Little Balsier

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, DG8 8EP

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Ideal for ...

  • Adults
  • Beach stays
  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Scenic views

Why stay here ...

The CL is set in the countryside of the Machars just south of the village of Sorbie. The half-acre field has an open aspect with views of the Galloway Hills to the west. On the CL field the pitches are separate so even when full the view is little obstructed.

There is a slight slope into the site but the pitches are level grass with an electrical hook up and space for an awning. We realise the slope and grass pitches may be a problem for some rigs, and also for winter visitors, but if necessary we can accommodate up to two rigs on alternative pitches with hard standing. There is a shower and toilet with wheelchair access for CL users about 50 yards from the site.

The CL is open throughout the year, but availability is limited between November and the end of March so visitors must please book at least two weeks before their arrival date. The CL is open to adults only.

We have a booklet for visitors giving information about our site and the locality and we give all visitors a copy of the Guide to the Machars and Rhins. There is also a stock of leaflets about many of the local attractions and sample menus from local pubs and restaurants.

Visitors (and their dogs) are free to use the paddocks to the side and front of the house, and we keep paths mown for access. There is a unfenced stream at the bottom of the paddock in front of the house with a bridge made of three stone slabs giving access to the far paddock.

This area boasts very dark skies (late Autumn to Spring) so caravanning astronomers are welcome; we have several positions where telescopes can be set up, and stored under cover. For beginners we can give basic tuition in astronomy and how to set up and use a telescope.

The many local attractions, including Galloway House gardens, Garlieston Harbour (site of the first Mulberry Harbour), Bladnoch Distillery, Whithorn Priory, Ninians Cave, several beaches, interesting walks, and golf courses, can easily be reached by car or cycle. Walking across country from the site is more difficult because of the surrounding farmland. Buses will stop on request at the end of our access road.

The CL is about two miles from the Swallow Theatre (the smallest in Scotland) and we are well placed for attending the annual Wigtown Book Festival; for film fans there are Machars Movies at the Isle of Whithorn and the Newton Stewart Cinema - see their websites for full details.

Facilities on site ...

  • Battery charging
  • Dog walk from site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Information room
  • Shower (exclusive use)
  • TV reception: good
  • Unfenced water
  • WC (exclusive use)

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Pitches

Types of pitch: grass

Electric hook up available

Useful Info

0.5 acres

Electric amperage: 16

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Postcode:
DG8 8EP
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GPS:
Lat 54.784643 / Lon -4.436628
OS field ref:
NX435459
OS map ref:
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Transport links

  • Daily public transport within 1 mile

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Perfection!!

Other reviewers have said it all. A warm welcome, a well spaced out CL with pitches offering a huge view, grass well kept, so first impressions very favourable. The water tap is in the CL field, the elsan point and rubbish a very short walk away. The road is field away so the little traffic passing is hardly noticeable. It's all good. Very good! And it gets better... it's an adult only CL, no football's flying about. Deep joy! Thank you to our hosts, we hope to be back, next time for longer.
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A warm welcome to a beautiful site

We were warmly greeted and settled on to this beautiful site by our hosts Julie and Stuart, who could not do enough for us and were pleased to hear of our excursions and walks in this intriguing part of Scotalnd. The shower facility is 5 star and raises money for an excellent cause while the recycling arrangements are exemplary. It is wonderful to be able to to enjoy the countryside in such an idyllic location.

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We are new to caravanning and new to the Caravan Club and after a few visits to club run sites we decided to try the Certified Location route. This is our second visit to Little Balsier and we have to say what a lovely peaceful location it is. Throw in a lovely welcome from Julie and Stuart, superb facilities, wildlife, local honey, the visiting fish van and very fine fare and it's a nobrainer. A firm favourite of ours, I write this as we sit here on the CL about to have fresh trout for tea. Big thanks to Mr and Mrs McGlashan for maintaining the site to such high standards. John and Fiona Bearsden, Glasgow August 2017.
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Lovely CL

We stayed for a week on this is lovely, well-kept CL - ideal for a nice peaceful getaway. The exceptionally good shower room with toilet is a real asset and the novel 'disc system' to indicate when the room is occupied a clever addition (preventing unnecessary trips across the field!) The owners are very friendly, helpful and hard-working. The location is pleasant with nice country views but exploring local attractions necessitates a car journey although there appeared to be frequent bus services in operation past the site entrance. Fully recommended.
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Little Balsier, Newton Stewart. Just Grand

This fine Cl lies behind the farm buildings in a small sloping paddock. The all grass pitches are well separated, but most do lie below the level of the entrance track so there may some problems getting off if the ground is very wet. The new shower & toilet are excellent, spacious and spotless. The friendly owners were extra helpful when we required some assistance with copying and e-mailing paperwork. The site, which is very quiet, is easily accessed off the Newton Stewart/Whithorn road. The nearest shops are at Wigtown & Whithorn but the nearest supermarkets are at N.Stewart. There are lots of interesting places to visit in the area including the Isle of Whithorn & St.Ninian's Cave, among others. We will certainly use this site again when we're this area.

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