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Visitor Reviews - Balloch O Dee Campsite And Trekking Centre

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Balloch O Dee Campsite And Trekking Centre
Kirkcowan
Newton Stewart
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
DG8 0ET   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 07967666908

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Pitches: 5 caravans 30 tents
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 10/10 from 23 Reviews
              10/10 from 23 Reviews


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This is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, which accept five caravans or motorhomes and usually tents, space permitting.

Reviews:  23 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: TearDrop Camper 1 review from this member

How refreshing, instead of the usual 'camp here, don't do this, don't do that, . ' I received a simple 'Welcome to Balloch o Dee, find a spot you like and get yourself settled in' as I pulled into the yard.

A real farm atmosphere with chickens, turkeys, ducks, dogs and horses all wandering around along with a few free range campers.

Toilets/Showers are always clean even though they can be quite busy at times, showers were hot at any time of day and there isn't the dreaded 'closed from 11-12 for cleaning'.

The views are outstanding, I challenge anyone to get bored of waking up to the view of the fells and the distant mountains. Sunrises and Moonrises over the fells have to be seen.

The owners are friendly and helpful, they give you all the privacy you need but are never far away should you need some help or information. They have perfected the fine art of not having a load of rules, but still ensuring everyone's needs are respected - no rules, just a few 'guidelines for harmonious living.

Not sure about the surrounding area - I managed to spend all my time on site apart from an odd trip to the shops. Nearest shop is about 4 miles away in Kircowan, nearest supermarket is 8 miles. You wouldn't want your peace and quiet shattered by nearby shops anyway.

This site has just become my de-stressing hideaway. Kids running around having a great time, I can let my dog roam free (now that he's chilled out about poultry) so long as I clean up any deposits he leaves, and a quiet beer around the campfire in the evening. PERFECT!

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Alan-2001 1 review from this member

First things first: This site might not be for you. If you prefer the regimentation of a CCC site, where the warden literally paces out the 6 metres between units, everyone lines up in perfect rows, and you are constantly inundated with signs telling you what you're NOT allowed to do, then you might not like it at Balloch O'Dee.

For the rest of us, however, I think this is as close to a perfect camping experience as you can get.

After our warm welcome, we pitched exactly where we felt like, with a fantastic view, nowhere near anyone else, with a nice firepit & barbecue right in front of the tent. It was extremely gratifying to be treated like responsible adults, trusted not to burn down the entire camp site.

Firewood is available to purchase on site, at a reasonable £5 per bag. Apparently you can forage for wood in the adjacent forest too.

As mentioned in many other reviews, the toilet block facilities are exceptionally fitted out and spotlessly clean. There is a book exchange in there too. Head torches are a must for any nocturnal visits because there is no electric lighting - the block is lit by candles at night, which really adds to the cosy atmosphere. Water was hot & plentiful when I used the shower, but as there are only 2 toilet cubicles & 2 showers, there can sometimes be a queue at peak times in the morning.

If you're camping, I would strongly advise taking a full contingent of rock pegs with you (as I always do). Perhaps we were unlucky, but the ground under our pitch was extremely rocky.

Ponies, dogs, ducks, turkeys and countless chickens roam free on the site, and if you're lucky you can help yourself to free range eggs in the morning. There are also fenced-in areas and hutches full of cute rabbits for the kids (and grown-up kids) to play with.

If you're thinking of staying at this site, make sure you read the 'Camp Ethos' section on their website before you go.

All in all, we had a perfect weekend and are looking forward to returning, whether it's in our tent or in one of the bothies. Massively recommended.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sonjabuk 3 reviews from this member

A lovely homely and friendly site. Very child friendly, in fact very people friendly.

Rules? What rules? Basically you can pitch where you want on the the two fields. One field has EHU and the other does not.

Horse and birds roam free, you may find they come inside your unit for a visit!

The overall site cleanliness is excellent, toilet block is cleaned daily. It is lit at night by candles and fairy lights - very cosy.

Highly recommend if you want a chilled out, relaxed time away from it all. Not for you if you want pubs, on site entertainment - you make your own. The stars at night are amazing on a clear night, bring either binoculars or telescope.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Laws69 2 reviews from this member

When you arrive at Balloch O Dee you are greeted with a hand painted sign which reads 'Pull in pitch up and chill out'

This sums up the site, on arrival you are not bombarded with a list of rules and you can pitch up where you wish. There is plenty of space and the owners don't over fill the site.

There are numerous fire pits and BBQ's both stone and portable which we took full advantage of.

The site is a lovely location with open views of the hills, fell side and woodland. Pony's and chickens freely roam round the site and the owners offer free pony rides for kids. There are also petting pens with rabbits.

The facilities are great, the toilet block is candle lit at night and there are many nice touches which show the owners really care.

It would be an advantage to be self sufficient as the nearest shop was twenty minutes away as Newton Stewart, here you find an Aldi and Sainsbury amongst others.

We stayed four nights with a 6 and 10 year old boys who loved the site, there is no playground but plenty of space to roam and use their imaginations, though they did enjoy the trampoline.

The surrounding coastal is stunning and Finlay's ice cream farm at Gatehouse of Fleet is worth a trip and the adventure playground was a real treat for the kids.

In summary Balloch O Dee is what camping is all about, stunning scenery, peace and quiet, freedom and good company. Nobody abused the lack of rules and the owners ethos is spot on. This was the best camping trip we have had, even the weather was fantastic. Can't wait to return.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Cossy69 2 reviews from this member

We couldn't fault this site at all. It is one of the most peaceful sites we have stayed at. Very laid back friendly owners. Loved waking up to Shetland pony and 2 foals asleep at our awning door. We would recommend this to anyone and we will definitely return. We didn't use facilities as we were in caravan but they were spotless.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Tigertalis 1 review from this member

Absolutely fantastic site.

As other reviews have mentioned, there isn't a reception - which all adds to the very chilled, laid back, friendly atmosphere of the site.

Between the free pony rides, rabbits and puppies to play with, not to mention the trampoline - kids will absolutely love this campsite.

Adults will love the peace and quiet, and you can't beat sitting round the campfire at night.

The facilities were ideal too, everything you need.

It is a 20 min drive to the nearest shop - so bring supplies with you. But that all adds to the peace, quiet, and stunning scenery.

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