10-ish tent pitches, 5 with electric hook-ups. Pitches have a secluded feel with 2 separate parking areas to provide vehicle free camping and preserve the grass.
Our 3 campervan pitches with electric hookups are a very short level stroll to the facilities.
Our cosy camping pod is equipped with 2 beds, electric heater, kettle and toaster and freesat TV. Plates, bowls, mugs ,cutlery and cooking pans provided.
Our facilities building has full disabled access and has a disabled loo and level access shower.
There are washing up facilities and a electric socket for a hairdryer/charging phones.
Small fridge-freezer for campers cold blocks and milk etc. (no charge)
Drying lines strung between trees.
Dogs are welcome on leads.
Picnic tables and fire pits/BBQ hearths provided. You can buy sacks of wood with kindling from us.
People with Tents, single campers, couples, families and groups maximum 10 (same-sex groups and couples welcome too)
3 small campervans – yes. Caravans and large motorhomes – NO.
Well behaved children and dogs welcome too!
There is a well-stocked and licensed village shop 2 miles in Leswalt that gives cashback.
The local sea fishing is fantastic – visit The Sports Shop, tel 01776 702705 (www.fishingstranraer.com) we have some local information here too.
There is a sandy beach 2 miles away (walk there) and other secluded beaches can be reached by car, as well as some on foot. The holiday town of Portpatrick is 10 miles away. The Southern Upland Way
(01835 824000) is 5 miles away and particulaly good walks can be found at the RSPB reserve
at Mull of Galloway along with a Lighthouse there.
The North Rhinns Coast path is now agreed and parts are under construction and accessible. A favourite section is between Killingtrangin lighthouse and Portpatrick.
There is also an interesting route to take in to discover all the gardens of Galloway
with a nearby favourite being the grounds of Castle Kennedy
, well worth a visit.
Food & Drink
The hotel in the lighthouse (01776 853220) at Corsewell Point, 9 miles from the site, does fine food and does yummy tea and scones, too. The Crown(01776 810261), The Harbour House (01776 810456), Mount Stewart Hotel (01776 810291) and Campbell's resturant (01776 810314) are amongst others at Portpatrick, with live music at The Crown on Fridays and Saturday nights.
A large selection of takeaways are in Stranraer.
If you're looking for something a little more on the hoof then try the fish and chip van in Portpatrick harbour, high season only.
Main Camping season 2017 Third week of March – mid/late October. Please contact the site in advance so they know when to expect you and preferably before 8pm, andin all cases plan to arrive before dark.
We are pleased to take phone calls and emails and bookings all year round. If you plan to come at the end of the season, please phone or email to check that we are open.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 45 reviews
A quiet gem
We camped in the pod, it was comfortable, clean and well equipped. The site is small and very peaceful, hidden in a garden in unspoilt countryside.
Safe, secluded and special
What a gem of a campsite. Kath was very accommodating even despite us arriving 3hrs late because of flooding on the A75! Nothing was a bother and she went out of her way to be helpful, providing us with advice on the local area and extra amenities. As someone who was a bit anxious about camping due to coronavirus I needn’t have worried - the campsite itself was so well organised, shared areas were cleaned frequently, guest numbers were reduced and hand washing/sanitising stations were easily accessible. We felt very safe whilst staying. The campsite itself is like nowhere I’ve ever stayed before! We were at tent pitch 11 and it was very secluded with beautiful views. Had such a special couple of nights here and would highly recommend to anyone.
We stayed at North Rhinns for a couple of nights. The campsite is fantastic. The pitches are well spaced out, isolated and sheltered. The pitches along the field (6, 10 & 12 I think), really provide a 'wild camp' feel, sheltered by trees and looking out into the countryside. Will definitely be back.
Our First Time Camping!
As a single mother trying to do right by her 2 kids who decided they wanted to go camping, I decided to dip our toes in by booking 1 night. Of course this meant a torrential downpour happened as we arrived with our rather flimsy tent. The owner was very kind and insisted on rigging up a tarpaulin with some tent poles and rope to provide our tent with some extra shelter. The rain finally let up around 7pm when we got to light our campfire, cook our tea and toast some marshmallows. Our pitch was next to a field of cows which my daughter absolutely loved (as if we don't already live in a rural area surrounded by cows and sheep anyway, ha!). In spite of being seriously underprepared for the extremely wet weather, we all had a good time and certainly made a memory. I would 100% come back here as the pitches are arranged in little niches so you have an element of privacy and it's nice and quiet. We were offered an extra night, and I would have definitely taken them up on it had we packed more (read: dry) clothing and left the cats with more food back home. I have come away from this experience with a shopping list of future camping needs (including a decent tent), and the catastrophic weather hasn't put us off. It's immaculately clean and the owners are lovely and clearly take pride in their campsite. Thank you so much for looking after us.
