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The view from the shores of Loch Ken

General

  • Award-winning activity holidays on the shores of Loch Ken
  • Laser combat, watersports, archery, climbing, zipwiring and more
  • Café serving evening meals and breakfast

Activity seekers and adrenaline champs – come and ken the place for you. Zip your way along to Galloway Activity Centre on the shores of Loch Ken in Scotland’s southwest 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 the 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. Toilets and showers are available in the clubhouse, which is open all night.


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8.1

Overall rating based on 14 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

71% would stay here again.

 

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Quiet stay. 06/06/2019

tom_w541641 Confirmed

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely view of the lake from the pitch. The staff were friendly and very helpful when showing us to our pitch and allowing us to change pitch. Not many people on the site due to the weather so it was a quiet and peaceful stay. I would definitely come here again in a group to take part in the activities as they looked really fun!

    Disliked: 

    The toilet/shower block was also a changing room for people involved in the activities at the centre therefore the floor was often covered with mud and water. I understand this can't really be helped with people coming from outside but the floor could have been moped more often to avoid any falls. Also, I paid £10 for a days worth of wifi to find out that I could only use it in the centre after I'd already bought it, I think this should be made clear when advertising that there is wifi at the campsite.

From the manager...

Hi,

Many thanks for your review - we're glad you enjoyed the beauty of Loch Ken and our centre. We'd love you to come back and take part in some of our multi activities - we have a wide range for all abilities.
We endeavor to get into the changing rooms throughout the day as well as our morning and evening cleans to keep them clean/dry. It sounds like to you got in there just after everyone had got off the water so we're sorry about this!
I'm not sure what WiFi you're referring to but we state on our Pitch Up listing that we don't provide WiFi - perhaps it was BT's open wifi options? I'm afraid living where we do WiFi is hard to come by..

Many thanks again for your review - this really helps us to grow and improve.
Best wishes,
GAC

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Very welcoming friendly and helpful staff 23/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great place great activities

    Disliked: 

    View to the lake was obscured by inconsiderated campers who set up perpendicular to their plot

From the manager...

Hello and many thanks for your kind words! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed staying at our beautiful location! We will also let our staff know that you had a great time doing some activities. It would be lovely to have you back in the future! :)

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Good location. 01/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Caroline W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location

    Disliked: 

    Cleanliness, facilities, communication.

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Overall we enjoyed our activities here and it was clean and tidy. 07/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Debbie M. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The activities and staff were great. Everything all very clean.

    Be careful if walking around forest area etc as we came a cross a snake (adder) we think but we didnt stick around to check lol.

    Disliked: 

    The activities and staff were great. only down side was toilet block as its used by everyone doing activities, so u=you cant get into the loo for people getting in to wet suits. A seperate toilet block for folk in tents yurts etc would be a great idea. Maybe adding a play park for kids to as if there not doing activities there's nothing else to do on site.

    We done the Gourmet Burger night and it was ok rather slow to be served and the burger wasn't much to write home about. Maybe a vending machine for evening or cafe open later for snacks in peak season.

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Nice, quiet place to stay in nature with young children 08/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom anke b. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    I liked the view that we had over the Loch Ken.
    There were a lot of activities that you could do like canoeing, sailing, climbing, zip wire, etc. There was also a water slide and water fun activities on the lake which looked amazing.
    The showers and toilets were ok, they got regulary cleaned, although the floor was constantly wet as all the visitors get changed in their wet suits there, so it's always wet.
    The staff was very friendly and so were the owners.

    There was a TESCO shop about 20 min drive which was handy.

    Disliked: 

    We didn't eat in the cafe as it was way to expensive. A full English breakfast was nearly £10 pp. Way to much for my camping budget.

    The water slide and other activities were also expensive, but they were very fun.

    I disliked the dog poo that I found near our tents. I think there should be a DOG-free zone there for people with young children.

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Activity but too expensive 06/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Rosy C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Activity but too expensive

    Disliked: 

    Find local dog without lead and free to make poo everywhere

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Good shower block, nice and close to the loch for ... 25/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tom L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
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    Good shower block, nice and close to the loch for a swim!!

