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Whitecairn Holiday Park

Sleeps 6
Pets 2
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Nestling on a hillside overlooking the sparkling waters of Luce Bay, Whitecairn boasts panoramic views over the Mull of Galloway to the Isle of Man and beyond.
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Burrowhead Holiday Village is the perfect destination for an action packed family holiday, situated at the southern tip of the peninsula just a short drive from Newton Stewart.
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Galloway Cottages

6 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 6
Hot Tub
Galloway Cottages is part of our Daisy Door Cottage Style Collection, beautifully located in the heart of Galloway, just a stone’s throw from picturesque Wigtown Bay, and surrounded by a ’hidden secret’ landscape that boasts some of the finest scenery in Scotland.
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Sandgreen Caravan Park

9 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 6
Pets 2
Set in the wonderful rural and scenic location of Dumfries & Galloway, Sandgreen Holiday Park sits right on the coast with its own private sandy beach. Offering stunning sea views across Fleet Bay.
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Brighouse Bay Holiday Park

13 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 4
Nestled 5 miles from the historic harbour town of Kirkcudbright, Brighouse Bay Holiday Park is a family owned pet-friendly holiday park offering a mix of stylish accommodation on the stunning Solway coast.
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Queenshill Lodges

15 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 3
Pets 2
Mary Queen of Scots is said to have stopped to rest here while fleeing defeat at the battle of Langside and just a few miles away at Dundrennan, is where she took her last steps on Scottish soil before sailing to England.
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The Pond Lodges

15 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 2
Set in a wonderful rural and scenic location, The Pond holiday park looks out to the rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway.
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Ryan Bay

18 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 6
Pets 2
Ryan Bay Holiday Park is perfect for enjoying the scenic beauty of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland.
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Bennane Shore Holiday Park

28 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 4
Bennane Shore Holiday Park nestles on the beautiful Ayrshire coast on 1 mile of private coastline.
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wigtownshire Park & Visitor Guide

Embark on a journey to Wigtownshire, where Scotland's National Book Town awaits with shelves brimming with literary treasures. This southwestern gem offers families a blend of coastal escapades and countryside adventures. Savour the local seafood, freshly caught and served with a Scottish twist, or indulge in a traditional afternoon tea after exploring the rolling Galloway hills. Did you know Wigtownshire hosts an annual book festival that transforms the town into a cultural hub? Opting for a holiday park stay in the UK gives families the flexibility to explore at their own pace, providing a home base with amenities that cater to both kids and adults.

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 Wigtownshire?

Wigtownshire, in the southwest of Scotland, is a hidden gem with rugged coastlines and rolling countryside. It's not just about the scenery; Wigtownshire is Scotland's National Book Town, brimming with bookshops and literary history. In 2024, the area's holiday parks are upping their game, with new facilities and accommodation options. Keep an eye out for the annual Wigtown Book Festival, which is a treat for all ages. Choosing a holiday park here gives you a base to explore the unique mix of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and tranquility that Wigtownshire offers.

If you're visiting Wigtownshire with kids

Absolutely, Wigtownshire is a playground for kids. They can explore castles, roam beaches, and spot wildlife. Holiday parks in the UK, and especially in Wigtownshire, are geared towards family fun, with plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained.

  1. Weather-appropriate clothing – layers are key!
  2. Sturdy footwear for exploring
  3. Swimwear for pool days
  4. Sun protection – hats, sunscreen, sunglasses
  5. Books and games for quiet time
  6. Beach toys and towels
  7. Reusable water bottles
  8. First aid kit for those little scrapes
  9. Snacks for day trips
  10. Camera or binoculars for nature spotting

Pet Friendly Wigtownshire Adventures

Wigtownshire is a treat for pets, with open spaces and welcoming establishments. The Steam Packet Inn in Isle of Whithorn and The Crown Hotel in Newton Stewart are just a couple of the pet-friendly pubs where you can enjoy a meal with your four-legged friend. Always bring a water bowl, lead, and waste bags when out and about.

