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Glentrool Camping & Caravanning Site in Dumfries & Galloway

  • Spacious hardstanding pitches
  • Up Curleywee, one of the awesome Galloway hills
  • View of the pond at night
  • Two of our four Shetland ponies
  • Northern Lights over our camp site
  • View of the tent area from the far side of the pond
  • The fabulous Loch Trool, just a few minutes drive from us
Please note that photos are not always of the actual campsite

Glentrool Camping and Caravan Site is the only camp site situated within south-west Scotland's Galloway Forest Park and the UK's first Dark Sky Park. With more than 1 million trees and 300 square miles of rugged, breathtaking landscapes, this is home to a wide variety of wildlife including birds of prey. This is the ideal expedition base camp!
We 14 hard-standing pitches for caravans and motor homes, all with electricity available, tent pitches, a small shop on site and shower block facilities. All facilities have been recently upgraded.
There are also self-catering holiday caravans available to hire – perfect for family holiday breaks.
Close by is the coast-to-coast Southern Upland Way which passes close to Glentrool Holiday Park, making it an ideal stop-over for those taking the walk from Portpatrick to Eyemouth. ; the spectacular Loch Trool; the RSPB Wood of Cree Nature Reserve and two of the world-renowned 7Stanes Mountain Biking Trails, make Glentrool Holiday Park the perfect base camp for your expeditions into the great outdoors! There's also some tremendous hillwalking in the Galloway Hills with the highest peak (The Merrick) standing at 2,766ft.
The Galloway Forest Park also has 250 lochs and covers an area of 300 square miles. We are around 9 miles north of Newton Stewart which is 51 miles from Dumfries in the east and 25 miles from Stranraer in the west, only a short drive from the Cairnryan / Belfast ferry route. Despite lying within of one of Scotland's great wilderness areas, Glentrool Holiday Park in the Galloway Forest Park is just over two hours' drive from the M6 / M74 on the Border between England and Scotland.
The Galloway Forest Park has some of Scotland’s most amazing wildlife – but without the long drive north including Red Squirrels, Otter, Pine Marten, Black Grouse, Golden Eagles, Red Deer and even Nightjar. 
There is also a great pub and restaurant just a few minutes walk from us.

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Reviews of Glentrool Camping & Caravanning Site

We spent a few days at this lovely peaceful campsite in the Galloway Forest Park. It is now under new management and the new owners Jen and Fran are full of enthusiasm and many ideas for the campsite. It only reopened in April and already a lot has been accomplished. The facilities have been totally renewed and are kept spotlessly clean. There is a small shop at reception and many information leaflets for things to do in the surrounding area.

There are spacious hardstandings for caravans and motor homes and a grassy area near the lily pond for tents. There are some statics also but these are tucked away at one end of the site. Two of these are for rent which could be very useful for non camping friends to stay in or for anyone wanting a camping experience who hasn’t got a tent/caravan/motorhome. Fran very kindly agreed to show us inside one of these and it was spotlessly clean with all mod cons. If we didn't have a caravan we would be more than happy to stay there.

The quietness and tranquility is one of the most striking features of the site. The birdsong is lovely in the mornings and there are many species to be spotted around the site. There are also some delightful little Shetland ponies. The stars are magnificent to observe when walking back from the toilet block in the middle of the night!

This is a great base for exploring the surrounding area and within the Forest Park there are many trails for walking and cycling. The countryside round about is stunning. There is a very nice pub just down the road which serves great food.

We will certainly make a return visit to this site. Thank you Jen and Fran for being so friendly and helpful!
Kate Fortune (26th Jul 2014)