This sleeps 4 in one King size bed and two fold away camp beds and is lovely and cozy with a large log-burning stove, wooden floors, rugs, comfy old chairs and lots of bits and bobs.
The Ranch House began life as a telegraph pole! It was the first indoor accommodation we built at Balloch O Dee. I have always been fascinated by the Celtic round houses and that's where the inspiration came from. We started off with a telegraph pole that had been left on our land by some contractors so we sunk this into the ground and began building from there! It is largely a wooden structure with a Scotish stone wall section where the log burner sits. Like our other accommodation, all you need to bring for sleeping is a sleeping bag or quilt and towels as beds, mattresses, pillows and sheets are all provided for you.
The Round House is totally eco-friendly and is completely off-grid. This means there is no electricity in the building so you will need to bring candles or tea lights or other forms of lighting with you, like you would if you were camping. It has a big log burner to keep you warm though so don't panic! Being candle lit makes it incredibly cozy and romantic! There is a large open fire with pan stand outside and a seating area so most people cook on the open fire or you could bring a camping stove or similar if you prefer.
It has a rather unusual hand made oak king size bed which has working French stocks built into the foot of the bed! There is also two good quality fold away adult size camp beds stored under the main bed. The Round House is available to hire for £60.00 per night
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 :-)
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Rose hippy now has a lovely new covered decking area for you to enjoy.
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!
GPS Coordinates: 54.952623, - 4.664287
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