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Garlieston Caravan And Motorhome Club Site
Newton Stewart
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
Tel: 01342 327 490
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Pitches: 63
Open: 16/03/2024 to 05/11/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 54 Reviews
                9/10 from 54 Reviews

 No Tents   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   Small Campervans 
 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics for Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Club Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   No Washing Up Area   No 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   Wifi Access 
 No Shop   No Bar   No Restaurant  
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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: July 2023 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Trooper Man 3 reviews from this member

 Nice quiet site on harbourside.

Most pitches now hard standing after they were refurbished over winter.

Amenities block a bit dated but clean and tidy.

Good pub and cafe nearby. 
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Date of Visit: July 2023 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: StephMcL 6 reviews from this member

 Pro's - Nice views of the harbour on that side of the site. Wardens were lovely and the site is kept immaculate. The facilities are clean and well kept, with great water pressure in the showers. Plenty of hot water.

Con's - Quite a tight site, with not much manoeuvring space (unless you go on the grass). The facilities are in need of an upgrade. Only 1 MSP, which is in the walled garden half of the site.

No canopies are allowed on non awning pitches as it "spoils the view"; however the units in front of you spoil the view anyway, so I'm not sure I see the wardens logic.

Comments - There's not much in Garlieston, so you'd be best to take everything you need with you.

The Hive cafe is only a few minutes walk from site, serving lovely food and tremendous cakes. It's dog friendly too. 
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Date of Visit: March 2023 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Pasopton 5 reviews from this member

 Great position on harbour side. Or there is a more sheltered section across the lane where the hillside & a tall wall shelter it.

There is a traditional & popular pub along the front with restaurant facilities and great walks around the coastline each way.

The winding main approach road down the peninsular from Newton Stewart needs care in places. 

Date of Visit: March 2023 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Garry7 1 review from this member

 The CMCC site is located on the harbour bay wall looking out over a beautiful scenic bay with all facilities on site,

Separate toilets and showers with wash rooms, washing up room, EHU at all pitches ( hard standing ), Elsan point, + water + grey water waste points, the site is lovely and clean,

Local pub the Harbour inn is 5 min walk serving great food and very friendly and dog friendly, the local store is 15 min walk,

Ideal for exploring the local area with lovely walks along the coast paths with historical location near by, the wardens on the site are excellent very helpful and friendly,

They also have a second part of the site just across the road enclosed and sheltered more, both sides have there own facilities block,

Ideal for relaxing or bike rides and walking or a base to get out and about seeing the sights and places of interest,

We will definitely be returning has we had such a relaxing stay 

Date of Visit: September 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Boyce8 1 review from this member

 The location set side to sea gave a nice relaxing atmosphere.

The staff were friendly and the whole site was clean and tight.

Even though the shower and toilet block could do with modernisation, I must say that a shower was a good standard. 
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Date of Visit: June 2022 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Delzer 39 reviews from this member

 We didn’t realise how far away we were from this site so we were later getting there. We got a lovely call just to let us know where to pitch if we arrived after reception closed. We were in the site beside the water.

As stated on some reviews the toilets are a bit dated but spotless and plenty available.

Brilliant walks and bus stop just outside site.

Brilliant hotel where you can take your dog. Food was lovely we ate there one night.

Popular site as it was full the 3 nights we were there.

If you want to get away from everything this is the place to be for compete peace and quiet.

Because of its location we wouldn’t go back as it’s a bit off the beaten track for us.

We’ve always wanted to visit and glad we did. 

Date of Visit: May 2022 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: David Klyne 257 reviews from this member

 To Find Site:- From the A75 at Newton Stewart take the A714 to Wigtown and then the A746 signed for Whithorn. A few miles south of Wigtown filter left onto the B7004 to Garlieston.

You will reach a garage at a cross roads, turn left here and make your way down to the seafront and turn right. Because of parked cars this road is essentially single track so look well ahead to make sure your exit is clear.

The entrance to the site is on the left just before the road narrows. Don’t forget that arrival time is 1. 00pm.

The Garlieston CMC site is in a wonderful location looking out over Garlieston Bay. The site is divided into two sections, Harbourside and the Walled Garden, the latter being across the road from the site reception, this section could probably be more sheltered if it was windy?

