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Auchenlarie Holiday Park
Gatehouse Of Fleet
Gatehouse Of Fleet
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
Tel: 01556 506 200
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Open: 01/03/2024 to 30/11/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 41 Reviews
                8/10 from 41 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   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   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   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: August 2023 Unit:  Static
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Extended family
Reviewer: Aldo1877 22 reviews from this member

 We stayed in 2 static caravans to celebrate my wife’s 60th.

The vans were fine but lacked equipment I would have expected in a “higher level” van, ie no cafetière or any means to make filter coffee, no soft lighting. Frying pan inadequate if cooking for more than 2, potential to have 6 people, no patio table but there was six chairs.

Location is good for the outlook, but a little remote if the entertainment doesn’t suit, as it didn’t for us. Very hilly site, so not suitable for those with walking difficulties.

Tourer/camping pitches are mainly on slopes.

The site is clean and staff friendly.

Bar prices are high but food prices are reasonable, what we sampled was ok.

Not sure I would return due to the location and the awful entertainment. 
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Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: LindsayCam 3 reviews from this member

 We normally wild camp but for our 21st anniversary I decided to book here for a wee change.

It's not a bad point as it didn't affect us (50's) but the site might not be suitable for people with mobility issues as it's quite steep at some points and access to the sandy cove would be really difficult.

Anyway. We didn't have any issues at all.

We were given hard standing pitch 65 with electric hook up. All the hook ups have their own water tap which I thought was brilliant. The showers were immaculate which was a welcome find.

We ate in the Rock n Roll twice and enjoyed our meals both times, waiting a bit long for the food to come but worth the wait. All the staff were very friendly and made sure that during the extra covid 'rules' everything was kept clean. Even the communal pepper grinder (short lady with blonde hair and glasses).

All in all we had a fab couple of nights and will definitely be back :)

Keep up the good work guys 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 
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Date of Visit: July 2020 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Tamglasgow 16 reviews from this member

 Nice park more geared towards people in statics!

Touring area facilities were a bit of a mess to be honest, toilet block dirty, elsan disposal dirty and you had to dispose grey water in the dumping area for camper vans.

The clubhouse/bistro were fine as were the kids play areas.

Some people will like this site but it's not for me.

I wouldn't return due to the unsuitability for mobility impaired people as it is very hilly. 

Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Clairie77 2 reviews from this member

 Can't fault this site at all! My daughter and I had a great time with no complaints.

The chlorine in the pool was quite high and made me ill but everything else was great.

Will definitely be back. 
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Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Kabrady73 1 review from this member

 Just back from 4 nights at this site using the touring facilities. There were a number of things we weren't happy with - was advised that as we were arriving after 7pm to go to shop at entrance and someone there would direct us to touring circles then we could go to the Bistro to get our welcome packs.

Went to shop but lady there told us all pitches had been allocated and we needed to go to the Bistro. Parked next to touring pitches and I walked down the hill to the Bistro to be told we can just pick any pitch.

Walked back up the hill, selected a pitch and whilst my husband got us set up I looked out the codes for the toilet access and headed off with the kids.

On arrival at the toilets discovered there is a block of wood keeping them permanently open - just a waste of time and effort trotting about all over the place for a bunch of stuff we didn't need!

Next thing we noticed was the noise of the crows in the tall trees next to the touring pitches so if you are looking for some peace forget it - they don't stop. Ever. It's 24/7! The next issue we encountered was there is no directive as to how your set up should be. We assumed car, caravan, awning and set up that way.

The following day we went out and when we came back we had the neighbours car next to our caravan and the other neighbours awning next to our awning so nowhere to park our car.

Our neighbours advised us that owner two vans up refused to park their car at opposite side of van and wanted their car next to van ie next to neighbours van so they could have a nice open area at entrance to their van. So our neighbours had caravan, awning, car.

Apparently managers told them to do this and provided them with a cone to save their space when they were out (and told them we were leaving in Monday anyway - this was only Sat!). Contemplated complaining to reception but decided not to bother and in all honesty someone should have come and spoken to us and clarified where our car was to go.

I know some people don't like rules and guidelines but I prefer to have basic rules around set up to avoid friction. We even ended up with an additional caravan shoe horned between two vans across from us - can't understand why warden didn't deal with that either.

Pool was fine - just a basic pool. Little beach was lovely but lots of loose stones and no steps so a bit treacherous getting up and down.

