Scottish seaside park is the country’s very best, says AA

Owned for over 50 years by the Gillespie family, Brighouse Bay is Scotland’s best park said award judges

SOUTHERN SCOTLAND’S Brighouse Bay Holiday Park in Dumfries and Galloway has been named by the AA as the best campsite in Scotland.

The family-run business near Borgue beat hundreds of other eligible parks in Scotland to the title when it was announced on 11 November.

Awards given by the AA – based on guest reviews and a “secret shopper” visit by inspectors – are regarded as the Oscars of the holiday parks industry.

The seaside park’s facilities, services and levels of hospitality all went under the microscope – and each was found to meet or exceed the AA’s highest standards on every level.

Director Douglas Gillespie said that he and his family – who have owned the park for over 50 years – were “absolutely thrilled” with the accolade.

“This award has to our staff who play such a major role in providing the friendly and hospitable atmosphere which guests so often comment on.

Brighouse Bay adjoins a picturesque sandy beach from where a variety of water-sports can be enjoyed

“Their loyalty and hard work have been crucial to account, as well as the high quality of our facilities.

“I hope this award will help benefit all tourism businesses in the area by showing what a fantastic part of Scotland Dumfries and Galloway is for a truly memorable holiday,” said Douglas.

As well as welcoming campers and the owners of torhomes, Brighouse Bay provides a number of other accommodation options.

They include luxury holiday lodges to hire, some with private hot-tubs, plus cosy glamping lodges which are especially popular with young families.

Facilities at the park include an 18-hole golf course with spectacular coastal views, and a leisure complex which features an indoor pool, bistro, bar and family entertainment.

The park provides luxury holiday lodges and glamping accommodation

Activities available on the park include a mountain bike pump track and, during the summer, pony trekking for all ages as well as an all-tide slipway for boat owners.

Not that Brighouse Bay is any stranger tors from VisitScotland, and won a number of environmental accolades.

These include the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level, achieved for over 20 successive years in recognition of its many wildlife initiatives.

It also gained an additional award last year for its work tors.

The park is also undertaking an ambitious rewilding project in areas of the grounds which will help provide additional wildlife habitats.

More information about Brighouse Bay, which is also a member of the prestigious Best of British group of independent parks, is available on its website at