Amazing hidden gem
This campsite is truly a hidden gem. Social distancing worked brilliantly well and the owners were disinfecting the facilities regularly. The facilities were immaculately clean even before the disinfecting of everything. Our plot was hidden in the trees and was beautiful and quiet. The bags of logs were great value we got two for the four nights we were there and they lasted us well. We also found an amazing little cafe in Stranraer for breakfast- the wee teapot tearoom- well worth finding even if it is off the beaten path a little as the breakfast was worth it. We also really enjoyed the walks that the owner had left in the folder in the washroom, particularly the aldouran glen walk- that was a gorgeous little route. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back as soon as we get chance
Nice site and location but not very welcoming
Really difficult to leave this review. I wanted to love this camp site but can't as I didn't feel very welcome. We stayed 1 night in the pod. Nice pitches around the site, pod was clean and had more than you would expect. All in all very good facilities. What really let this place down was the initial welcome from the owner. Shouting at us and condescending because we struggled to get the gate to the site open - not the welcoming, friendly reception you would expect. Really did not set a nice tone for the stay. Perhaps the owner was just having an "off" day as all other reviews seem to be positive. I did enquire with the owner if they were okay. They said they were so perhaps that is just their usual demeanour. Other than that, as said can't fault the site.
Response from North Rhinns Camping
Thanks for your comments. I did shout because I did not think you could hear me. You found it difficult to open the gate as I was telling you. Sorry you felt this spoiled your visit.
Peaceful, relaxing and a little piece of Heaven
Massive Thankyou to Kath and Rob for a wonderful 4 days at your beautiful Campsite, this was our third time visiting and it gets better with every visit, we'll see yous again very soon. Highly recommend this little piece of Camping Heaven.
Beautiful site; the pitches have their own character (number 12 for great views and an exposed experience). The owners are sooooooo helpful. Fires are allowed in the pits and firewood is available to purchase. The amenity block is spotless. Walks to the coves are from 1hour. I cannot wait to stay again A+++++++
stunning wee campsite! Fire pit roaring away, bbq on, glass of wine watching the sun go down. Lots to see in the area. With idyllic little coves to explore. We will definitely be back.
Stunning wee campsite with lovely views and secluded pitches. We had a great bbq with the fire pit roaring away and watched the sunset. Local area is amazing with so many bays and beaches. Lots to explore. We will definitely be back!
Perfect for a secluded socially-distant camping experience
My wife and I visited this campsite a couple of years ago and loved everything about it, so when the travel restrictions were scheduled to be lifted last week I got straight on the phone and booked us into plot 12 (the highest one up). Unlike regular campsites which are a load of tents in a field, a lot of thought has gone into the layout of the pitches here - we barely saw another human being apart from trips to the toilet / washing block (which has social distancing markers and hand sanitiser on tap). Total seclusion, and just what the doctor ordered after 4 months stuck in a top floor Glasgow flat.
Everything you want from a campsite
This campsite is well catered for campers and small caravans. The best thing for us was the local information and local walking guides. There were some great guides to some lovely walks we wouldn't have otherwise known about.
End of summer trip
We visited North Rhinns for a week at the end of August and found the site to be beautiful. Each pitch was well defined and had its own character. Ours was in the middle of the site and surrounded by trees and hedges. Consequently this meant the midges were particularly active. We struggled with midges on only two occasions by they were enough to send us retreating to our tent. The campsite is clean and Kath and Rob were friendly. There is only one shower which wasn’t a problem for us as the site only had 6 pitches occupied but I can imagine it might get busy at other times.
Serene beautiful spot to chil
Beautiful area to explore so this camp site is just perfect it’s small and quiet and not commercialised in any way. There are 2 toilets and a shower and 2 sinks for washing up along with a fridge and a freezer that you can use! It’s kept very clean. Our tent was on its own in a secluded spot - we had a campfire most nights - and although we had a lot of rain we absolutely had a great time! Highly recommended if you’re after a quiet spot to camp and you must visit lady bay and Portpatrick absolutely stunning views. Stranraer is not far and we found the people very friendly!
Response from North Rhinns Camping
Thanks Tina, we are pleased you enjoyed your time.
Bird song and nothing more.
This is a perfect way to camp. We had our own secluded clearing in the woods with a view almost to Ireland. I was needing to escape the city and relax and this wee place catered for me in the best possible way. We bought logs and cooked on an open fire in the provided pit, complete with stone fireplace. We swam in the bay at Portpatrick and spent the rest if the evening listening to the birds. I love this place and can't wait to get back!
