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Visitor Reviews - Balloch O Dee Campsite And Trekking Centre

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Balloch O Dee Campsite And Trekking Centre
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 20 Reviews
              10/10 from 20 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.

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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.

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 7 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.

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