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Lochside Caravan And Camping Site
Carlingwark Loch
Lochside Park
Castle Douglas
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
Tel: 07824 528 467  or  01556 504 682
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Pitches: 150
Open: 01/03/2024 to 31/01/2025

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 37 Reviews
                8/10 from 37 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <1 mile   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire <1 mile   Golf <1 mile   Tennis <1 mile 
 Beach <10 miles   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Lakeside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: March 2024 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Fiona W 219 reviews from this member

 We come to the area several times a year, and first camped at the site over 40 years ago. Contrary to some reviews, this is NOT one of the Council's two Traveller/Gypsy sites. It is, however, very popular for seasonal caravans: none were occupied / set up in early March (the site is closed for maintenance in Feb), so it was quiet. I'd agree the large tarmac area isn't bonny (check the satellite photo), but we have a dog and the helpful warden gave us pitch 64 backing onto the grass pitches, with a view of the loch, and we were perfectly happy. So was the dog (great park for walking, dogs were on a lead or under control).

Toilet block beside reception is newly refurbished, spotless and heated, with key pad entry; free showers. The warden advised us that the farther toilet block is not heated. Drive-over cattle grid for grey waste. Refilling MH water a bit inconvenient. Can't speak for the CDP.

Park has play equipment in good condition with boats etc to hire for Carlingwark Loch (several caravans had boats, Loch Ken is just up the road). Yes, some youngsters came to the park but they didn't vape or muck about, just sat & chatted quietly and didn't come into the caravan site. Dog walkers ditto. Security barrier operates at night. We never felt insecure.

Fee £30 incl EHU.

Castle Douglas aka "the food town" is nearby, as are the gardens at Threave House (NTS) where dogs are allowed in, good cafe. Threave castle is worth visiting (rewilding with Galloway cattle, ospreys etc). There's also a swimming pool, a theatre / cinema in a converted church, two top-notch bike shops, a golf course, and a Tesco which has the only recycling in town. Ideal for holidays, hence the many seasonal caravans. We've been before, we'll come again. 

Date of Visit: April 2023 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Billyhicks23 6 reviews from this member

 Where to start? Friendly Warden at reception. As already stated, most pitches in basically a hard stand, car park. Dirty surface with many pitches covered in moss.

Toilets acceptable, but no more than that. NO Heating in any area of toilets or laundry. When we visited, rubbish openly lying in one area of site.

Castle Douglas is a lovely town, with friendly people. The Kings Arms is dog friendly and serves lovely meals, staff exceptionally pleasant.

Good bus service to surrounding areas and town has a swimming pool and is well served by a variety of shops.

In summary, I think the site is no more than a base camp for the travelling fraternity, many seasonal pitches with decking, lockers and boats. Pitch fee at £30 is extortionate for what it is.

Town only plus in what was a disappointing stay. Would not return. 

Date of Visit: October 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Graham Haddow 20 reviews from this member

 Welcoming reception and everything explained. Good location, handy for the town (pubs, food, chippie all close by) and right next to the loch and park area so good for dogs and children.

All well maintained tarmac hard standing which in some ways is convenient, but not very bonnie - a bit like a large car park.

To be honest, with the amount of rain we had I would have moaned had it been all grass!

Toilet/shower facilities oldish but spacious, very clean and well looked after. 

Date of Visit: August 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Alaine 1 review from this member

 I enjoyed my stay immensely. It is a wonderfully maintained site with very kind and helpful staff. I will definitely come again. Lovely shops and scenery.

My only dissatisfaction was, not everyone complied with keeping their dogs on a lead, which I appreciate no-one can fully control.

One dog cocked its leg at my tent, but I managed to stop it doing anything and also in the early morning, someone had to call their dog near my tent and woke me. 
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Date of Visit: March 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Zorro0 2 reviews from this member

 Site warden very friendly, helpful with plenty of advice on local facilities

Tarmac pitch very level

Park attached, so very good for dog walking

Toilet showers very clean

Handy site for walking up town

Overall we enjoyed our stay 


Date of Visit: March 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Jamesd 3 reviews from this member

 Very warm welcome, very helpful with a slightly late arrival. Facilities are old-school but very clean and spruce.

The layout is concrete and functional. No noise at night.

The Loch is a few yards away, a community-led cinema in a converted church is a 2 minute walk, and the town centre is 5 minutes walk away. And the chippy delivers to the barrier 
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Date of Visit: September 2021 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Jefn 6 reviews from this member

 Such a warm welcome. Lovely site close to all facilities the town had to offer including a fish and chip shop within walking distance, an artisan bakery and a gem of a craft shop.

The site is on the park with a lovely outlook.

Showers and toilet blocks excellent.

Will return! Thank you. 
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Date of Visit: September 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Tonide 1 review from this member

 Got a shock when we arrived to see that the site is literally a council run recreational park.

While barriers are automatic through the day for vehicles, they do require a key card after 7pm but anyone can and do walk their dogs there or use as a cut through.

I was prepared to leave the next day if I didnít feel safe overnight but to be fair it was very peaceful.

It lacks the atmosphere you get on a campsite, a lot of cans obviously park there all year so looks more like a storage facility than a camp site.

It lacked any kind of atmosphere, couldnít really enjoy sitting out of an evening like we do elsewhere.

It is a fantastic base for some great places to visit and walks for the dogs. Walking distance to town and all is amenities.

Showers are just about adequate, dates and low water pressure but you can get a wash. BUT We paid £24/night which isnít a cheap site so unfortunately we wonít be returning. 
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Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Imclel 1 review from this member

 Had a great time facilities are near and easily accessible,

Felt reassured that the kids could play without us worrying about them.

Would use again in future. 
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Date of Visit: May 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Cwholm 1 review from this member

 Friendly helpful staff good location within easy reach of town.

Good for walking dog round park an lochside.

Park for children within easy reach.

Area good for arts and crafts and food 
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