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Duchally Country Estate is set in prime Perthshire parkland near to Gleneagles and is the ideal base for a holiday in Scotland.
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Landal Barnsoul

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Landal Barnsoul is steeped in natural beauty.
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Nunland Hillside Lodges nestles enviably on a hillside commanding views over the foothills and forests of Dumfries and Galloway.
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Southerness Holiday Park offers a picturesque setting for a family holiday.
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south-west-scotland Park & Visitor Guide

Embark on a journey to South West Scotland, a gem where rugged coastlines meet serene lochs. Here, families can dive into outdoor adventures like mountain biking through Galloway Forest Park or spotting wildlife on a Mull of Galloway boat trip. Foodies rejoice with fresh seafood plucked from local waters, and don't miss out on a traditional Scottish breakfast. Did you know this region is also home to the UK's first Dark Sky Park? For families, holiday parks offer a perfect base camp, blending comfort with a chance to create lasting memories amidst Scotland's natural playground, all while keeping travel fuss-free and fun-packed.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in South West Scotland?

South West Scotland is a gem for holiday parks, with its rugged coastlines and lush countryside. It's not just about the scenery; there's a slice of history in every corner, from ancient castles to maritime heritage. And it's not all old stones and tales; the area is vibrant with cultural festivals and events throughout the year.

In 2024, look out for new attractions or upgraded facilities at local parks. The region hosts various festivals, including food fairs and music events, perfect for family entertainment. Holiday parks here offer a contrast to hotels with their blend of outdoor living and modern comforts. South West Scotland's unique selling point? Its untouched natural beauty and a slower pace of life that's perfect for family bonding.

If you're visiting South West Scotland with kids

Absolutely, South West Scotland is a playground for kids. They can explore castles, visit wildlife parks, and enjoy beaches. Holiday parks in the UK, especially here, are geared towards families, with plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained.

Things to pack for kids:

  1. Weather-appropriate clothing (it can be unpredictable)
  2. Swimwear and towels for pool or beach days
  3. Outdoor gear for exploring (boots, waterproofs)
  4. Games and books for quiet evenings
  5. Any favourite snacks or comfort items

Pet Friendly South West Scotland Adventures

South West Scotland is a haven for pets, with its wide-open spaces and welcoming attitude. You'll find plenty of pet-friendly pubs and eateries, like The Ship Inn in Dumfries, where your furry friends can rest by your side as you dine.

Other tips include checking with holiday parks on their pet policies and nearby vet services. Always have a leash and be mindful of local wildlife and livestock.

Dog walking ideas in South West Scotland

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Galloway Forest Park Various Forest & Wildlife DG8 7BE
Ayrshire Coastal Path Various Coastal Views KA7 1JZ
Mabie Forest Various Woodland DG2 8HB
Castle Kennedy Gardens 2-3 Gardens & Lakes DG9 8SJ
Loch Trool Circular 5.5 Lochside & Hills DG8 6SU

Dining at the park, or heading out

Most holiday parks boast their own on-site restaurants, offering convenience and family-friendly menus. Local cuisine includes fresh seafood and traditional Scottish dishes like haggis. For a family-friendly pub, check out The Steam Packet Inn in Isle of Whithorn. Couples might enjoy a more intimate setting at Henry's Bay House Restaurant in Stranraer, known for its seafood.

Outdoor Family Adventures

South West Scotland is rich in outdoor activity centres like Galloway Activity Centre, offering everything from archery to windsurfing. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £40 for a family archery session. Seasonal opening times apply, with many centres operating from Easter to October.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Loreburne Shopping Centre Shopping Centre High Street Brands DG1 2DF
Castle Douglas Art Gallery Art & Gifts Local Crafts DG7 1BG
Wigtown Book Town Books & Antiques Rare Finds DG8 9JH
Kirkcudbright Farmers Market Local Produce Fresh Food & Gifts DG6 4JG
The Whithorn Story Visitor Centre Heritage Shop Historical Souvenirs DG8 8PY

Top Parks for 2024 in South West Scotland

Erigmore Leisure Park, Argyllshire & Islands

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 51 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Erigmore Leisure Park is nestled in the scenic Perthshire countryside, offering a tranquil retreat with a rich historical backdrop of Birnam Wood, an indoor heated pool, and a range of local activity discounts, making it an ideal getaway for families and couples alike.

For the kids - The park is a haven for children with its indoor heated pool, children’s play area, and discovery trail, ensuring endless fun. Seasonal weekend entertainment keeps the little ones engaged, while the surrounding woodlands provide a natural playground for adventure.

