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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)
Tel: 01387 740328  or  07766 986464
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Pitches: 10
Open: March To Nov

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 66 Reviews
                9/10 from 66 Reviews

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 Tent Pitches   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   No Glamping Units 
 Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 5 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding 5 miles   Cycle Hire 5 miles   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach 5 miles   Watersports 10 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 10 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

This is a club member only site - you may be able to join on site - please check direct with the site

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Date of Visit: May 2019 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Denisea 11 reviews from this member

What a fantastic little site! The facilities are immaculate. Great walks from the site.

We enjoyed the walk to the ruined tower and farmhouse. The owners are a lovely couple.

Hamish's honey is delicious - a must buy. Thank you both very much indeed. We certainly hope to return again.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Alec Norris 1 review from this member

Well what a little gem of a site this is only stopped 1 night. Its clean and tidy only a few pitches so no real problem queuing as there is only one toilet and shower. Nice location plenty of walks and wildlife even red squirrels which comes down to feed a couple of times a day. Warden very helpful and informative. Hope to go back there soon ( 16 for two adults dog and hook-up )

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Kiyasmum 19 reviews from this member

We stayed here for a week. It is a lovely wee site. The wardens and owner were very friendly and helpful. Only one toilet and shower which have been described as basic. As they are tiled on the floor and have a shower board all round I would not call them basic. Plenty of hot water and the shower worked well. Both are very clean. Site is down a couple of narrow roads but no problem towing. Nice views all round and there are red squirrels on site. Also some nice birds with buzzards over head. We had never visited this part of Scotland before and loved it. A short walk is needed on the quiet country road to walk dogs.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Topaz1 1 review from this member

This site is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The setting is superb with lovely views of the surrounding hillsides and along the glen. The roads are very quiet both around the site and in this area generally. You can cycle for miles and only meet a handful of cars. There are also lovely walks from the door and many places of interest if you want to explore the area. On clear nights, the stars are truly breathtaking. There's no light pollution here. The red squirrels didn't visit the feeding box next to our pitch during our stay this time but the jays did. They've learned how to lift the lid and feast on the nuts which kept us amused.

For a small site, the facilities are superb. The shower and toilet are always lovely and clean and the water is very soft so don't overdo it on the shampoo!

The owner and warden gave us a warm welcome on arrival and they are always available for help or advice. The owner keeps bees and has honey for sale.

This is the third year in a row that we've been here and we'll definitely be back again. Sometimes, when you find a little gem, you don't want to share, just in case there's no space next time you want to visit. However, credit where credit is due.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Lucysmum 38 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 23 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 15 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 10 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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