Auchenlarie Holiday Park in Scotland

Late on Sunday we returned home from our 3rd and final adventure of the summer holidays. We had been up to Scotland for our 4th visit to Auchenlarie Holiday Park, which is in Dumfries and Galloway. Whilst we love to holiday in different places, Auchenlarie is somewhere we have never tired of visiting. The kids love it there as much as we do, and here is why

The Seaview

The site slopes down to the sea which means that virtually every caravan or lodge will have a Seaview. I find it so relaxing gazing out to sea with a coffee/wine in hand.  Here is the view from our decking

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The accommodation

As with most holiday parks, Auchenlarie has a wide range of accommodation.  On previous occasions we have stayed in a standard caravan, even snapping up 4 nights during Easter for £69.00. This year we stayed in the park lodge, which was virtually brand new. It had 3 bedrooms, a huge ensuite and a fireplace I could look at all day. The price was £575.oo for the full week, which for the quality of the lodge was fantastic value. One thing I love is that ALL of the accommodation comes complete with decking, even the standard caravans.

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Private Beach

Whilst it is quite a steep slope getting down to it, it is worth the trip to the private beach. We enjoyed many hours on the beach, playing football, climbing on the rocks, paddling in the sea and having picnics. It was never busy, and one time we even had the whole beach to ourselves. Pure bliss.

Beach

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Facilities on site

There is a small pool, arcade, restaurant, take away, sports bar, crazy golf, shop, and play areas dotted around the site. You have to book a session in the pool, and they also have pool parties twice a week. There is an additional charge of £2.oo per person, but this was well worth it as the kids had a great time. We enjoyed the take away one evening back in the lodge, which was good value and tasted fresh.

Entertainment

There is a modern entertainment suite which usually opens at 7.30pm. You need to purchase entertainment passes, which are around £30.00 for 2 adults and 2 children for the full week. There is a good mix of entertainment in the evening, and there is always a good atmosphere in there.  They also have activities running during the day. My daughter went to Build a Bear, daytime karaoke and we did the family quiz (which we won whoop).

Katie with the bunny she made

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This is the balloon Katie won when we visited in 2014. Oh the fun we had getting it in the car

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The local area

There really is lots to do in the local area, and even though we have visited 4 times we are still finding new places to go to. Some of our favourites are Cream o Galloway (ice cream farm and adventure park), Laggan outdoor activity centre and the chocolate factory. And whilst you are driving to nearby places, sit back and enjoy the stunning Scottish scenery.

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Would we return for a 5th time ?

Before we went, I honestly thought this would be our last visit. But sitting on the decking with the sun shining down (a rare miracle in Scotland), I felt sad with the prospect of not returning again. The park has such a nice atmosphere, and the staff have always been so helpful and friendly. Its a safe site and the children are getting to the age where they can go off and explore by themselves. The children are already asking to go back next year, so I am sure they will twist my arm. Though where holidays are concerned, my arm needs no twisting. See you next year Auchenlarie for our 5th visit.

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Auchenlarie Holiday Park – Scotland

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You may remember a few weeks ago, I blogged about booking our £69.00 bargain break to Scotland in a caravan. Well we returned from our break on Friday and I thought I would blog about our trip.

Our break was to Auchenlarie Holiday Park which is in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. We had previously visited the park 5 years ago, and had a great time. Again this trip up to Scotland did not disappoint. I knew we had booked a standard caravan, which had 2 bedrooms and a fire in the living room. We took our trusty electric fire too for the bedrooms, as everyone knows Scotland can get quite chilly. The trip up took us 3 and a half hours, and we were glad to get there and check in.

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I had asked for a caravan near to the complex, and I was really pleased with the location. I am always first to go and open the caravan, with the children hot on my heels. Now to be honest, at £69.00 I was not expecting much. But I was really surprised when I was met with a lovely, clean and spacious caravan complete with decking and sea and country views ! Plus we had an en-suite, and the icing on the cake was a third bedroom. No squabbling kids trying to get them to sleep.

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The park is stunning, and as the caravans are on a hill, all vans have sea views and decking. It is a small family run site, with the majority of vans being owned.  There is entertainment which we went to every night, which our daughter loved. And yep only my daughter could win a balloon like this ! Oh how we laughed trying to get it into the car the following day.

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There is also a pool which has the most gorgeous sea views, small arcade area and a Bistro which served lovely meals. All in all Auchenlarie is perfect for us. As the children have got older, we prefer to go to more smaller and family run parks. There is also plenty to do out and about, and we visited a fantastic ice cream park, and also Laggan Outdoor Activities where my crazy family went down a HUGE zip wire. We are already planning on returning towards the end of August, and I am keeping my fingers crossed for another excellent bargain break !

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