What's on-site? Guests can unwind in the sauna and whirlpool bath, enjoy seasonal entertainment, and dine in the on-site bar and restaurant. The park also features a pool table, table tennis, and woodland walks. The swimming pool requires pre-booking, ensuring a relaxed and organised experience for all guests.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include quad treks, white water rafting, and winery tours, with discounts available for guests. The village of Birnam and the town of Dunkeld are just minutes away, offering charming local experiences. (Driving times vary)

Accommodation options: Erigmore Leisure Park offers a range of accommodation including the Olive Caravan for up to 6 guests, with modern amenities and private decking. Although not pet-friendly, the park caters to families and couples seeking a luxurious caravan experience.

Thurston Manor, East Lothian

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 55 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Thurston Manor is a family-friendly park located at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, offering a mix of luxury lodges and cosy caravans, an indoor heated pool, gym, and seasonal entertainment, all set within the stunning East Lothian countryside.

For the kids - The park provides an outdoor children’s play area and a discovery trail, along with a fly fishing lake and arcade for varied entertainment options. Seasonal activities ensure that there's always something new for the kids to enjoy.

What's on-site? On-site facilities include a gym, indoor heated swimming pool, bar and restaurant with takeaway, and lounge bar with Sky Sports. The park also offers free Wi-Fi and a shop for essentials. The pool requires pre-booking, maintaining an orderly and enjoyable environment.

What's nearby? Explore sandy beaches, coastal towns such as Dunbar and North Berwick, and historic sites like Eyemouth and Berwick upon Tweed, all within easy reach. Local activities include watersports and bike hire, with discounts available for park guests. (Driving times vary)

Accommodation options: Thurston Manor provides a selection of lodges and caravans, including the Limetree Lodge 3 Rowan View, which is spacious and conveniently located near main facilities. While not pet-friendly, the park offers a comfortable stay for families and groups.

Landal Piperdam, Angus

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 58 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes, in specific accommodations

About this park: Landal Piperdam is a Go Active Breaks Collection member, set within 650 acres of the Angus countryside, featuring award-winning facilities, a variety of activities, and a beauty spa, making it an ideal choice for active families and couples seeking relaxation.

For the kids - Children can enjoy the indoor heated pool, soft play area, and a range of activities such as crazy golf, water walkerz, and balance bikes. The park offers a diverse selection of activities to keep children of all ages entertained.

What's on-site? The park boasts a leisure centre with a gym, sauna, steam room, and spa bath. Dining options include Howie’s lounge bar and the Room with a View Restaurant. Activities such as golf, Segways, and cycle hire are available, with charges applying to some.

What's nearby? Venture to the Cairngorms National Park for outdoor activities or visit Glamis Castle for a historical excursion. Dundee offers cultural experiences with its museums and vibrant café culture. (Driving times vary)

Accommodation options: Landal Piperdam offers a range of lodges, including the pet-friendly Barnard Spa Lodge, with private hot tubs and luxury amenities. The park caters to couples, families, and groups, with pet-friendly options available.

Family Days Out In South West Scotland

Cream o' Galloway

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check website for details
  • Prices: Various ticket options, family passes available
  • Postcode: DG7 2DR
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site, included with admission

Cream o' Galloway is a hit for families, especially those with young kids. It's an adventure playground with slides, rides, and nature trails. They've got a fab ice cream parlour – their ice cream is legendary! If you're into sustainable tourism, you'll appreciate their eco-friendly ethos. Best to go on a sunny day to make the most of the outdoor activities. Tip: Wear comfy shoes, and don't miss the ice cream making workshops!

Phone number: 01557 814040 | Web:

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum

  • Opening Times: Check online, seasonal opening times
  • Prices: Reasonable entry fees, discounts for kids
  • Postcode: DG2 0JE
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free on-site parking

This museum is a treasure trove for anyone into planes or military history. They've got a cool collection of aircraft and memorabilia. The volunteers are super knowledgeable and love sharing stories. It's not just for aviation geeks; kids get a kick out of the hands-on exhibits. Check out their special event days for extra fun. Tip: Bring a picnic, there are some nice spots to eat outside.

Phone number: 01387 251623 | Web:

Mabie Farm Park

  • Opening Times: Open daily, but times vary by season
  • Prices: Different rates for adults and kids, under 1s free
  • Postcode: DG2 8EZ
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free for visitors

Mabie Farm Park is a blast for the whole family. It's got animals, quad bikes, and play areas. They've recently added some new attractions, like a boating pond and a bigger play barn. It's perfect for kids with energy to burn. Go early to avoid the crowds and make sure to catch the animal feeding sessions. Tip: Check out their season passes if you're staying at one of the holiday parks in South West Scotland for a while.

