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Hillhead Farm is a stunning farm setting looking out to the Nithsdale Valley in picturesque Dumfries.

Enjoy our luxury pod accommodation in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Cosy and comfortable, offering the perfect rural getaway.
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FACILITIES & BOOKING

For glamping in Dumfries and Galloway, Hillhead Farm offers a perfect and unique rural getaway in Scotland. Dumfries is classed within the National Scenic Areas which are areas that are nationally important for their outstanding scenery. Dumfries and Galloway has three NSAs, the Nith Estuary, the East Stewartry Coast and the Fleet Valley.

Enjoy this small and exclusive pod site with only 3 pods perched up on the Nithsdale hillside looking out to the valley below. Believe us when we say it’s a breathtaking view and stunning area to visit. There is so much to do and see in the local area from Castles, walks, lochs and water, mountain biking, forests, beaches, wildlife or just local restaurants for a bite to eat.

Only 30 miles from the nearest airport and 10 miles from the market town of Dumfries. So whether it be a romantic country getaway or a time to relax and unwind with your nearest & dearest, Hillhead Farm can provide a beautiful view and a cosy farm setting.

There is a minimum 2 night stay in July and August. Limited 1 nights stays for July and August will be released from the 1st June. Thanks.

All of our Dumfries and Galloway glamping pods are of the same standard and include everything you need for a cosy and comfortable stay.  You are in a group of 3 pods on our farm site looking out to the mountains.

There is a minimum 2 night stay in July and August.  Limited 1 nights stays for July and August will be released from the 1st June.

You also have a dedicated fire pit at your pod with outdoor seating. There is limited access to the farm, but we are asking guests to please take care with themselves and little children.  Facilities include:

  • Double Bed
  • Bunkbeds sleeping 2 kids (under 15 or 5ft5)
  • Ensuite shower room with toiletries provided
  • Mini kitchenette (kettle, mini fridge, glasses, plates, utensils etc)   
  • Electricity plugs points and USB Charging points
  • Fully glazed front (no curtains) with eye masks provided and privacy feature
  • Storage area
  • Private Fire Pit
  • Linen & towels
  • Bunkbed & double bed
  • Heated towel rail
  • Breakfast can be ordered
  • Campfire & BBQ pack can be ordered

Check out our nearby attractions section to hear more on local things to do and see.

Covid-19 Quick Update

We have a dedicated page on policies and procedures that we are adopting above our normal procedures.  Please see our dedicated  COVID advice page. Our pod sites are already well placed to open with social distancing in mind due to the features below:

  • Self-check-in and out so minimal contact with staff
  • Smaller pod sites in an outdoor setting
  • No internal communal areas, restaurants or bar areas
  • Each pod is at a minimum 3metres apart from another pod so we can adhere to social distancing of customers
  • Pods are cleaned to the highest standards, with now enhanced Coronavirus procedures, and all linen is professionally laundered
  • Food can be supplied safely, but customers are welcome to bring their own

Dumfries and Galloway Camping: What you Need to Know

Check-In/Out

We operate a self check-in and check out system for your ease and convenience.  The site host is available should you require assistance and contact details are provided with your check-in email.

  • Check-in is after 3pm
  • Check-out is by 10am

Please note that the accommodation and package add-on’s are all paid for in advance via the website due to the self-check in procedures.

Security/Privacy

You will be provided with a key pad code to access the key for the pod and the doors are all lockable for your safety and security.

There is a privacy glass feature for night – details available in the pod section and in the user guide provided in the pod.

Lighting

There is ambient lighting on the site for night time.

Beds

The set-up of the pod is for 2 adults and 2 kids with a double bed and smaller bunk beds for children under 15 years of age (or under approx 5ft5).  An additional cot can be provided for children under 2 years (subject to availability).  The price is per pod not per person so there is no additional charge for children.  

Heating, Electric & Water

Electric and power points are available in the pod including USB points.  Running water is available in the shower room area, plus a full height shower. There is a towel radiator in the shower room, and within the pod there is a fully integrated fan heater, which you can adjust via the manual thermostat found in the wardrobe area.

Kitchenette

There is a tea/coffee making area, mini fridge, plus cutlery set if you wish to bring along continental style breakfast/snacks etc.  So feel free to bring additional food items (or wine!).  There is also a dedicated fire pit outside the pod so you can place a disposable BBQ there.

