Set in a stunning hilly location by the lovely seaside village of Kippford and the hills of Galloway, our park incorporates within the grounds 40 years of bluebell specimen planting woodlands, a beautiful park for family friendly walks and home to a population of red squirrels who will often visit the grounds to forage for food.
Our range of rental accomodation includes luxury lodges (many with hot tubs), gold, silver and bronze caravans and our popular cosy bungalows. We have something to fit every budget!
All our rental properties are exceptionally well maintained in order to allow you to enjoy holidays to the full.
ON THE PARK
Toddler play area, adventure area, and a laundrette,
AROUND THE PARK
If you want a nice meal by the sea, Kippford village is only 15 minutes away by foot. It is an exceptionally pretty harbour with an active yacht club, a yacht chandellery and a gift shop.
For bike lovers, you are right next to one of the best mountain bike trails in Europe Dalbeattie Forest 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails, only 300 metres from the park. Offering over 17km of cycling trails linking Dalbeattie to Colvend, Sandyhills and Kippford; these three villages being just a short ride outside the Forest itself which also offers a lot of gentle family routes. These are suitable for the whole family, with clearly marked trails, leaflets are available at reception. Bike hire is also close by, ask for more details.
Golf at Craigieknowes 9 hole course and its tea room are just across the road, from the park gate.
For those who prefer walking, there are some amazing forest and coastal walks around. From Kippford, an extremely pretty coastal walk passes the beach and follows the shore to the neighbouring seaside village of Rockcliffe. Stop here for refreshments and decide which of the way-marked forest trails to use to return to the park. Longer coastal trails can be taken, using the local bus to get back.
Within 3 miles, you will find more Golf and fishing options.
By car there are a lot of places to visit, fun things to do:
Shopping and lunch at our "food Town" Castle Douglas, art galleries and tea rooms in our "artist town" Kirkcudbright, or bargain hunting in Wigtown, well known for its second hand book shops.
The Galloway Activity Centre with outdoor activities for the whole family including sailing and their wobbly water park.
The Mabie Farm Park with its animals, indoor and outdoor attractions, adventure park and farmshop.
The Wildlife park in Kirkcudbright.
Cream O' Galloway Ice Cream Visitor Centre, an amazing place for outdoor activities and one of the most famous ice creams in the area.
For those who prefer chocolate, The Cocabean Company, is the place to educate your taste buds to an excellent chocolate while kids are playing.
Dumfries and Galloway also host everal events throughout the year, there is the Big Burns Supper in January, the Wildlife Festival around Easter, DG Arts Festival May to June, Spring Fling Art Festival in late May/early June and Flavour Fortnight in August/September just to name a few, you can find out more about them here...
"GREEN" TO BE OR NOT TO BE, THAT IS THE QUESTION!
Every winter Kippford spends 3 months and £20,000 or so on: cutting back, pruning and planting for the future. Two generations of steady work was required to achieve a true parkland setting - and there is always more to do. At present, there is less planting but more relocation of mature shrubbs to give space between each, enabling us to make an "instant" mature bed elsewhere! Trees are removed or cut back, the branches are chipped for mulch and the trunks used to form neat shrubbery boundaries as well as to tidy up little messy areas where grass cutting is unnecessarily fiddly.
Open all year.
Mr C R Aston
At the western end of the Dumfries bypass (A75) turn left following signs for Dalbeattie via the A711. Once in Dalbeattie continue until staggered crossroads and turn left onto the A710 (signposted Solway Coast). The park entrance is on the main road in 3.5 miles, 200 yards further on than the branch road to Kippford. Look out for brown tourist signs for Kippford Holiday Park.