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Brighouse Bay Holiday Park

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General

  • Spacious family and pet-friendly park with a country park feel
  • Indoor pool, café, lounge bar, amusement room and fitness room
  • Sandy beach, 18-hole golf course, fishing, pony treks and more

If the kids say they’re bored at Brighouse Bay Holiday Park at Kirkcudbright on the Dumfries and Galloway coast, you might want to send them home.

Sublime sea views, heaps of on-site activities, six fishing ponds, a private beach and around 1200 acres of also-sublime countryside walks on the doorstep are all here all year round, tucked on a secluded and peaceful peninsula with views over the Irish Sea – this is possibly the most viewsome round of golf you’ll ever play (before you read on, see for yourself from the site pics). It's pretty spectacular by night too, as the setting among Galloway's dark skies means the stargazing here is stellar: the subdued lighting on site means you can see it all at its best.

Pretty much everything you could want is on site or very close by: if golf at the 18-hole Brighouse Bay Holiday Park championship course or free coarse fishing doesn’t float your boat, wander over the working livestock farm, along the coast (camera very much essential), through acres’ worth of signposted hikes through the local woodland… or launch a kayak from the bay’s all-tide slipway or a boat onto the pond, take the kids for a pony trek, angle for sea fish from the rocks or just sit and drink in the views with a drink from the on-site lounge bar…

If the weather should be less than co-operative during your stay, stay undercover at the park’s Jacuzzi, steam room, fitness room, indoor pool with separate splashing area for toddlers or indoor amusement room with mini 10-pin bowling; once the weather starts co-operating again, roll along to the all-weather bowling green. (Weather forecasts, news and essentials like Facebook and the like can be checked via the free wifi at the Brighouse Bay Holiday Park café.)

Also on site – yes, there’s more – the well-stocked shop keeps guests sorted for essentials and the licensed bistro serves hot and cold meals and snacks to have there or in the family lounge bar (both are licensed).

Environmentally-friendly and award-winning Brighouse is teeming with wildlife and has been set up to have a country park feel. This extends to picking your pitch wherever tickles your fancy: by the up to date clean facilities, beside the play area to keep out a beady eye, or tucked away in a quiet corner of the touring field. Wardens are on site if you need any help or info during your stay.

Also on site are two amenities blocks with ensuite cubicles for families, plus separate ladies and gents' sections in the larger block. One block is open in winter and is centrally heated; both have laundry and dishwashing facilities.

Feeling just a tad bamboozled by all the options on offer? Make a visit to reception your first stop, where staff can offer suggestions on what to do and see in the surrounding area while you stock up on leaflets, maps and gifts.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

Please note

The indoor swimming pool is open between 08/02 and 31/12.

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

Facilities/activities including all-weather bowling green, family putting green, golf course, driving range, golf buggy hire, swimming pool, toddlers pool, hot tub, steam room, fitness room, amusement room and mini ten-pin bowling, slipway are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Swimming pool: access to the swimming pool is not included in the rate and is charged £3.00 ($5.35) per adult and £2.00 ($3.57) per child per session.

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

During the winter period (from 01/11 to 31/03), the leisure club is closed Monday to Thursday and open reduced hours during the weekend. Throughout January, it is closed.


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8.8

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90% would recommend this site to a friend.

85% would stay here again.

 

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Peace and quiet plenty of walks 14/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom hazel p. Confirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Peace and quiet plenty of walks

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Good sized pitches, rest of amenities require some work. 11/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom M M. Confirmed

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

    Good sized pitches with good spacing between them.
    Bird watching, nice variety of birds.
    Only had one meal at the restaurant which I enjoyed, price was OK.

    Disliked: 

    Unisex toilet/shower blocks, felt very uncomfortable in them. Hand dryer didn't work
    Shop items very overpriced. 1.5L of still water £2.20 very greedy.
    Having to remove shoes out side of the change rooms thus ended up walking on wet floors to get changed for swimming, and then having to do the same on the way out.
    Jacuzzi screened off.
    Tables sticky in the leisure bar/restaurant, napkins stuck to the table.

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Over all was good 07/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom William W. Confirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Brilliant Site our 8 year old spent most of the time on the play area making Friends with other staying. Pool was good even though it has no Life Guards plenty of CCTV on the pool.

