Balloch O’Dee Campsite and Trekking Centre
Located on the edge of the Galloway National Forest Park, Balloch O’ Dee is a lovely small farm nestled in stunning countryside.
Balloch O’Dee Campsite and Trekking Centre is located 15 minutes from the coast and has numerous wonderful beaches nearby. Children say it has some of the best crab fishing in the world. It is surrounded by forests and mountains and sits at the foot of Cullvenan Fell.
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The site is an amazing base for wildlife enthusiasts. It lies on the edge of a 4,000 acre forest. Rare birds are never far away. Sometimes Deer wander through the farm. There is an abundance of wildlife all around you.
Balloch O’Dee Campsite covers about 15 acres and can accommodate a maximum of 5 tourers and around 30 tents. The site has no static caravans and their emphasis is on space so that guests won’t be crammed in.
There are five electric hook-up points located in their own camping field. There is plenty of space between them although this is the smaller of the two camping fiields. They are popular so if you did want hook-up then it’s wise to book in advance if you can.
There is a chemical waste disposal point tucked away in the corner of the field plus a number of stone built BBQs, fire pits, picnic tables and drinking water taps. The hook-up field is also the closest of the two fields to the showers and toilets.
Balloch O’Dee Campsite has a purpose built shower room which has lovely hot showers with extra large ‘rainfall’ shower heads, hand basins, toilets and washing up sinks. There are also sockets to plug in hairdryers etc. There are complimentary hand made soaps and hand creams and a large selection of reading material for you to enjoy.
An outside undercover area for washing-up with hot and cold running water has been built which is entirely separate from the toilets and showers.
Around the site a number of individual Scottish stone barbeques have been built so if you don’t want to lug yours along with you then you can use the sites. Charcoal and wood are normally available at the farm. The site also offers free range eggs from their rare breed hens to their guests.
Balloch O’Dee has its own pony trekking centre. It is based just down the road at the idyllic Three Lochs Park. The park is surrounded by beautiful waterside tracks and spectacular woodland trails. They have ponies to cater for all ages and from beginners to more experienced riders. The centre is very friendly and informal and is designed to create a lovely relaxed and safe atmosphere for the entire family.
THINGS TO DO
Three Lochs Park, where the park runs the trekking centre from, is just down the road. It is set in stunning scenery around the 3 great lochs and offers a wonderful array of activities. You can enjoy fishing, shooting, stalking, archery, mountain biking and golf. It also features a small indoor heated swimming pool, a cafe and a small shop.
The Trekking Centre is a big attraction for the campsite but if you want to do something else on your stay then you couldn’t be in a better place.
• Fishing: Surrounded by beautiful Lochs, full of exquisite trout and Coarse fish and encircled by magnificent Salmon rivers; and wonderful coast line, Balloch O’ Dee is a fantastic base if you are a fishing fan.
• Photography: Balloch O’ Dee is a photographers paradise. Everywhere you look there are stunning photo opportunities for landscapes, seascapes and wildlife.
• Mountain Biking: We last saw a car down this way in 1957! so if you are looking for somewhere that has miles of perfect tracks for mountain biking through some of the most un-spoilt landscape in the country then there is no finer place.
• Astronomy: Just a few miles away is the Galloway National Forest Park which is one of only four sites in the world that has been granted ‘Dark Sky Status’ Due to its zero light pollution. There is no better place to see the spectacular night skies than Balloch O’ Dee.
OUT AND ABOUT
Balloch O’ Dee
Situated on the very edge of the National forest park Balloch O’ Dee is the perfect place for exploring the 300 square miles of beautiful unspoilt forrest. The zero light polution ensures that even in the dead of night the views are stunning!
ortpatrick is well worth a visit. It has developed into a golfing, yachting leisure resort. Just one of the highlights is to taste the fish and chips at the harbourside Crwon Hotel, people drive for miiles to enjoy them. Boats, golf, cafes, art galleries and gift shops too, it’s all there in Portpatrick. A day trip here should definitely include a visit to the Mull of Galloway lighthouse, the most southerly point in Scotland.
Port William or “the Port” as it is known is the nearest village. It is built around a working harbour where you can watch the fishing boats coming and going.
Scotland’s first recorded place of civilization and in addition the birthplace of Christianity and so it is a very important “city” in the history of Scotland. There are a good range of shops in Whithorn and Priory Antiques is a must see! The Whithorn Experience is an exhibition which gives a fascinating insight into the birthplace of Christianity and St Ninian who is credited with bringing Christianity to Scotland in the 4th Century. South-west of Whithorn, St Ninian’s Cave at Physgill on Luce Bay is said to be where Ninian retreated periodically for contemplation. The cave is definitely worth a visit.
Isle of Whithorn
A few miles from Whithorn is the Isle of Whithorn which is a fishing village also popular with yachties. It boasts the nationally renowned Steam Packet Inn. It is also home to St Ninian’s Chapel.
Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town and is the location for the annual Wigtown Book Fair which is held in late September and attracts writers and book aficionados from all over the UK. For the rest of the year it boasts about 20 second hand book shops.
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Balloch O Dee Campsite and Trekking Centre
Dumfries and Galloway
Tent Pitches: YesTour Caravan Pitches: YesMotor Home Pitches: YesBBQ area: YesChemical Disposal Point: YesCar Parking: YesDogs allowed: YesDrinking Water: YesElectric Hook-up: YesFishing Available: YesPonies/Horses: YesShower Facilities: Yes