Galloway Forest

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  1. paul rimmer

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    We were down on the solway on a foraging day course. Drove back via Raiders Road. single track forest road. Two great spots to wild camp. Loch at top and Otters Pool. Will definately go back for an overnight stay. Any one been?
     
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    Yep before m/home days we used to stay at a farm at Newton Stewart.
    Many fond memories of D&G.
    Luvverly walks around Talnotry and loch Trool! :thumb:
    Done the drovers road a few times but unfortunately never saw an otter despite stopping at the otters pool a few times! :cry:
     
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    yes. live in glasgow but never been to D&G until we got van. solway coast is great like a mini cornwall.
     
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    Just seen you are living in France. My parents had house in South Brittany. Will be going back with van. farthest south we got was Poitiers to go to Futeroscope!
     
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    I used to work in the centre of Galashiels and the back of the office had a little bit of a garden that looked over the Gala Water. We used watch the otters playing in the water and on the banks. I worked with vulnerable adults and it was so therapeutic for them watching these wonderful creatures and their young.

    A new housing development went up across the water and the otters disappeared for a while (they went upstream to near B&Q) but came back once the peace returned.
     
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    Paul I'm a Glaswegian living in Dumfries, I keep telling the folk on here when they cross the border turn left and you will find every thing Scotland has to offer. Only difference being its a lot quieter and cheaper than tourist hotspots.

    If your ever looking for wildcamping spots let me know.
     
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    Similarly coming up the East Coast route. From the border to south of Edinburgh it's amazing and only visited by tourists rushing north.......

    Again if you want a stopover let me know :Wink:
     
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    Been there a few times, stayed at Castle Cary, drove througb the raiders road in a 2CV, never missed a beat and drove smoothly.
     
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    thanks all. Yes it is a hidden gem in scotland. wild camp on raiders road a must but yes also Borders. Have 10 days off end of June so seriously consider D&G, borders, Kielder. No need to do Europe yet! So any wild camps along this route would be welcome!
     
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    PM sent Paul.
     
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    We have wildcamped around clatteringshaws and the deer park in the Galloway forest, if your looking to come over Dumfries way then you have plenty of choices. There is a lovely spot in the town center its self and of your heading this way around the 21st of June then its Guid Nychburris day so loads to see and do. If you know your coming this way I will give you some place save me naming them all.

    If your heading over Kielder way then email the Pheasant Inn if they have space they will keep it for you free of charge if you go for a meal or a few pints and there is a pub at the other end of the lake at the bottom of the castle, you can stay the night there for free if you visit the pub or you can pay for the forest car park.
     
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    nice place
     
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    we are reading with interest, will be on our way end of june for plenty of wild camping and great views plus the peace
     
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    You do realise that this thread is getting on for two years old! That doesn't change the content though and two good reliable sources there.
     
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    @lorger , @Puddleduck
    We are heading up to Dumfries and Galloway end of April into May then heading possibly onto Arran and into the Trossachs before heading North east to Inverness (family calls) then South into the borders.

    Would it be possible for you to PM me any good wilding spots in your area
    Would be most grateful :):)

    Cheers
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    I'd recommend "The Raiders Road" to anyone, the otter pool is a wonderful spot to wild camp, there's even a toilet block & its smack bang in the middle of Britains first designated dark skies area, the view of the stars on a clear night is mind boggling.

    Glad you enjoyed visiting our part of the world, please hurry back.
     
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