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Visitor Reviews - Red Squirrel Campsite ( Formerly Glenmidge Smithy )

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Red Squirrel Campsite ( Formerly Glenmidge Smithy )
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
DG2 0SW   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01387 740328  or  07766 986464

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Pitches: 10
Open: March To Nov

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 62 Reviews
              9/10 from 62 Reviews

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Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Lucysmum 26 reviews from this member

I feel awfully mean saying anything negative about this site as both Hamish and Gary were probably the nicest owners/wardens we have ever come across! Nothing was too much trouble.

But as someone else said there was only one toilet and the shower did have a mind of its own temperature wise. But Gary did show me how to set it once I'd spoken to him about it. Everything was spotless and the washing area was ina big agricultural shed that was very well equipped for campers.

I'm afraid our view wasn't v impressive, the road on one side a big green shed on the other. I couldn't believe how much traffic there was from 5. 30am on a Saturday on this tiny little lane! There were grass pitches in another small area which looked lovely, but with a big motorhome we were directed onto firmer ground.

We thought the area was beautiful, and would definitely come back to explore some more. But whether we would come back to this site, in truth I'm not sure.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Nellyford 2 reviews from this member

Extremely friendly warden and deputy wardens. I even got a wee present.

Good level pitch with EHU.

Beautiful surroundings with easy access to numerous places of interest though narrow roads. The locals reversed all the way back up a lane to let me go forward in my van.

Unfortunately there is only one toilet and one wash basin.

There is only one very poor shower with the temperature having a mind of its own.

The communal wash up and social room is a good extra.

Much too few basic facilities for a site of this size.

Saw a red squirrel though.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: The highbury 12 reviews from this member

We would like to say on our stay at this little site it was very outstanding.

The owners Margaret & Hamish were so lovely and not forgetting Helen & Gary who helps around the site. They made us feel very welcome. The site was very clean, the shower and toilets were spotless. The views were outstanding.

The site had everything you needed - washing machine/ freezer/tumble dryer. The friendliness was so warming. People that book this site will not be disappointed. There are nice walks for people that like walking.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Bobcat234 1 review from this member

Just returned from 5 nights at Red Squirrel and would fully endorse all of the previous reviews. We can not speak highly enough of the warm welcome and friendly atmosphere at this absolute gem of a site. We were so pleased to have found this site and will be back to enable wider exploration of this area. The facilities are as described with well thought out personal touches by the owners, Hamish and Margaret, a most engaging and down to earth 'canny folk' you would ever have the pleasure to meet and would make an ideal base for both caravaners and campers, particularly with the use of the alongside barn with 'facilities' and the whole ambiance of this small hamlet as nestling in a part wooded glen ( and not a single midge!).

We spent most of our time road cycling of which this part of D&G is just about as perfect as you can get with well surfaced and traffic free roads, plenty of straight downhills and scenic views. Can recommend glen whisk cafe and also piccolo Italia in nearby moniaive together wth an artisan chocolatier and also Thomas Tosh (cafe) in Thorn hill.

Also cannot recommend highly enough the local supply of honey as facilitated by Hamish ( and his bees).

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mick-rachel 10 reviews from this member

What a drive to this site - spectacular scenery the whole way. On arrival we were greeted by Hamish (owner - and what a character) and Gary (Warden)

There is so much thought gone into the facilities on this site - toilets, showers, washing up area, washing machine, drying area etc.

When we arrived our motorhome looked like it had been through a mud bath and Hamish allowed us to hose it down and even provided the equipment to do so.

If you are into nature then there is an abundance of wildlife including the red squirrels - yes red squirrels, which visit daily for their food.

This has to be one of the friendliest sites we have visited and our thanks to Hamish and Margaret and Gary and Helen for making us so welcome and sharing your wealth of knowledge with us.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Jarvis9 9 reviews from this member

We loved this camp site. It's one of the friendliest we have stayed at and certainly one of the best equipped and cleanest. It's small but nicely laid out with pleasant views down the valley and a great dog walk up a small hill just around the corner. We came for 4 nights and ended up staying for around 10 nights.

The owners, Hamish and Margaret, couldn't have been more welcoming and their part-time helpers, Helen and Gary, went out of their way to be helpful and friendly. We came back one day to find our washing had kindly been taken in from the line and put on an airer due to a shower.

For tenters this must be a dream site as there's everything you could need in the large hangar next to the loo/shower facilities. There's indoor space to sit and eat and read and a microwave, kettle, fridge/freezer and all sorts. The washing machine is 2 as previously mentioned which is very helpful for people like us on a big tour when laundrettes can be difficult to find.

The loo and shower were spotless - the cleanest we have ever encountered.

We weren't taking electric as we have solar panels so the price of 12 was incredibly good value.

A drive up to Wanlockhead is a must, Durisdeer is lovely and we liked Kippford very much. Drives through the Galloway Forest Park are impressive.

This was the first place we stayed on our long tour through Scotland and I imagine it will be very difficult to beat. Thank you to everyone at Red Squirrel. (We didn't see a Red Squirrel this time, maybe next time).

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