The Main Window

We have a fully glazed front at the pod, with no curtains for unobscured views and to experience the sunrise in the morning.  For those that want a lie-in we provide eye masks and there is a pod user-guide to show you how to use the privacy feature at night.

House Keeping

Bed linens, towels, and toiletries are provided, but feel free to bring extra.  We have also provided an additional basin and washing up items so that you can use the bathroom sink to clean up dishes/utensils that are used.  We thank you in advance for doing this for us!

Parking

There is a dedicated parking area beside the pods and car parking is free.

Pets

Unfortunately the site is not suitable for pets, but it is something we are looking to in the future.

User Guide

Within the pod there is a user guide which tells you all about the features of the pod – how to take down the bed, the privacy glass feature for night, lighting etc.

Camp Fire Experience – £15

Wood, Kindling Sticks and Firelighters

Fire Pit and S’mores Experience – £25

Fire Pit starter kit (firelighters, kindling, logs and matches), S’mores kit (luxury milk chocolate biscuits, marshmallows and skewer sticks) and hot chocolate.

Breakfast in your Pod – For 2 – £15

Orange juice, Granola, Natural Yogurt, Croissants, Tea and Coffee supplied within the pod

Suitable for 2 adults

Kids Breakfast Pack- £10

Suitable for two children.

Kids Cereal, Pain au chocolate and orange juice

BBQ Pack- £35 per night

2x adults and 2x children

4 burgers, 8 sausages, 4 minute steaks

BBQ hire and Charcoal

BBQ Hire- £12

BBQ hire only (George Foreman Kettle BBQ

Charcoal included 1 night stock

Prosecco Welcome – £18

Enjoy a Prosecco welcome to your pod with a bottle of bubbly chilled ready and a selection of locally made chocolates.

Pre-ordering – in line with our COVID-19 safety procedures, for planning and to minimise contact with staff, we are asking guests to please try pre-order these items at least 2 days in advance of your stay date, as they will be set up and ready to go at your pod for your convenience. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, however, you are able to go off site and purchase BBQ items from any local store while you’re glamping in Dumfries and Galloway.

Please note: Alternatives cannot be provided (including Gluten or Vegan), and we cannot guarantee that foods have been made in a nut free environment.

Self-catering Options at Your Dumfries and Galloway Glamping Pod:

Check out the above facilities section to read all about the self-catering facilities provided in our pods and the BBQ options for outdoor dining while glamping in Dumfries and Galloway. All guests are allowed to bring their own food and drink to the pod.

We also have lots of yummy food options in our ‘Optional Extra’s’ section  that you can pre-order to be at your pod when you arrive for your convenience.  All locally sourced.

Everything you need is in the pod from mini fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, crockery, cutlery and washing up equipment.

However, if you fancy nipping out to the local area for something to eat below are some eatery options: 

Cafes Nearby

The Hamans

Distance- 2.8 miles

Address- Main Street, Auldgirth, DG2 0RZ

Thomas Tosh

Distance- 7.9 miles

Address- 19 East Morton Street, Thornhill, DG3 5LZ

Jinty-B’s Tearoom

Distance- 7.9 miles

Address- 68 Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill, DG3 5LY

Glenwhisk Café

Distance- 10.6 miles

Address- High Street, Moniaive, Thornhill, DG3 4HN

Restaurants/ Pubs Nearby

 The Auldgirth Inn

Distance- 3.1 miles

Address- Auldgirth, Dumfries, DG2 0XG

Friars Carse Country House

Distance- 4.3 miles

Address- Auldgirth, Dumfries, DG2 0SA

The Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms Hotel

Distance- 9.3 miles

Address- 112 Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill, DG3 5LU

Cavens Arms

Distance- 10.3 miles

Address- 20 Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, DG1 2AH

Piccola Italia

Distance- 10.7 miles

Address- Three Glens High Street, Moniaive, Thornhill, DG3 4HN

From your glamping pod, you’ll have easy access to a wide range of attractions, including  Galloway Forrest Park. Dumfries is classed within the National Scenic Areas which are areas that are nationally important for their outstanding scenery. Dumfries and Galloway has three NSAs, the Nith Estuary, the East Stewartry Coast and the Fleet Valley.

Here are some nearby attractions that we recommend while glamping in Dumfries and Galloway at Hillhead Farm.

