Of course, you can always camp under canvas. The main camping field covers about 4 acres so there is plenty of space and you won't be squashed in.
One of the things we loved about camping was sitting around a campfire watching the stars and so we have built lots of stone fire pits for you to use in the main camping field and you are welcome to have a campfire whenever you like. Each fire pit has a pot stand for you to use to cook on and firewood is always available on site. This is 'Proper' camping!
We also have new large hard standing pitches with Electric HOOKUP for Motorhomes or Touring caravans. These are available all year round and have fire pits if you would like to sit out by a fire in the evening. They are also close to the amenities for convenience including grey water and chemical toilet disposal points.
FACILITIES all free
We have 5 immaculate toilets on-site in two separate rooms. All individually decorated and hand-painted with artwork from our favorite local artist, Emily. Look out for the beautifully painted wildflowers and the stunningly painted bugs and beetles! At night the loos are lit with fairy lights and incense keeps them smelling exotically fresh.
As well as the lovely toilets we have two hot showers. These have large rainfall showerheads ensuring that you have a truly enjoyable shower.
Other facilities onsite include: Campers fridge freezer, washing up sinks, wash hand basins.
Campers Cookhouse and communal covered areas
We have a Campers Cookhouse on-site for all campers to use which has a log burning range cooker with oven and hotplate, a BBQ and a large candlelit dining table and chairs so if the weather sets in or you just want to get together with other campers then this is a great place to be.
We have another large shelter in the main camping field for all to use. This has some comfy chairs and sofas in as well as a 5m long dining table and benches. This is a lovely communal space for just socialising and dining/cooking with other campers and is very useful when the weather takes a turn for the worse. It faces out to the fell and down the valley to the mountains so is a wonderful place just to sit and admire the view.
If you love your night skies and star gazing then there are few better places to come than Balloch O Dee. We are on the edge of the Galloway National Forest Park which has been declared one of the few places in Europe to have zero light pollution and has been granted 'Dark Sky Status' The very best time to view the stars and planets is from September through to March and on a good clear moonless night the big night skies at Balloch O Dee are wall to wall white with stars! Plus, the milky way stretches clear across the middle of the camping field.
Rubbish and recycling.
We endeavor to recycle as much as possible at Balloch O Dee. We pay a hefty sum for a private company to take away and recycle our waste. We would request that you be mindful of the amount of waste you create. Of course, normal everyday waste is fine but please don't leave us with your broken tents and camping gear, we simply have to pay for it to be taken away so please, take it with you and dispose of it yourself, thank you x
We don't have many rules at Balloch O Dee, we would rather treat people like adults than to dish out a list of rules and regulations on your arrival. One of the rules we do have however is we that don't allow amplified music on site. Genuine Peace and quiet are so hard to find these days so we don't want you to be forced to listen to someone else's iPod blasting out in the tent across the field. (noise travels a long way when your camping!) so we just ask that you don't have your radios or phones and iPods playing loud music while you're here.
We are not a stuffy 'lights out' by 9 am type site by any means, far from it, we want you to have a brilliant time while you're here, we just expect you to respect your fellow campers :-) who may not wish to listen to your, no doubt splendid M&M collection.
What better way than to spend an evening with friends and family around a campfire under a billion stars!
You can camp at Balloch O Dee for £20.00 per night per tent. Based on 4 people sharing.
You can book an electric hookup pitch for your Caravan, Campervan or Motorhome for £25 per night. Based on 4 people sharing.
Im afraid we do not offer electric hookup for Tents, sorry.
In recent years there has been a trend towards 'Glamping' sites and while we do offer some alternative accomodation on site, the overall experience we hope, still has a 'proper' camping feel.
We are not a glamping site, but a traditional campsite with some different options for you. After camping all our lives, we have tried to create the sort of campsite that we would like to camp on:- a quiet,relaxed, interesting and safe place for you to enjoy, where hopefully you can get back to what matters in life, with the enphasis being on peace and quiet. Children are welcome on site but we would ask that you are mindful of your fellow campers and do not let them charge around the site unatended, screaming and shouting, please remember, we are a quiet site.
Apart from a couple of points listed below, we don't have many rules at Balloch O Dee. One of the things that used to drive me bonkers when we went camping was turning up on site and the first thing we were given would be a long list of things that we were not allowed to do, What a welcome!
All we ask is that you respect your fellow campers, the environment and our Camp Ethos set out below. :-)
We dont have any set pitches for tents so you can pitch up wherever you like. We try and keep numbers to a sensible level so you dont feel crammed in. Obviously on Bank Holidays or some School Holidays we do get busy and again we just ask that you respect other campers and families in terms of space and noise.
