This seemed the ideal place for us in terms of peace and quiet, and lovely scenery. Having read the previous reviews, we weren't looking forward to using the facilities, but what a surprise! The site is under new ownership, and the shower blocks have been completely refurbished. Warm, modern, spotlessly clean with plenty of hot water, a joy to use. The new owners were in the process of upgrading the washing up areas for campers, and were installing a new motorhome service point.
This is a wonderful peaceful place, ideal for relaxing and exploring the beautiful surroundings.
When we arrived, we received a warm welcome from the warden. The touring area is at the front of the site adjacent to the road but we were not disturbed much by road noise. All the touring pitches are made of stone chippings and are clearly marked, though we thought it could be improved by putting some hedges or shrubs between the pitches to give a little more privacy.
The big let-down is the toilet/shower facilities - during our two day stay, the facilities were not cleaned at all, apart from the washbasins as there is a notice on the wall requesting that if you use a basin, you clean it afterwards! There are two showers in the ladies and they are the dirtiest we have ever come across. They had those awful rubber mats in the bottom and when they were lifted, the dirt and hairs that were lurking underneath were appalling. Two of the toilet cubicles were locked up, so there were only two available. Also, there are two heaters in both the ladies and mens blocks but neither of these were switched on and it was a bit chilly when we were there.
This is a nice site in a lovely location, close to the Glentrool visitor centre, but the toilet/shower blocks need updating - or at least cleaning on a daily basis.
Great location for sightseeing, walking & cycling.
Pleasant area for tents over looking a small pond with ducks. Caravan area was all hard-standing. Electric-hook up was available for tent users.
Reception/shop open 9am until 11am and 4pm until 6pm.
What let this site down was the toilet and shower block. Not very clean & could do with updating. In the ladies only 2 of the 4 toilets were in use and the lock on the disabled toilet was broken. There was no attempt to clean them in the 3 nights we were there.
Just back from Glentrool and thought it was due some detailed info.
Booked in advance with Chris and Mick who run the site with no hassle at all, very friendly folk.
Site was easy to find, being just north of Newton Stewart off the A714.
As advertised this site is set in woodland and does feel quite remote. But there is a small pub House o' the Hill about 200m down the road and the aforementioned Newton Stewart at 9 miles away if you feel the need to.
There you can get all you need in Sainsburys, Aldi and a host of pleasant shops, tearooms and a petrol station.
The holiday park itself is well laid out and I feel the camping area is the best looking, with a small pond with ducks and birds making it their home.
The no EHU camping area is slightly uneven but with plenty of level places to pitch.
When we arrived a very flat spot had been reserved so if you are picky about your pitch then maybe ring ahead.
A bit of privacy is possible as the area is well stocked with trees and bushes.
The EHU camping area is only slightly sloping and a tad further from the pond.
The ground was a bit rocky so bring stout pegs.
Access to the camping area is through the touring caravan area which is gravelled and lightly sloped. This is also where the water point, fire point and bins are. Glentrool recycles so top marks there.
The Reception also houses a shop with basic provisions you may need and loads of leaflets, menus plus a book exchange. Chris and Mick are a mine of local info as well if you happen to be stuck for ideas.
The shower block is of a good standard and is kept reasonably clean. Three loos and two showers in both the gents and ladies with plenty of sinks in both. All hot water at Glentrool is free.
The potwash is outback of the shower block and is undercover. One sink for potwash and one for clothes.
The drying lines for your washing are next to the potwash. Chris does politely ask that all washing is dried in that area and not on clothes lines between trees etc.
There is a phonebox on site as reception of any kind is hard to come by in Glentrool, big bonus we say.
We saw a small play park for the kids but could not recommend the site as super child friendly.
Just down the road 3 miles away is the Glentrool visitor centre with varied walking and cycling trails. All set above the magnificent Loch Trool which is picturesque and well worth your time getting around.
Further afield is Stranraer at about 35 miles and Girvan at about 34, both pleasant coastal towns for a day trip.
To sum up this site will not suit the weekend lager brigade, it's too far and too quiet. So if it's peace and quiet with outdoor pursuits then this site is for you. The scenery is enchanting.
But, and it is well worth a mention. Midges. Be prepared for midges.
Avon skin so soft and a can of Raid should be at the top of your packing list if you go to Glentrool in season.
If you have a tent with big doors and fly screens, you may well escape them. We could only sit out one night out of five.
We didn't mind sitting in and reading but think on if it's in season when you plan to go.
We would definitely go back to Glentrool, it's a great site in a beautiful part of the world.
Arrived at the site and was greeted by staff who explained the site and told me I had more or less the whole camping area to myself and could set up anywhere.
Facilities were clean and tidy with good hot water but took a long time to arrive, there is only one shower available in the mens area and the shower head is not what you may call spreading the shower of water directly on as more kind of your direction.
The site grounds were clean and tidy with plenty of clean water and refuse facility, when putting my tent up I found the ground to have stones and putting pegs in sufficiently was a task but well worth it.
The camping area is sheltered and very secluded, the pub down the road the house on the hill is very good with lovely cheery staff and very good beer.
All in all a pleasant stay other campers I met there all commented on the peace and tranquillity and how the pond with the ducks who come out to help you with your food are really charming and I had to agree, if you are biking or walking you will a visit.
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