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- Wild site with free firepits and wood in Dumfries and Galloway
- Three 7stanes mountain biking routes within an hour's drive
- An hour from Galloway Forest, Mare's Tail and Loch Ken watersports
This one’s a must for mountain bikers and fans of Robert Burns alike… The Open Gate is a wild site in the wilds of Scotland, two minutes’ drive from the village of Auldgirth in the county of Dumfries and Galloway.
It’s also 20 minutes away from Dumfries and the humble sandstone house where the great Rab wrote many of his finest verses, and within an hour of three of Scotland’s acclaimed 7stanes mountain biking centres. So you can be spouting verse and skidding the slopes in a single day…
The team behind The Open Gate keep things simple and relaxed: no manicured lawns or tailored hedge partitions here, just a big wide field to set yourself up in and stretch out. If that stretching should include outdoor feasting around the flames, then that’s fine because firepits and logs are supplied free of charge.
Continuing the wild but civilised theme, there’s a flotilla of brightly hued wheelbarrows for you to carry kitbags, cooking pots, clarinets, etc down to the field, keeping the site safely and quietly car free. There’s also a washroom with toilet and shower for washing off the wilderness.
You’ll be smelling of roses then as you roam into the village where there’s a café and a pub with hot food. If you feel like a pre-dinner ramble, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, a 30-acre cosmology-inspired sculpture garden is a 10-minute drive or just over an hour’s walk away, but you’ll need to get your timings spot on… it’s only open one day a year.
A charge of £0.50 applies for the use of shower.
This is an adults-only site. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed on site.
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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
No dogs allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Dumfries: Whitesands Coach Stop
— 7.5 miles
7.5 miles Lockerbie Coach Stop — 14.1 miles
14.1 miles Moffat: Town Hall Coach Stop — 15.5 miles
- Train stations
Dumfries Rail Station
— 7.4 miles
7.4 miles Lockerbie Rail Station — 14.1 miles
14.1 miles Sanquhar Rail Station — 16.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Ayr Compass Pier
— 42.5 miles
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport
— 43.0 miles
For shops, eateries and ample opportunities for stocking up on high end and locally made knitwear, Dumfries is a 20-minute drive away.
Burns pilgrims can pay homage at the poet’s home, his statue and his mausoleum, and take refreshment at his favourite inns, The Hole I’ the Wa’ and The Globe while walking the five-mile Burns Trail. For trails of the mountain biking kind, the rough country 7stanes courses of Mabie and Dalbeattie are half an hour away and it’s an hour to the Forest of Ae.
If you’re in search of walks and wildlife, take a trip to Talnotry in Galloway Forest Park, combining rambles with meeting the herds on the Red Deer Range and Wild Goat Park (an hour). Also an hour away, various paths around the Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve are where you can meet feral goats, spot kestrels and eagles, and stop off at Britain’s fifth-longest waterfall.
Seeking further watery exploits? It's just under an hour to Loch Ken and the Galloway Activity Centre where you can combine laser tag and archery with windsurfing, kayaking and waterslides, then finish off with zipwire rides at height.
- Robert Burns Centre (7.5 miles)
- John Paul Jones Cottage Museum & Visitor Centre (19.1 miles)
- World Famous Old Blacksmith's Shop Centre (27.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||Anytime –||8 p.m.|
The Open Gate Campsite cancellation policy
No refunds within 3 days of arrival date.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Open Gate Campsite will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash