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- Remote Highlands site next to village shops and restaurants
- Spectacular scenery with views towards Skye and the Torridon Hills
- Spotless modern amenities including a heated shower block
Most peeps have a certain fondness for these types of sites: ones which you can use to escape from it all, yet which have most of everything you need right on the doorstep. Because you wouldn’t want to spend a get-away-from-it all holiday without easy access to fish and chips, local restaurants and a coffee shop or two to while away the hours in…
Gairloch Caravan and Camping Site in the Scottish Highlands is remote enough that you can pretend work and cities are a thing of the past, but it’s right next to the village of Strath with plenty of shops, hotels and restaurants – and that fish and chip shop. And as it’s a Highlands site, stunning scenery comes with the pitch price: the park is set above the coastal road with lovely loch views towards Skye and the Torridon Hills.
Wardens Colin and Marion will go out of their way to give guests a Highlands welcome, whether that’s welcoming the family friend (dogs stay for free here) helping you when you arrive or making sure everything is spotless; the park has up to date amenities too, including a heated shower block, coin laundry, chemical disposal point, dishwashing area and tourist information. Wifi is available for a reasonable additional price.
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Helpful staff and lovely site
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Motorhome service point
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Ullapool Pier: Coach Stop — 23.0 miles
23.0 miles Braemore (Ullapool): Junction Coach Stop — 25.6 miles
25.6 miles Uig: Pier Coach Stop — 27.0 miles
- Train stations
Achnashellach Rail Station — 22.0 miles
22.0 miles Strathcarron Rail Station — 23.7 miles
23.7 miles Attadale Rail Station — 25.0 miles
- Ferry ports
Gairloch Ferry Landing — 1.6 miles
1.6 miles Badluarach Ferry Landing — 16.4 miles
16.4 miles Scoraig Ferry Landing — 17.2 miles
Stornoway Airport — 40.3 miles
From the A842 take the B8021 signposted Melvaig, heading for the village of Strath. After half a mile on the right, just past the Millcroft Hotel, turn right. Immediately after the hotel, turn right again into our driveway and the reception is on your left.
There are heaps of options in and around Gairloch for watery activities: wander around the cove to Gairloch Harbour to book a pleasure cruise on a glass-bottomed boat, have a sailing lesson, take a wildlife cruise to spot whales, porpoises, seals and dolphins, or take the tackle to nearby Fionn Loch or Loch Rollie to land some local brown trout (you’ll need a permit to fish in the area, which you can pick up at the Gairloch Garage). Sea fishing is available too from boats hired at the harbour.
Staying on land, Gairloch and the Highlands are where boots are made for walking: there are all-abilities routes at the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve and a waymarked walk through the Flowerdale Glen to Flowerdale Falls, with more strenuous leg-stretching available on walks designed to last from a couple of hours to a full day.
Wester Ross also has acres of crags to clamber up, with an indoor climbing wall (and lessons) at the Gairloch Leisure Centre.
If the very idea of all-day walks or climbing crags is making you feel a bit faint, there’s a pony trekking centre at Gairloch too, pitch and putt in Strath, and a beachside golf club open seven days a week in season. Poolewe, six miles north of Gairloch, has an indoor swimming pool.
For rainy days, the Gairloch Heritage Museum has regular events and exhibitions, and there are sub-tropical gardens at Inverewe and a visitor centre at Rua Reidh Lighthouse; the Loch Ewe area is also the place to go for traditional music, with a ceilidh held weekly during peak season.
The town of Ullapool has regular music festivals, a theatre, arts centre and award-winning museum, or if you want to see the bright lights head further afield for a day trip and evening to the Highlands capital Inverness, the location of Macbeth’s castle.
- The Aros Experience (29.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.