are some attractions here. Anstruther has a range of bars and eateries, including a dog-friendly pub.
Silverdyke is at Windmill Rd, Cellardyke, Anstruther KY10 3FN
In the magnificent setting of the grounds of Blair Castle, surrounded by the Grampian hills in Perthshire, sits Blair Castle, part of the Atholl Estates, which incorporates farms and holiday facilities.
Holiday homes are sometimes available to buy—that’s both new and ex-hire homes.
Also, if you’re thinking of exploring Scotland in your quest to find an ideal location in which to buy a holiday home, you can take a break on the Blair Castle estate.
There are several accommodation options you can choose for a stay, to give you time to discover Scotland.
Blair Castle has a touring park, so if you own a motorhome or touring caravan that’s ideal. It also has several lodges, farmhouses, holiday caravans and camping pods.
While you’re there, we recommend you make time for a visit to the castle. Utterly magnificent, Blair Castle gives you the opportunity to see Scottish history through the lives of the Atholl Family, their collections of furniture, arms, china, lace and portraits. The earliest part of the castle dates from 1269. Fascinatingly, a production company filmed an episode of ITV’s Victoria at the castle.
Blair Castle is in Pitlochry, Perthshire PH18 5TL
Two of Aria Resorts’ 14 parks are in Scotland, in Dumfries & Galloway and in Perthshire. These are Glendevon Country Park and Moffat Manor.
Glendevon Country Park is in Perthshire It’s a new development of bespoke luxury lodges exclusive to this park, which is in picturesque countryside, amongst heather covered mountains with views across the glen.
A luxury three-bedroomed Prestige Homeseeker Casa di Lusso show home will arrive shortly at this park.
Moffat Manor is in the southwest corner of Scotland, in over 80 acres of mature woodlands, with streams, a private loch and endless country walks. The park has its own Lakeside Tavern, which is family friendly. There’s also a play area and a shop on the park.
Aria Resorts offers the opportunity to buy for investment rather than just for your own holidays and breaks.
Wood Leisure has six holiday home parks across Scotland. in Aberdeenshire, Perthshire, Stirlingshire, and Loch Lomond.
Holiday homes are available to buy at Blairgowrie, Deeside. Lomond Woods, Campsie Glen and Corriefodly holiday parks; that’s both new and pre-owned holiday homes and lodges.
Corriefodly Holiday Park is in a picturesque wooded glen on the banks of the River Ardle in the village of Bridge of Cally.
Blairgowrie Holiday Park sits in a beautifully landscaped, terraced gardens on the outskirts of Blairgowrie town. Sheltered by hills and woodlands, the park is only a short walk to the town centre with its variety of restaurants, bars, and shops.
Deeside Holiday Park is in the River Dee’s valley, in northeast Scotland, ideal for exploring Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park.
Lomond Woods Holiday Park has a variety of amenities, restaurants, bars, and shops within walking distance. It’s on the edge of Loch Lomond National Park and is only 17 miles from Glasgow.
Callander Woods Holiday Park is in Perthshire, within easy walking distance of the shops and restaurants in the town of Callander, at the eastern approach to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Campsie Glen Holiday Park is between the Campsie and Fintry hills in Stirlingshire. There’s a bar and bistro plus entertainment and children’s activities at weekends.
Parkdean Resorts has eight parks in Scotland, all offering holiday home ownership.
Eyemouth Holiday Park is in Berwickshire, five minutes’ walk from the beach and close to two other beaches. It’s on the headland, with views of the coast and the town of Eyemouth.
Grannies Heilan Hame is in a beachside location with views of the Dornoch Firth, facilities include a swimming pool plus spa bath and sauna plus a restaurant and bar.
Nairn Lochloy is also in a beach location, at Nairn, Inverness. Lots of family facilities are here, including a pool and sauna, crazy golf and wildlife nature trails.
Sandylands in Auchenharvie Park, Ayrshire, is a five-minute drive from the beach. This park has a swimming pool and the Boathouse Bar and Restaurant.
Southerness is on the edge of a beach, in southwest Scotland and has views across the Solway Firth. A pool, plus bar, restaurant and takeaway are among the facilities.
Sundrum Castle is in Ayrshire, at Coylton, just six miles from the coastal town of Ayr. This park has entertainment. There’s a wildlife nature trail plus a swimming pool.
Tummel Valley, near Pitlochry, Perthshire, in the Tay Forest on the banks of the River Tummel. It’s a serene park, yet has plenty for families including a pool and crazy golf course.
Wemyss Bay is in Renfrewshire, 10 minutes from the beach, and with views across the Firth of Clyde. This park offers entrainment and has a pool plus a climbing wall and adventure play park.
Heatherbank Park, East Renfrewshire
Conveniently close to Glasgow (30 minutes) yet on elevated land with fabulous moorland views, this park sits in 18 acres next to the Gleniffer Brae Country Park.
The park, owned by Laird Estates, is at Shillford Hamlet, three miles from Neilston and five miles from shopping and services in Barrhead.
New plots are being created and there are often show homes available to view.
Owned by Laird Estates, Cunninghamhead is a development in the grounds of what was Cunninghamhead Mansion House, three miles from the town of Irvine on the Ayrshire coast. Irvine harbour is home to the Scottish Maritime Museum and the Harbour Arts Centre, and inns and restaurants.
Balgair Castle Park
Wood Leisure offers pitches for new residential park homes at Balgair Castle Park in Stirlingshire, between the Fintry and Campsie Hills, surrounded by countryside. This park has a bar, bistro and swimming pool.
Riverview Park is a 128-home estate 20 miles from Inverness. It’s close to the picturesque town of Forres and overlooks the river Findhorn.
Red Deer Village
A 187-home development five miles from Glasgow, Red Deer Village has gated entry and CCTV. It’s in the town of Stepps, northeast of Glasgow and close to Frankfield Loch.
Neilshill Park, on the Ayrshire coast, is close to the resort of Ayr, with a backdrop of woodland. It’s a tranquil and relaxing setting.
Mill House Park
Mill House Park, owned by Wyldecrest Parks, is in the village of Crieff, 18 miles from Perth, overlooking the River Earn that meanders around Crieff.
Willow Wood Residential Park
Eighteen miles from Edinburgh, at West Calder, Lothian, Willow Wood Residential Park is also part of the Wyldecrest Parks group. It’s near to Livingstone; walking and golfing are the attractions of the area.
Benview Residential Park Homes
This park is close to Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. Benview Residential Park Homes is an estate of only 28 homes, in the village of Kemnay, on the River Don, south of Inverurie.
Annsmuir Park Homes Estate
Annsmuir Park Homes Estate is at Ladybank, Fife. It’s a mature park with many trees and shrubs. It’s close to Fife’s fishing villages and beaches.