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Garlieston Lodge Campsite
Burnside Lane
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
Tel: 01988 600641
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Pitches: 5 Vans & 3 Tents
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 58 Reviews
                9/10 from 58 Reviews

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

This is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, which accept caravans or motorhomes and usually tents. This is a club member only site - you can usually join on site

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Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Other Rating:
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Susan y 1 review from this member

Fantastic stay at Rustys lovely cottage. Place was immaculate and had everything needed for out 4 night break.

Rusty and team were very friendly and the site is fantastic with all its wildlife and 11 week old piglet. I would recommend this site to anyone looking for a quiet break and will definitely be going back.

Garlieston is a lovely place with good walks and the local pub was very welcoming and serves good food.

Date of Visit: June 2019 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: N.romeo@talk21 5 reviews from this member

What a hidden gem this camp site is. Once you drive through the iron gates its like entering a 'secret garden' with the sound of bird song, ducks and chickens. The owners are helpful and friendly, what camp site would lend you a TV because you brought the wrong remote for your own. Which owner would help you settle your unit onto the pitch?

The facilities were all spotlessly clean. You can buy pork, preserves and eggs - just put your money in the 'honesty box'(not for the meat though) and away you go.

Lots to do, the village pub is lovely, and the fish and chip van on a Friday evening is excellent value too.

Date of Visit: September 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Golden Girl 8 reviews from this member

A privately owned campsite with everything you would hope to find and more.

Rusty was friendly and helpful.

The previous reviews say it all.

The local pub was welcoming and served good food.

We would happily recommend this site to family and friends.

Date of Visit: April 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Tour gs 16 reviews from this member

What a fantastic site! Quiet peaceful family run, great welcome and clear advice on where everything was, local amenities, sea fishing marks, walks, cycle routes etc etc. ! Dog friendly site and local pub. Their own bacon, haggis, meat, fish and eggs for sale and lots of information leaflets available in the spotless toilet shower block. Highlight has to be the evening gathering in the sites Loch side bothy where you get a couple of hours to catch up with the owners and other caravanners/ motorhomers/ campers on site. It gives this place a unique atmosphere so the even after one night you feel your amongst friends. A brilliant idea! Fishing on site was superb with great advice given from Darren re best techniques. A gem of a site with lots to do in the area. Canít wait to return very soon! Thank you.

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: MalcolmR 34 reviews from this member

What a great Campsite, Clean and well maintained, everyone at the site was so friendly, especially the owners. WE were made to feel very welcome as if staying as part of the family. Very quiet and relaxing plenty to see and do, shame we had to come home. Facilities are spot on good level hard standing pitches and well sheltered nice views. We shall certainly like to return again and recommend it to family and friends. Thanks Rusty and Darren.

Date of Visit: March 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Maggienpete 4 reviews from this member

This is a superb little site. Only space for around 9 units so is nice and quiet and intimate. The trout lake is the focal point of the site, with fishing permitted. The facilities, though not numerous are seriously smart, with some clever, yet simple little additions, to make your stay fun and comfortable. The family have rare breed pigs on the site and well as chucks, so there was plenty of nice food to buy at a good price.

We cant wait to go again. It has now been placed high on our list of 'must get back ASAP ' sites.

I think that the thought that has, and is still, going on shows that this project is surely a labour of love for the owners

Date of Visit: October 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Westies travel 1 review from this member

I have visited Garlieston Lodge several times this year. The site is a haven of peace and tranquillity. The owners make you very welcome and the site is well maintained and immaculate, with good size pitches and many of them over looking the fishing lake. No matter what the season, you can enjoy watching and listening to the wildlife on the site, buy free range Pork and eggs and chill. I have already booked for next year. This is the perfect base for exploring this part of Scotland.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: AlisonBob 7 reviews from this member

Site was immaculate and very well cared for, the pitches are all hard standing we just put a couple of extra heavy duty foot prints under our trailer tents ground sheet for added protection. Had no problems pegging the unit out but our pegs are rock pegs.

The site is quite picturesque with the lake, a range of wildlife frequents the site, saw a couple of kingfishers and dog fox attempted to get at the owner ducks one morning

Special thanks needs to go to Darren for my fly fishing lesson, he has the patience of a saint. Fished a couple of times after my lesson but was not successful.

Many thanks for a great holiday

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Yawmj 5 reviews from this member

Just had a wonderful week at garlieston lodge. It was every bit as good as we imagined it to be. The site is an ongoing project for Rusty Chris and Darren and will keep improving in years to come. Just a bit too far from tees side to get there for weekends as we would definitely be regulars. Particularly enjoyed the 6pm till 8pm get together bring your own drink sessions in Rusty`s huge timber man shed. Not a compulsory thing, so you don't feel obliged, but everyone welcome, including your dogs which can interact off lead around your feet while you socialise with fellow campers. This is a fantastic venue that we will most definitely return to.

Great area for walking with fantastic views and nice dog friendly pub couple of minutes walk away with great views across the bay. Cant wait to return

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Baithooker 2 reviews from this member

This was our first visit to this site and was selected due to the numerous awards it has won over the years within the caravan and camping club network.

We initially intended going to a main club site in lake district but £470 for a fortnight when taking own accommodation, get real, so we decided on looking at CL, s and CS, s.

This site is a gem, the owners can't do enough for you, even down to helping site your van. They inform you of the amenities on site and also those within Garlieston itself upon arrival.

All caravans have good sized hardstanding pitches, and there are 3 more allocated for tents and campers. There is no regimental aligning of the pitches so everyone has their own space and no looking into next doors van, unlike the regimented rows on club sites. All pitches have electric hookup and there are a number of water points on site.

4 of the van pitches look directly over the trout lake, which makes for a lovely backdrop to chill out in. The fishing was excellent with a good head of trout of high quality and fully finned, 3 over 10lbs caught one day I was fishing, and plenty in the 5 to 7lb bracket. It is catch and release only, and very relaxing.

There are 5 large Black Pigs on site which are a rare breed and bacon and sausages can be bought on site, as are free range eggs.

There is a post office that sells all sorts just outside the gates for your groceries, a bigger shopping list will require 20 minute drive to Newton Stewart where there is a Sainsburys and Lidl/Aldi.

Good walking directly from the site and the harbour and beach are only 10 minutes walk away, as is the dog friendly pub.

The ideal site for a quiet chill out holiday, the site is surrounded by trees which shields you from strong winds and the vans in the neighbouring site.

Will definitely be back and would recommend to all thinking of staying in this area.

The toilet and shower block are better than any club site I have used and the light system used to let people know if either is occupied works a treat. There is even a selection of books and dvd, s that can be borrowed in the toilet/information building.

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