I was looking for a quiet place where I could shut off from the mad world and relax. I found just that at this campsite. I spent a very relaxing 2 weeks here. It was lovely to hear nothing but the singing birds and the occasional cow or sheep in the distance. This site is very well planned out and really is a labour of love for Kath and Rob. Both Kath and Rob make you feel very welcome and go out of their way to try to make your stay everything you desire. The facilities were always very clean and more than adequate. The site is also very good value for money. I would have gladly stayed longer if not for the need to pay the bills😀. I will however definitely be back. Many thanks for Kath and Rob for creating such a lovely little place and being lovely people as well 😀
Peaceful and sheltered campground
We are a family of four with 2 young children. We stayed over the recent Bank Holiday and enjoyed the site. It is on a quiet lane, which we were able to walk along with the kids on an evening without concern. The site itself is very well landscaped; this means that even when the winds are blowing across the Rhinns it can be calm beside the tent/camper. Cars for tents are parked separately and there are wheelbarrows to transport your things (which my children may or may not have turned into an improvised ride). Due to the landscaping it is private and I think although kids might like to play there you could go as a couple and be quite secluded too. The facilities were small but adequate for the size of the site. They were clean and I liked the honesty supplies left by previous campers/dishwashing liquid by sinks and shower gel in the shower in case you were forgetful. The area has plenty to do if walking/gardens/cycling and outstanding views are for you. We would recommend and would gladly return.
Secluded and beautiful
A lovely little campsite, small and secluded, just remote enough to feel wild and rural, yet handy for getting to Stranraer and lots of lovely walking, gardens etc.. The facilities are clean and tidy, Kath and Rob the hosts are friendly and helpful, but there is plenty of privacy too. Just what we were looking for!
Response from North Rhinns Camping
Thanks Gill, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay.
Beautiful area, friendly people
My husband and I normally spend our holidays in our campervan, however decided to try one of these glamping pods for a change. The campsite is beautiful. Very peaceful and well kept, the facilities are more than adequate (although I do worry that 1 shower and 2 toilets simply wouldn't be sufficient if the campsite was full as there's 12 pitches). The only issue we had was with the pod itself. We were the first arrivals of the season and unfortunately you could tell -as the pod didn't seem to have been given the once over - there were cobwebs very visible and the floor was a bit dusty, and there was a very musty smell.. The kind you would expect from your garden shed after winter. Now I appreciate that technically it is a shed, and you are camping, but personally I would've taken the time to give the pod a bit of a freshen up before having paying customers stay. The thing my husband pointed out as well is that although there is a ventilation hole in the pod, it's as good as useless unless there are two ventilation holes as with only one, air cannot circulate, causing us to have very stuffy heads the next morning. And although we paid for 2 nights, we actually went home for the second night as we were only a 2 1/2 hour drive away. That being said though Kath and George were both very welcoming and gave us a superb recommendation to go to the lighthouse for sunset which was an absolute delight!! We had a fabulous time exploring the surrounding area and went to the Logan botanical Gardens which I highly recommend!!
Response from North Rhinns Camping
I'm sorry you found the pod unsatisfactory. It was cleaned thoroughly before your arrival, ventilated. When the door is open some dust will blow in.There is a notice in the pod ,-if it is stuffy put the chain on the door with the door ajar, We are installing a window.
We keep numbers of people strictly limited on site , always some pitches are resting between campers..
We would have been pleased to hear your concerns whilst you were here.
Lovely, welcoming stay.
Myself and my two young daughters (6 & 4yo) were accommodated very thoughtfully and had a fantastic time at North Rhinns. The owners could not have been more considerate and helpful the entire time we were there. Everything we needed was perfectly and conveniently supplied. The girls especially enjoyed the luxury of the evening fire and the picnic table. We only stayed two nights (waiting for the Larne Ferry) but we could happily have stayed much, much longer (we had a wife/mother to find in Dublin!). The weather helped, but the warmth of the welcome was the main thing. We very much hope to return.
Great, peaceful woodland campsite
This campsite was fab, we had a lovely stay. Each pitch has its own character and the surrounding woodland is beautiful. Rob and Kath are extremely friendly and happy to help with any advise on the site and local area. The site is well equipped with everything you could need for a comfortable stay, and it was lovely to have a campfire every night!
Response from North Rhinns Camping
Thanks for your very positive review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay,
Great little campsite with some hidden gems.
