The Scottish Borders is a beautiful area of the country, shades of green and blue wherever one looks across the Cheviot hills, at least when the sun is shining, as it often was during our visit.

The approach to the site from the A68 is along a short stretch of single track road with ample passing places. The site entrance is wide and clearly marked.

The Bairnkine is a livedstock farm raising seemly many hundreds of sheep when we visited, so expect company. We found those in the field next to our pitch friendly and commendably quiet.

The owners of the farm are obviously keen on supporting wildlife and have set aside several area as reserves as well as laying out paths for those wishing to explore their land.

The strength of this CL site is it’s elevated position providing a fine view across miles of sylvan landscape of hills and valleys surrounding the farm.  

The caravan site faces east so that it catches the morning sun and then holds it for most of the day until it dips behind the mature beech trees that line the entrance drive.

The grass is lush, well cared for, and not scalped too short as is so often the case.  

There are two hardstanding strips close to the entrance linked with an access strip that extends across half the site. The site does slope so levelling ramps and steady blocks will be required if one is to avoid having to cling to the edge of ones bed whilst trying to sleep.

The south-west edge of the site is protected by as old stone barn along which are spaced posts holding three pairs of 16 amp sockets.

Apart from the two hard standing strips pitches are not marked which did lead to problems maintaining spacing when five units were present and the spacing between our van and a motorhome was reduced 3m. I feel that a set of pitch marker posts would avoid this sort of unsatisfactory situation arising and thereby maintain stipulated fire safety margins.

Tv reception is variable, due I think to the transmitter being shielded by the driveway trees. Mobile phone reception is ok but 4g data has yet to make it to this area, however there is also WiFi available on site for those of us who need to keep connected to the outside world.

One drinking water tap is situated on on the west side, partly buried in the boundry hedge, also provided is a hosereel to allow the filling of motor-caravan water tanks. Strangely there is no provision for emptying grey-water tanks, not a problem for us in a caravan as I could take our wastemaster to the edge of the field to empty it. 

The sewage disposal point is less satisfactory as it consits of a old wc pan set in a concrete surround without any means of a positive flush although a tap with a short length of hose is available but it’s far from ideal.

Overall we found it an enjoyable place to stay and a fine location from which to explore the surrounding area.

Overall we thought the pitch fee of £11 a night including electric hook-up to be good value.

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