I was looking to get away for the weekend, and wanted somewhere quiet - away from the hustle & bustle. I also wanted to do some walking, so somewhere that accepted dogs was a must.
I contacted Glentrool Holiday Park online fairly late on, got a response first thing in the morning - I'd asked if they had any late availability and if they could do me a weekend deal - they were happy to oblige.
I stayed in one of the static caravans, even though it was just myself and the dog I was given a family sized unit - pretty modern, all of the facilities I could have asked for, and very comfortable furnishings. Everything was spotlessly clean and in it's place.
The campsite pitches looked comfortable and pleasant enough, and the caravan/motorhome pitches seemed of a good size too.
There are only a couple of small negatives I'd like to throw out there... one, as it's a rural/forest location, there's a lot of midges - we all know the Scottish midge is a creature to be feared, so I was surprised to find that there were no fly-screens on the windows.
Also, this last weekend we were in the middle of a heatwave, so as there is no air-con (we very rarely need it in Scotland), the windows had to be opened - which of course allowed the midges in - they were a bit of a pain later in the evening. I might suggest either bringing a portable fan with you to cool things down a bit, or one of those plug-in bug-zappers, and some citronella candles :D
As for the location... perfect, for me anyway. I wanted a quiet & out of the way location, and that's exactly what I got. Plenty of opportunites for walking in the area nearby, and also further afield, the road is quiet so you can choose to walk, cycle, or drive to Loch Trool and the visitor centre nearby (currently under renovation). Be warned though, it's RURAL here - there's no internet/WiFi, and you'll be lucky to get a mobile (cell) signal, at all - I was without service for the whole weekend...
The pub down the road is pretty good too, popped in for a wee pint after a long day out walking.
So, to sum up - if you're looking for a quiet, clean, hideaway with plenty to do in the great outdoors, and great customer service - this will be ideal. If you're looking for someone with lots of bars and restaurants nearby, and to be on Facebook, Twitter, or otherwise 'connected' 24x7... go elsewhere.
Thanks for a pleasant weekend :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A quiet camp site set within the Galloway Forest and UK's first Dark Sky Park. This is the perfect location to experience all this fabulous location has to offer, including hillwalking, hiking, 7stanes bike trails, stargazing and much much more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Glentrool Camping And Caravan Site Newton Stewart, Scotland