Dog walking ideas in Wigtownshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Galloway Forest Park Various Forest DG8 7BE
Luce Sands 2.5 Beach DG9 9HP
Garlieston to Cruggleton Castle 4 Coastal DG8 8BQ
Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve Varies Wetlands DG8 9TJ
Stranraer to Loch Ryan 3 Lochside DG9 8EL

Dining at the park, or heading out

Holiday parks often boast their own restaurants, catering to a range of tastes and dietary needs. Wigtownshire's local cuisine includes fresh seafood and traditional Scottish dishes. For a family-friendly dining experience, try The Harbour Inn at Portpatrick. Couples might enjoy the intimate setting of Knockinaam Lodge.

Outdoor Family Adventures

Wigtownshire is home to outdoor centres like Laggan Outdoor, offering zip lines and Segway tours. Watersports enthusiasts can head to Galloway Activity Centre for sailing, windsurfing, and more. Prices vary, but a family can expect to spend around £30-£50 per activity. Seasonal opening times apply, so check ahead.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Wigtown Bookshops Specialty Books, gifts DG8 9HL
Crafty Distillery Local Produce Gin, tours DG8 6JZ
Castle Kennedy Gardens Plants & Gifts Garden items DG9 8SL
Bladnoch Distillery Whisky Tastings, tours DG8 9AB
Agnew Park Family Fun Outdoor activities DG9 7JZ


Top Parks for 2024 in Wigtownshire

Southerness, South West Scotland

Driving Distance: About 37 minutes (21.85 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Southerness Holiday Park is a haven for beach lovers, offering golden sands and blue seas with a backdrop of local wildlife and trails, complemented by a plethora of on-site facilities including a heated indoor pool with flumes and an amusement arcade.

For the kids - Youngsters can splash in the indoor pool, whizz down the waterslide, join kids clubs, explore the adventure playground, or enjoy a round of mini golf. The wildlife nature trail also offers a chance to connect with nature.

What's on-site? Southerness boasts an entertainment venue, The Coast Bar & Restaurant for dining, Late Night Loaded for takeaways, and Scoops for desserts. There's also an amusement arcade, mini golf, a convenience store, and free Wi-Fi in designated areas. The swimming pool is a highlight, featuring heated water and fun flumes.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Mabie Farm Park (approx. 20 minutes drive, entry fees apply) for a family day out with animals and play areas, and the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum (approx. 30 minutes drive, entry fees apply) for history enthusiasts.

Accommodation options: Southerness offers a range of accommodation, from the Solway View 2 bed lodge to the spacious Spey caravan, suitable for couples, families, and groups. Note that the park is not pet friendly.


Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, Dumfries-shire

Driving Distance: About 36 minutes (23.11 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes, in selected accommodations

About this park: Brighouse Bay Holiday Park is a pet-friendly retreat offering stylish accommodation on the Solway coast, complete with a sandy beach, nature walks, wildlife, and a slipway launch for boating enthusiasts.

For the kids - The park features an outdoor play area, seasonal pony trekking, and putting to keep the little ones entertained. The nearby beach also provides a natural playground for all ages.

What's on-site? On-site amenities include a golf course, amusements, a café, bar/lounge, and mountain bike trails. The indoor pool is available from April to October, ensuring water fun regardless of the weather.

What's nearby? The historic town of Kirkcudbright is just 5 miles away, offering farmers markets, gift shops, and restaurants. The park is also within driving distance of Cream o' Galloway (approx. 20 minutes drive, entry fees apply), a visitor centre with ice cream making workshops and outdoor activities.

Accommodation options: With lodges like the Sea View Lodge 3 and the Hot Tub Lodge 3, Brighouse Bay caters to families and groups, with pet-friendly and hot tub options available for a luxurious stay.


Sundrum Castle, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 14 minutes (49.20 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes, in selected accommodations

About this park: Sundrum Castle combines historical charm with modern facilities, set close to Ayr's beaches and the Ayrshire coastline, offering a range of activities and dining options for a memorable holiday experience.

