Callanish Camping

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Pods with views (added by manager 28 Sep 2022)
Visitor image of the pod (added by manager 28 sep 2022)
Wildflower fields (added by manager 17 may 2017)
Banag view with callanish visitor centre and standing stones 5 minutes away (added by manager 10 jun 2023)

  • Spectacularly scenic site on the shores of the Hebridean Isle of Lewis
  • A 25-minute drive from Stornoway and 20 minutes from sandy beaches
  • Five minutes’ walk from café and gift shop at Callanish Visitor Centre
In the market for an oh-so-scenic getaway out in the wilds? Callanish Camping could well fit the bill… The site hugs the shores of the Isle of Lewis – the northernmost of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides – less than five minutes’ drive from the tiny village of Callanish. Lewis is chock-full of neolithic sites and one of the most famous of these, Callanish Stones, is within almost absurdly easy reach. A five-minute stroll from base will bring guests to the Callanish Visitor Centre where, after exploring the exhibition detailing the stones’ history, an easy saunter will lead to the stone circle that's stood on this spot for nearly 5,000 years. The Visitor Centre is also a good spot for local eats in the café (although microwaves and electric kettles are provided on site for folk who prefer to whip up their own snacks, and the use of barbecues is allowed). There’s a gift shop here too, so make a beeline when it’s time to pick up some souvenirs.

Site type

Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 4
Open all year
Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • A small charge of £0.20 per 2 minutes applies for the use of shower.

Languages spoken

English

Pitch types & availability

Reviews

91%

would recommend this site to a friend

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Stunning location, cozy and well equipped accommodation.…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Tovah S. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Banag camping pod (no pets)

Liked: Stunning location, cozy and well equipped accommodation.

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From the manager: Thank you very much for your review, glad you enjoyed your stay :)

Excellent location. Absolutely stunning. Easy to check in, the host was really…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 8
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Banag camping pod (no pets)

Liked: Excellent location. Absolutely stunning. Easy to check in, the host was really responsive and helpful.

Disliked: Could do with some extra blankets. The fridge had been turned off and so leaked everywhere.

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From the manager: Thank you for your comments, glad you had a nice stay. Apologies about the fridge, i had no idea that it had been turned off!

Wild, remote and perfect cosy hideout

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 2
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 2
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Sgadan camping pod

Liked: We travelled with our dog and found the cabin to be the perfect cosy hideaway for a few days in the middle of a storm. It was bliss to lie on our camp beds listening to the rain and wind lash the cabin while we were all snug inside. In fact, I couldn't believe how warm and well insulted the cabin was during a cold, autumn stay. The facilities are basic but very well thought through with a kettle, microwave and cool box in the cabin for all the essentials and a lovely hot shower, toilet and small kitchen in the shared cabin a little walk away. The scenery from the cabin door was lovely and wild. We really felt remote and valued the privacy. Before and during our stay, the owner communicated very clearly and was always friendly. We were extremely fortunate to see an otter and a seal from our cabin - a real highlight for us. The outer areas were fenced in meaning we could be relaxed about our dog's safety and he loved sniffing around and watching the world go by. A fabulous, affordable stay.

Disliked: The shower is coin operated - £1 or 20p pieces. This is fine as this is clearly written in the booking details, however there is nowhere to get change on site so come prepared. As some others have mentioned in reviews, there is a bit of a walk from the communal areas to the cabin so you have to plan ahead and remember your toiletries, towels, keys and suitable footwear etc when travelling to and fro. Not a problem as, again, this is clearly explained in the site description but just make sure you pack and plan appropriately. This is probably easier in the summer but was quite bracing on a blustery day. There are motion activated lights across the paths but not around the communal areas so a head torch is necessary at night.

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From the manager: Thank you for your comments :)

Excellent location and friendly/helpful host. Amazing view and opportunity to visit the stones…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Alex K. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Sgadan camping pod

Liked: Excellent location and friendly/helpful host. Amazing view and opportunity to visit the stones at sunrise/set and see otters.

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From the manager: Glad you enjoyed your stay in the pods :) Thank you for your comments.

Beautiful scenery, clean comfy pods with all the basics you need.…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Laura C. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Sgadan camping pod

Liked: Beautiful scenery, clean comfy pods with all the basics you need.

Disliked: Midges. The pods got really warm so taking a fan would be handy.

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From the manager: Thank you for your comments. Glad you had a nice stay at the pods :)

The hostess Cathy was lovely. The view from the pods absolutely stunning.…

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Joanne O. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Bradan camping pod (no pets)

Liked: The hostess Cathy was lovely. The view from the pods absolutely stunning.

