Spotlight on: The Woods Caravan Park
My first impression of The Woods was that it had a smart modern reception building and shop. My second was the amazing view from the pitches.
The 180-degree panorama extends to the Ochil Hills across the valley of the River Devon. The site lies at the centre of the ‘Wee County’ of Clackmannanshire, Scotland’s smallest council area. It has a rural setting, but with assorted towns and cities only a short drive or bus ride away. Stirling Castle, the Battle of Bannockburn Experience, Blair Drummond Safari Park, the Falkirk Wheel and the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway are all within a half-an-hour drive. Even Edinburgh and Glasgow are easy day trips by train from Alloa.
We particularly liked the well-signposted network of paths for walking and cycling in the area. From historic Sauchie Tower, opposite the site, a disused railway leads north or south, with links to the Devon Way and Gartmorn Dam Country Park. For longer days out, several paths lead up steep-sided glens into the Ochils, the one from Dollar leading past the forbidding fortress of Castle Campbell, which is open in the summer. Other leisure activities available nearby include golf, fishing, pony trekking and, of course, shopping. For dining, there’s no need to go anywhere with The Woodsman, a popular on-site restaurant, grill and bar open every day from noon.
There are around 100 hardstanding pitches, all large-sized, with 14 fully serviced. They are laid out at different levels and separated by shrubs and trees, so it wasn’t until I strolled past the small children’s play area to the dog walk at the far end that I realised the full extent of the site. The two washrooms were warm and immaculate with a bright, welcoming decor. Definitely somewhere to return to for a longer stay.
The Woods Caravan Park
Diverswell Farm by Alva, Clackmannanshire FK10 3AN
This site review first appeared in MMM magazine, May issue, submitted by Felicity Martin