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General

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
- Wifi


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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

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Very large (over 200 pitches)

Location

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  • Gairloch, Highlands and Islands, Scotland, IV21 2DL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 57.7402°N 5.7652°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Ullapool Pier: Coach Stop — 24.8 miles
Uig: Pier Coach Stop — 25.0 miles
Kensaleyre (Highland): Keistle Rd End Coach Stop — 26.8 miles
Train stations
Achnashellach Rail Station — 24.0 miles
Strathcarron Rail Station — 25.3 miles
Attadale Rail Station — 26.5 miles
Ferry ports
Gairloch Ferry Landing — 3.6 miles
Badluarach Ferry Landing — 17.8 miles
Scoraig Ferry Landing — 18.5 miles
Airports
Stornoway Airport — 38.5 miles

Directions


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.

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 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!

Must see

  • The Aros Experience (28.2 miles)

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Additional terms

All guests must observe the following conditions in order to keep the friendly atmosphere.

1. Pets – While permitted on the park your dog must never be left unattended anywhere and must be kept on a short lead at all times. A dog walking area is provided to exercise your dog of the park. Owners will be responsible for cleaning any mess the dog makes.

2. Choosing a pitch – There are no designated pitches on the parks: all units when choosing a pitch must keep a distance of at least 7m (20ft) from their neighbour.

3. Tickets – All units must display a valid ticket, obtained at reception on arrival, on the car windscreen visible for inspection

4. Payment – Payment is made on arrival at Reception. Should you wish to extend your stay this must be done by midday.

5. Toilets – Use the toilet and shower facility with great care and consider the next person after you. Leave everything neat, clean and tidy after use and we will all be very happy. Children must not play in or around the toilet block.

6. Campfires – No campfires are permitted on the park, campfires on the beach while permitted must be cleared afterwards.

7. Noise – Please consider other guests and keep noise to a minimum especially after 10.30pm and before 8am.

8. BBQs – Raised BBQs are permitted, disposable BBQ’s must be kept of the grass to prevent damage to the turf.

9. Driving – Please adhere to the speed limit of 10 mph at all times on the park.

10. Waste & Rubbish - Wipes, sanitary waste, nappies, cloths, etc. must not be flushed down the toilets. These items must be wrapped and put in the bin provided. Emptying of the chemical toilets at the Elsan point. Emptying of waste into designated drain. Refuse area situated around the park. Please do not drop litter.

11. Discretion - We reserve the right to refuse admission, whether booked or not, to any persons we feel are unsuitable.

The owners of the park are absolved of all liability for accidents to caravans, tents, and guests and from any responsibility for loss or damage to personal property.

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