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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.

Please note

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.

Depart: (2 nights)


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This listing accepts adults only (defined as age 16+)
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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Adults only

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed



Wild camping

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby



Small (11-25 pitches)


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  • Low Auldgirth, Auldgirth, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG2 0XJ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 55.1640°N 3.7034°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dumfries: Whitesands Coach Stop — 7.5 miles
Lockerbie Coach Stop — 14.1 miles
Moffat: Town Hall Coach Stop — 15.5 miles
Train stations
Dumfries Rail Station — 7.4 miles
Lockerbie Rail Station — 14.1 miles
Sanquhar Rail Station — 16.7 miles
Ferry ports
Ayr Compass Pier — 42.5 miles
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport — 43.0 miles


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

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.

Must see

  • 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)

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.


Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  Anytime –  8 p.m.
Depart:  Anytime

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 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.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

This is an adults-only site. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed on site.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

A charge of £0.50 applies for the use of shower.
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.