Grannie’s Heilan Hame Holiday Park

Grannie’s Heilan Hame Holiday Park is situated right next door to the beautiful Embo beach, with incredible views of Ben Bhraggie and the Dornoch Firth.  It is just three miles from the town of Dornoch.

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When we were planning to go up North and do some Scottish Highlands adventure, we initially thought of going camping as well.  But the unpredictable Scottish weather made us have second thoughts about it and finally opt to stay in a Caravan park instead.

As we were browsing through the internet, we stumbled across Grannie’s Heilan Hame which location suits perfectly up in the highlands.  So we booked 4 nights in this Caravan park.  Anyhow, this is not the first time we stayed on a Caravan park for a holiday which means we fairly had an idea what to expect.

our static Caravan
our static Caravan

We arrived at the Caravan Park on Monday afternoon, the check-in process seemed quick as we arrived later than check-in time.  Then we head off to our static Caravan after we got the keys.

We called ourselves lucky when we realized that our static Caravan was situated with a sea view.  I have to say, we were so impressed with its location, truly an idyllic setting to die for.

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They both enjoyed sleeping in one room together.
They both enjoyed sleeping in one room together.

Inside the Caravan was rather spacious, perfect for a family of 4 with two bedroom, one with double bed and one with two single beds suitable  for kids.  It also has two toilets where one has shower cubicle in it.  The living room is of decent size while kitchen has gas cooker.  Set of plates, cutlery and baking accessories were provided too.  I love that it has patio door that goes out to the balcony as well.

The only downside was its whole condition.  The cleanliness was not up to high standard, there were visible marks on toilet bowl which was really disgusting.  In fact, I did some cleaning only few seconds we arrived, good thing I brought some cleaning stuff with us as well.  There were molds on curtains, the cooker knob was broken, hall way smoke detector non-functional as there was no battery on it.  Bathroom had rusty and leaking radiator top.

However unhappy with its state, we didn’t let it bother us because the stunning location itself outweighs the flaws.

Most importantly, kids love the Caravan and we absolutely had a few lovely memories in there we sure to keep.  Waking up to the sunrise by the beach every morning was mind blowing.  Although we had been busy going out everyday exploring the Scottish Highlands but we still managed to enjoy the Caravan itself.

Here’s some photos we took:

Reimer and Ruby sat on this bench overlooking the beach.
Reimer and Ruby sat on this bench overlooking the beach.
Reimer and Ruby played with the sands.
Reimer and Ruby played with the sands.
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Play fighting in the balcony

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more play in the sand

There were nights when it was wet outside, when we had a family movie night before going to sleep and indulged ourselves on popcorn on the side too.  Our choice of movies might be favorable for kids but it was still fun and enjoyable to watch.  By the way, their TV channels were very limited, just as well we brought some films with us.

There were dry nights when we strolled along the seashore before finally going to sleep, no matter how chilly the sea breeze was.  When we were not bothered if the kids were wearing their pyjamas and all of us walking barefoot on the sand. When we couldn’t care less about the kid’s bedtime routine.  All that matters was the memories we made together.

It was truly an unforgettable experience despite having to deal with a partly soaked pyjamas and sandy feet afterwards.  Those moment were nonetheless priceless and precious.

Ruby tried to convince me that it's not too cold and it's okay to go down the beach.
Ruby tried to convince me that it’s not too cold and it’s okay to go down the beach.

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A quick dip at the beach before bedtime.
A quick dip at the beach before bedtime.

Grannie’s Heilan Hame has a lot of amenities as well which you can enjoy with.  Hence, making this holiday park ideal for people from all walks of life.

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Arcade area
  • Pool table
  • Wildlife nature trail
  • Dog walking area
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball court
  • Nine hole crazy golf
  • Grannie’s Mac Bar
  • Boston Restaurant
  • Boston Bar
  • Grannie’s Fish and Chip shop
  • Convenience Store
  • Launderette
  • Cash Machine
  • Adventure play area
  • Little Lending Library

Unfortunately, we have not availed much of the amenities and activities offered as we were mostly away exploring during the day.  We have not tried any of their restaurants either as we’ve heard it was pricey.  So we  avoided it full stop and just made food ourselves in the Caravan for breakfast and dinner.  There were local shops in nearby towns which is really convenient when we needed something food wise.  We also prepared our own packed lunches when we were out and about which kept the cost down a bit.

