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Balloch O'Dee Campsite

9.8

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General

  • Spacious farm site 20 minutes’ drive from Galloway Forest Park
  • A 15-minute drive from Newton Stewart and 25 minutes from Stranraer
  • Quiet, simple dog-friendly pitches with dark-sky stargazing

Lochs and castles, stanes and lush landscapes… it doesn’t get much more Scottish than this. If hols living out romantic visions of Scotland appeal, get along to Balloch O’Dee Campsite, a family-friendly site 15 minutes’ drive from the Dumfries and Galloway town of Newton Stewart.

The farm site is well placed for active forays out and about: it's a 20-minute car journey to Galloway Forest Park, where there are trails to follow, deer, goats and birds to spot. Mountain bikers are well placed here too, with not one but two 7stanes centres (Glentrool and Kirroughtree) within 30 minutes of base.

Explores can start directly from site as well, as there are plenty of tracks through this scenic bit of countryside. After your outings, evenings can be spent together around the firepit, looking up at the stars that are easy to see thanks to Galloway Forest Park’s Dark Sky Reserve status. This is a quiet site, so you should have plenty of peace in which to marvel at those skies.


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9.8

Overall rating based on 112 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  83% described as Peaceful ?

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A wonderful site.01/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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    Lovely, spacious site with great views. The facilities are very clean and tidy. The owner was extremely friendly and helpful and made me feel very welcome. One of the best sites I've stayed.

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A very attractive and peaceful site21/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomtheresa p.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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  • Liked: 

    The views, the amenities the birds (including the chickens) and the general location of the site

    Disliked: 

    £10 EHU charge!!

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Friendly owner, facilities, loads of room to pitch, picnic tables, …12/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCaroline H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Friendly owner, facilities, loads of room to pitch, picnic tables, dark skies. Perfect stop before an early Cairnryan ferry

    Disliked: 

    Not a dislike but apparently check in is up to 9pm not 10pm as advised on Pitchup - we would have rung ahead of our late arrival if we had realised.

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Excellent location. Lovely and peaceful. Different spots to pitch up …07/09/2022

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    Excellent location. Lovely and peaceful. Different spots to pitch up Lovely quirky facilities. Especially the toilet area. Love it. Excellent value for money!

    Disliked: 

    The showers being in the same room as where you wash up. Not a major problem but would be nice if separated?

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Excellent location and very quiet place for a couple of days away06/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKieran O.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Facilities were well kept and staff were very helpful

    Disliked: 

    Doesn’t have a card facility so it’s just cash only if you wish to purchase anything extra at the campsite

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The perfect campsite, couldnt be any better. Fantastic owner.29/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Everything it's amazing, we have toured Scotland a few times and this is the best site we have stayed at.
    The owner was brilliant from the off, the site has the best views and is so clean and pretty.
    The facilities are for ca.ping 5 star.
    Well done James.

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    Nothing.

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This really is a relaxing, friendly site in a beautiful part of Scotla22/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLesley P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    We loved absolutely everything about this campsite including its gorgeous location, well thought out and quirky facilities, fire pits, picnic benches, free range chickens, extremely pleasant and helpful host and just the general peaceful and relaxing nature of the site. There are only two showers which isn’t a lot for peak summer holiday times, but we just made sure we used them early in the morning and had no problems. Also the showers/ toilets are all unisex and suited to families which made life easier with the little ones in our party. We loved the area and found lots to do during our 8 day stay. We would 100% visit this site again. 😀

    Disliked: 

    Having to come home!

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Everything! The open site and the way it's managed by …22/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSim K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Everything! The open site and the way it's managed by James is brilliant and better than almost every other site we've used. The facilities are exactly as needed too. Zero complaints and will definitely be back

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Peaceful, could have a campfire beside your tent due to …20/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCaroline C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Peaceful, could have a campfire beside your tent due to fire pit, chickens free roaming, horses in tge field, brilliant camp

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Anonymous user

We really liked the atmosphere, just what we needed. Everywhere …18/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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    We really liked the atmosphere, just what we needed. Everywhere was clean and tidy. Will definitely be back

    Disliked: 

    The showers were a bit small with no dry area to get dried and dressed

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Features

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Bath available

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Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

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Portable toilet

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Shower available

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Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

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Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

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Location

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  • Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG8 0ET
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 54.9535°N 4.6627°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dashwood Square — 11.4 kilometres
Town Hall — 12.6 kilometres
Town Hall — 12.6 kilometres
Train stations
Barrhill Rail Station — 17.7 kilometres
Stranraer Rail Station — 23.7 kilometres
Girvan Rail Station — 34.7 kilometres
Ferry ports
Cairnryan P&O Ferry Terminal — 22.6 kilometres
Stranraer Ferry Terminal — 23.7 kilometres
Cairnryan Stena Line Ferry Terminal — 24.2 kilometres
Airports
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport — 61.9 kilometres

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

Anyone drawn here by the possibility of active stays will be well chuffed by proximity to Laggan Outdoor half an hour’s drive away where there are zipwires to zoom along, archery to perfect, Segways to zip around on and slingshots for flinging self and friends through the air. Prefer splashier days? It’s 50 minutes to Galloway Activity Centre to have a go at watersports (and mountain biking and climbing).

Other watery options are much closer at hand too – the nearest beach (Sandhead) is about 25 minutes from the site, as is the coastal/loch-side town of Stranraer. Stick around Stranraer to explore the handful of museums, take a turn on the boating lake and visit the Castle of St John.

Literary types should make the next chapter a stop at Wigtown – designated Scotland’s National Book Town – where well-timed stays should coincide with the annual book festival.

For a taste of that classic image of Scotland, make sure to round out stays with a tour of the ruined Threave Castle, the Edwardian Broughton House and Garden (the one-time home of artist EA Hornel), and the hulking, stunning Culzean Castle, all between 45 minutes and an hour and 15 minutes from base.

Must see

  • Culzean Castle & Country Park (45.3 kilometres)

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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 caravan
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Balloch O'Dee Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 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.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Balloch O'Dee Campsite will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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  • Does Balloch O'Dee Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Balloch O'Dee Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Balloch O'Dee Campsite? Anyone drawn here by the possibility of active stays will be well chuffed by proximity to Laggan Outdoor half an hour’s drive away where there are zipwires to zoom along, archery to … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Balloch O'Dee Campsite?
    Camping and caravan
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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