We want you to enjoy yourself while you are here. There is nothing better than sitting round a camp fire with a guitar and good friends and family into the wee small hours putting the world to rights, we love it. We just dont want your enjoyment to be at the expense of everyone else. Please remember that noise travels far and fast across an open campsite and whilst you may think you are being quiet, the reality for your fellow campers may be very different, so please, while you are here, be mindful of that.
We dont allow amplified music onsite. Please feel free to play any live instruments you may want to bring with you, just no phones, bluetooth speakers or car stereos. If you do want to have your stereo blasting out all night then this is not the site for you. Fair play to you, enjoy it, but just not here. :-)
All of our animals are free range so don't be surpised to be sharing your shower with a chicken or your tent with a Shetland on occasion.
Please note: We are a very dog friendly site (We have five dogs) and you are welcome to bring your dog to Balloch O Dee however if you have an aggressive dog or one that is not good with other animals or people then we please ask you to leave them at home - if you are in doubt then please call us first. :-)
We strive hard to recycle as much as possible at Balloch O Dee and whilst all the rubbish is collected together, it is all sorted and recycled.
We have always lived by the philosophy that wherever we are we should leave that place in a little better shape than how we found it - we hope you share that view :-)
We will be opening the site from the 26th of April 2021. This will include all of our facilities. Toilets, showers, washing up area, Campers cook house, communal shelters will all be fully operational. We will of course have adequate provision for your safety.
We are hoping to have the music weekend this year 2021 but with the current uncertainty surrounding Covid we are unable to confirm anything as yet.
We have a couple of Shetland ponies who will sometimes wander around the site. They are very friendly, but like all animals, please be mindful of how you approach them and please don't leave your children unattended with any of the animals. There may be some mucking out and grooming to get involved with on occasion if that takes your fancy!
As well as all the fabulous things you can do in and around the site you'll find yourselves spoilt for things to do in Galloway.
Situated just 10 miles from Balloch O' Dee, Galloway Forest Park is Britain's largest forest park, managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, and offers spectacular views and a diversity of dramatic scenery. Three hundred square miles of wild beauty are waiting to be explored.
If hillwalking is your passion, you're spoilt for choice with the Galloway hills, which lie within the bounds of Galloway Forest Park, just minutes away from Balloch O' Dee.
Merrick (843m) is the highest mountain in the Southern Uplands and is part of the 'Range of the Awful Hand' which includes Benyellary (719m), Kirriereoch Hill (786m), Tarfessock (697m) and Shalloch on Minnoch (768m).
Cairnsmore of Fleet (711m) overlooks the Cree estuary and Wigtown Bay and offers views as far as the Isle of Man, Lake District and Snowdonia.
The Campsite is perfectly situated for access to the 7Stanes mountain bike trails, widely regarded as the best mountain bike trails in the country.
The 7stanes are seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland, from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway. 'Stane' is the Scots word for stone, and at each of the 7stanes locations, you'll find a stone sculpture reflecting a local myth or legend.
The stanes are found out on the trails in the forests, in prominent locations near cycling and walking paths. They’re accessible on foot or by horse as well as by bike, and range in size from one to three metres high and from two to six tons in weight.
If you're a lover of books and literature, you'll enjoy a visit to Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town.
Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland's National Book Town in 1998 and as well as the many book shops and book related business is also host to Spring and Autumn book festivals which feature leading authors and speakers as well as local arts and crafts.
The campsite is just 7 miles from one of Scotland's most popular traditional music & dance festivals; Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival which takes place over the 2nd weekend in July and features some of the biggest names in traditional music.
The event includes concerts, workshops, pipers & band performances, Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and tune & song sessions throughout the weekend.
Balloch O' Dee is situated just north of the A75 Euroroute between Gretna Green to the East and Stranraer to the West.
Take the M77/A77 to AYR then Maybole then Girvan and onto Stranraer - join A75 East and head towards Newton Stewart go past Glenluce on A75 and about 5/6 miles past Glenuce you will see a brown tourist info sign directing you to the Three Lochs Caravan Park - take this left turn (Durnow Rd) go over two cattle grids and about a qtr of a mile past the second cattle grid you will see our sign for Balloch O' Dee on the right - go down the drive, enjoy :-)
Come up the M6 past Carlisle and where the M6 becomes the A74, exit onto the A75 to Stranraer/Dumfries this is a few hundred yards past the 'Welcome to Scotland' sign.
Continue on the A75 through Dumfries, past Castle Douglas and Gatehouse of Fleet to Newton Stewart. About 7 miles past Newton Stewart you will see the brown Tourist sign for the Three Lochs Caravan Park - take this right turn (Durnow Rd) - go over two cattle grids and about qtr of a mile past the second cattle grid you will see our sign on the right for Balloch O' Dee - go down the drive and relax :-)
Its up to you but sometimes SAT NAV can lead you on a merry little journey out these parts so trust it with caution!
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