We went to see their evening Entertainment once, it was for kids disco.  Sadly, we were disappointed with it because the staff prioritized selling kids toys like balls on the disco floor instead of facilitating the kids disco.  The kids who were originally enjoying dancing ended up playing with balls and throwing it everywhere.   So we decided to call it a day and head back to the Caravan as my own kids were not pleased with it either.  We were expecting it to be more systematic and interactive.
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Ruby on slide
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Reimer on zipline
Reimer on zipline

Anyhow, the kids did enjoy and burned their energies on their Adventure Play Area.  Kids went into few rides on the sand with zip line, swings and slides.  There were bouncy castles too but it was not free, they were asking £2 per child for 5minutes.

Another drawback was the very slow internet connection.  There was wifi at the reception though but I believe it was also slow.  I must admit, I’m glad we went back home for the purpose of internet access.  On the hindsight, I was also glad I was not glued on the internet during our holiday as I spent wonderful time solely with the family.

It would have been nice if it was warm enough to dip in the beach as it will be more fun and enjoyable but the beach was too cold for that luxury. Nevertheless, we did have a relaxing and pleasurable stay in this holiday park.   We truly felt sad when we left the place.

Anyways, if you have missed our Scottish Highlands Adventure whilst staying at Grannie’s Heilan Hame, you can check it here:

Day 1 : Dunnottar Castle

Day 2 : Dunrobin Castle

Day 3 : John O’ Groats

Day 4 : Inverness

Day 5 : Cairngorms Mountain

Have you stayed at Grannie’s Heilan Hame?  Do you prefer to stay in a Caravan Park or in a Hotel instead?

 

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post nor we got free accommodation.  However, I just want to share our experience during our stay.

This post is linked up with:

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14 thoughts on “Grannie’s Heilan Hame Holiday Park

  • It looks like a lovely place. But clenliness is important to me, especially now that I have a little one. I’m a germ killing machine and if I spotted something unsanitary I would have spent my entire vacation cleaning. But my little one is only 9 months old so I’m still in the overprotective phase. #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      Just as well I brought some cleaning stuff with us and cleaned the place just seconds we arrive. Should not be that way as it should be clean to a standard before guests arrive. However the location is stunning and we just focus our attention on enjoying the holiday. Thank you for commenting.

  • Great photos and I’m glad the kids enjoyed it. Sorry to hear about the cleanliness though 🙁 x #picknmix

    • ReimerandRuby

      We just cleaned the place as I brought some cleaning stuff with us fortunately. Thanks for commenting.

  • What a shame that you didn’t feel entirely happy with the accommodation and facilities available. #FabFridayPost

  • Looks like a lovely place to go on a holiday and it sounds like you all had a lovely time. Beautiful photos! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  • I love what the caravan provides: the facilities in side the caravan is so great and the view is honestly breathtaking. My OH and I prefers to cook our own food whilst on holiday so this would be ideal. Shame about the kids disco – how disappointing. I have to say I can’t live without internet but like you’ve said – having a break from it can be good sometimes. Your kiddos are absolutely adorable playing on the beach. 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true, the view is absolutely breathtaking. I don’t mind making our food as well as long as there’s equipment to do so. No internet access bothered me initially as I got laptop with me but I eventually enjoyed spending quality time with the family without thinking of about it. Thank you for commenting.

  • What a stunning location to stay! I would love to be that close to the sea and hear it as you drift off to sleep 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • ReimerandRuby

      I would love it too… Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment.

  • We had a holiday in a static caravan for the first time this year – it was lots of fun! #picknmix

    • ReimerandRuby

      We all enjoyed our time staying in the static caravan as well. I think we will be looking for another caravan holiday in the future again. Thanks for dropping by and for commenting.

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