North Rhinns Camping

Glengyre Cottage, near Leswalt, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway DG9 0RG
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Rural hideaway that puts the solar-powered spotlight on small camping.

‘Our number one rule?’ smiles Rob Googe, the co-owner of North Rhinns.‘You must be laid-back.’ And, with his wife Kath, he has created a hideaway campsite that makes you want to be just that. This gem of a site harks back to the golden days of camping that your grandfather may have told you about, when he tramped along some sun-dappled byway with no real plan in mind and needed no more than a few grassy feet of a local farmer’s orchard to be completely happy.

When the Googes came here in 2010 they found a small forest run wild with bracken and brambles, and saw the potential to create the campsite they had always wanted to stay at themselves. Inch by inch, they hand-cut pitches according to the shape of the land and the feel of the space. So each spot has its own character – one is perfect for watching the sunset, another completely lost amid the trees or favoured by grazing deer at dawn. Find the one that suits you best and settle down.

As you do, you’ll begin to discover more special things about this deceptive site. The trees you thought were all pines also include young oaks and odd exotics (is that really a eucalyptus?). That odd ‘ack-ack’ noise isn’t a misfiring tractor but a boisterous buzzard, and that vole isn’t actually scurrying away from you, but the barn owl that happens to be sat on the fencepost. This is a site you’ll want to tell your friends about – but not too many of them, as it truly is one of the best-kept secrets in UK camping.

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We are 5 miles northwest of Stranraer, in open countryside on North Rhinns of Galloway.

 A shelter belt of trees around our site gives privacy and protection and protection from the wind and outsiders to the majority of pitches. Individual pitches, set out between bushes, or changes in level. This is a farming area used for grazing cattle and sheep, grass is  cut for hay and silage. Areas of peatmoss, heather and small pieces of woodland.  Near to beaches, cliffs seals and seabirds! .

Good for birdlife and wild animals - deer use the area. Quiet at night with good prospects for stargazing when there is no cloud.

10 ish pitches for tents, of which 3 can be used for campervans. 6 Electric hookups for tents or campervans. Wherever possible, we rotate our pitches to rest the grass between campers.  We will reserve suitable pitches for you. if you pay a deposit towards your site fees in advance.  We do not overcrowd tents onto the site. We do not provide chemical toilet disposal.

 - ONE COSY CAMPING CABIN FOR 2 . SLEEPING ON 2 SINGLE OR ONE DOUBLE BED. HAS ELECTRIC LIGHT, heater, freesat TV , kettle, toaster and electric sockets. Mugs, bowls cooking pans etc supplied. £38 FOR 2 PEOPLE A NIGHT. Bring your own bedding and other camping gear - stove etc. Single person discount in off-season.

Bedding, bedlinen and towels can now be hired for your stay in our pod. for an extra fee. 

We have a campers shelter for  mending bikes, sheltering from rain etc. NO caravans, large motor homes or statics on this site! Picnic tables are provided for camper's use.

We welcome families with children so long as they are suitably supervised by their adults, and they respect other campers and the peace of the site.

Most pitches have Campfires! BBQ's are OK provided they are on our fire hearths or off the ground to protect our grass. Firepits are available, with logs and kindling, at a cost from £6.00.

Campers are welcome to walk around our adjoining upper field, which is largely rough grass and woodland at own risk, it has views to Ulster and Mull of Kintyre, Ferries to Belfast and Larne can be seen crossing the North Channel. Some more discerning campers use our site for a stopover on their way to and from Northern Ireland.

Email address, if contact form not working northrhinnscamping@gmail.com  Mobile phone signal for O2 and giffgaff  is good here , 2G only. EE has reception at the top of the field.Other networks not reliable,but can be picked up at the small car park at the tower, 1 mile away.  We check our messages several times daily, if wanting urgent response leave message on telephone. or try mobile 07809 649244 .Our Broadband signal often goes down when weather conditions are poor, as we are a long way from the telephone exchange. 

Reviews of North Rhinns Camping

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★★★★★

North Rhinns Camping

Just got home after seven nights at this tremendous camp site ( the best site i have stayed on in fifty years of camping ) The owners Rob and Kath could not do enough to make our stay a pleasure. On arrival it was very windy, Kath helped me put the tent up, made me and my mother (92) a cup of tea, brought more blankets for Mum. lent us a windbreak, booked a table for us at a local pub (even joined us for a meal). Customer care 15 out of 10. The facilities are very good and very clean. Good pitches on site. overall 10 out of 10 for everything. Well done Kath and Rob, you will definately be seeing me again.

Vaughan

3 of 3 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Excellent Site !

A group of us stayed here for a short weekend away. The drive down (from Glasgow) was easy and the map shows the position of the site well. We arrived and pitched our tent in one of the very spacious pitches. The trees make for an excellent windbreak which means the campsite is very still even if it is windy. The facilities are also great, with two toilets, a fridge/freezer and an electric shower. The owners are both lovely and did not hesitate to help us ensure we enjoyed our time there. The site is well positioned for Portpatrick, which is worth a visit if you get the time. Absolutely could not recommend this site enough and great value for money to boot.

2 of 2 readers found this review useful.

★★★☆☆

Lovely site

It's the little touches that make this site special: the hot water for washing up, the hand towels and bath mat, the draining rack with the washing up sinks. The site is so sheltered that even with gusty strong winds you feel safe and secure. We had a lovely few nights here and enjoyed exploring the area. The walk to the nearby monument gives spectacular views over Loch Ryan and if the weather lifts for long enough you can easily see Ireland.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Fantastic

I regret writing this review as it may result in this site being more popular and more difficult to book but it deserves all its accolades. I was looking for a campsite that would allow me to relax, enjoy some peace and quiet and have some privacy. This site has exceeded all my expectations. The owners Kath and Rob Googe are friendly and welcoming, even helping me out with a windbreak after a particularly blowy night.

