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Burrowhead Holiday Village
Isle Of Whithorn
Newton Stewart
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
Tel: 01988 500252
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Pitches: 90
Open: 15/07/2020 to 31/01/2021
           01/03/2021 to 31/01/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 8 Reviews
                7/10 from 8 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   No Glamping Units 
 No Statics for Hire   Statics on Sale   Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
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 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming <1 mile   No Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   No Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 


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Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Padlyn 1 review from this member

 We liked the remoteness and expansiveness of this site. It has its own unique character being situated on an old army camp with generous sized plots available. Shower and WC facilities were good and clean. The views were spectacular with a number of walks easily accessible from the site. We were lucky to see some fabulous sunsets.

We used the bar facility and though this was a little dated the staff were very pleasant and courteous. Appropriate Covid precautions were being adhered to in all areas.

The grounds were well maintained with regular grass cutting.

As a mature couple we did not make use of the children's play areas!

We liked this site and enjoyed the solitude it offered. You do though have to be well prepared for all weathers. And self sufficient as there are no shops nearby. 

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Weeshell 1 review from this member

 We as a family with an 8 year old, a 2 year old and a 10 week old baby have camped at Burrowhead bay several times, and have always had a great time. Having read other reviews about Burrowhead bay, I think it is important to mention they have a private water supply that is undrinkable and if you are going to find this a problem, this may not be the place for you. However we have found this never to be a problem. Infact the remoteness and old style camping experience makes for a great unique camping holiday that is very difficult to find these days.

There are many pitches to choose from and the site is huge. Some of the pitches are on a slope but all are very generous in size, and if you wish to find a quiet spot away from other campers then you will be spoiled for choice. The sloping pitches don't bother us and are easily made up for, by the wonderful views, and the fact that there is so much space available to you. You can easily choose the best possible place for your tent, and our Montana Lake found it's perfect spot and caused no problems. We also pitched our Large Tarp and were able to park the trailer and car out of sight round the back of the tent.

They have an excellent play park that you will find children playing in. They have an indoor and outdoor pool but we haven't used either. They have a small games room and softplay, the kids liked it. There is a pitch and put and crazy golf, but again we didn't use any of that. Our Kids were just playing around all the time enjoying the space, freedom and didn't need anything stuctured to entertain them. They loved it.

The toilet blocks are basic but functional, we found them always clean. I would advise you NOT to use the washing machine. We simply drove to Isle of Whithorn and got fresh water ever day {2 mile drive}. We did boil a lot of water on the cobb and ghillie kettle but this simply added to the fun for us.

I noted some previous reviews mentioned that the place looked old fashioned and out dated. In our experience the site was very clean, the grass always mowed, the staff always friendly. Infact the old fashioned look is simply part of it's charm. This site is not the usual campsite experience, but the uniqueness and remoteness make it a truly memorable place.

You will struggle to get a TV signal or Mobile phone coverage. However if you're desperate you can pick up the Isle of Man Mobile service, but this will charge you extra. This place is remote so bring plenty of supplies to avoid a long drive to a small supermarket. The site does have a shop which is small, basic, but does lovely take out food.

We didn't book online and found the price that we paid less than what was quoted online.

I urge you all step out of your comfort Zone and try something unique. 

Date of Visit: April 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: KINGY28 2 reviews from this member

 Found this park middle of April rather quiet at this time but not many touring caravans round this area, shame because its a nice bit of Scotland that caravanning seems to have forgotten. The site is big and a bit off putting at first as its neatly two miles down single track road with passing places. At reception the owner said have a look round and find a pitch plenty to choose from then go back for key new electric and water towers been put in with night light on top 16 amp so no problem with it tripping out and plenty of light on touring pitches at night. Not many people about while I have been on site for three weeks. Showers and toilet block always clean and plenty of hot water. The grounds are kept tidy and grass cut no rubbish about good play area for children, crazy golf, badminton nets up, plenty for them to do, just the cliffs to be wary of if you have young children. Pub on site is not to pricey and a good pint, staff friendly. Cafe and shop in same building kept spotless just had a coffee, not had food but cheap enough. Outdoor pool not ready but they said it was being refurbished before end may so will be up and running for when we go back in june. Staff helpful and go out of their way to help if you should need it. Round about lots of walks, fishing from site, boat launch from isle Whithorn or port william, few miles away lots of quiet lanes for bike rides mostly flat. Not to good for shops but costcutter newsagent post office and fuel in Whithorn, 3 miles from park Whithorn trust cafe priory to look round, nice old place to look round lots of history. The owner his family and staff are working hard to make this park better, so why not give it a try somthing for everybody here. 

