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 relaxed, interesting and safe place for the family where, hopefully, you can get back to what matters in life.
We dont 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. :-)
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 and we are a very family oriented site. 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.
However, if you want to have your stereo blasting out all night then this is not the site for you. Fair play to you, enjoy, 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 have over 20 Ponies at Balloch O Dee of all shapes and sizes and there is plenty of opportunities for campers to help out and to get involved with the ponies if they would like to. Our helpers will tell you, there is always mucking out to do as well as grooming and general horse pampering.
Some of the smaller Shetland Ponies wander 'free range' around the site a lot of the time and they will often come and sit with you by your campfire in the evening. They are all very friendly and used to people and its a great way for campers to get up close to the ponies and really interact with them.
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!
GPS Coordinates: 54.952623, - 4.664287
If you would like to book any of our accommodation or camping please let us know which nights you would like and we will confirm your booking very quickly.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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