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Our History

Craigtoun Meadows Holiday Park opened in April 1972 in a beautiful rural, woodland setting, just 1.5 miles from the centre of St Andrews. A place to have a family holiday in a Lodge, Caravan Holiday Home, Motorhome, Touring caravan or tent.

Established in 1972 in an 11 acre site by the Cochrane and Younger families, Craigtoun Meadows Holiday Park was designed, from the early days, to set the highest standards possible at the time. This included telephone lines to every Holiday Home and also the installation of piped gas to every pitch as well. Craigtoun Meadows was the first Holiday Park in Scotland to offer piped gas to all Holiday Homes, something that is still quite rare nowadays.

When the Park opened there were 20 Touring pitches and 124 caravan Holiday Home pitches. Over the years the park has changed from having over 100 to now 53 Touring pitches and our Hire Fleet was 36 at one point and is now 21. Holiday Home ownership numbers has varied over the years and there are currently over 170 privately owned Holiday Homes on the park, which has now grown to 32 acres in size.

 

There have been many awards over the years

  •  Since the Scottish Tourist Board/ Visit Scotland introduced the current grading scheme almost 20 years ago, Craigtoun Meadows has always been 5 star.
  •  In 1991 we were the first park in Scotland to win the Best of British Holiday Parks Environmental Award for Excellence.
  • 18 consecutive Gold Awards from the David Bellamy Conservation Awards Scheme.  
  •  Regularly the highest scored Touring Park in Scotland, Craigtoun Meadows has been awarded the prestigious AA Campsite of the Year for Scotland in 1984, 1991, 2002 and 2016.

 

In 1990 our Chairman, Vere Cochrane became the 4th Lord Cochrane of Cults which saw him sitting as a peer in the House of Lords. From that position he was able to change the law for holiday parks by successfully piloting a Private Member’s Bill onto the statute book. The Gas (Exempt Supplies) Act 1993 was passed with the objective of ‘widening the availability of piped gas and improving living standards among isolated or small communities and caravan parks’.