We don't usually stay on sites with electricity but we were being joined by my sister-in-law and husband, in their caravan and they needed electric so Mollance farm seemed to fit the bill.
This 5 van site is a real pleasure to stay on - decent sized hard pitches, all with a view of the lochan and grass for awnings.
Facilities include a toilet and shower, complete with soap and shampoo!!
I was a little concerned about the main A75 being so close, whether there would be much traffic noise. As it turned out, I think we only heard traffic one night, when the wind had changed direction and even then, because the site is up a long driveway, the noise was very minimal.
The pretty lochan is surrounded by neatly mown grass and trees and was a hive of activity with the swallows swooping for the insects constantly. The resident heron seems to pass much of his time on a partly submerged hay bale with the occassional jaunt off to who knows where.
One night (it was the weekend after all) a group of youngsters arrived and launched the boat that was moored on the loch side and spent a couple of hours messing about on the water. And why not??
Price per unit per night, including electric:£11.
Immaculately maintained, this site is just beautiful. The evening light on the lochan is lovely and the reflections on the calm surface, stunning. You can wander round the lochan and there are a couple of seats dotted about.A very pleasant, peaceful retreat yet close to Castle Douglas.
Had a look at this on Google Earth with the little man and it really did look just our sort of site. We were not disappointed, totally rural, lovely views and peace and quiet.Pheasants visit the site regularly.
The site is three quarters of an acre mowed field with a stream bordering it. It is set in a triangle of tiny country roads and really there is nothing to do except enjoy the quiet countryside. Having said that, Dumfries is only 8 miles away (not that you would realise it)and the area is riddled with scenic country roads to explore.
Facilities include a cold tap and toilet emptying facility.There is also a tiny green caravan witha clean toilet and wash basin.
There is a village shop/cafe/ post office close to the A76, about a mile away. There is also a pub at Auldgirth that serves food.
£5 a night per unit and family of four.
Very friendly owner.
Well positioned for exploringthe Nithsdale hills as well as the coast.
I have to admit, we never stay on these full blown facility sites, preferring the basic 5 unit sites but we had a couple of free nightvouchers and Garlieston was where we wanted to be.
The site is in two sections, the more obvious on the quayside with views across the bay and the other, in a walled garden for those who require more spacious pitches.
We arrived just after midday, the earliest checking in time and managed to grab the last waterfront pitch. We did actually feel a little hemmed in as the motohome next to us was lefthand drive and was parked with their door opening onto our door, so not a lot of privacy when sitting out. Fortunately, those on our other side were on their other side, as it were
The site's location is lovely, on the waterfront next to the harbour and a couple of minut's walk took you to the local village shop and pub.
It was ideal for us as next to the site is a public slipway so we could get our boat out. The down side was we had to carry it from the site and build it by the slipway - hard work!
Excellent facilities, clean heated toilet and shower block, privacy cubicles, dish washing, veg. prep. laundry, information room etc. etc. The wardens were friendly and helpful and usually around if needed.
A fresh fish van calls on a Tuesday evening and proved popular, as we queued with others for our four fresh scallops. By, they were worth having!!
The site cost us (we had an extra night which we paid for) £16.90 a night.
We used this site as an overnighter enroute further west into Dumfries and Galloway.
Although the site describes itself as part sloping, it is more uneven ground than anything with lots of humps and bumps. We managed to get level on a huump but when we looked how we were parked, the exhaust was practically on the ground. Be very careful manouvreing, particularly when arriving and leaving!!
It is a pleasant, very rural and quiet site despite being reasonably close to a B road, with some fell views and rolling fields.
We were here towards the end of August and we suffered from midges. I don't think we have encountered midges anywhere else in D.& G.
Also be aware that the water is pumped from a private supply and you are asked not to take more than 25 litres a time, presumably something to do with the pump.
We had to laugh as the caravan nearest us undertook a major spring clean, including hoovering. I guess it was the end of their holiday and rather than clean the van once at home, they opted to get it over and done with!!
£8 a night per unit including electric. We didn't use the hook up as it was a little far away from us.
We booked this site hoping it was one we had stayed on for a night a few years ago, when it had poured down and although we liked what we saw,we didn't have chance to see it's full potential. Upon arrival, this year, we were pleased to find it was the anticipated site and wow, was it lovely!!It is a huge site with a large flat area on entering and other, hilly, hummocky parts leading up to the farm, all offering lovely views to the distant fells.The farm track is hard so no problems and the field appeared to be well drained, although there had been no rain for weeks. We were amazed there was only one other caravan on. This was half term, school holidays!Where was everyone?
Facilities include water at the farm, a dustbin and a septic tank. A small stream runs through the site which was seriously low on water but was useful for the odd bucket of water.
Be warned, access to this site is not for the faint-hearted. There are three routes in and owing to their narrowness, it would be hard to say which was the best. We were in a motorhome so not too bad to pull into one of the infrequent passing places but towing a caravan?? Probably why we loved the place so much.......
The price for this bliss? £4 a night.
Remoteness, lack of any traffic noise, well off the beaten track, beautiful views, what more can I say??We loved the time we spent here, even finding firewood on site to enable us to have a fire in the BBQ.
Having stayed on this site some 15 years ago, we knew what to expect. We were not disappointed, a scenic site, in two parts, on the banks of Scaur Water with the only facilities being a tap and a chemical disposal point. No electricity. Bliss, what more could we want? There was the added bonus of only two other units on the site (maximum of 5 allowed.)