Disliked: Just felt the pod could do with a little TLC. Decking outside in need of attention. Very uneven and a hole covered with a mat.

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From the manager: Thank you for your comments :)

Unforgettable experience

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
MICHAEL C. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Sgadan camping pod

Liked: Stayed in a secluded pod in a stunning location, breathtaking views in absolute silence apart from 2 otters outside the pod communicating with each other one night

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From the manager: Thank you for your comments, glad you had a nice stay :)

Friendly staff, quiet site, good value for money

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 2
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Sgadan camping pod

Liked: Basic but clean. Nice snd quiet. Good value. Had everything you need but facilities (toilet/shower/cooking/washing) were a short walk from the pod

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From the manager: Thank you for all your comments :)

Wonderful site with clean facilities and very friendly staff!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities No rating
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
petra f. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Bradan camping pod (no pets)

Liked: I had a wonderful time staying in the pods at Callanish Camping. Beautiful area to stay at. Easy access even for me traveling by bus/foot. It was great to communicate with Cathy (the owner) prior the arrival and during the stay.

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Beautiful site with clean facilities and friendly staff.

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities No rating
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Petra F. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Sgadan camping pod

Liked: Wonderful, peaceful area to stay. Very friendly and clear communication with Cathy (the owner). Very convenient even for me while travelling by bus/foot.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house Cycle hire Evening entertainment Fishing Fitness centre Games room Indoor swimming pool Kids' club On-site restaurant/cafe Outdoor swimming pool Play area TV room Take away Tennis Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available Car parking by pitch/unit Composting toilet Dog park Drying room Food shop Free wifi Ice pack freezing Internet access Launderette Parent & baby washroom Pick-up from public transport Portable toilet Pub toilets Public telephone Shower available Toilet block Washing-up area Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly Motorcycle friendly Rallies welcome Single-sex groups welcome Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided Barbecues allowed Campfires allowed Commercial vehicles allowed Dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker Peaceful Remote location Spectacular scenery Walkers' paradise Wild camping Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities Chemical disposal Electric car charging point(s) Gas cylinders available Recycling available Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby Dog walk nearby Public transport nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Accessibility

Disabled facilities

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby Fishing nearby Restaurant nearby

Location

Callanish Camping

Callanish Farm

Isle Of Lewis

Hebrides

Scotland

HS2 9DY

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

58.19342°N
-6.74623°W

Route directions

Guests travelling without a car can make use of the buses to and from Stornoway that stop at the Callanish Visitor Centre (five minutes’ walk from the site) several times a day.

Nearest transport

Ferry
13.1 mi Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal
20.6 mi Tarbert (Harris) Ferry Terminal
Airport
15.5 mi Stornoway Airport

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The Isle of Lewis is a particularly pretty spot for explores, with lochs, moorlands and distant mountains to feast eyes upon. Start with trips to the sandy beaches of Dalmore and Dalbeg, both 20 minutes’ drive from the site, to take in the views and hopefully catch some waves – the surfing on Lewis is renowned. Further afield, the stunning Mangersta beach (45 minutes) is certainly worth a visit for its sands and its sea stacks, and the white sands of Eoropie beach on the Butt of Lewis, the islands’ most northerly point, are a must for scenic strolls. Returning to the dry, getting a feel for the island’s history should be a part of any itinerary on Lewis, so make a trip to Gearrannan Blackhouse Village (20 minutes) to experience the lives of old crofting families, getting an insider look at everything from weaving to traditional homemade fare in the café. Call in to the Blackhouse in Arnol (30 minutes) too – it’s set up exactly as it was in the 1960s, so smell the peat smoke, peek inside the box-beds and begin to understand the history. For more modern days, head along to Stornoway, the capital of Lewis. The port town is the departure point for ferries to the mainland, but also has museums, castle grounds and a loom centre to explore, as well as a handful of shops and restaurants.

Must see

Calanais Standing Stones Visitor Centre 0.7 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Other

A hidden route to the Carloway Broch 3 mi

LOCH NA MUILNE (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 20/04/2004) 12.3 mi

Stornoway Castle Grounds 13 mi

Iolaire Monument 13.1 mi

Stornoway Water Mill and War Memorial 13.1 mi

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Nearest sites

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable sites.

Want to know more about camping in Hebrides?

  • Does Callanish Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Callanish Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Callanish Camping? The Isle of Lewis is a particularly pretty spot for explores, with lochs, moorlands and distant mountains to feast eyes upon. Start with trips to the sandy beaches of Dalmore and Dalbeg, … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Callanish Camping?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.

    Please note different times for Banag camping pod: earliest arrival 3pm, departure by 11am.

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  • How much does it cost to stay at Callanish Camping? From £50 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.