For the kids - Children can enjoy the indoor heated pool, waterslide, kids clubs, adventure playground, and mini golf, ensuring there's never a dull moment.

What's on-site? The park features The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant, a fish and chip takeaway, Costa Coffee, an entertainment club, convenience store, and an amusement arcade. The pool complex is a major attraction, catering to all ages with its heated waters and slide.

What's nearby? Close to the park, Heads of Ayr Farm Park (approx. 20 minutes drive, entry fees apply) offers animal encounters and play areas, while the historic Culzean Castle (approx. 30 minutes drive, entry fees apply) is perfect for a family day out.

Accommodation options: Sundrum Castle provides a range of caravans and lodges, such as the Roxburghe and Troon, suitable for families and groups, with pet-friendly and wheelchair-accessible options available.


Landal Brunston, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 17 minutes (50.67 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes, in selected accommodations

About this park: Landal Brunston is set in a picturesque valley within 25 acres of landscaped grounds, offering a peaceful retreat with on-site facilities like a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, and a café bar.

For the kids - The park includes a children's adventure playground, mini golf, and a games room, providing ample entertainment for younger guests.

What's on-site? Guests can enjoy the indoor pool, sauna, gym, and café bar serving light bites and refreshments. The park also offers Wi-Fi access and a launderette.

What's nearby? The local area is rich in attractions, with Galloway Forest Park (approx. 25 minutes drive, no entry fee) for nature lovers and Girvan Beach (approx. 15 minutes drive, no entry fee) for seaside fun.

Accommodation options: Landal Brunston offers a variety of lodges, such as the Bargany and Turnberry, catering to couples, families, and groups, with pet-friendly options and private verandas for a serene stay.


Family Days Out In Wigtownshire

Wigtownshire, located in the Dumfries and Galloway region, is a hidden gem for families looking to explore Scotland's natural beauty and enjoy some quality time together. If you're staying at one of the holiday parks in Wigtownshire, you're in for a treat with these top attractions.

Cream o' Galloway

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check before visiting
  • Prices: Various ticket options available
  • Postcode: DG7 2DR
  • Est. time required: Half-day to full-day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Cream o' Galloway is a delight for families, especially if you've got ice cream lovers in your crew. It's not just about the delicious dairy; they've got adventure playgrounds, nature trails, and even a Go Boing! netting adventure. The visitor centre offers insights into sustainable farming, and there's a café serving up organic treats. To get the most out of your visit, check the events calendar for special activities.

Phone number: 01557 814040 | Web: creamogalloway.co.uk


The Whithorn Story

  • Opening Times: Generally 10:30 – 16:30, but check ahead
  • Prices: Reasonable entry fees
  • Postcode: DG8 8PY
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Nearby

The Whithorn Story is a fascinating dive into the ancient past. It's a museum that's perfect for families who love a bit of intrigue and mystery. You'll learn about the earliest Christians in Scotland and see some pretty cool archaeological finds. It's not huge, so it won't overwhelm the little ones, and the interactive exhibits keep everyone engaged. Tip: Grab a guidebook for extra context on the exhibits.

Phone number: 01988 500508 | Web: whithorn.com


Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

  • Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00, but seasonal variations apply
  • Prices: Family tickets available
  • Postcode: DG7 2DT
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

This wildlife park is a must-visit for animal-loving families. It's home to over 150 animals, many of which are part of conservation breeding programs. The park's layout mimics natural habitats, making it a more immersive experience. There's also a play area for kids to burn off some energy. The best time to visit is during feeding times when you can watch the animals chow down and learn from the keepers.

Phone number: 01557 814040 | Web: gallowaywildlife.co.uk


Monreith Animal World

  • Opening Times: Check before visiting, as times can vary
  • Prices: Affordable for families
  • Postcode: DG8 8LH
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Monreith Animal World is a hit with the kids, offering close encounters with a variety of animals, from peacocks to pigs. It's a hands-on experience where you can feed some of the animals and learn about their care. The setting is relaxed, and it's a perfect spot for a family picnic. Make sure to check out the mini museum of farm machinery for a bit of local history.

