Loch Ken Holiday Park Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, DG7 3NE (Location map)
Open all year
Situated between the stunning Galloway Forest Park and the town of Castle Douglas, Loch Ken Holiday Park is the perfect location for anyone looking to experience the Scottish Borders and surrounding areas with their whole family. This quiet caravan park is open from March to November, and is open to those with motorhomes, although tent pitches are the most widely available and popular. The park also offers a small number of holiday homes for hire, while there are others available to buy for those who visit the area and fall in love with Loch Ken.
The park is close to the RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes bird reservation, however the jewel in the crown is definitely Galloway Forest Park. Galloway offers over 300 square miles of amazing scenery, from dense woodland to heather covered hills and rolling countryside. It also boasts a Dark sky park for amazing star gazing. Walking the park is a great experience, although mountain bike hire is available for those fit enough and who wish to take in the area at a faster pace.
Within Loch Ken Holiday Park, travellers can enjoy a range of activities, particularly those that take place on Loch Ken itself, such as fishing , kayaking, sailing and stand- up paddle boarding. There is a leading water-ski and wakeboard centre situated close-by, so those with a sense of adventure can learn a new skill during their stay.
The Galloway Activity Center, in addition, offers activities such as kayaking, sailing, archery, zip-line,water-park, outdoor laser quest and climbing.
During peak season, the park runs a number of children’s clubs so that if adults want to take in a round of golf or enjoy a spot of uninterrupted fishing, they are able to do so. The surrounding area is home to a number of inspirational archaeological sites, as well as museums and open farms for the whole family to explore.
Loch Ken also houses a grocery store, so those looking to stay on site throughout their stay are able to buy their essentials quickly and easily.
During Peak weeks and weekends we have an onsite coffee van for freshly made teas,coffees, hot-chocolates and cakes.
Galloway Kite Trail including Kite feeding station.
RSPB Nature reserve
7 Stanes; mountain bike trails
Galloway Activity Centre
Loch Ken Marina including Waterski School.
Castle Douglas 'food town.'
Kirkcudbright 'art town'
THE AREA :
Dumfries and Galloway covers an area of some 2,457 square miles. There are many different kinds of scenery found in the area - high hills, glens, woodlands, rivers, lochs and some 200 miles of coastline with many fine sandy beaches.
The region has a long and colourful history, is rich in archaeological sites, and has associations with many famous historic and literary figures. Within the region, the quiet country roads offer unhurried touring opportunities.
Robert Burns spent the last years of his life in Dumfries. He is buried in St Michael's churchyard in the town and the Burns centre beside the River Nith in Dumfries is worth visiting.
The Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Guide lists 115 places of special interest. Included are the early Christian 'Whithorn Excavations', 'Priory and Museum' - the site of the first Christian church in Scotland; Sweetheart Abbey, nineteen castles, including Drumlanrig, the home of The Duke of Buccleuch; and eight gardens including the National Trust Garden at Threave, Castle Douglas.
There are a number of bird sanctuaries, 'open' farms, countryside parks and forest walks, plus many museums, craft workshops, galleries and other attractions.
If you are coming with children there are plenty of nearby attractions to take them too, the Cream O' Galloway Ice Cream visitor Centre has ice cream tasting and indoor and outdoor activities for children, the Cocoabean Company where kids can make chocolate creations in interactive workshops or Mabie Farm Park that offers a fun day out for all the family.
Dumfries and Galloway also hosts several events throughout the year, there is the Big Burns Supper in January, the Wildlife Festival around Easter, DG Arts Festival in May - June, Spring Fling Art Festival in late May / early June and Flavour Fortnight in August / September just to name a few...
Based on 2 review(s)
MANCHESTER 05 Sep 2011
This is a fabulous site My wife and 2 children and I went on holiday there, is so nice we have booked to go again for 2 weeks in 2012, lovely clean site freindly staff, and they are very helpful and chatty with you a really family too, stuff for the kids a 2pm daily, we took a tent the grass area with electric hook up gave us plenty of space good ground and an excerlent view of the Loch, which itself is beautiful, all the sites we have stayed on this is the best yet, you wont be sorry you went and you will book to go again once you have been, really good price too for the holiday, clean tolets shop on site, and the local food town Castle douglas 5 miles away, 5 mins in the car, the girls loved the rope swing and being in and on the loch with the kayak, Ideal for bike's too, stunning views, please book really it's that good,you wont be dissapointed a real 5 star site, thanks for a great holiday see you next year we can't wait. missing the place already
Yorkshire 31 Aug 2010
What a lovely site. Clean tidy and well maintained. Owners and staff very friendly and helpfull.Plenty to do for all ages. Boat hire, bike hire or bring your own boat or bike even. Shop small bur sells most essentials. shower block small but clean and tidy.we will definatley be going back again.