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Loch Ken Red Squirrel Eco Bothy

This was our third visit to stay in the eco bothies but our first time in Red Squirrel. Really... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JSMorgan29
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
Family experience

Absolutely brilliant! Had an archery session with Kieron and then a paddle boarding session on Loch... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lesley C
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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Welcome to the Galloway Activity Centre. We are situated on the banks of Loch Ken in south west Scotland and have an exciting range of activities for families, individuals and groups alike. Here you will find details of our services & facilities including activities, courses, equipment hire, accommodation and holiday packages. Choose from: Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Outdoor Laser Tag, Archery, Mountain Biking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Giant Water Slide, Climbing and more...Our aim is to give you a memorable holiday in a safe and friendly family atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 19:30
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Shirmers Bridge, Castle Douglas DG7 3NQ, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our third visit to stay in the eco bothies but our first time in Red Squirrel. Really relaxing time (kids with grandparents!) and wood burning hot tub as good as ever. As always the staff at Galloway Activity Centre are very friendly and...More

Thank JSMorgan29
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely brilliant! Had an archery session with Kieron and then a paddle boarding session on Loch Ken. Kieron was fantastic, really made it a memorable day, even when he was trying to get us to fall into the water. Would definitely return, it was a...More

Thank Lesley C
gac_lochken, Owner at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Lesley - lovely feedback, will pass on to Keegan - yes he is our South African gem and I know he will be thrilled with this... Many thanks Richard

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well what can I say! What an amazing 4 days spend here for my friends wedding! What a stunning setting! All the accommodation and grounds are kept to high standards, i looked round all the accommodation and visited with friends staying in the bothy's and...More

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were just driving past and went in just to use the cafe. They opened the cafe up just for us and we ordered our food which was well worth the wait. They went the extra mile to make the coleslaw fresh for us because...More

Thank _alisondixon1
gac_lochken, Front Office Manager at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Such a lovely review - i'm glad you enjoyed your brief time here! Perhaps you could pop back again to stay and try some activities and maybe our gourmet burger night on Saturday nights if you enjoyed the cafe so much! It's definitely worth it!...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Must say from the start we arrived on a day there was an event on so the access road being narrow was difficult to navigate through the car park. The cafe was overloaded and disorganised with no table numbers so staff could find who ordered...More

Thank Duncan W
gac_lochken, Owner at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Yes, you happened to pick our open water swim event day (100 swimmers plus 50 supporters)! Things were a bit manic! Giant slide bottom section was destroyed by a stag group last month (new one on order from overseas) - rather than close the...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Having just organised open water swimming events for the third year in a row, I can honestly say that the Galloway Activity Centre is the perfect venue. Stunning scenery, beautiful clean loch and amazing staff who couldn't be more helpful. The staff made sure that...More

Thank Lynne D
gac_lochken, Front Office Manager at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

Thank you for such a lovely review! We love having you guys here - i'll pass the comments on to Richard and the rest of the staff! :)

Reviewed 5 September 2017

As my daughter was participating in the Loch Ken open water swim we decided to stay over in one of the loch side cabins which looked like really great value for money. I was a bit concerned that the cabin might be a bit basic...More

Thank Mike G
gac_lochken, Owner at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

So glad to see you guys back for some more swimming and that you enjoyed staying in the cabins. They are basic (posh camping) but we hope they are exactly what it says on the tin! Thanks for the kind words at the end of...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017

Been coming to Galloway Activity Centre for last 25 years, initially as a young couple and latterly as a family with two teenage boys aged 16 and 13 yrs. Stopped in the Red Kite Bothy, which had plenty of room for 4 adults. The Bothy...More

Thank lisad682017
gac_lochken, Front Office Manager at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Thanks for your review! So glad you enjoyed your return here after 25 years - its certainly changed a lot here since then. I'll pass on your comments to Ben and hopefully we'll see you again soon!!

Reviewed 3 September 2017

We stayed in the Red Kite and Red Squirrel bothies for four nights. Both are absolutely beautiful, set in a completely secluded location at the edge of the loch, and have stunning views to every side. The interiors are basic but have everything you need,...More

Thank amyhampshire91
gac_lochken, Owner at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Hi Thanks so much for the feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. I will pass on your comments to Rachel who runs our cleaning team for us. She will be devastated. Perhaps she had an off day? She takes a great deal...More

Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

We visited last week, and had a wonderful time. Hubby and I did SUP while the kids (8 & 11) took a sailing boat out. Then sat and had lunch in the lovely cafe - the view is incredible - before all 4 of us...More

Thank Jamesmumjoey
gac_lochken, Front Office Manager at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Such a nice review! Hopefully you can return again soon to try out some more activities! Will pass on the lovely comments :)

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Steven H
30 August 2017|
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Response from gac_lochken | Property representative |
Hi there, yes we are a dog friendly centre! However, we prefer people to keep dogs on leads and clean up after them. There is a small charge for dogs staying in accommodation, £3.50 per night or £12.50 for the week :)
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Justine J
29 July 2017|
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Response from gac_lochken | Property representative |
Hi WE have a communal fire pit at the front of the centre on the decking which you are welcome to use. We do not allow fires on the grass by the tents unless they are on a raised fire pit (ie so the grass does not... More
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