Phone number: 01988 700217


Logan Botanic Garden

  • Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00, March to November
  • Prices: Family tickets offered
  • Postcode: DG9 9ND
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Logan Botanic Garden is a plant lover's paradise and a peaceful retreat for families. The garden boasts an array of exotic plants, thanks to the region's mild climate. Kids will enjoy the discovery centre, and there's a great café to refuel. The best time to visit is spring or early summer when the blooms are at their best. Don't miss the fish pond – it's a favourite with the little ones.

Phone number: 01776 860231 | Web: rbge.org.uk/visit/logan-botanic-garden


Ryan Leisure Centre

  • Opening Times: Varies, check the local council website
  • Prices: Pay per activity
  • Postcode: DG9 8BU
  • Est. time required: Depends on activity
  • Nearest parking: On-site

For a day of indoor fun, head to Ryan Leisure Centre. They've got a swimming pool with a flume, a gym, and various sports courts. It's ideal for active families or those with unpredictable weather. The centre often runs holiday programs, so if you're staying at a holiday park in Wigtownshire, it's worth checking out what's on offer. The pool is a hit, so pack your swim gear!

Phone number: 01776 703535 | Web: dumgal.gov.uk/article/15245/Ryan-Leisure-Centre


Remember, when you're planning your trip to Wigtownshire and looking for the best holiday parks in the area, these attractions will ensure you have a memorable stay. Each offers a unique experience that caters to different interests, so mix and match to create your perfect family getaway.

FAQs

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

Expect a blend of outdoor fun and home comforts. Holiday parks in Wigtownshire, like Three Lochs Holiday Park, offer a mix of accommodations, from static caravans to lodges, often with on-site amenities such as pools, play areas, and entertainment. It's a relaxed setting where kids can roam a bit freer and you can unwind.

What should I pack when visiting Wigtownshire?

Pack for all weathers – a waterproof jacket and wellies are a must! Don't forget essentials like towels, toiletries, and a first aid kit. If you're staying at a self-catering spot like Whitecairn Holiday Park, bring your favourite condiments and a few kitchen basics to get started.

Is Wigtownshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Wigtownshire's charm isn't just for summer. Off-season means fewer crowds and cosy evenings in. Many parks, like Luce Bay Holiday Park, offer heated accommodation and reduced rates. Plus, the local towns like Newton Stewart have a year-round appeal with quaint shops and cafes.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, if your accommodation includes a hot tub, it will be cleaned and prepped for your arrival. Parks like Conifer Lodges take hygiene seriously, ensuring a spotless and inviting soak as you gaze at the stars or the rolling hills of Wigtownshire.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in Wigtownshire are pet-friendly, understanding that dogs are part of the family. Brighouse Bay Holiday Park welcomes furry friends, offering plenty of space for walks. Always check the park's pet policy before booking, as there might be a small additional charge.

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

Booking activities varies by park. Some, like Auchenlarie Holiday Park, have online systems where you can reserve slots before arrival. For others, you may book upon check-in. During peak times, it's wise to book in advance to avoid disappointment, especially for popular activities like swimming or archery.

What dining options will we find at the holiday park?

You'll likely have a range of choices. Places like Sandgreen Caravan Park often feature on-site restaurants or cafes. If you prefer to cook, most accommodations come with kitchen facilities. For a local bite, venture into nearby towns where you'll find cosy pubs and eateries.

Are there any discounts for local attractions?

Yes, some holiday parks offer discount vouchers for local attractions. Check with the reception at your park, such as Three Lochs Holiday Park, for any partnerships with nearby sights. It's a great way to save a few quid while exploring the best of Wigtownshire.

What's the best way to get around Wigtownshire from the holiday park?

If you're not driving, local bus services can get you around, but they may be infrequent. Many holiday park guests find having a car is the most convenient option. This way, you can easily visit attractions like the Galloway Forest Park or the bookshops in Wigtown at your own pace.

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