    The thing to know is its a rural site so we had NO phone signal or WiFi at our pitch. The TV signal was poor on our caravan so it would be worth asking about there TV Points on some pitches. These are added to Liked as I had a hassle free weekend being self employed my phone is always ringing while away with the family but not this weekend.
    The site was very clean and we noticed the staff out emptying the bins and cleaning around the site on most days of the bank holiday weekend.

    All the staff were friendly that we had any dealings with.

    We will go back.

    Disliked: 

    We had meals twice in the club house but both times we were unimpressed with the child meals.

    We had to ask for the free drink and ice cream that comes with the meal.

    But the site was just starting it season so staff could be new.

    Not massive site shop so make sure you take what you need with you although there is a small supermarket 10 minutes down the road.

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excellent, worth visiting, staff very friendly 03/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Caron B. Confirmed

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

    Very clean facilities including toilets/showers/laundry. Nice play area for children, the swimming pool and leisure club were excellent.

    Disliked: 

    Mobile phone coverage was extremely poor and no good for anyone back home trying to contact me in an emergency.

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Good facilities and pitches but doesn't feel welcoming 03/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alyson D. Confirmed

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

    Clean toilets and shower facilities
    Swimming pool was good (although extra charge to use)

    Disliked: 

    Unfriendly staff at reception
    Lack of response to Facebook messages
    System for ordering food was chaotic, staff did not know where to take food and some did not understand basic English
    Food overpriced
    2 out of 3 tumble driers out of service (also 2 out of 5 washing machines)

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Lovely site, lovely setting, lots of wildlife. 03/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kerry B. Confirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We really liked the layout of the campsite, the pitches have plenty of space around them and are spread out throughout the park. It was a short walk up to the swimming baths which we used one evening before eating at the bistro which is situated in the same building. We stayed for two nights, the first evening was spent looking in rock looks and climbing over the rocks near the bay. The following day we walked part of the coastal path which was clearly signposted and were very fortunate to see some of the local widlife, rabbits, seabirds, 3 deer and several dolphins or porpoises swimming just off shore.

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Pitch location Children's Park behind our pitch 03/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lisa H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Pitch location
    Children's Park behind our pitch

    Disliked: 

    Touring bathrooms are slightly run down in comparison to other sites we have visited
    Lake warm shower water and cold block, showing there is not a pleasant experience.

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Really lovely spot and a bonus to not get any ... 02/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jon b. Confirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Really lovely spot and a bonus to not get any phone service too, bliss! Lots of nice walks, the beach is ace the spot on the site we had was quite secluded too.

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Would highly recommend 26/03/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Susan G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Park was absolutely fantastic, check in was quick and easy. Staff at reception, in shop and in bar were all very friendly and helpful. The site has a lot to offer for all ages. Free WiFi in bar area.

    Disliked: 

    No phone service anywhere on site.

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Overall we had a very pleasant stay. 13/02/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Allison W. Confirmed

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

    We stayed at the very start of the season while there were very few other people on site.
    Reception staff were helpful and friendly.
    The toilet facilities were clean.
    Pitches were accessible.
    I wouldn't not recommend Brighouse Bay if this type of site is your cup of tea (we would normally stay at much smaller sites but there are very few of these at this time of year which is why we chose it)

    Disliked: 

    Some investment in the site's facilities (shower blocks) might be advisable as these are beginning to look tired (although everything was cleaned regularly).

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Full hook-up sites

Gray water hook-up for RVs/trailers

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Seasonal sites

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Type

Very large (over 200 sites)

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent sites

Location

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  • Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG6 4TS
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.7874°N 4.1293°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Twynholm (Dumfries & Galloway): Coach Stop — 8.6 kilometres
Gatehouse of Fleet: Fleet Street Bus Stop — 11.1 kilometres
Creetown (Dumfries & Galloway): Coach Stop — 20.4 kilometres
Train stations
Workington Rail Station — 40.0 kilometres
Flimby Rail Station — 40.7 kilometres
Harrington Rail Station — 41.2 kilometres
Ferry ports
Stranraer Ferry Terminal — 59.0 kilometres
Airports
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport — 86.0 kilometres

Directions


From the nearest information centre
From Kirkcudbright Tourist Information Centre take the A755, signposted Gatehouse of Fleet, west for half a mile. Turn left onto the B727 signposted Borgue and after 4 miles turn left at Brighouse Bay signpost. The park is 2 miles in, behind the wood on the right of Brighouse Bay.

