Dumfries and Galloway

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  1. Wildbill

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    We're leaving wales tomorrow and heading north to tour the Dumfries and Galloway aria of bonnie Scotland I know there will be more opportunities to wild camp.
    And meet up with family it looks like a butiful aria with lock's and Glen's to hide away in
    Bill
     
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  2. Jack Slipper

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    Fancy that one ourselves, just a bit worried about the dreaded midges! Any idea if it's a problem in that area at this time of year?
     
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    @lorger should be able to point you in the right direction for wild camping Bill
     
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    Defo midgy time, try to camp away from water and pine trees, they seem to congregate in these places.......
    Otherwise enjoy your time here, it's a brill area.
    Cheers, Dave(y)
     
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    Thanks - is October any better?
     
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    Better for midges, less so for weather. :)
     
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    I don't remember D&G being a bad place for midges, not compared to the west coast north of Glasgow.

    But if there are midges, just find a pub. There are more of them than there are on the west coast. :) C**p beer, but you can't have everything.
     
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    I'm at Isle of Whithorn (D & G) for a few week, and certainly on the coast here there are no midges (I normally get well bitten by them which Swmbo loves as they then leave her alone). Been coming for 6 years at all different times of year and think the midges just don't like seawater!

    @Willdbill - on harbour here wilding is common place, there is a toilet and water (no grey disposal though). If you want to know where etc just pm me. Pub is within 50 yards and a decent tea room open 10 to 4 every day
     
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    Bill you'll have some of the best wild camping area's of Great Britain at your disposal. I'd have a wee look at "The Raiders Road" if I was you. The signs say No Camping but me thinks that's really aimed at the caravan fraternity & I've never been asked to move on. The "Otter Pool" on that road has a little toilet block, no showers but ideal for using the loo & getting water. At the northern edge, you've got Loch Doon, which has a campsite of its own, but wild camping is still easy at the southern edge of the loch. The little forest drive from Loch Doon to Stinchar falls is full of beautiful spots to camp in & at Stinchar falls themselves the huge car park is beautiful. If the midge's are being a pest, there's a cracking little car park very near to Southerness caravan park, its right at sea level so the dreaded midge's are not a problem. The traffic is rarely ever heavy & parking is pretty much free, even in towns like Castle Douglas. If you use CLs then Mollance farm on the edge of Castle Douglas is really nice, its cheap, has electricity, toilets & showers & the couple who run it a really nice, not the regimented types. Glen Trool might be midge central but is a very pretty place with wild camping spots by the shed load.
    If you need any advice on where to camp PM me & I'll give you some help.
     
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    Additional thought - if anyone is thinking about coming to Isle of Whithorn this weekend (6 & 7 August) then they won't be able to camp on the harbour as its the annual Isle gala weekend so the parking area is taken over by stands etc..
     
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    Ambulance kid has gave you some good ideas but if you need any help feel free to ask and I'll give you some ideas
     
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    I couldn't remember the name of the wee car park near Southerness & I know that you knew its name. Its a real gem of a place, I've never had any trouble wilding there & the views over to Cumbria are wonderful.
     
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    I think your talking about Powillimont
     
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    Ah that's the one mate, I know you'd told me it's name before but my senility is getting worse lol
     
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    Hi all! I am heading up to the coastal road of D&G in just over a weeks time. I am new to this so looking for some good tips for quiet spots with good walking for a motorhome & dogs. Have looked at some of the older threads that recommend New Abbey and Dalbeattie Forest as well as Powilloment- are these sites still okay for overnight parking? Cheers
     
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    Yes those area's are usually fine to wild camp at. There are so many spots to camp at that you'll be spoilt for choice. If you need further help, feel free to ask. Oh & welcome aboard.
     
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    Thanks. Can you recommend anywhere else further along that coast?
     
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    This is one I can recommend from personal recent experience Bill.
     
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    Is it the coast that specifically interests you?
     
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