Date of Visit: April 2011 Unit:  Static
Reviewer: Caravanfolk 3 reviews from this member

 Spent the Easter weekend at this camp our party was 4 adults and 4 kids 13,10,9 and 2years something for all. Caravan we hired was great, linen nice and clean no complaints. Didn't see toilet block for tourers. Site nice and clean owners are upgrading this site every year.Playground great for kids plenty of space for kids to run and have fun .My grandson`s went fishing and loved it didn't catch too many fish. We will go back. 

Date of Visit: May 2010 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Crapple 30 reviews from this member

 We stayed here one night, and although the location is wonderful - we had an electric hook up pitch right near the cliffs, so had a gorgeous view of the sea and cliffs - the whole park is really shabby and down at heel looking.

We were one of very few people actually on the site, there are loads of grotty old caravans that are obviously permanently sited, as well as static caravans, some of which are old.

There's also a lot of rubbish around, the place really looks like it needs a large skip and a damn good clear up. We were given keys to the toilet/shower block, which we struggled to manage to open as the locks were half hanging out. Inside the facilities were ok'ish, but old plastic sinks and breeze block walls are not that appealing. Reading previous reviews I can only think that they've delayed the new building works because it was all rather dingy.

So the place was alright for us, we have a motorhome and simply used our own facilities, and were only staying overnight on our way through, but I couldn't recommend it as an actual holiday destination, the whole place needs an awful lot of money and energy spending on it, it's really rather down at heel (and a bit spooky if there is no one else there, surrounded by deserted grotty caravans and statics and general detritus). Such a shame because the location is second to none. 


Date of Visit: June 2008 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: LizC14 2 reviews from this member

 Had very mixed feelings about this site. The setting is superb. We pitched very close to the cliff edge and had wonderful views over the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man.
However, the site is on a disused army camp. It covers a big area with a lot of statics and touring vans that are obviously kept there all season. Some of them looked very run down, and this combined with the empty, derelict army buildings gave the place a very dilapidated air.
The toilet block was a bit of a walk from the cliff side camping area and was absolutely appalling. It was old, tatty and was never cleaned the whole week we were there. There weren't even any plugs in the sinks. We did find the on site shop quite well stocked and the lady serving could not have been more friendly and helpful. We would not go back unless the owners improved the toilet block. 

Date of Visit: August 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Ewarner 4 reviews from this member

 This place was terrible. Camping area for our 25x27 foot tent would have been better on the rocks at the beach area. As it would have been flatter. The pitching area was muddled around about. In between static touring vans with grass too long around the base. Alot of run down looking vans and scrap vans about.

Needed to go to the pool about 30 miles away to get a wash. Me being the only bloke there could have got by with the toilets and shower blocks that were run down, missing tiles and toilet seats and a flourescent lamp hangin off ceiling in ladies. But to have my girlfriend and two young daughters at 4 and seven had to take measures to let them do the toilet and wash in a bit of comfort.

Not really any great walks with young kids and the village was a drive away down single road with passing places. Nothing in the village at all. Pub and a silly wee shop. So every supply run was about 60 mile round trip.

Would never go again even to within the same post code. Staff useless and did not care. Even on the last day rushing to get the tent down and get out of there we lost toilet key. (which we did not need as the locks were bust anyway) meant we lost our ten pound deposit for it. However to get us out of there ten minutes sooner was worth it. 

Date of Visit: August 2005
Reviewer: Annie90 1 review from this member

 The park itself was ok had lots on for kids and was fine. For adults the showers block was disgusting it really let the park down. They are building new ones next year as it is under new management. The village is two miles away and only has one shop in it and nothing else 

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