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Sands Caravan and Camping Park is situated on the beautiful west coast of the Highlands of Scotland and has unsurpassed views of the Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides. Sands is the ideal base to explore the best of Wester Ross, from the famous Torridon mountains in the south to the world renowned Inverewe Gardens in the north.
Bring your own caravan, motor-caravan or tent and set up where ever you wish, choosing from one of over 250 pitches and 120 hook-ups. Whether you want a sheltered spot amongst the sand dunes or a raised pitch with unrivalled views, our 55-acre site has something for everyone. Wherever you set up our award winning beach is a stone's throw away and the only restriction we enforce is that you keep a distance of at least seven metres from your neighbour.
Dogs are welcome on the site provided they are kept on a lead and dogs’ faeces picked up.
On site we have a licensed grocery shop open from April to September selling freshly baked bread, newspapers, groceries, caravan and camping equipment, toys, books, kites, camping and calor gas.
Facilities on site include:
- Three toilet and shower blocks, one heated, including disabled facilities
- Games and TV room, including table tennis and air hockey
- Covered indoor cooking & dining area.
- Laundry facilities, including 4 washing machines, 4 dryers and 2 ironing boards. All coin operated.
- 120 electric hook ups
- ELSAN disposal, for the emptying of chemical toilets.
- Purpose-built motorhome service point
- Picnic tables
- Play area, including swigs, obstacle course and flying-fox
- Launching slip
- Dog walking area
- Loch and River fishing on the Estate (suitable for beginners)
- Nearby walks
- Bike and Kayak hire
Nearby attractions and activities
The area surrounding Sands offers many varied and unique activities for the whole family. On the first Saturday of July every year Sands hosts the Gairloch Highland Gathering. With events including a hill race, heavy athletics and a pet parade, as well as a dance at night, there’s something to entertain all members of the family!
Gairloch Harbour is home to many whale watching cruises that can take you around Gairloch Bay and into the Minch to spot whales, dolphins, porpoises and even basking sharks. In nearby Badachro there are Shellfish Safaris where you can reel in your own creel full of lobsters and prawns, or why not take one of the many fishing trips from the harbour.
The beautiful Flowerdale Estate, home to the MacKenzies of Gairloch, has a spectacular waterfall, an 18th-century house and plenty of exhilarating walks to suits all ages and abilities. It is also home to Gairloch Trekking Centre, where beginners and more experienced riders can explore the stunning landscape on horseback, or improve their riding skills with lessons. Flowerdale also has a Victorian Ice House, one of the oldest barns in Scotland and a memorial to Gairloch’s Blind Piper.
The Gairloch area has many sites of historical interest and our award winning museum
explores the area’s history with exhibits including a croft house interior, a replica of a Highland shop and Rua Reidh Lighthouse’s original lens. In nearby Sheildaig the Fairy Lochs walk visits a memorial to a crashed WW2 bomber plane and the Sands Archaeological Trail has examples of prehistoric round houses, turf dikes and old run rig systems.
The beautiful Loch Maree has many tales and legends surrounding it, and is rumoured to have been a site of importance for Saint Columba. If you visit Isle Maree you can see an ancient wishing tree and visit the graves of a prince and princess, but make sure you keep an eye out for Muc-sheilch, the loch's very own monster!
For rainy days there are plenty of indoor activities too: Gairloch Leisure Centre offers a range of activities, including archery, a climbing wall and badminton, and Poolewe Swimming Pool is only a 15-minute drive away. The Perfume Studio at Mellon Charles is Scotland’s only working perfume studio, and also has a cafe, gift shop and excellent views of Loch and Isle Ewe.
The Gairloch area is home to the world famous Inverewe Gardens, established by Osgood MacKenzie in 1862. Famed for its exotic plants from countries as diverse as Tasmania, New Zealand and Chile, the gardens also have an onsite cafe, short walks and a bird hide.
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Scotland’s oldest reserve established in 1951, offers woodland trails and mountainous walks, all situated within the ancient pine forests surrounding Loch Maree. Famed for its wildlife you’re likely to spot deer, dragon flies, golden eagles and crossbills, or you may even see a pair nesting sea eagles!
Attractions near Sands Caravan and Camping Park
- The Aros Experience (28.2 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near Sands Caravan and Camping Park
Sand River Trail (1.1 miles) Walking
Gairloch - Flowerdale Falls (3.7 miles) Walking
The Fairy Lochs (4.7 miles) Walking
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Very large (over 200 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Ullapool Pier: Coach Stop — 24.8mi
Uig: Pier Coach Stop — 25.0mi
Kensaleyre (Highland): Keistle Rd End Coach Stop — 26.8mi
- Train stations
Achnashellach Rail Station — 24.0mi
Strathcarron Rail Station — 25.3mi
Attadale Rail Station — 26.5mi
- Ferry ports
Gairloch Ferry Landing — 3.6mi
Badluarach Ferry Landing — 17.8mi
Scoraig Ferry Landing — 18.5mi
- Stornoway Airport — 38.5mi
From Inverness, continue north on the A9 until the Tore roundabout after 12 miles (20km). Take the A835 towards Ullapool. Just after Garve in 19 miles (31km), the scenic route by Loch Maree can be taken by branching left onto the A832 and following this road through Achnasheen and Kinlochewe to Gairloch. This is 45 miles (72km). The route to the Sands Holiday Centre is on the B8021. This road branches to the left in Gairloch approximately 1 mile (1.5 km) after the pier. This route is shorter but contains a few stretches of single track road where passing places are used to allow oncoming traffic to overtake. They should also be used to allow faster following traffic to overtake.
The other route from Garve is to stay on the A835 until Braemore Junction 20 miles (32km) from Garve. Turn left onto the A832 and follow the road through Aultbea and Poolewe to Gairloch in 55 miles (88km). At the foot of the hill after entering Gairloch the B8021 to the Sands Holiday Centre branches to the right. This route is longer but is all double track road.
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