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Brighouse Bay Holiday Park
Borgue Peninsula
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
Tel: 01557 870 267
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Pitches: 200
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 130 Reviews
                8/10 from 130 Reviews

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

Reviews:  130 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Campingtoon 2 reviews from this member

Very well maintained site with friendly staff




Child friendly

Great beach nearby

Decent club house


Scottish weather (can't be helped)

Some of the toilet blocks are starting to look a little old and grimy.

Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Red Robbo 5 reviews from this member

We have stayed at this site for many years camping, touring caravan and lately with a motorhome and we will not be back.

This site in our opinion has gone down hill over the years and is looking very tired and dated. I note that the first toilet block did say it was going to be updated over the winter and not before time. Shower cubicles in the ensuite rooms were disgusting, with even more disgusting shower mats that I presume were originally white. Surely a wetroom type of ensuite is more hygenic with less crevices to be black and mouldy!This shower block was also closed for cleaning at 8:30 in the morning!

The maintenance of the site leaves a lot to be desired. There were a couple of lads mowing and strimming the grass whilst we were there and no effort was made to pick it up - hence the grass was everywhere. Everything seemed to be done in a half-hearted manner, even the reception staff were not very friendly.

The seasonal pitches looked very untidy with awnings that were green with mould, collapsed and grass growing around them.

The only good thing about this site is the bay which is excellent for families and the walks in the area.

Perhaps Gillespies are a victim of their success and don't need to do anything as they continue to get the customers. However we have always recommended this site to others but will not do so again and we will certainly not go back.

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Sitesnooper 1 review from this member

Just returned from a 4 night stay and absolutely loved it, always a bit concerned with reviews and found the site much better than some reviews would have us believe. Location was great with access to a sandy cove, good walks in every direction, golf course, fishing what more do you need. Reception staff were most helpful and friendly, will most definitely be back very soon.

Date of Visit: April 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mcgeachyscott4 1 review from this member

Very impressed with campsite excellent facilities showers n toilet block kept really clean staff very friendly and helpful loads to do on site dogs loved it shop was impressive wasn't much they didn't have good prices great value for money definitely be going again x will stay longer next time was great base for touring dumfries n Galloway

Date of Visit: March 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Fiona W 180 reviews from this member

Have been before, years ago. Stayed just one night to check the MH was ok. Very few people at this time, which would explain why the facilities were shut (pub, pool etc). Paid £1. 50 for the dog, but don't know why - no poo bins are provided which is surprising.

They're doing a lot of major upgrading work in the lower part of the site (where we were put) so it's noisy & untidy; it might take several weeks to complete the work. Pleased to see that a lot of the big dense dark hedging conifers have been recently cut, so the site is much less shaded, more open & sunny.

The adjacent woodland is excellent for off-lead walks, but access to the beach (sandy and huge boulders) is not clear from this path.

Several motorhomes were parked up overnight in the car park at the back of the beautiful beach with direct access, where there are loos.

Zero Vodafone coverage. Great if you want to detox. Not great if you need to check on the person who's walking the dog and is away longer than expected.

Be aware - the road from Kirkcudbright is not a fast one, it's bendy. And the last stretch of road to the site is C-road and involves the use of passing places if someone is coming from the opposite direction. Locals know & are very courteous.

Date of Visit: November 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Timvan 5 reviews from this member

Disappointing. Camp Site advertises on website as open all year with cafe, bistro, bar, swimming pool etc. Which is just what we wanted. Upon arrival at 2. 00pm On Sunday we were advised that all the facilities close at 3. 00pm on Sunday until Thursday. I pointed out this is not what it said on the website and was advised that they have no control over the website. So we stayed one night instead of 3. The site was clean tidy and well looked after. There are not many sites open at this time of year so it was a disappointment.

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Scotts dad 9 reviews from this member

This site is quite large, reception and shop at one end and the clubhouse and bar at the other end.

Plenty of space for tents of all sizes scattered across various areas of the park, pitches are really well laid out as well.

