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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
  • Animal encounters, off-site pony trekking centre, 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, and the pony trekking centre operated by the site owners (five minutes away) will bring mounts to the site entrance.

Fans of the equines can take their interactions a step or two further by chipping in on mucking out, grooming and pampering, while the rest of the family confines themselves to sharing the occasional shower with the (very) free range hens. 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.

Please note

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.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).


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9.8

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One of my favourite places29/09/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Just like wild camping, perfect for us

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The remote locations and friendliness of camp owners and other …04/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The remote locations and friendliness of camp owners and other campers. Also showering and toilet facilities were excellent.

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Firepit! The owners were absolutely lovely and the facilities were …20/07/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMarlous S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Firepit! The owners were absolutely lovely and the facilities were covid safe and brand spanking clean!

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A great escape; wild and wonderful05/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJoanna F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The wild charm of the place. Pitch where you want; free-roaming horses, chickens and pooches; bbq/campfires encouraged; SO peaceful and clear night skies. I felt I could really breathe there. It was a great spot from which to walk and cycle on quiet country lanes and see hills, farmland, unspoilt countryside, lakes and the coast. In spite of the wild weather on our last night it was probably my favourite pitch on our 2 week tour. And the people (hosts, other campers) were all genuinely friendly:)

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Wonderful place. We will absolutely come back. Having a fire outside,21/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHenny F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The quietness, remoteness, the absence of rules and restrictions. Making your own fire outside. Enjoying the dark night

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A picturesque campsite with a wild & expansive feel. Wonderful! 10/10!01/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEliot A.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    We had a wonderful stay at Balloch O'Dee campsite. The environment created by the hosts was a relaxed, open, friendly and welcoming space to camp and explore. The views of surrounding hills were expansive and beautiful. Unique and personal touches were evidenced by the owner doing the daily rounds making sure that all campers were happy campers, the thoughtful signage and well-decorated communal areas, and the free-roaming chickens (and chicks!) which brought delight to kids and big kids alike. The facilities were well-presented and had everything you need according to the listing on Pitchup.com. The fire pits were great and featured handmade barbeque stands forged from old horse-shoes. There were communal under-cover areas for the off-chance of the Scottish weather living up to its reputation. Logs were available on site for a fiver a bag and burned well. Take your own firelighters though. Location was great, easy access to A75 and Galloway Forest Park. Spot on. Really enjoyed our stay and will certainly be returning!!! :)

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    Nothing to dislike!

From the manager...

Thanks Eliot, really appreciate your feedback, see you again at some point hopefully 🐥✌️

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Everything you need for a chill out escape26/08/2019

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Loved the laidback atmosphere of the site. We received a warm welcome as we arrived and I would thoroughly recommend this site. Stunning views and fire pit next to tent was a bonus. Toilets very clean as was all the facilities. First class

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Thanks Stevie, appreciate the kind words 👍 Glad you enjoyed it

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A warm, friendly site with good, clean facilities.23/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Location and amenities, especially the sheltered outdoor seating area. Lots of fire pits to use.

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Thanks Emma, appreciate the feedback and glad you enjoyed it. See you again hopefully.x

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Everything! A lovely, clean and welcoming site. Plenty to see …22/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Everything! A lovely, clean and welcoming site. Plenty to see and do locally, the kids loved seeing the chickens, horses and sheep. Well kept land and facilities, would definitely return; and would have happily extended our stay.

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Thanks Mary.
So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for the nice comments. x

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Wspaniała atmosfera , fantastyczny klimat w stylu country , bardzo …19/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJanusz S.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Wspaniała atmosfera , fantastyczny klimat w stylu country , bardzo przyjazna obsługa , pobyt wśród zwierząt - wspaniale ---
    Polecam na 200 % -
    Janusz

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Thank you Janusz. Glad you enjoyed it 🙏 xx

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Playground

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Bath available

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Composting toilet

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Free wifi

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Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

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Shower available

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Wheelchair access

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

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Gypsy wagons

Shepherd's huts

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

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

Touring and motorhomes

Full hook-up sites

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Seasonal sites

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG8 0ET
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.9535°N 4.6627°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Newton Stewart: Dashwood Square Coach Stop — 11.5 kilometres
Glenluce (Dumfries & Galloway) Coach Stop — 13.1 kilometres
Creetown (Dumfries & Galloway): Coach Stop — 19.1 kilometres
Train stations
Barrhill Rail Station — 17.7 kilometres
Stranraer Rail Station — 23.7 kilometres
Girvan Rail Station — 34.7 kilometres
Ferry ports
Cairnryan Ferry Terminal — 22.6 kilometres
Cairnryan P&O Ferry Terminal — 22.6 kilometres
Stranraer Ferry Terminal — 23.7 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)

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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. 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 site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • 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 touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Balloch O'Dee Campsite? From $36.55 (for 1 night, 4 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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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.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

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

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

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.

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

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

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/RV.

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.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

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