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General

  • Eco-friendly wild camping with free firepits and wood
  • A couple of minutes' drive from the local village and 20 from Dumfries
  • Modern amenities: individual cubicles with shower, toilet and sink

This one’s a must for mountain bikers and fans of Robert Burns alike: the Open Gate Campsite 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, 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. A modern shower block has
individual cubicles with a hot shower, compost toilet and sink with cold running water; organic and eco-friendly shower gel is also provided.

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, as it’s only open one day a year.


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Great laid back attitude and great location.07/01/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSteven B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (wild)
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Amazing stay, beutiful area, great facilities06/24/2019

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (wild)
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    Pitching area was excellent, showers were amazing, we were able to use as much wood as we liked for the fire pit.

    Would definitely return.

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Would definitely recommend this site for quiet relaxing break05/25/2019

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    Beautiful location and very limited noise pollution. Stylish eco toilet facilities and also within walking distance of a pub.

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Features

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Adults only

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Type

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Small (11-25 sites)

Themes

Peaceful

Wild camping

Location

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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 — 12.0 kilometres
Lockerbie Coach Stop — 22.7 kilometres
Moffat: Town Hall Coach Stop — 25.0 kilometres
Train stations
Dumfries Rail Station — 12.0 kilometres
Lockerbie Rail Station — 22.8 kilometres
Sanquhar Rail Station — 26.9 kilometres
Ferry ports
Ayr Compass Pier — 68.4 kilometres
Airports
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport — 69.2 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

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 from base. 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-highest 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 (12.0 kilometres)
  • John Paul Jones Cottage Museum & Visitor Centre (30.8 kilometres)
  • World Famous Old Blacksmith's Shop Centre (44.5 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.

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  • What attractions are near Open Gate Campsite? 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 ... Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Open Gate Campsite?
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    Arrive:  Anytime –  8 p.m.
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Terms and conditions

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

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

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.

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

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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

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

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