Galloway Activity Centre5.8
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Activity seekers and adrenaline champs, – we ken the place for you. Zip your way along to Galloway Activity Centre on the banks of Loch Ken in Scotland’s south-west for a shipshape activity hol, whether you’re planning on plunging into water alongside your beloved, paddling about as part of a group, or taking the family along to try (and fail) to show them who’s boss with a bow and arrow.
Even the views here are champion, with roomy pitches overlooking Loch Ken and the Galloway Hills, and there are loads of other active options in the area too: have a surf of the local attractions from our tab on the right.
Galloway Activity Centre has assembled a winning line-up whether guests are happier on land or in the safe non-tidal waters of Loch Ken, with a huge range of activities and outdoor equipment to tackle: outdoor laser combat games, archery, climbing, paddle sports, windsurfing, sailing, mountain biking, zip wires… take your pick then design your own activity package to mix it all up.
After all that energy burning, you might be chuffed to know that the centre has a TV for night time chilling, and that evening nosh (as well as brekkie) is available at the site café. Loos and showers are available in the clubhouse, which is open all night.
Most folk who visit Galloway Activity Centre find more than enough to do on site, but if you do decide to explore the area you’ll be on a winning streak whether you stick close to home or get into the car for a drive around Dumfries to visit award-winning gardens, National Trust Scotland sites, championship golf courses or the many nature reserves and wildlife havens: Dumfries and Galloway has a famed Red Kite Trail, red squirrel sanctuaries and seabirds by the thousands at the Mull of Galloway.
The activity centre is right on the edge of the Galloway Forest National Park, where you can take a break from all the activity by gazing upwards: the park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and has the darkest skies in Europe because of its remote location. Elsewhere, there are three hundred square miles to explore, the 7Stanes trails beloved by mountain bikers, that Red Kite Trail (and a Red Deer Range). Drop into one of the visitor centres for armfuls of info and ideas: there are centres at Kirroughtree, Glentrool and Clatteringshaws.
Also about, Castle Douglas, Galloway Activity Centre’s nearest town, has a growing (and apt) rep as Scotland’s food town: sample all sorts of fish, toffee (not together), game and other delicacies to see for yourself; you’ll be burning off hundreds of calories after all… Foodies can also go along to one of Castle Douglas’s regular food fairs, food weekends or chef masterclasses, and walk it all off with a trek around Threave Castle and its gardens or a circular hike from Castle Douglas around Carlingwark Loch.
Film fan or feeling wicked? Dumfries and Galloway is where The Wicker Man was filmed and there’s now an annual festival as well as a Wicker Man trail from Kirkcudbright.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
Mossyard, Dumfries & Galloway
, Dumfries & Galloway
Dhoon Bay, Dumfries & Galloway
Carrick, Dumfries & Galloway
Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway
- Robert Burns Centre (19.0 miles)
- John Paul Jones Cottage Museum & Visitor Centre (22.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- KEN-DEE MARSHES (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 01/06/2001) (1.6 miles)
- Mossdale - Big Water of Fleet Viaduct Linear Walk (1.9 miles)
- Mossdale Circular (2.0 miles)
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From the manager...
Many thanks for leaving a review, we welcome any feedback (good or bad) and appreciate you taking the time to let us know how your stay went.
I'm glad you were happy with the customer service you received, we have a great group of staff this year and it's great to hear that you found us to be friendly, along with the other campers.
I can only apologise for the noise, the weekend was an absolute nightmare and as a family friendly centre I agree it was completely unacceptable. We had some serious issues with a group of drunkd and rowdy stags which our night watch staff struggled to contain and unfortunately disrupted everyone staying at the centre. Please accept our apologies for this, we're sorry it disrupted you during the night and I hope it didn't spoil your trip.
Many thanks again and if you're ever in Galloway again it would be great to see you back here, hopefully for our usual, more peaceful camping experience
Did what is said on the tin 5 Oct 2013
mrserwilson (Mature couple, 1 review) Confirmed
Nice, but not for us. 16 Aug 2013
ross_m (Family with young children, 1 review) Confirmed
From the manager...
Thanks for the review, we appreciate all feedback.
Traditionally we are an outdoor activity centre that also offers a vast range of solid accommodation such as tipi's yurts and cabins aswell as a bunkhouse and camping, we are not an out and out camp site in the same way that a camp site that hires a few bikes would not confess to being an activity centre.
I appreceate that there is not much for younger children of under 5 to do, we just dont have he space for this facility but on the other hand there is an abundance of outdoor activities on offer that most campsites just dont offer. I have checked over our listing and we have checked the "family friendly" check box which i think is perfectly appropriate for what we offer, the majority of our customer base is familes with yong children. For example we had a mum and three young girls of age 4-7 stay in our yurts this week who have had a fantastic time, i personaly took them on a climbing session where they all climbed our 30ft wall and went down the zip wire. What i will do is add some more information to reflect that we are not particularly suitable for "very young familes" with children under say 5 that are perhaps looking for sand pits and kids play parks etc ( thats a fair point). The listing doesnt actually state that we are suitable for young children, i might be missing this so please do come back to me and i will change that.
We do hope you return perhaps when the family is a little older and able to take part in some of the fantastic activities that we have on offer.
No wifi 16 Aug 2013
nathan_r (Young couple, 1 review)
From the manager...
Thanks for your feedback.
Im glad you found the site/activcities and cafe nice these are the three main aspects of our business. We have been having it issues with our log in filter for the wifi. It is intermittant and our i.t. specialist are looking into this. It is very hard to update all the various sites/brochures and portals (we must be in 1000's) on weekly basis to update our internet satus.
Sadly there really is nothing we can do about poor mobile coverage, this is totally out of our hands! which im sure you appreciate.
We have helped many customers out from reception to find train/bus information and even booking their next stay.
I do hope you retun, we are on the case with the wifi (and perhaps didnt appreciate it was so high on the citical list fo our customes)
Sadly most of the issues here are outwith our control.
For now i will un-check the wifi button on our listing.
From the manager...
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Castle Douglas: Carlingwark Street Coach Stop — 9.6mi
Gatehouse of Fleet: Fleet Street Bus Stop — 11.5mi
Twynholm (Dumfries & Galloway): Coach Stop — 12.2mi
- Train stations
Dumfries Rail Station — 19.6mi
Sanquhar Rail Station — 23.8mi
Kirkconnel Rail Station — 24.4mi
- Ferry ports
- Girvan Harbour Ferry Terminal — 33.4mi
- Glasgow Prestwick International Airport — 38.3mi
We are ten miles north of Castle Douglas on the A713 road to Ayr.
Coming from the north, go through Parton Village and after approximately three miles look out for our entrance.
Coming from the south, go through St John Town of Dalry and after approximately five miles look out for our entrance.
Permitted arrival/departure time
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
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Check availability at Galloway Activity Centre…
Max. persons: 4x
Dimensions: Max 6.0m x 6.0m (19.7ft x 19.7ft)
Ground type: Grass
We may ask you to park your car in the car park when the campsite gets busy.
|Max. persons||4 x|
Max 6.0m x 6.0m
(19.7ft x 19.7ft)
|Pup tent||1 included|
|Dog (unlimited)||£2/€2.54/AU$3.67/$3.22 per night|