Balloch O’ Dee Campsite
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Tel: 01671 830708
Balloch O Dee has a traditional camping feel. It doesn’t have many rules, all they ask is that you respect your fellow campers, the environment and our Camp Ethos.
There are no set pitches for tents so you can pitch up wherever you like. Numbers are kept to a sensible level so you don’t feel crammed in.
It is a family-oriented site that encourages sitting round a camp fire with a guitar and good friends and family into the wee small hours putting the world to rights but doesn’t expect stereos blasting out all night.
All their animals are free range so don’t be surprised to be sharing your shower with a chicken or your tent with a Shetland on occasion.
Friendly dogs are welcome and owners are asked to respect the campsite, clearing up any mess.
The campsite believes in the philosophy that wherever we are we should leave that place in a little better shape than how we found it and hope you share that view.
Tents, Motorhomes & Tourers
Other accomodation – see below.
- EHU field but limited spaces so best to check.
- 3 Individual toilets.
- Toilet / Shower facility – shared.
- Campfires permitted.
- Dishwashing area.
- Ranch House
- Rose Hippy Vintage Caravan
- Bluebell the cute caravan
- The Roundhouse
- The Bothy
The A75 is the nearest main road and the campsite is about 2.5 Miles away.
From Newton Stewart, the junction to the campsite is about 9.5 miles. Look out for the brown Tourist sign for the Three Lochs Caravan Park – take this right turn (Durnow Rd) – go over two cattle grids and about 0.25 of a mile past the second cattle grid you will see our sign on the right for Balloch O’ Dee – go down the drive.
From the Stranraer direction, the junction to the campsite is about 17.5 miles. Look out for the brown Tourist sign for the Three Lochs Caravan Park – take this left turn (Durnow Rd) – go over two cattle grids and about 0.25 of a mile past the second cattle grid you will see our sign on the right for Balloch O’ Dee – go down the drive.
Three Lochs. If you enjoy a walk, then we would recommend a walk to the Three Lochs. There is a caravan park by the same name located here but there is indeed Three Lochs. The entrance to the caravan park is about 2.3 miles from the campsite. Once you reach the caravan park entrance, at a cross road, turn left and about 0.5 mile along this road, with a loch to your left, you will come to a junction between the loch on you left and another loch on your right. At this point, we went though a gate on our left and looped back around the first loch as there was no obvious path around the second loch. As it turned out, the loop we took was well established and eventually took us back onto the road we had walked from the campsite. The walk from the campsite and back is about 5.5 miles
Another local walk will take you to the top of a nearby hill, which gives you great views of the surrounding area. It can be a bit boggy in parts but is relatively straight forward. As you leave the campsite, turn left and walk along the single-track road that takes you to the A75. About 1 mile along this road, look out for a path that leads to the top of the hill. Apologies for not being more specific but James, the campsite owner, can explain it better.
Galloway hills has 183 mountains listed. Each with its own unique challenges and views. All within a few miles of the campsite.
7Stanes: Glentrool Mountain Bike Trails is 14 miles from the campsite and is described as world class.
Newton Stewart is the nearest large town for restocking provisions. The town is sometimes referred to as the “Gateway to the Galloway Hills”. Here are some visitor highlights: –
- Crafty Distillery. Why not visit the home of award-winning gin?
- Kirroughtree – 7stanes. Another excellent mountain bike centre. Is about 3 miles outside the town.
- The Museum Newton Stewart. The exhibits in the Museum have been gifted or lent by local people and each year sees many additions to the collections and displays.
Glenluce Abbey. 12 miles from the campsite and dating back to 1192, there is still much to see. Some parts are in ruins but the overall grandeur is still striking after all this time.
A further 4 miles along the A75 is Luce bay, a large bay in Wigtownshire in southern Scotland. The bay is 20 miles wide at its mouth and is bounded by the Rhins of Galloway to the west and the Machars to the east. From the 1930s to the 1990s it was a bombing range used for training purposes by RAF aircraft based at West Freugh.
Castle Kennedy is about 4 miles passed Luce Bay. The Tower House can be viewed as part of Castle Kennedy Gardens although the ruinous structure itself cannot be entered. The ruins are set within beautiful and well-maintained grounds. Visitors can take a short walk to view Lochinch Castle although there is no internal access as it remains a private residence.
Wigtown is a gem of a town that punches above its weight with what it has to offer. There are 2 routes from the campsite one is 13 miles and is any easy paced journey via B733. The other is 15 miles along the A75 then A714. Here are some of the highlights that Wigtown has to offer: –
- The Book Shop. Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop.
- The Wigtown book festival. Help at the end of September and the beginning of October, for ten days the town buzzes with book events as well as theatre, music and site-specific events in quirky venues. A dedicated Children’s Garden hosts events for younger readers.
- Torhouse Stone Circle are a stone circle of nineteen granite boulders on the land of Torhouse.
- Wigtown Martyers’s Monument. Dedicated to Margaret Wilson and Margaret McLachlan, who died in 1685. Their faith was unbreakable as they didn’t relinquish their beliefs, even as the tide moved in.
- Crook of Baldoon. A natural place, with superb view across the Cree Estuary to the Galloway Hills. The return of geese and waders in winter really brings the coast to life. Breeding skylark and lapwing are common in summer.
If you are able to and in a driving mood, there are a few more places that we would like to recommend: –
The village of Whithorn is worth a visit. Check out the Whithorn Priory and Crypt. The site of an important monastery, and the seat of the bishops of Whithorn, during the first 1000 years of Christianity and beyond. Another building of interest is the Iron Age Roundhouse, which is just a short walk from the priory. built in 2016, for opening to the public in Spring 2017. It was built on precise details derived from excavations at Black Loch of Myrton.
3 miles further on from the village of Whithorn is St Ninian’s Cave. You reach the cave from a well signposted car park near Physgill House. St Ninian’s Cave is traditionally believed to have been used as a place of personal retreat and prayer by St Ninian, who founded the first church at Whithorn sometime in the 390s
So, a great range of places to visit whilst camping at Balloch O’ Dee. Some near some further away but all are worth a visit – Enjoy.