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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 16 Reviews
              10/10 from 16 Reviews


Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes Caravan Storage Storage 

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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:  16 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sroot 1 review from this member

If you like a campsite with a nice shower/toilet block - this is superb

If you like a campsite with lots of space between pitches - this is superb

If you like a campsite where you can have a camp fire - this is superb

If you like a campsite near a local pub - this is **NOT** the site you're looking for :-)

This is a small campsite (by number of pitches, actually very large but they keep a lot of space between them all), very informal (no reception area) but very well set out and welcoming. There were a couple of horses grazing around the field, some chickens too.

PS - When I say the shower/toilet block is superb, you need to see it to believe it. The showers were set to a decently hot temperature and had plenty of water pressure. The shower here was better than the hotel I was in later in the week.

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: NeillLeeds 1 review from this member

We Spent a Fantastic weekend here in the Bothy with Friends. The owners were both welcoming and helpful upon our arrival. It felt like we were family as soon as we drove in. The bothy was amazing and slept 6 of us very easily. The beds were as comfy as at home. Loved the way it was decorated and accessorised throughout. It felt like home in a way. We were left to our own devices but someone was on hand the minute we required any help. We had a lovely BBQ area where we stayed up chatting and drinking around the fire until the early hours. It is a lovely peaceful site with some lovely animals wandering around. The bathroom facilities were the best we had seen at any other Campsite. The scenes of the clear night sky were fascinating with full views of the Milky way. We have booked again for 2014 and this time we are bringing more people. The Camp site is a lovely area both in and around with amazing views and some lovely coastal towns are only a short drive away.

Thank you for a great time see you again in July

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Happybunny 6 reviews from this member

Just spent a week here in our folding camper (with EHU). 2 adults and two primary age children.

We've all had a good time. Nice atmosphere on the site, and the fact that it is never allowed to become overcrowded really does make a difference. This is a genuine situation, as we know that people were turned away at a site density well under half what many sites would allow.

We loved the candlelit toilet block with its many quirky touches as well as excellent showers. The trampoline was an unexpected bonus, and very much enjoyed by the children, as was watching the chickens, and collecting and eating their eggs.

We had use of a fire pit and had several evening fires using waste wood we gathered from a clear-felled area - the owner advised us where to go for free wood, even though he had logs for sale.

The peace on this site does come partially from it being a fair way from anywhere, with the nearest shop being in Newton Stewart, about 20 minutes away, but there are decent shops there. (Butchers etc, plus Sainsburys and Aldi. ) Half an hour to Glen Trool or Kirroughtree, maybe 40 minutes to Stranraer, 1h20m or so to Ayr.

Very pleasant half day walk from the site up the fell which dominates the skyline, then looping back round to the site through the forest.

Overall, a site with a great feel and helpful owner. Well worth a visit.

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Cinderhills 2 reviews from this member

Balloch O Dee seems off the beaten track: the approach road creates the feeling you're miles from anywhere but there are plenty of small towns nearby for stocking up on food and fuel. The site is also really well placed for visiting a range of local attractions. It is a truly stunning setting, with views to the hills and a real feeling of tranquillity. Although there were a number of families with small children on the EHU field (and what a fantastic place for kids: ponies, chickens, space, friendly dogs), we felt completely undisturbed by anything other than birdsong. Fire pits were really appreciated (and widely used), as were the warm showers and the heated ablutions block. Some really nice touches gave a real feeling that the owners care about the quality of your stay.

Site facilities gets a 9/10, as there are only two toilets and two showers. An inevitable demand at peak times! But a really great site to which we will look forward to returning.

Date of Visit: October 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Babywhale 17 reviews from this member

Booked in for a 1 night stay at the beginning of October. As I'm a stargazer with a telescope I as looking for a dark skies and back to nature experience. I found it here.

The site is near to the Galloway Forest and the town of Newton Stewart is 15 mins away where there are shops, takeaways and a small Co-op. The setting is rural idyllic. Chickens roam, horses and ponies canter around the surrounding fields. Terrain is ruggedly beautiful. Peat fires burn in the distance. Surrounding fells cast eerie shadows at dusk and dawn.

Welcome from them was warm. The site wasn't busy of course so there was plenty of space to pitch. The pitching area for EHU tenting was flat and spacious. A fire pit was available, and drinking water nearby available near the pitches. Views amazing from the pitching area.

An extension to the main house forms the area for showers, toilets and dishwashing. There are a couple of showers and toilets. Could easily see this getting a but overcrowded at busy times, and it is better to have dishwashing separate from the toilet area. However the room is kept clean and is sweetly decorated with ornaments, scented candles etc. It's a nice touch and takes away the feeling of 'roughing it'.

There's loads to do if you have children with an imagination. Plenty of room for them to play, and animals and nature abounds. The site is also very dog friendly. Everyone is made to feel welcome.

We will return here, although it is three hours away, even for overnight stargazing. That's how good the site is!

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Ross25 1 review from this member

I visited this site in early September, just for an overnight stop. What a perfect place for a stay. Quiet, peaceful and in a beautiful location. My Boys loved the animals, especially the horses.

The candle lit toilet/shower block is, I think, Unique.

The site is quite large, but the owners try to ensure it is not busy.

The owners were welcoming and friendly.

All in all a brilliant campsite. I recommend Balloch O Dee to anyone wanting to stay in This area.

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