We have just come back from North rhinns campsite having spent 2days there over Bank Holiday weekend, when we arrived Kath made us feel very welcome and showed us around the site and straight away we were impressed with the layout and all the cool little extras. They have both put a lot of effort into making your stay as good as it can be.Kath spent time explaining about the area and places to visit. We spent our evenings sat around the campfire listening to the birds and watching the sun go down. All I can say is if your looking for a cool 😎 campsite this is the one for you we will be back. Thanks again.
Response from North Rhinns Camping
Thank you for your kind comments, and for your entry in our visitors book. Since your visit we have been doing work to level the sloping pitch you used by adding topsoil , and have sown new grass seed on it, hopefully ready for next season!!
Peaceful, friendly, adventure-filled!
Rob and Kath have made a lovely campsite hidden amongst the trees in a very sight-filled rural location. They are very friendly to talk to and have loads of advice on the surrounding areas to point you in the direction depending on what you want to do. My wife and I just spent our first year anniversary there this past weekend and couldn’t have been happier with it! (We did luck out on very beautiful weather). We stayed in the pod which was a really cool experience and perfectly cozy with all the cooking appliances and utensils included. The campsite has showers and washing sinks as well as a fridge to use which are very well looked after by Rob and Kath. It’s the little things that make a big difference! The location is very central to the peninsula of Galloway so it’s quite easy to access all corners (we had rented bicycles and covered a lot of miles in a few days) with plenty of beaches, ocean and rolling hill views, lighthouses, ruined castles, cliffs, and cute little towns to see! Definitely a little secret oasis that we highly recommend!
peace and quiet .
this site is one of the best I have ever been to. secluded wildlife friendly site with well thought out private pitches. Owners Rob &Cath make you feel very welcome very nice genuine people who take time out to speak to campers every night . spotlessly clean toilet and shower block .if you like peace and quiet this is the perfect site for you .Good base for exploring Galloway .fishing ,walking , wildlife . would thoroughly recommend a trip to the cliffs at mull of Galloway .I will definitely be back to this site in the near future .
Peace and tranquility in a lovely rural setting.
This is a small but beautifully thought out camp site, making the most of natural features, planted woodland and landscaping to afford a sense of seclusion, whilst at the same time not being far from the site's amenities. The main facilities are situated in a compact building, are kept scrupulously clean and provide for all basic needs. There are two WCs, with mirrors and clean hand towels provided; a level access shower cubicle; electric shaver point; two washing up sinks, with dish drainer, dish towels and washing up liquid, all nice touches. Some pitches have electric hook ups and most have fixed or portable fire pits. The sack of logs and kindling provided kept me going for two evenings, all for a cost of £6, which is excellent VFM, likewise the site fees, which are more than very fair and offer great value. I planned to stay for three nights in the second week of May. However, a spell of heavy rain and winds forced me to cut my visit short. Kath could not have been more helpful and despite the wind and rain, went out of her way to help me finish my break, including offering drying facilities and the pod for a last night. I am heading back for a couple of nights in two days time.........what more can I say?
This was the best site i have been on, friendly, peaceful, the couple who run the site, (sry forget the names), could not do enough to help you, the plots are perfect, i really cant say enough to justify the site, you have to see for yourself, definately booking the pod for the next visit
Turned a home body into a happy camper
We stayed here with our three chidden in August of 2016 and on arrival our reluctant head of the household relaxed. Initially we were offered the pitch we had mentally picked out from the pictures but quickly decided on an even more secluded area. Rob and Kath couldn't have been more helpful and I would highly recommend this site to anyone who is not sure if camping is for them.
Tranquil and birdsong
We stayed for three nights on pitch 9 - recommended, also pitch 10 for more privacy. The site has been very well thought out with actual pitches to set up at. Ours had a fire pit, table and benches and a very nearby tree which was a haunt for a chiff chaff. Clean facilities, useful information and friendly owners in Kath and Rob who had many top tips. Very thoughtful fuel for fire with bag containing paper, firefighters, kindling and logs. Local walk to Portobello beach recommended, Mull of Galloway ( most southern part of Scotland there) and cafe at Drummore on the way - you can't miss it on the Main Street. There is also little museum there.
Very nice site. We stayed here for a week over easter,and how the site is laid out, we hardly noticed any other people there. We had pitch 10, which had beautiful views and an awesome fire hearth. The owners could not do enough for us to make our stay enjoyable. Dog friendly. Lovely clean facilities (cleaned daily by Kath) and a hot shower (which makes all the difference). You can't park by the pitch,but there is a wheelbarrow to use to move all your gear. A real hidden gem. We will definitely be back again.
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 .
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Peace and Quiet this is a must
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.
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
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!
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. :)
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.