With talk of a (very) Northern Meet to be held in Scotland, we thought we'd do a wee bit research and try and find a campsite closer to the borders. At this point I should probably say don't raise your hopes too much - read the review!
We were looking for a site that wasn't too big, would allow campsite fires and closer to the border and we found http://www.ballochodee.com/
Now reading the website and emailing the owner, this site sounded ideal. We couldn't get hook up for the couple of nights we were going due to late booking, but here is the field with hook up points, the points run on the outside of the field
We ended up in the second field
There were lots of stone built bbqs and fire pits dotted around the field
There's a wee petting zoo that has lots of rabbits (every morning we were convinced there was more!) and the site owner's daughter organised pony rides around the campsite free of charge.
So here are the plus points about the site - (and what that really means!)
- the site is remote (nothing nearby, closest pub is 15 miles away)
- dogs don't need to be on leads (resulting in lots of dog poo left by irresponsible owners)
- unisex bathroom is lit by candles at night time (there's no overhead lighting)
- the owners have a very relaxed view (the toilets weren't always cleaned and sometimes no loo roll)
- it is advertised as a working farm (had to knock on farmers door at 9am to pay before we left and farmer was still in bed!)
Balloch O'Dee is probably worth a visit, particularly if you have kids that like animals or if you plan taking a mountain bike to cycle in the nearby forest. It does allow you to completely relax, maybe we just didn't see the best of site as it was a particularly rainy weekend. Also beware if you a lowered bay as the farm road to the site needs some clever navigation!
It may be back to the drawing board!