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.
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.
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.
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.
I have just returned from a thoroughly enjoyable 4 night stay at Balloch O Dee, with my family (husband and 2 kids, aged 6 & 8).
We have a small campervan, awning and used the EHU. Upon arrival we were welcomed, the site was well maintained, and we found the pitches extremely spacious. The owners strive to maintain a quiet location, not overcrowded in any way.
The facilities were very pretty - the toilets/ shower/ wash up facility was lit by candle light by night, and constantly clean, with beautiful soaps, and shower gels; in lovely showers.
We stayed when the campsite was at full capacity. The owner had already turned away many interested campers. Unlike the review below, we didn't find the facilities were crowded. It all worked well.
For the first time, we really felt like we were 'camping' and not staying at a caravan park. People here were camping, in the depths of Scottish countryside. It felt like we had escaped.
Our kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There was no 'playground' with swings. There was a small cart, trampoline, and a large space in which to roam safely. It worked really well. Our kids did what kids should do - use their imagination with what they had. My son picked eggs each morning, and they were delicious.
Finally, the views were spectacular - both the surrounding hills, and skies at night.
The owners were developing a small room 'Bothy' which would accommodate 7 people, with wood burning stove. It looked beautiful and very comfortable. I would recommend this for any camper wishing to extend their camping season in this beautiful part of Scotland. I believe this is very close to '7 Staines' - a popular cycling point.
I would absolutely recommend this campsite.
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