Heading for your camping, motorhome and caravan holidays in Scotland? Well, if you like informal then Kings Green Caravan Park, in Dumfries and Galloway, is the campsite for you.
Using four acres of land bequeathed to the villagers of Port William just over half a century ago, the caravan park is run as a community organisation, overseen by a volunteer committee and managed by two seasonal wardens, Hilary and Gail. All the profits from the site go back into the village for the benefit of residents.
This campsite has tremendous benefits for visitors too, not least the wonderful views across Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man. With a superb seaside location, the site is open for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents. There are no static caravans on site.
As the caravan park is right on the beach, all 30 grass pitches have a sea view. Hook-ups are available to 21 pitches, most of which are level, although ramps or levelling devices are recommended. The free-draining ground also allows the site to accept larger units without any problems.
Booking in advance is recommended if you are travelling some distance specifically to stay on site. The informality of the park allows those touring to simply turn up and pitch in a space that has not been allocated; the wardens will check you in when they next visit.
Facilities on site include separate ladies' and gents' toilets and showers (accessed by keys from the wardens), a disabled toilet and basin (no shower), a laundry room and a dishwashing area, plus waste water and chemical WC disposal. There's a small information room too, plus Wi-Fi is available on a pay as you go basis from BT.
Not that you should wish to spend too much time surfing the net. In close proximity are walks (with a public footpath that runs alongside the campsite, along the shore), cycle routes and launch facilities for small boats. Angling (sea, loch and river), garden tours and golf are all possible nearby, and The National Booktown for Scotland, Wigtown, is only 12 miles away. This appealing small town is a book-lover's haven with over 20 bookshops, the world's largest private newspaper archive and its very own book festival celebrating all things cultural, held every autumn.
There's also the vast Galloway Forest Park, filled with picturesque forest trails, a forest drive and numerous lochs. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, 20 miles north of the caravan park, is a great place from which to begin exploring the forest park.
Port William, within which Kings Green Caravan Park is situated, just a short walk from the harbour, has safe, sandy beaches and rock pools where children can hunt for fish, crabs and prawns. The campsite is also situated next to one of the three children's play areas in the village. And when hunger bites, drop into The Monreith Arms for a drink and a meal, or The Clansman, a restaurant with a great reputation for good food, where booking is advised. And if you fancy some ultra-fresh fish without actually having to catch it yourself, Ferry Fish calls onto the site every Thursday afternoon.
Kings Green Caravan Park might be one of the most relaxed campsites in the UK, but if you're spending your holidays in Scotland, it might just be exactly what you need.
ice pack freezing facilities
West Highland Museum
Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre
The Jacobite Steam Train
Based on 2 review(s)
Scotland 08 Jul 2009
This is a cracking site run by the local community council. We visit this site quite often and the wardens are very friendly and more than helpful. The toilet/shower block is kept spotless and the pitches are well maintained what more could you ask for, if you are in this neck of the woods this site is worth a visit, you won't be dissapointed.
Once again visited this site and just as good as before with the usual high standards PS the location is wrong as this site is in Port William
Kings Green Caravan Park, Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway
Once again visited this site, first visit this year, now even better with new washing and laundry facillities now opened, this is a cracking site well worth a visit. Site fees up slightly but still a bargain.
Kings Green Caravan Park, Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
09 Apr 2007
Visited this site last year and thouroughly enjoyed. Run by local community, everyone was very friendly. The site is a bit uneven and is right beside the main road but this did not prove to be a problem for us. Walk right onto the shingle beach from this site. The facilities were kept very clean. The only problem we encountered came from the people who were staying on the site. We have dogs and these were always kept on the lead whilst on the site however we seen lots of people allowing their dogs to run freely - many of whom actually messed-up the park. The wardens did talk to these people but unfortunately they did not take any heed. I would recommend this park highly although I wouldn't say it would be suitable for anyone with teenagers as there would be nothing for them to do. We are definately going back again.