Tried the takeaway fish and chips and the chips were made from frozen - so disappointed and they weren't cheap!

This site just wasn't for us. They just need to organise themselves a bit better and provide clearer guidelines to tourers. Unlikely to return. 


Date of Visit: October 2016 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: NEJane 26 reviews from this member

 I stayed on this site, for four nights to join up with friends who had hired a static caravan. My pitch was on the hill top with great views and my own drinking water supply, attached to the hook-up bollard. What I couldn't understand was, within two strides, was another drinking water tap, next to the bins with a sign stating that grey water was not to be deposited down the grate. Not being able to find anywhere to dump my grey water, other than the EDP, I committed a midnight sin! Facilities were adequate although I never used the showers as my friend and I spent every night, in the swimming pool and used the showers there. Pool and sauna. Great! For what I had paid for my pitch I was well impressed by the on-site entertainment, bar, aforementioned pool and sauna, gym and lots more. We tried the takeaway food and it was delicious! My only gripe, and there's not a lot anyone can do about it, was the high population of rabbits! As much as I love bunnies, I don't really appreciate their poo in my 'van and, try as I may to avoid it, I still managed to carry droppings in - the site is hotching with the stuff. Also, if anyone has a wheelchair dependent on board; this site is very sloping. Had my late husband been with me, I'd have struggled to get him up from my friends' static but, on a positive note, I was pleased to see the statics ramped and easily accessible to our special needs' folks. 

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Gaelypants 3 reviews from this member

 Stayed here after it being recommended by friends.

Plenty space for our 8 man tent. This is a bigger commercial site though, with statics, entertainment, swimming pool etc. Camping/touring area is parallel to main road which is busy with traffic heading to/from Stranraer.

Main attraction for my kids, age 8 & 6, was the wee burn running through the camp area. The kids all congregate here, racing sticks down it, jumping over it, playing in it. Think there are playparks around the site but my 2 never had any interest as the burn was the best.

Ehu was fine & not too far. Dishwashing area was undercover & kept clean. The toilet block was ok. Each wee cubicle had a toilet, sink & shower. Push button showers, with a non adjustable head. The spray was erratic, so almost impossible to not get your hair wet. Hard to get dried after, like at a swimming pool with the humidity.

There's lots to do around the site. I would recommend a visit to cream o'galloway, that was a good day out. The chocolate factory was good fun too.

Overall, a good site, the kids loved the burn. We did eat in the restaurant once & the food was good. 

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Antisocialtwo 1 review from this member

 Been here a few times and unlike most major static sites the poor relation tourers don't get too bad of a deal.

Site fees are reasonable especially low season.

If you can get into the central hilltop touring pitches all the better, the overspill and other pitches near the A75 are to be avoided unless you like getting woken at 3am by the Stena and P+O sponsored Smoky and the Bandit impersonators.

Facilities are good plenty for everyone to kids and adults alike. Their is a beach of sorts which is a bit rocky but does the job.

Mobile phone signal is patchy as is the wifi they said it was getting upgraded;

Good shop and friendly staff.

All in all deceptively attractive in its own way. Nearby Gatehouse Of Fleet and Kirkcudbright worth a visit as is Newton Stewart.  

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Kirsty_Atkin 13 reviews from this member

 The camping charges are for families with electric so expensive if you are a couple with no hook up. The tent area is flat and separate from the statics. The shop is very well stocked and the staff are very pleasant.

The 'pub' unfortunately is stuck in the 80's with their food & drink choices. The toilet and shower blocks with their individual bathrooms are kept very clean - unfortunately someone had kicked the door and broken it they obviously took exception to the key pad entry! We were quite close to the road which had trucks thundering up & down it all night so not as quiet and peaceful as we had hoped. 

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Tinymum 3 reviews from this member

 Was disappointed with the campsite, firstly, not enough toilet blocks for the amount of tents and caravans on site, but the most annoying part of the site is the extremely busy road that runs along side of the camping area, don't go her if you want a sleep because you wont get one, articulated lorry's do not stop the whole night and day, it is very very loud all the time, as for the bistro ??? more like a café/bar all in one to many tables for the size of the space. Entertainment is ok if you like bingo and karaoke. Not a great site at all, Terrace area is narrow and not kept clean as we had to move glasses twice from a table its on a hill with a very steep road to the club area wouldn't recommend this site, as we wont be back! 

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