Drumlanrig Castle

Distance- 9.9 miles

A beautiful 17th century renaissance castle and home to the Duke of Buccleuch, Drumlanrig is open to castle tours, garden tours, with a café and adventure playground, walking and biking trails. An episode of the Outlander series was filmed here.

Morton Castle

Distance- 13.6 miles

The remains of this 14th century castle is surrounded by an artificial loch and features a lovely nature trail. Another filming location for the Outlander series as well as ‘The 39 Steps’ featuring Robert Powell.

Caerlaverock Castle

Distance- 18.4 miles

A moated triangular castle first built in the 13th century. Lots to explore with walks down to the nature reserve, a café and gift shop.

Crawick Multiverse

Distance- 22.6 miles

A land art project by the designer Charles Jencks. A formed landscape involving art and cosmology or just a lovely place to explore and walk.

7 Stanes Mountain Biking Trails

A connection of biking and walking trails featuring 7 stone sculptures. 4 of the trails are in Dumfries and Galloway.

Ae Forest

Distance- 13.9 miles

Ae features a café and bike hire shop

Mabie Forest

Distance- 11.3 miles

Mabie features a playground

Dalbeattie

Distance- 17.9 miles

Dalbeattie has a playground and is just outside the town.

Glentrool

Distance- 32.3 miles

The furthest trail from Hillhead, Glentrool has a visitor centre and café.

Beaches

There are plenty of beaches to choose from:

  • Sandyhills,
  • Powillimount,
  • Southerness, Carsethorn,
  • Rockcliffe and Kippford.
Lochs and Waters

Loch Ettrick is the closest and is popular with wild swimmers. Loch Urr and Dabton Loch are a few miles further.

Loch Ken

Distance- 27 miles

The Galloway activity centre is featured here with sailing, canoeing and water skiing.

Clatteringshaws

Distance- 21 miles

A beautiful reservoir featuring a café and walking trail.

Glenkiln

Distance- 10 miles

A reservoir with walking trails.

Dalscone Farm Fun

Distance- 10.9 miles

A family run farm park with lots of activities, featuring a café and soft play area. An impressive toy shop and farm shop as well.

Mabie Farm Park

Distance- 14.3 miles

A farm park with adventure playground, quad bike rides, zip wires and slides. Café and gift shop.

Hetland Hall Dino Park

Distance- 19.2 miles

Based at Hetland Hall garden centre, an outdoor trail with Dinosaurs, a large soft play and café.

Walking Routes

There are some beautiful walking routes in the immediate area, please get in touch with either Jen or Michael if you are needing any inspiration.

Wildlife

Among the more recognisable farm animals, Hillhead is a great place for spotting wildlife. There are resident red kites, buzzards, skylarks, hares, bats and a tawny owl. If you are a keen wildlife spotter it may be worth bringing your binoculars!

Please enter ‘DG2 0TS’  into your Sat Nav.

If travelling from the South

From Dumfries, leave on the A76 north for Kilmarnock. Travel for approximately 6.5 miles until you see a left turn marked for Dunscore and Penpont. Immediately after the village sign for Auldgirth take the left turn. The Hamans café will be on your left. After about half a mile take a right turn marked for Glenmidge, Keir and Penpont. Follow this road up the glen for 1.5 miles, don’t take the left turn marked for Glenmidge but take the next left with Hillhead sign at the bottom. This is a sharp left turn, and then follow the road up the hill until you reach you reach the gravel track. The car park is approximately 20 yards up here on the left.

If travelling from the North

From Thornhill go south on the A76. You will pass through Closeburn village. Approximately 4 miles south of Closeburn you will pass through Auldgirth and the Auldgirth Inn will be on your left. Take the next right marked for Dunscore and Penpont. The Hamans café will be on your left. After about half a mile take a right turn marked for Glenmidge, Keir and Penpont. Follow this road up the glen for 1.5 miles, don’t take the left turn marked for Glenmidge but take the next left with Hillhead sign at the bottom. This is a sharp left turn, and then follow the road up the hill until you reach you reach the gravel track. The car park is approximately 20 yards up here on the left.

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To book a stay at our glamping pods in Scotland, simply click the orange BOOK NOW button above.  The BEST PRICES for staying with us are always with our direct bookings on the WEBSITE!

This will open up the booking system where you can check for available dates, pricing and packages.

