Solway View Holidays

UK Scotland South Scotland Dumfries And Galloway

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Great location with doorstep beach access. Rural but not too far from some fun family attractions if the kids need a little extra stimulation.

Run by affable owners Neil and Patricia, with a little help from their trusty wind turbine ‘Tina Turner’, Solway View is a small working farm in the kind of idyllic location that could have ambled its way off the pages of a Famous Five instalment. Overlooking the Dee Estuary, the farm is surrounded by acres of woodland with nature trails to explore and direct access over the fields to the sandy bay below. The sheltered cove makes a top spot for young sea dogs to let their imaginations run riot while becoming better acquainted with the numerous rockpools and their salty inhabitants.

The campsite itself is basic but each pitch is generous, with its own firepit and picnic area. For those looking for some home comforts, there are wooden wigwams, complete with electricity and heating, for hire in the neighbouring field.

When not running amok on the beach, there’s still enough on offer on the site to amuse kids of all ages. Impromptu games of Tag or a kick around with a ball in the middle of the camping field are common, and there’s also an adventure playground. In the summer months, Neil organises tractor rides and tours of the farm for the little ones.

There’s an all-weather cookhouse if mum or dad don’t fancy campfire cooking and the ‘eco’ boxes are ticked in the form of Tina, the solar-powered shower and toilet block (complete with, ahem, ‘Steamy Windows’), recycling units and a clothes-drying tent. A trip to Solway View may not teach junior campers everything they need to know to save the planet, but it’s a good start with guaranteed fun and plenty of sea air to boot, m’hearties.



The adventure playground has a climbing frame, slide and swings, with an additional rope swing hanging from a stately Ash. A grassy green in the centre of the tent area is spacious enough for ball games; there’s direct access to the beach as well as signed woodland walks and fun nature trails for kids. In the summer months, tractor rides and farm tours are available.

The camping field has 20 generous pitches, 17 with hook-up. In addition there are 5 hardstandings with hook-up. All pitches have a picnic table and firepit. The site has a solar-powered toilet and shower block with hot water and free showers. The block has baby changing facilities and a hairdryer in the ladies. There is a washing machine available at reception (£2 per load) and an eco-friendly clothes-drying tent. The all-weather kitchen has 8 gas hobs, an electric kettle and dishwashing sinks.

Suitable For

It’s a family-orientated campsite, so yes to family dogs on leads but no to large groups, stags, or hens. It’s a Camping and Caravanning Club site too, so non-members are usually required to join the club on arrival.


There are plenty of family-friendly outdoor activities and attractions along the Solway Coast, from the Cream o’Galloway at Gatehouse of Fleet – with its open farm, adventure playground, wildlife events and ice cream-making experience – to Caerlaverock Wildlife and Wetlands Trust. Here visitors can explore some of the 1,400-acre nature reserve and see at close hand the many breeds of birds attracted to the wetlands. A short drive from the reserve is the medieval Caerlaverock Castle, which has a moat and imposing battlements.

Food & Drink

No seaside break is complete without some traditional fish ‘n’ chips; try Polar Bites (01557 339050) in nearby Kirkcudbright, for sit-down or takeaway meals. For a spot of child-friendly dining, check out the Bank of Fleet Hotel in Castle Douglas (01557 814302; ). They have a good children’s menu and a walled garden for when the sun shines.


All year.

Family Friendly

The campsite is adjacent to a working farm so, although the farm gates are shut, kids do need to respect the livestock and be aware of the farm machinery.


Contact Solway View Holidays, Balmangan Farm, Ross Bay, Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway DG6 4TR

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Getting There

Take the A75 south-west to Twynholm then briefly join the A711/A755 westward. Follow the signs for Borgue, taking the B727 towards the coast. Solway View will start to be signposted. The road becomes a single track, leading to the farm entrance. Reception is on your right.

Public transport to Kirkcudbright.  Ross Bay road end, bus 3 times per week.  Also good local taxi service.


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