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We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at Garlieston CC Site from 30th March to 8th April.

 

From the CC Website:

An ideal location for a relaxing holiday, Garlieston Caravan Club Site is both peaceful and picturesque. Divided into two sections for choice of comfort, one section of the caravan park offers beautiful views overlooking the bay, while the other provides a far more secluded and sheltered space for those who enjoy extra privacy and quiet. All non-awning pitches and a limited number of awning pitches are located in the part overlooking the bay, while all pitches in the walled area accommodate awnings.

 

Garlieston Caravan Club Site gives you easy access to the rural charms of Garlieston village, geared towards farming and leisure. Many of the attractive cottages in the crescents that wrap around the bay are holiday homes, and pleasure craft now share the harbour with a few fishing boats. The caravan site is well located for fishing, boating, cycling and walking, with adjacent access to a coastal path leading to the famed azaleas and rhododendrons of Galloway House Gardens. The sandy beach at Rigg Bay, where wartime Mulberry Harbours were tested, is an excellent place to spend a summer day.

 

My thoughts:

A lovely small site with 64 pitches (32 of which are hard standing). Split into two sections, one overlooking the bay and the other in in a walled garden. Pitches are ample in size but on the harbour side after crossing the bridge you get the feeling that the club have decided to ram in as many as possible in a small space, as spacing between pitches is the absolute minimum allowed. This was OK in the for the first part of our stay when the site was quieter, but as it got busier for the Easter weekend we started to feel a little hemmed in. Pitches in the walled garden side were also spacious and spacing was a bit better in there. Toilet block up to usual CC standards and always spotlessly clean. Very friendly wardens always stopping for a chat.

 

Our dog was in doggy heaven, the site overlooks the beach and is only two minute walk from the site. We exercised our dog on it every day which he loved. Also within two minutes walk is a coastal path which runs on for aprox 14 miles. You only need to walk 2 miles along this path and you arrive at Rigg Bay where the Mulberry Harbours were tested. The bay is very unspoilt and quiet, again the do gloved running on it. Also along this path you can access Galloway House Gardens. Further along the path you go through woodland and climb a gentle ascent, where you eventually come out on top of cliffs with spectacular views.

 

The site is in Garlieston Village itself set between the harbour and the old village. There is a new development of apartments that have recently been built by the harbour, one of which overlooks the site. The harbour wall was undergoing repairs whilst we were there, meaning early starts from the contractors as they were working with the tide times. We were woken at 5am one morning when they started working. This should be complete within a few weeks. There is a small convenience store in the village, again a couple of minute walk, but if you want a decent supermarket then it’s a 60 mile round trip to Stranraer – best planned into a day out.

 

For pictures of the site, beach and coastal path please see my photobucket account - http://s197. photobuc. ..on%20CC%20Site/

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our favorite site been there three times, a nearer super market can be found in newton stewart

Edited by simonayre

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I have also been there, and thoroughly enjoyed it. You may need to consider the risks from high spring and autumn tides as last year the site came close to flooding and there have been a number incidents over the years. The wardens are aware of this and will let you know of the risks though.

 

Some more photos here at my Galloway Gallery: http://www. high-orbi. ..misc. php?page=3

 

Regards,

Steve

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