We opted for the first part of the site, where the ground was drier, whereas the further part was rather soggy and from the deep wheel ruts, likely to be a problem getting on and off site.
Just down the road is the village of Penpont, where there is a shop and a pub, which serves good bar meals.
All this for the princely sum of £4.50 a night. (You must be a member of the Caravan and Camping Club.)
Such a peaceful site although it's only just off the A702, you really wouldn't know it. The only sounds we heard were the river thundering past, our neighbour's dogs and the horses in the field behind us.
There is easy access to the river from the site and walk downstream a little way and you come to a gorge where the "black hole" is . This is a favourite spot with fishermen, as the deep water is still here and the fishermen have fixed iron ladders to the rockfaces to gain access to the river. It all looked rather hairy to me, as well as spooky, with the deep, black water. Who knows what lurks beneath??
Although it rained solidly on our last night, the ground had not become too water-logged and we were able to drive off the site without getting bogged in.
Travelodge have built a range of basic motel type accommodation in the UK over the past few years and this is a real basic affair. No telephone connection to reception, no freebies in the bathroom for me to take home!, no iron for all of my clothes, no pics on the wall. In other words nothing that you don't need. I would prefer to stay in a glourious hotel or a friendly B&B but the special offers that you can get at these places are exceptional value. 25% Discount available at Little Chef right outside if you show the key, Brewsters pub/restaurant 1/4 mile away satisfy the need for family dining at breakfast and dinner respectively.
In sum a base and nothing else but then again nothing else matters. Family room big enough for 4 includes ensuite & tv. Customer service very good, value for money exceptional. You need your own transport if staying here as it is situated in the A75 road on the outskirts of the town. If you book with these offers I would be surpirsed if you found even a campsite cheaper from £15 for a family room if you are lucky
If You are Looking for a great base then in Dumfries and Galloway then Moffat is an Ideal choice. There are a lot of options for accommodation here but my personal recommendation would be go stay with Christine and Andrew at "The Knowe" This is a Beautiful little B+B on the way into Moffat from the south, It's practically the first house on the right hand side of the road as you approach the town. A Very Friendly welcome, Christine will serve you with a choice of tea or coffee along with some cake and biscuits when you arrive (Include in the price of the B+B) The rooms are very tastefully furnished, Good Hot showers and a great view of the surrounding countryside. Then it's only a 10 minute stroll into the centre of Moffat for your evenings entertainment. The next morning you will be served with a Hearty Scottish breakfast, a choice of cereals and juices followed by bacon, sausage, haggis, eggs (Your choice of scrambled or poached) tomato, mushrooms and as much toast as you can eat + tea or coffee -- This breakfast will Really set you up for the day !!
The prices are Very Reasonable and everything is served with a smile -- Go on, Give them a try, you Won't be disappointed !!
Usual mod cons - En suite, colour Tv, tea, coffee making.
Nice and clean and handy for town
Price from £26.00 if you book online
A good place to stay in Dumfries an Galloway.
The hotel is set at the top of town overlooking the harbour
A quiet 1/4 acre field situated between Bridekirk and Ecclefechan.
Views down to and over the Solway Firth.
Sunsets, weather permitting!!
Very friendly and helpful owners.
Part sloping so levelling ramps required for motorhomes.
This site is well positioned for exploring the eastern areas of Dumfries and Galloway as well as making a good over-night halt when travelling further north.
Not expensive, £4 anight including electricity.
In front of us was a field containing sheep and their new-born lambs. It was lovely to wake up and watch the lambs cavorting about. One lamb was blind and it's mother followed it everywhere. Very devoted. So was the farmer, who was out checking them at regular intervals.
The red squirrel is resident in this area.
We stayed on this Caravan Club CL. for four nights last year. It is a very well maintained little site, about 1/4 of an acre of gentle slope (not hard to get level).
It has electric points, w.c. shower and H&C water.
The position, above Port Logan harbour, gave wonderful views down and around the bay. You could watch the lighthouses in Ireland at night-time.
Price: £7 per unit per night incl. electric. This was a little more than we pay on other CL's we visit but was well worth it . Excellent facilities.
2010 price: £10
When we camped here the site was pretty quiet for summer but it did fill up at the weekends.
Enjoyed the vast openness of the site with views across the sea to Ireland.
Toilet and shower facilities were o.k.. There is a shop, laundry facilities, washing machines, dish washing and freeze block freezing.
There is also a children's play area.
There is a 12acre static site and 10acre touring site, with electric hook-ups.
The most wonderful facility was the outstanding situation of the touring site, looking over the sea to Ireland. Watching the Irish lighthouses flashing was quite a spectacle.
There was also access to Dunsky Castle, just over a stile on the cliff top, and a pleasant cliff-top walk to Portpatrick.
When we visited the lighthouse on the Mull of Galloway we noticed that some of it had been taken over, I think, by National Trust, Scotland, as self-catering accommodation.
You would really be out in the sticks here as it was on it's own on the cliff top. A bit wild I would think. You wouldn't want to let young children roam alone due to the dangerous cliffs.
Perfect solitude (when walkers had gone) and superb views.
We first stayed at the Gordon House in 2000. In 2002 we tried a local B&B. It wasn't that great for the price. So in 2004 it's back to the Gordon House. They have nice rooms, central location and their restaurant serves both evening meals and breakfast. The little pub is very cozy, and there is a larger pub area in the back.
Good location, friendly staff and good food.
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