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webbaldo Monday, April 14th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: April 1st, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
No local ones, im from North East England. Locally, we have Underseige Paintball at Towlaw, which is great, 6E Paintball at witton castle, also good fun and Topgun paintball in gateshead. Id say the Skirmish at Dalmahoy site is on a par course wise with these local ones but more expensive.
Directions
to the Field:
Approx 2miles out of edinburgh center on the A71
Review: Been playing paintball for 5years now, mainly at North East England sites, but tried this one with 8 mates on a stag weekend. Site is 2 mile out of edinburgh, site is easy to find once on the A71 with large flags showing the site entrance. There is approx 4-500yard drive up to the site itself.

Parking is adequate, driveway is a little bumpy for sports cars/lowered cars.

Booking - Booked over phone, rang up to confirm a few days late, too them a while to find booking but was fine anyway. Also not very happy that they arent keen on bringing own marker. (Majority of other large sites are happy as long as they can chronograph it)

Site itself
Waiting area/facilites - Typical size waiting area with barrel open fire and jeep in the middle. Perfectly adequate for getting ready, waiting. Not impressed with food/drink facilites as Tea/Coffee was off due to faulty boiler. Other softdrinks expensive. Not sure if they had toilets, BUT couldnt check and to be fair I didnt ask.

Equipment
Markers were to a good standard, clean and regularly serviced infernos by the look of it. Hoppers, used standard red or blue ones. Picking of random markers, not assigned to the same one all day. Good if faulty one was picked as regularly checked. Overalls a bit grotty but good enough. Face masks all Vantage masks. Better than many sites ive been on. No gloves provided. Body armour available however to younger players.

The course
Good selection of games, well built courses. Standard capture base, good assault course over a river and up a hill, however I thought the time scale for certain games should be reviewed (some too short, some too long)

Games
Really same as course selection, good variety BUT for half day I wasnt happy. We had to wait over 30mins between games which personnally i thought was far too long as resulted in fewer games than i was expecting.

Safety/Marshals
Marshals were quite knowledgable and friendly. I do have a safety concern however, as every site has slightly different rules maybe its just me but after a game, guns need to be placed on floor (Which is fine) but when walking back to the safe area, guns were carried by the air line (again ok) BUT googles could be removed. Personally I wasnt happy with this and didnt find it too professional. Most sites ive been on are paranoid about googles being on anywhere except safe area and i was more happier with that. Fair enough guns were carried by airlines but i wasnt happy with this.

Cost
We paid standard halfday fee with 400balls - £35. This is fair to me BUT i got different price quotes for paintballs on phone and at site. £8 on phone, £10 at site. Fair enough its near a big city but I think this is fairly expensive. Most north east sites are £5-10 walk on fee and £6-7quid for 100balls. Luckily the 400 balls was just enough

Overall -
Good course, near to edinburgh centre. Bit pricey and questions about the odd safety issue/site managment.
Last edited on Thursday, April 17th, 2008 at 6:20 am PST
 

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