Phone number: 01387 259666 | Web:

The Cocoabean Company

  • Opening Times: Daily, year-round
  • Prices: Workshop prices vary, general entry is free
  • Postcode: DG6 4NP
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free parking on-site

The Cocoabean Company is a chocolate wonderland. Kids can make their own chocolate creations while adults can enjoy coffee and cake. They've got a massive indoor play area and an outdoor adventure course. It's a sweet day out, literally. Best to visit on a weekday to avoid the weekend rush. Tip: Book the chocolate workshops in advance to avoid disappointment.

Phone number: 01557 860608 | Web:

Kirroughtree Visitor Centre - 7stanes

  • Opening Times: Visitor centre open daily, trails always accessible
  • Prices: Free access to trails, bike hire costs vary
  • Postcode: DG8 7BE
  • Est. time required: Varies, depending on trail length
  • Nearest parking: On-site, charges may apply

Kirroughtree is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Part of the 7stanes mountain biking network, it offers trails for all skill levels. The visitor centre is the perfect starting point for a day of adventure. They've recently upgraded some trails, so even regulars will find something new. Best to visit in good weather to fully enjoy the trails. Tip: Bring your own bikes if possible, as hire can get booked up quickly.

Phone number: 01671 402420 | Web:

Castle Kennedy Gardens

  • Opening Times: Check online, seasonal opening times
  • Prices: Admission fees apply, family tickets available
  • Postcode: DG9 8SJ
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free parking available on-site

Castle Kennedy Gardens is a picturesque spot that's not just for garden lovers. It's got walking trails, sculptures, and loads of space for kids to run around. They often have events like outdoor theatre and bird watching walks. The gardens are stunning, especially in spring when the flowers are blooming. Tip: Check their calendar for events before you go, you might catch something special.

Phone number: 01776 702024 | Web:

Remember, when you're booking your trip to any of these attractions, it's smart to stay at one of the holiday parks in South West Scotland. They're a great base for exploring and often have their own set of fun activities for days when you fancy staying closer to home.


This is our first stay on a holiday park, what will it be like?

Expect a blend of outdoor adventure and home comforts. Holiday parks like Auchenlarie Holiday Park offer facilities such as indoor pools, kids' clubs, and evening entertainment. Accommodations range from cosy caravans to luxury lodges, often with stunning views of the rolling hills or coastline.

What should I pack when visiting South West Scotland?

Pack for all weathers – waterproofs and layers are key. Don't forget your walking boots for exploring the Galloway Forest Park. For your stay at places like Southerness Holiday Park, bring swim gear, a good book, and perhaps binoculars for birdwatching by the Solway Firth.

Is South West Scotland a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, it's quieter and the scenery is just as stunning. Wrap up for beach walks or forest trails. Many holiday parks, like Whitecairn Holiday Park, offer year-round accommodations with heating and double glazing, making it cosy for an off-season stay.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, holiday parks with hot tub facilities, such as Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, ensure a thorough clean and water change between guests. They adhere to strict hygiene standards, so you can unwind with peace of mind.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in South West Scotland are pet-friendly, like Sandylands Holiday Park. They welcome furry friends, often with dedicated walking areas. Always check the park's pet policy before booking, as some may have restrictions on the number of pets or breeds.

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

Booking activities can usually be done online or at the park's reception. During peak times, it's wise to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Turnberry Holiday Park, for example, offers activities like archery or water sports that can fill up quickly.

Are there any child-friendly dining options within the holiday parks?

You'll find that most holiday parks cater to families with on-site restaurants and cafes offering kid-friendly menus. Sun Haven Valley Country Holiday Park has options that will keep both you and the little ones happy, with flexible dining hours to suit your schedule.

What kind of evening entertainment can we expect?

From live music and comedy to magic shows and quizzes, holiday parks like Parkdean Resorts Wemyss Bay provide a variety of evening entertainment suitable for the whole family. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun, perfect for winding down after a day of exploring.

Is there Wi-Fi available, and is it free to use?

Most parks, including Lagganhouse Country Park, offer Wi-Fi access, with many providing it free of charge in communal areas. Some may charge for in-accommodation use or offer premium services for streaming. Always check the specifics before you arrive to avoid any surprises.

What local attractions are a must-see when staying in South West Scotland?

Don't miss the Galloway Forest Park for stargazing, Culzean Castle for history, and Heads of Ayr Farm Park for family fun. The region is rich in natural beauty and historic sites, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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