In total there are just under 60 pitches, 30 awning pitches on hardstanding, 3 awning pitches on grass and the rest being non awning and about equally split between hardstanding and grass.

Electric points are convenient to all pitches and are rated at 16 amps using CEE17 blue connectors. Some of the bollards are unusually tall, I assume to protect them against high tides? There are no TV connection points on the but reception is rated as good.

There are toilet blocks in both sections but the larger one in the Harbourside section contains a laundry and information room where as the Walled Garden has the motorhome service point which has an open grill waste water drain.

Both blocks are of the older variety so clean and functional than that being luxurious. Other than the toilet blocks there are no other service points. There is site wide WiFi which can be purchased online if you are not already a subscriber.

We were able to use the 4G data on our phones to connect the laptop to the internet. A fish and chip vans calls once a week, see details at reception. Other than toilet chemicals the site does not have its own shop.

This site can be a destination in its own right and for a couple of days its easy enough to while your time away wandering around the village and harbour. There are cycling and walking opportunities from the campsite. The Harbour Inn serves lunch and evening meals but they also do coffee if you prefer.

The local garage you pass on the way into the village also has a small shop selling essentials. However, if you don’t wish to take your vehicle off site it might be sensible to have adequate provisions with you?

There is a fairly regular bus service on the route between Whithorn and Newton Stewart. 

Date of Visit: May 2022 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Npkent 58 reviews from this member

 Fantastic location right next to the sea, site split into two by a service road to the small fishing harbour.

Site badly needs refurbishment to the facilities blocks and would benefit from a reduction in pitches to give more space, some are very cramped.

Good TV signal and WiFi reasonable.

Nice Pub within two minutes walk and plenty to do in the area with some wonderful walks. 
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Date of Visit: October 2021 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Fiona W 219 reviews from this member

 We visit the Machars regularly, we enjoyed our first visit to the Club site at Garlieston and will come back again out of high season. I’d booked a grass pitch, no awning, hoping for a front row view of the bay.

The welcoming warden allocated us a hard stand pitch overlooking the water, as the site was barely half full – we were very pleased, as the walled garden part of the site is enclosed, partly within sight of the adjacent CS, and could be anywhere.

Facilities are kept clean; the showers were busy even though the site was half empty; when one block is being cleaned, the other is open, which is good. There’s a big play area in the village, 5 minutes walk from the site.

Looking at the site map, the “no awning” hard stand and grass pitches are only those located right beside the harbour wall. Given the oddly tall EHU stanchions, and knowing Garlieston is in an area that’s been subject to coastal flooding, I’d guess this edge of the site is the first to get wet when the sea tops the wall.

Excellent long coastal walks which our dog enjoyed on a lead, both can be a loop (details and 1:25, 000 map in the information room). One north around the bay is signed to Innerwell Fishery and comes back via Eggerness Farm. The other goes south to Rigg Bay (Mulberry Harbour history) and returns through policy woodlands past Galloway House, down the quiet road to the crossroads outside the village. The walled garden on the estate is closed until funds are raised for repairs, but it does open for special events like Apple Day.

A bus goes hourly to Wigtown (book & antique shops), on to Newton Stewart (for supermarkets), or via Whithorn (an interesting Priory and the Whithorn Dig, check opening times) to Isle of Whithorn (pretty harbour) and on to Port William (a less pretty harbour).

Off the bus route but nearby, we can recommend the Torhouse standing stones (B733); Sorbie Tower (B7052) home of Clan Hannay; and Rispain Settlement near Whithorn (A746). Cruggleton Church (B7063), on the other hand, has a disturbing atmosphere that’s hard to explain (though there are websites that try).

Birdwatching is excellent, on Garlieston Bay at low tide and by the rocky island south of the harbour: chuffed to see Little Egrets and a Red Necked Diver. 

Date of Visit: October 2021 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Romastone 45 reviews from this member

 Lovely little site split into two sections. One within a walled garden area, the other next to the water and split by a little stream.

Very quiet and situated in the village. A nice wee pub which does meals is 5 mins away.

Facilities were of the usual high standard.

A nice walk along the waterfront through the forest and into a nearby country estate. 
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