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The Snap Inn Walkers Retreat

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General

  • Small, 'nearly wild' site just off the Southern Upland Way
  • A 15-minute drive from Newton Stewart and the Galloway Forest Park
  • Access to a drying room, firepit, fridge and hot shower

The spirit of wild camping, but with a handful of handy facilities just to make life that little bit comfier… that’s the idea at The Snap Inn Walkers Retreat.

Out in the gorgeous Dumfries and Galloway countryside 15 minutes’ drive from Newton Stewart, this small site is just off the Southern Upland Way (no detours required for a night spent here…) and is thus a particularly good spot for those tackling one of Scotland’s great long-distance walks.

Being a hardy hiker isn’t a prerequisite for a stay here, though. Should time, creaking joints or any other excuse put the 214-mile epic journey out of the question, you’ll still be welcome to settle into the sheltered pitches here, perhaps using it as a base for shorter jaunts into the nearby Galloway Forest Park or nights spent gazing up at the stars at this designated dark sky park.

Pitches here are on the simple side to make the most of the remote setting, but there’s an indoor bathroom for hot showers, a space to dry wet togs, a firepit to warm hands and feet, and a fridge where guests can stash food and drinks ready for their evening barbecue. If you’re lacking in supplies, have a chat with friendly hosts Chris and Elizabeth and they’ll arrange to run you up to town to stock up.

Please note

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

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

A charge of £0.50 applies for the use of the shower.


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9.6

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Does exactly what is says on the tin.16/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomcraig r.Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Price! Basic place for a stop over, has a loo and shower, what else do you need ?Definitely on the quirky side but very quiet ( I was the only one there) If booking through Pitch Up, don't forget you still need to pay at the site, Pitch Up only take their booking fee, not the fee for The Snap Inn. ( I made that mistake)

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From the manager...

Hi Craig

Thankyou for choosing to stay with us. Your business is very much appreciated and your comments are appreciated as they help to evolve in the right way!

As a small site we plan too remain, as it is, quiet, and if indeed looked upon as being quirky then aslong as that’s what people find positive then we are doing things right.

As for the slight hiccup with the payment process, well these things happen but we got there in the end 😉

Kind Regards
Chris and Lizi

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Very welcoming friendly site.13/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKaty A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Easy to find
    Lovely quiet place
    Super friendly owners
    Go above and beyond to make your stay comfortable.
    Let my child play on the little playground.
    Electric hookup available
    Also have my child some carrots to feed the deer at the deer range which came in very handy. So thank you

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From the manager...

Hi Katy

Thankyou ever so much for the review.
We do make every effort to make people’s stay as pleasurable as possible.

You are welcome back anytime, Stay safe and enjoy the road trip.

Kind regards

Chris and Lizi

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This site is ideal for a 'chill' stay, with peace, ...11/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEric and Wendy C.Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    This site is ideal for a 'chill' stay, with peace, dark sky and stars. Whilst we were staying our little dog was poorly and Chris phoned the local vet, took us down and waited for me, this was greatly appreciated. Will definatley be back.

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From the manager...

Hi Eric/Wendy

It was great pleasure having stay with us.
Your kind words and custom is massively appreciated.

We hope all is well for you and your furry friend and you have enjoyed your road trip.

Its been all in a days work and all we can do is aim to please.

Your welcome anytime.

All the best in all do, take care of yourselves.

Kindest Regards
Chris and Lizi

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Extremely lovely and helpful owners Quite and peaceful area with ...26/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlie M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Extremely lovely and helpful owners
    Quite and peaceful area with scenic walks directly from the campsite
    Close to newton Stewart town and Galloway national park
    Would highly recommend

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    Nothing

From the manager...

It was a real pleasure to share our experience with lovely people like yourselves.

Thankyou for an honest review and we look forward to you returning at some point.

Safe driving, take care and best wishes

Lizi and Chris

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This is a gem of a location. Chris and Elizabeth ...23/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGraham M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    This is a gem of a location. Chris and Elizabeth couldn't have been more accommodating. If you're after a remote and relaxing escape or if you're walking the Southern Upland then Snap Inn is a perfect stopover. Dog friendly with deserted roads and tracks that after dark are gateways to the heavens, I now fully appreciate the term "dark sky". A perfect location for exploring Galloway.

    4G reception on BT mobile about 50 yards away from the site in any direction.

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From the manager...

Wow thankyou so much for the kind words, you and the pooches were nothing but welcome here sharing our way of life. We are truly lucky!

We are glad to have been of service.

Take care

Kindest regards

Chris and Elizabeth
The Snap Inn Walkers Retreat

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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

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Location

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  • Knowe, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG8 6RU
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 55.0086°N 4.6396°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Newton Stewart: Dashwood Square Coach Stop — 7.2 miles
Glenluce (Dumfries & Galloway) Coach Stop — 11.6 miles
Creetown (Dumfries & Galloway): Coach Stop — 12.8 miles
Train stations
Barrhill Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Stranraer Rail Station — 16.8 miles
Girvan Rail Station — 18.4 miles
Ferry ports
Cairnryan Ferry Terminal — 15.2 miles
Cairnryan P&O Ferry Terminal — 15.2 miles
Cairnryan Stena Line Ferry Terminal — 15.8 miles
Airports
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport — 34.6 miles

Directions


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

Getting out into the Galloway Forest Park (15 minutes’ drive) is a must – there are miles of excellent walking and mountain bike trails here, along with lochs to fish in (once you’ve purchased a permit) and hides in which to settle for wildlife spotting. Try to schedule a nighttime outing here too, as it’s a certified Dark Sky Park, with frequent events held to help guests spot stars, meteor showers and occasional glimpses of the Northern Lights.

Other (less active) strolls nearby might take you off to Glenluce Abbey (25 minutes), to the woodland, walled gardens and sea views at Galloway House Gardens (35 minutes) or the ancient Drumtroddan Standing Stones (35 minutes). A meander around Monreith Animal World (40 minutes) is a good plan too, if you like cooing over cute farm animals (who doesn’t?)

Time for a drink after all that? Stop by at the Crafty Distillery in Newton Stewart (15 minutes) for a glimpse into the gin-making process, or head to Bladnoch Distillery (25 minutes) to see traditional Scottish whisky come to life. Both are fine places to pick up a bottle for evening campfire tipples.

Must see

  • Culzean Castle & Country Park (24.6 miles)
  • Burns National Heritage Park (29.0 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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart by:  11 a.m.

The Snap Inn Walkers Retreat cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

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

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Snap Inn Walkers Retreat 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.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

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

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
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.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.
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.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

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

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/campervan.

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