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Visitor Reviews - Garlieston Lodge

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Garlieston Lodge
Burnside Lane
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
DG8 8BT   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01988 600641

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Pitches: 5 Van & 3 Tents
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 54 Reviews
              9/10 from 54 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

This is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, which accept caravans or motorhomes and usually tents, space permitting. It is a member only site - you may be able to join on arrival - please check direct with the site.

Reviews:  54 in total, now showing 7 to 12                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: RosePearl1960 17 reviews from this member

This an interesting site and much to more to our tastes than the adjacent CC site which seemed to offer very little space between pitches.

Garlieston Lodge is a very sheltered site, bounded on one side by a river and set amongst mature trees.

The pitches are spacious and relatively level. One thing to be aware of, is that, there are only 2 toilets and one shower for the whole site. However, the owner has been very innovative, having devised a wonderful lit signalling board (indicating if the facitilites are vacant) that can be seen from anywhere on site.

The owners also own a herd of Black pigs and rare breed hens. Their award winning produce can be bought on site. I can thoroughly recommend both sausages and bacon.

Locally the village pub offers a limited menu. If you want to eat out you may want to consider venturing further afield to Wigtown where there is a greater choice of cuisine on offer. If like us, you have canine companions travelling with you, there is an excellent beachside footpath from the harbour affording some off lead roaming.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Moorhen 2 reviews from this member

We found this site was what said in the advert. Good space between the units. We had two very nice nights and days. Wanted to stay longer but was booked up. There is the Harbour Inn very plesant and good food. There are two shops one being the post office. The site was very quiet and peaceful. Hope to go back.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Julie and Bob 2 reviews from this member

Set in the coastal village of Garlieston this camping and caravanning cs site is adjacent to the larger and we thought more comfortable caravan club site. This cs site is surrounded by trees and a stream and was a perfect haven for midges on the still warm 2 evenings that we stayed there. So beware!

Date of Visit: February 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Katedow 1 review from this member

This is a lovely wee site with hard pea-gravel standing for tents and other units.

Booking was easy by the internet and we had a lovely welcome from the owners.

The site is very well cared for and maintained, obviously lavished with love and attention which is for the benefit of visitors and the animals (pigs, hens, ducks etc) the owners keep.

There was plenty to look out at from the tent, lovely pond, trees, wildlife and landscape around the site.

Very clean toilet and shower facility, great hairdryer set up as is the dish-washing facilities - all in the one 'shed-type' building.

The site was well lit, the electric hook up set up perfect. We were very impressed by the wifi set up too.

Before we left we bought some of the award winning haggis from the owner. We thought this was a lovely touch and on our return we'd be keen to get more produce on site such as eggs, bacon, pork etc.

Garliston Lodge is a magical wee place - highly recommended.

Last point - remember to take your rock pegs for the pea gravel pitching because the ground is pretty rocky underneath the gravel.

Big thanks for such an excellent site x

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Johnds47 3 reviews from this member

Another stay at Garlieston lodge. In our opinion having stayed at many sites, this is one of the best. This site consistently wins awards, mainly due to the hard work of the owners in developing the site. It is well maintained and most people we have met here are 'regulars' who return to this beautiful site time and time again. The facilities are excellent and more than adequate for what, after all, is a small site. Anyone thinking of staying here for the first time should read all of the reviews and book early as it fills up quickly! finally, Garlieston itself, a small charming harbour village. Very friendly with a local pub and 2 small shops.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Camperlck 10 reviews from this member

If you spend even five minutes reading the reviews of this site, you will see they tend to be glowing.

So here's our take-

First of all when you come through the gates, it feels a little Steptoe & Sons in the yard. There is machinery and an old caravan and sheds and junk. However the owners were very helpful and took the time to explain lots about the site and the village.

The pitches are a decent size but I wouldn't say they are enormous and only about 3 of them have a really good pond-side location. The others are further back. Luckily we had specifically asked for a front pitch and the owner had kindly facilitated that for us. He also helped us unhook and push into position so we had a great view. There are no serviced pitches but there are a couple of fresh water points and the pitches are level and gravelled.

We had a couple of niggles-

- There is no recycling - all waste goes into landfill. Also the bins were not emptied enough and for the duration of our visit they were always full to overflowing.

- There is only one waste water drain. Both it and the chemical toilet disposal are at the top of the site and dragging full tanks / aquarolls up to the top is hard work.

- There are signs asking you not to let your dog foul the site, but there are no dog poo bins.

- There is a little island in the middle of the pond and it could be very pretty, but instead it is bare.

Despite these niggles, this really is a lovely site. It has a very peaceful feel and was generally very quiet. There is quite a variety of wildlife too; watching the resident moorhen and her chicks chase off everything from the pond was quite entertaining!

There are a couple of places to walk your dog-

1) Over the bridge on the pond and into trees at the back of the site.

2) Over at the far right of the site (when looking at the pond) there is a grass path that leads off down the side of the pond, passed the pigs to a gate. Watch here because there is an electric fence that is live and right at the side of the walk. However at the gate you can then go left into the village / harbour, or right up another track across fields.

Garlieston itself is lovely. It is like stepping back in time 40-50 years. It is very small though and there is very little in the village itself, other than a Post Office (didn't go in), a small shop (very limited stock, you're better going to Whithorn where there is a well-stocked Costcutter) and a pub - The Harbour Inn (good food, great village atmosphere and allows dogs). It is surprising because also in the village there is a fairly large Caravan Club site (80-100+ pitches) so there are a lot of visitors - you would think the village would have cashed in on the tourists. I would have expected a coffee shop, a gift shop, maybe a tourist information point, possibly a gallery or two. Partly this is what gives it its charm, but in this day and age, it is surprising.

There are great coastal walks from Garlieston. We did one Southbound to Galloway House Gardens and Rigg Bay - which is lovely, but there are others too, both along the coast and inland.

Overall we had a really great stay here and will definitely return.

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