There are a selection of pitches all of which are individual in their own right. The ability to have a campfire was an added bonus (and necessity to cook on after forgetting the connector for the gas) and made the evenings quite pleasant.

The facilities include a shower, toilets and washing area all based in one hut by the entrance, where there is also a variety of guides, spares and a swop box for food. There is also a fridge for campers to use.

There are plenty of walking trails in the area and other items of interest within a reasonable driving distance.

The nearest supermarket is in Stranraer with Morrison's being the biggest one.

It is not often I would go back to the same place twice but my experience here means it is likely I would return.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Great campsite

I stayed here for 2 nights & really enjoyed it. So nice to stay at a small campsite with a bit of privacy so you do feel you are in the middle of the country. Can't wait to go back - small is definitely beautiful

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Camptastic!

What a cool little place! So refreshing to stay at a campsite where the owners focus on making the campers happy rather than trying to make as much money as possible. The campsite is beautiful and well maintained. Each pitch is like a little garden. We stayed on pitch  number 2, we had privacy and plenty of space, a picnic table and a hearth where we could have our BBQ and campfire. We were close to the immaculate amenities - 2 x toilets and a proper shower room, 2 x washing up sinks and fridge to share which is free to use. There is also a covered cooking area near pitch 6 if you need to cook in bad weather. They are dog friendly and couldn't do enough to help you. Rob and Kath make you feel like you are camping a mates well provisioned back garden!

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Fantastic!

Brilliant little campsite. It was my first time camping and I loved it. Facilties are in great order with toilet and shower block, fire hearths at all pitches, fire pits and bbq available. Hook ups were available for use too. 

Kath and Rob were very welcoming when we arrived. They came to see us at least once a day to make sure we had everything we needed. 

Plenty of information available in the shower block for all local restaurants, activities, shops etc. Something for everyone.

Would definitely recommend to all campers: novice or experienced. :) 

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Fab

Our very first camping trip ever was to this fabulous site!!! It is a little hidden gem. The owners and their dog, Tinker, are lovely. The facilities are spotless. We cannot thank them enough for their invaluable advice – and Kath, we have bought a tent heater !

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Great Site

Spent a few nights here a couple of weeks ago. A real hidden gem of a site with friendly owners, shower/toilets etc are spotless and best of all having a campfire is no problem. Plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Great value for money, one we will go back to. 

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

North Rhinns Camping

The owners could not have been more helpful and dogs are very welcome. Facilities nice and clean. The trees made a useful windbreak and I took advantage of the shelter for cooking. The coastal walks are splendid. I very much enjoyed being on a small and friendly campsite. Excellent value for money and hope to see Rob and Kath again soon.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

North Rhinns COOL Camping

We stayed at North Rhinns Campsite over Easter for seven wonderful nights and we will definitely go again. The campsite is beautifully quiet with new and very clean facilities and we parked our camper and set up a tent within well maintained trees which provided shelter from the wind. We were made to feel very welcome by Kath and Rob who generously offered their help (as we were somewhat underprepared for the Easter cold snap) by lending us blankets, a heater, logs and kindling, and even a jacket for our dog, as well as chocolate treats for us and numerous doggie biscuits. The campsite is a great base to explore the coastline and there are breathtaking walks and views to be enjoyed. We can thoroughly recommend North Rhinns Camping and want to say a big 'thank you' for the hospitality we received!!!

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Lovely site

The dog and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the pod. Given the rainy weather, the television was great. If IKEA produced pods it would look something like this - elegantly simple, safe and cosy. Other campers scarcely impinged on my consciousness - so well sited are the pitches. Kath was extremely kind in helping me with my new camping cooker. The toilet block is clean and warm and there is even a fridge to store perishables . 

★★★★★

North Rhinns

I have camped all over the world from Europe, south east Asia,Australia and extensively in the Uk but North Rhinns site near Leswalt in Scotland was a new very nice experience.Lovely people VERY quiet,spotless facilities,well thought out pitches,good views and a general nice vibe.The perfect site for an overnight stop between ferries to NI.

Many thanks I will be back,with more Oak logs 1

ps pitch 11 is the best

Cheers ,

Russell

★★★★★

Fantastic Site

North Rhinos is a very friendly and welcoming place. Each pitch is individual and well thought out. Kath and Rob have created something quite special.

★★★★★

Hidden Gem

We were so fortunate to stumble upon North Rhinns. The site we normally camp at in this area was full................. and what a joy!! You can tell that this site has been set up by campers. It is beautifully laid out and the little fire places and cooking areas dotted about are brilliant. The facilities are compact but spotless and everything that you need is provided by the very thoughtful owners.  We will definitely return and would have no hesitation in recommending. Thank you

Arrived to the site and received a very warm welcome and made us feel at home. Facilities very clean and spacious. Perhaps could do with an extra shower as I would imagine when it is busy there would be a queue. The site itself is a little gem for peace and quiet and the pitches are well apart. Stranraer not too far away to get all you’re shopping and there is convenience store is Leswalt. Plenty of places to visit in the area but the Mull of Galloway and the Galloway Forest are a must. Would back to the site if we were to visit the area again and thanks to Rob and Kathy for their hospitality and their help especially when the weather got bad.

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Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

North Rhinns Camping: Back-to-basics camping near Scotland’s wildly beautiful south-west coast.

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