Getting there by railway
From Dumfries railway station take the A75 towards Stranraer and approximately 22 miles from Dumfries, 4 miles west of Castle Douglas, take the A711 to Kirkcudbright. In the centre of Kirkcudbright turn left onto the A755, signposted Gatehouse of Fleet, and drive for half a mile, turning left onto B727 signpost. The park is 2 miles in behind the wood on the right of Brighouse Bay.

Getting there by aeroplane
From Prestwick Airport take the A77 to Ayr then onto the A713 through Dalmellington, New Galloway and Parton towards the A75 at Castle Douglas (approximately 45 miles from Ayr). Turn right onto the A75 towards Stranraer for approximately 5 miles then take the A711, signposted Kirkcudbright. In the centre of Kirkcudbright turn left onto the A755, signposted Gatehouse of Fleet, and drive for half a mile, turning left onto the B727 signposted Borgue. After 4 miles turn left at Brighouse Bay signpost.

By ferry:
From Cairnryan take the A77 and then the A75 towards Dumfries. Approximately 45 miles on, on the Gatehouse of Fleet Bypass, take the A755 towards Kirkcudbright. After approximately 4 miles Brighouse Bay Holiday Park is signposted to the right, follow the signs and they will take you all the way to the park.

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

Fancy a canter? Brighouse Bay Trekking Centre is adjacent to Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, offering horse riding for all ages and abilities (weather dependent and seasonal) from fully trained staff; ask at the holiday park reception for details.

Elsewhere, Dumfries and Galloway is packed with pursuits for all ages and interests – and it must be pointed out here that the ice cream and nature trails of the Cream O’Galloway ice cream factory are a mere 15 minutes away…

Also nearby – how clever is Galloway as a visitor destination – the Cocoabean Company at Kirkcudbright has interactive children’s workshops and a chocolate shop (hurrah) alongside well-equipped and roomy indoor and outdoor play areas.

While in town, kick around the grounds of sixteenth century Maclellans Castle in the centre of Kirkcudbright, and have a look at Broughton House & Garden, former home of one of the Glasgow Boys EA Hormel and housing a huge collection of works by Robert Burns (painter, not poet Rabbie).

At Gatehouse of Fleet, about nine miles to the north-west from Kirkcudbright, the Mill on the Fleet art gallery holds regular exhibitions and events like literary launches and talks; follow up a morning here with an afternoon at fifteenth century Cardoness Castle or around the thousands of species blooming around at Cally Palace Gardens.

And a few more gems that must be seen on a Dumfries and Galloway holiday: a boat trip to huge Threave Castle on an island on the River Dee; a trip to the Gem Rock Museum at Creetown, filled with fossils, rocks, minerals and gemstones, and a stargazing trip to Galloway Forest Park, the first designated Dark Sky Park in the UK.

Must see

  • John Paul Jones Cottage Museum & Visitor Centre (36.8 kilometres)
  • Robert Burns Centre (45.2 kilometres)

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Permitted arrival/departure time

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

Reception is unmanned after 5pm. Please call using the number in the confirmation email if you are arriving later.

Brighouse Bay Holiday Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks 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.

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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 Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Extras
Facilities/activities including all-weather bowling green, family putting green, golf course, driving range, golf buggy hire, swimming pool, toddlers pool, hot tub, steam room, fitness room, amusement room and mini ten-pin bowling, slipway are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

General
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.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between midnight and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Extras
Swimming pool: access to the swimming pool is not included in the rate and is charged £3.00 ($5.35) per adult and £2.00 ($3.57) per child per session.

General
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 01/02 and 31/12.
The grocery shop is open between 03/01 and 31/12.

Pool
The indoor swimming pool is open between 08/02 and 31/12.

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

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

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Additional terms

During the winter period (from 01/11 to 31/03), the leisure club is closed Monday to Thursday and open reduced hours during the weekend. Throughout January, it is closed.

Children under 15 years of age are not allowed in the pool unless they are supervised by a parent/guardian (minimum age 16) who is either using the pool or attending at the poolside.

You are choosing a holiday in a rural location. The broadband service is also rural! You may find it slow, intermittent or simply unavailable.

Accommodation hire and facilities are strictly non-smoking.

In extreme circumstances the site may need to alter, amend or possibly cancel your holiday booking. You will be offered alternative dates or a full refund if so. The site does not pay compensation if the booking is cancelled due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond its control: please ensure you have adequate insurance.

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