No lighting on the site which means you need a torch for visits to the toilets. Plus side of no lights means you get a brilliant dark sky at night.

Only downside was the 10. 30pm curfew needed to be adhered to a lot more.

Noisy neighbours can be ignored for a while but when the foul language starts its not much fun. Thank you to the North East of England crowd for their expletive ridden conversations at night, you really do your neck of the woods proud.

Apart from this it really is a great site if you want to get away from it all and enjoy the surrounding area.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Wetwellies 7 reviews from this member

We would certainly visit here again.

Good points: friendly, helpful staff. Let me charge my phone in reception in return for a donation to charity. Sheltered hedges dividing and sheltering tent pitches in the one area of two we stayed in. Playarea very good. Showers and toilet blocks look a bit tired but the shower was gloriously hot and strong flow, no coins needed. Loved the cubicles of shower, loo and sink but bet there is a long wait when it's busy. Lots of wildlife on site. Good exploring paths about the place. Beach literally next door to the site and it has a clean loo! Great Rock pools for the children and water is shallow in sea for a good way out. Great pony trek on the beach, horse responsive and well mannered. Would recommend chocolate factory nearby for children. Play area and chocolate making workshop fantastic value for money. Mossyard Beach down the a road is secluded and beautiful, it was like being abroad when the sun shone! Loo there also and two pound car park charge.

Less good:

Toilets a good way from tent pitches, if we went again we would pay for an electric pitch just to be nearer. Would be good if they could build a toilet hut like they have next to the beach.

Site is huge and recommended bikes or scooters to get about. It's quite a long way from a settlement for food, Kirkcudbright has a chippy that's tasty and a co op to stock up on food. Didn't use leisure centre or site restaurant so cannot comment on that.

Overall, I would recommend this site during term time when we went as being peaceful and ideally located if your children are of an age to be happy digging on the beach for hours.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Johnierotten 3 reviews from this member

Firstly the positives this is a massive site (which doesn't feel that cramped even at full capacity until you want to use the facilities that is) it is nicely laid out with ponds, crazy golf, club house and adventure playground) in a beautiful rugged area of Scotland. Lots to do for the kids Lagan Leisure, Cream of Galloway, Cocoa Bean factory are all close by free family activities include the coastal walk around the site which has some stunning views, plenty of little villages to explore nearby including a potter around Kirkcudbright, Kippford, Gatehouse (which has a yummy cafe Galloway lodge) and plenty of beaches Mossyard, Brighouse Bay beach, Borgue, Rockcliffe, Kippford etc etc etc.

The site is massive and in my opinion it is better suited to families with older children as there is a decent sized play area which can get quite rowdy with some older rougher kids dominating it. Quite a few large parties here. Many kids are left to their own devices for quite some time here (whilst some parents were the worse for wear).

The club house is fine for a drink and the food is edible but nothing special (a smaller play area here more geared for the littler ones).

Because the site is so big if your camping at busy times you can find yourself with quite a long walk to get the facilities which isn't too good if you have a long walk for a wee and then have to queue. The shower/ toilet/ sink facilities at one block have both been changed to Unisex (and both have urinals in), the cubicles are mixed up some just have a sink in, some just have a shower and some just have a toilet in, some men left the toilet cubicles without washing their hands and some were having a wee in the cubicles in full view with the doors open. So this didn't really work. Long queues formed for the facilities at peak times. The shower/ sink/ toilets were very shabby and badly needs an overhaul together with regularly cleaning quite often two or three toilets had no toilet roll toilet paper on the floors and empty shampoo bottles accumulating. We were there three days and never saw a cleaner once during our stay.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hellish38 2 reviews from this member

This is a beautiful site, the staff are lovely and friendly. The shower blocks/toilets were immaculate. The site is huge and there's plenty to do. The swimming pool, sauna and steam room are fantastic! The food in the cafe is lovely and very reasonably priced. There's a lovely play area for the children. My daughter was particularly taken by the horse riding, which I can't recommend highly enough, the lady taking the lessons was lovely. All in all I can't speak highly enough of this site and can't wait to come back!

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