Please note that it is a minimum 2 night stay in July and August.  Limited availability 1 night stays for July and August will be released from the 1st June.

PLEASE NOTE: We operate a contactless self-check-in system so we require full payment for accommodation at our glamping sites is required at the time of booking.  You can book just the pod only, and at the end of your booking it will show you a range of options on the optional extra’s such as breakfast, camp fire pack and BBQ – these items will be only RESERVED and charged for closer to you stay.

There are also options to pre-book packages such as the ‘pod and campfire’ or ‘pod and breakfast’ so that you know that these are completely sorted before your stay.

All special offers will be appear if valid for the dates that you search.

Once you have a confirmed booking an email confirmation will be sent to you.  All the information you need will then be emailed closer to the time – how to find us, what to bring, things to do and see, what’s in the pod etc.

Full t&c’s are in the booking engine, please note that each pod site has its own booking engine and nights cannot be exchanged across pod sites as we operate with different host partners.  Our standard t&c’s are very flexible with up to 14 days notice to cancel or amend a booking if required.

We are ‘GOOD TO GO’!
 
Hillhead Farm is certified as part of the Visit Scotland ‘Good to Go’ Scheme. This industry standard means we can provide reassurance to our customers, and demonstrate our commitment to implementing relevant government and public health guidance in relation to Covid-19 on our pod sites.
 

Special Policy Amend – COVID-19 Booking & Cancellation Policy Update

Please see our dedicated page on our COVID-19 policies and procedures.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on how we work and travel, we have been continuously adapting our cancellation policy as things evolve. Everything you need to know is on our website, plus when you make a booking we will send you full details with your check-in emails regarding a safe stay.

For more information on COVID-19 precautions and procedures we have a special dedicated page with full details.

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY

Beautiful location. Spotless. A fantastic break away at Kinelarty.
Orla
STAYED AT Kinelarty
May
2022
Absolutely outstanding, peaceful and worth every penny!The view was beautiful! Very calming environment and our pod was amazing! They are kept clean and...
Anonymous
STAYED AT BlackKnowe
May
2022
A “getaway from it all” location but no means remote. Perfect wee home from home with everything you would need for micro living....
Gordon
STAYED AT Cardross Estate
April
2022
Unforgettable beauty and lifelong memories. The view was outstanding, nothing could compare. Waking up in the morning with the sun over the valley...
Max
STAYED AT Hillhead Farm
May
2022
2nd visit, still love the place, will be back!! Pod are clean, kitchen area is compact but well equipped Shower is powerful. New...
Tracy
STAYED AT Thornfield Farm
April
2022
The pod is great very well equipped, the shower pressure and hot water was amazing. We loved the personal firepit in front of...
Stecolise
STAYED AT Thornfield Farm
May
2022

Your Host

Hillhead Farm is owned and hosted by Jennifer and Michael Dobson…an artist and stone mason by trade! They also run Hillhead Farm so don’t be surprised to see cows, sheep, and very friendly pigs roaming around while glamping in Dumfries and Galloway.
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Hillhead Farm is a working farm and they are open all year round, just like their animals require care all year round. The summer is beautiful, but equally the winter brings a snowy valley and crisp fresh air. The glamping pods are perched up on the hillside just as you enter up the winding road to the farm entrance. The view is stunning and you will be surrounded by historical landscape.

Hosts Jennifer and Michael have been farming at Hillhead since 2016. They have been farming together since 2009 and are keen breeders of pedigree shorthorn cattle and pedigree north country cheviot sheep. Together with their two sons Harry and Eric they are creating a sustainable family business and are excited to welcome Further.Space pods to their hillside in south west Scotland.

A central location in the Dumfries and Galloway district – the historic town of Dumfries, the Queen of the South, is the largest town in South West Scotland, and is the county town of Dumfries & Galloway, a Royal Burgh since 1186 and it is believed to have flourished as a market town and port since Roman times. Amongst its many visitors in past times were Bonnie Prince Charlie, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce!
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WHAT YOUR HOST SAYS

“We cannot wait for guests to experience the breathtaking views of our farm. We are blessed to look out at them every day to the stunning valley below. We want people to enjoy nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. The area is also brimming with outdoor things to do and see. We are actively encouraging people to go and explore all the area has to offer”.

CONNECT WITH YOUR HOST

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Dumfries and Galloway
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