We stayed at Red Squirrel Campsite in July 2014 for 5 nights. What can we say, beautifully maintained and a warm welcome from both Gary & Ellen (on site help and lovely people) and Hamish & Margaret (site owners & fantastic hosts). Can't fault the facilities, as mentioned the barn area is fantastic and has Everything you need (table, chairs, sofa, socket to charge phone etc, large chest freezer, fridge, toaster, microwave, 2 ring electric hob, kettle, sink with hot water, washing machine is £2, indoor clothes horse for drying & outside a rotary washing line), immaculate shower (hooks & bench to sit on) & toilet and although there is only one of each this site is small (adult only) and therefore really wasn't an issue.
Lots of lovely walks in the surrounding area (beware of the frisky cows!) and it's about a 20 min drive to Ae Forest if you're the cycling type (Ae café is closed on Mondays btw), my partner also cycled Maibe & Dalbeatie. There is also Drumlanrig Castle which is about 7 miles away which also has mtb routes.
We pitched near the rotary washing line at the front of the site which I think is mainly for campers/motor homes but is an ideal spot to watch the Red squirrels and their antics in the mornings. Note that the ground is quite rocky below and it took a while to get the pegs inserted (apparently it's all about angles), but we got there in the end.
Hamish is a keen Beekeeper of over 30 years and whilst my partner was out on one of his rides I tagged along with him to help with his bees. I spent a brilliant afternoon suited up in all the gear collecting honey and trying to spot the Queen in 'The Naughty Hive', before heading back to site to watch how the honey was removed. The honey is wonderful and we bought a couple of jars to bring home.
Dumfries is a few miles away where there is a large Tesco and other large stores. There is a fish van which calls at the campsite on a Wednesday and he also sells eggs and samphire, he'll toot his horn when he's there. There's also a small shop, cafe and Post Office a couple of miles down the road where you can purchase the usual groceries. I tried to withdraw money from my Post Office account, but apparently the Post Office had none!. Go figure that out!
Anyway, we had a great time at this campsite and at £12 per night for 2 people and our dog in a Voyager 6 tent, shower and use of barn facilities, except washing machine included in the price, we thought it good value and will definitely be returning on our next visit to Scotland.
We stayed here end of June, beginning of July. Great site, we had a fantastic welcome and it was so friendly, we are still new to caravanning but the help on offer was superb. The site is immaculate and clean, all the time, it is stunningly beautiful and quiet, you may hear the odd tractor going by but that is it.
They only have 1 loo and 1 shower, but both are outstanding, these people really do care, and work very hard at keeping it immaculate. There is somewhere to hang your clothes. They also have an amazing barn that has a big table and chairs, washing machine, tumble dryer, oven and hob, sink etc, they have really thought of everything to make your stay as easy as possible, plus the wildlife is on your doorstep, we were amazed! The night sky is to die for! We even had quite a few relatives come visit us and they took it all in there stride, I really have no negatives to tell you because there are none, we will definitely go back and stay. Adult only site.
Fantastic little site ideal for some peace and quiet but not too far from Dumfries and other areas for sight sightseeing. We were just there for a a weekend break and wanted to relax. Facilities well maintained, hot shower included in the price. The owners were really cheery and provided us with maps of lovely walks from the site.
(We managed to get a TV reception and 3g on the Three network)
Excellent little site in a beautiful location. Owners were away on a celebration trip but a caravan resident Tom welcomed us and showed us around. Previous reviews which we read before we booked really say it all. We were only staying for one night but we would like to come back and stay longer.
The narrow roads leading to the site were very quiet in both directions and present no difficulties.
Lovely site in a small settlement with very friendly owner. Very quiet with simple, clean facilities. Maps of local walks are available to borrow. Red squirrels will keep you entertained for hours!
Toilet / shower is small, but clean and adequate for the size of site. Full kitchen facilities are available in the barn along with table and chairs (a god-send when I was motorbike touring with a small tent a few years ago!).
We picked this site after reading the good reviews on here, for our first overnight in our new (to us) little Romahome, we wanted to check the hookup etc whilst not being too far from home.
We arrived late afternoon without booking (I would book if going again, as the gentleman managing the site told you it sometimes got quite busy at weekends) On this occasion there was only one other campervan on site.
The site consists of a small field with EHU points around the perimeter, and we were told to camp wherever we fancied and were given a short tour of the facilities. We picked a nice spot next to a red squirrel feeding box. The fees were £12 for the camper and £3. 50 for the EHU.
The site has one toilet, and one shower, both clean and well maintained. Also a large barn with cooking, washing-up facilities, a washing machine, and some seating.
The site is in a lovely spot, well-sheltered and just next to a quiet country lane, along which cars went past infrequently.
It was a very clear night and the sky was just spectacular, we saw plenty of shooting stars and sat out watching the universe go by in a lovely peaceful location. During the day, we also saw some of the local red squirrels feeding at the boxes on site. Lovely!
We would definitely return to this site, it was in a lovely location, the site 'manager' was welcoming and helpful (offered to look for some WD40 when we were struggling with the legs on the van!), and it was just so peaceful, felt like we'd had a week away after just one night in this idyllic setting.
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