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Good site, unhappy staff 24/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ian M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Communal grass area in the centre of the tents. The size of the pitches. The activities on offer (not the prices or availability)
    The other friendly campers.

    Disliked: 

    Majority of the staff were miserable and just don’t look happy in their job. The showers are far too hot, my children couldn’t go in, I could barely go under! They are non adjustable.
    The amount of dog poo on the grass... BUT i did see staff members on two occasions doing a poop pick up.
    Having 4 kids I bought The prices of the activities were a bit much. I would like to have seen a kids area for under 10’s as the majority of the activities were for 10 and over (suitable for 1 of my children)
    The cafe is overpriced: we booked in for dinner (must book before arrival) £15.50 each, burgers were ok, coleslaw was really good.

From the manager...

Hi,

We are sad to have read your review. I love my job and I know that my fellow colleagues do too so I'm sorry and shocked to hear you think we look miserable.

Regarding the showers, these are communally adjustable so if you'd asked we could have turned them down a little for you. We can't win with the showers - we can of course adjust the thermostat but deliberately do not have individual controls on them (to stop children under ten burning themselves). Had you mentioned this we would of course have turned the thermostat down there and then.

We completely agree with you on the dog poo front. As you probably saw, we have multiple bins for dog waste across the centre - in the camp site, around the club house and water front. We'd expect owners to be responsible but as they aren't always, we do a "womble" at 9am and 5pm and throughout the day should we see anything.

In terms of activities, they are price on a sliding scale and all advertised on our website and around the centre. So the more people, the cheaper per person. For a full day of activities (totalling 6 hours worth of activity taster sessions with a qualified instructor) it would be £44 per person (probably less than most people pay a baby sitter!). We ask people to book in the day before as not all staff are qualified to run all activities. If people turn up on the day without booking we do our very best to squeeze them in. The majority of activities are suitable for ALL ages. The only exception is the wobbly water park. I have listed below all of the activities available for a child under 10.

Sailing, Windsurfing, Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, the slip n slide, archery, outdoor laser combat, Mountain biking (for 8 and older), Climb & zip, Leap of faith and crates, Giant Swing, Bubble Football. I am sorry you feel this is limited - fortunately for us most of our customers do not agree with you on this.

I'm sorry you believe the cafe is overpriced. All of our produce is locally sourced from great suppliers. We make all of our food fresh to order on the day and £15.50 includes the main meal (homemade beef and onion, pork apple and sage burger, or chicken breast lemon and thyme with a falafel / veggie option) and dessert (ice cream, a shot of feshly ground coffee and a liquer).

Regards

The miserable team on reception :)

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A brilliant 3 day stay for the whole family. 16/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Brian W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Great location, tent pitch and facilities. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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From the manager...

Hello and thank you so much for your kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed loch Ken and will pass on your comments to the staff!

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Amazing loved it hear will definitely be back 14/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Brian M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    I liked everything about the place loads of choices and it was something my kids had never done superb glad the wife noticed it

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Fishing nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Loch Ken, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG7 3NQ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 55.0378°N 4.1012°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Castle Douglas: Carlingwark Street Coach Stop — 9.7 miles
Gatehouse of Fleet: Fleet Street Bus Stop — 11.3 miles
Twynholm (Dumfries & Galloway): Coach Stop — 12.0 miles
Train stations
Dumfries Rail Station — 19.9 miles
Sanquhar Rail Station — 24.0 miles
Kirkconnel Rail Station — 24.6 miles
Ferry ports
Girvan Harbour Ferry Terminal — 33.3 miles
Airports
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport — 38.3 miles

Directions


The site is 10 miles north of Castle Douglas on the A713 road to Ayr.

Coming from the south, go through Parton Village and after approximately three miles look out for the site entrance.

Coming from the north, go through St John Town of Dalry and after approximately five miles look out for the entrance.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

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.

Must see

  • Robert Burns Centre (19.3 miles)
  • John Paul Jones Cottage Museum & Visitor Centre (22.7 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  12 p.m.

Galloway Activity Centre cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

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The remainder is payable on arrival.

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