The south-west of Scotland has one of the UK’s most gorgeous unspoilt coastlines, and it’s never crowded (thanks to the absence of a railway and anywhere decent to eat). So, car or campervan camping and campsite cooking really comes into their own here.
Solway View campsite
Solway View campsite is part of a 300-acre farm perched on a headland between Ross Bay and the Solway Firth. You can walk to fabulous coves or round the coast to a choice of beaches. There are pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes and also some wooden wigwams to rent. It’s relaxed, there are great views and the toilet block is always clean. It’s recommended for food-lovers because:
- Every tent pitch has its own wooden picnic table and benches, plus a wheel inner to light campfires in
- There’s a sea-facing shared cookhouse with gas hob, tables and chairs, washing-up equipment, crockery and cutlery
- You can buy locally grown fruit and vegetables at the cookhouse (you just choose what you want and leave the money in a jar)
It seems they’re now only taking bookings from Camping and Caravanning Club members, so call them first to check you’ll be welcome!
Kirkcudbright’s Silvercraigs Caravan Park
An unusual place to camp in that it’s a small green hillock perched in a residential area overlooking the picturesque town of Kirkcudbright (Kirkoobree, by the way). A bit like the municipal sites you get in France, it’s community-run and the (low) fees help pay for projects and activities in the town.
Facilities are basic (although there’s free wifi, 16amp hook-ups and a laundry area). There are only a few flat pitches, but it couldn’t be in a better spot for strolling down to town for the harbour views, art trail, Scottish nights and the host of other summer festivities. Again, there’s nowhere fantastic to eat (despite the opening or a promising-looking, highly disappointing new café and cookery school), but it’s a lovely little town with gorgeous countryside, bays and beaches all around.
Doon Beach across the estuary is perfect for long family days-out because there’s a big, flat field right on the edge of the sand.
Big caravan resorts
There are quite a few bigger caravan and static/cabin parks around the area – Brighouse Bay, Seaward, Sandgreen and the ones near Kippford and Rockcliffe. These aren’t our thing, but there’s lots of choice for those who want the facilities this sort of place offers.
Tips for eating out
Earth’s Crust Bakery in Castle Douglas (the food town….hmm) is a lovely and heartwarming find for fresh breads and a super café.
Hullabaloo in Dumfries is/was fantastic, but was due to close at the time of writing (September 2017).
We’ll add places as we find them, but why not make the most of the smokeries and fresh fish and cook at your pitch instead. You’ll find lots of recipes here in the magazine.