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Croft Lochyside

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General

  • Croft campsite at the foot of Ben Nevis
  • Accommodation in 'wee round house' with stove, electricity...
  • Friendly owners with extensive local knowledge

You'll likely have a lot of love for near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Well, look at the pics – how could you not?

The location here is lovely: on the family croft of Nicky and Donald, at the foot of Ben Nevis and on the shores and of Loch Linnhe – and with Highland cows hanging around who are quite the posers when walkers stop to snap a shot.

And the accommodation is topping, in the croft's 'wee round house' set up for glamping guests who enjoy being in the remote outdoors but who also want some cosy comforts. It has a woodburning stove and a gas cooker – firewood and gas is supplied – and electricity from a leisure battery charged up from a solar panel.

And you'll likely have a lot of love too for the space just outside the wee round house, which has seating and a fire area to make toast over the fire or have a barbecue – all among the backdrop of these spectacular views.


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Features

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal sites

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Location

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  • 105 Lochyside, Caol, Inverness, Highlands and Islands, Scotland, PH33 7BA
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 56.8356°N 5.0990°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Fort William Bus Station — 1.1 miles
Spean Bridge: Bus Shelter Coach Stop — 7.7 miles
Corran (Highland): Bus Stop on A82 — 9.4 miles
Train stations
Banavie Rail Station — 0.5 miles
Corpach Rail Station — 1.0 miles
Fort William Rail Station — 1.1 miles
Ferry ports
Camusnagaul Ferry Landing — 1.1 miles
Fort William Ferry Landing — 1.4 miles
Nether Lochaber Ferry Terminal — 9.4 miles
Airports
Oban (North Connel) Airport — 28.1 miles

Directions


Arriving at Fort William head out on the Inverness road until you get to the BP station then turn left across Lochy Bridge followed by another left at the Farm Foods store. Driving along the Lochyside Road you will pass a primary school and you will be following the river. Just as you enter the village of Caol to your left you will look up the field and see the .

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

There's lots to do near , especially if you ask Donald and Nicky for tips: they're keen walkers and canoeists, and are more than happy to share their knowledge of these and other activities in the area like cycling, diving, fishing and skiing.

One of the prettiest walks in the area – admittedly quite a high bar – starts straight from the croft to the shore front of Loch Linnhe, and from there all the way to Corpach along the shore. If the tide is out, walk out to the island and back along the river at the estuary.

The Caledonian Canal with Neptune's Staircase is also within walking distance, as is the gondola of Nevis Range and a treetop climbing course for when Ben Nevis has been tackled.

When you're in this area, a trip on the steam train to Mallaig is a must for its spectacular views: if you've seen the Hogwarts Express steaming north in the Harry Potter films you'll know how it spectacularly looks...

Donald's also pretty knowledgeable on local history – Lochabar is steeped in it from the Jacobite uprising to the training of the commandos – and will be around to whet appetites for anyone interested in the same.

And speaking of appetites, plenty of places are nearby for food, drinks and occasional live music, like the Lochy Bar, the Moorings Hotel and the Trade Winds Bar within walking distance and the Achintee Inn at the start of the Ben Nevis footpath, for nosh and a pint after your hike up the Ben.

Must see

  • Ben Nevis Distillery (1.0 miles)
  • Nevis Range Cable Cars (1.0 miles)
  • Treasures of the Earth (1.2 miles)

Cycle routes

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

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

  • Does Croft Lochyside have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Croft Lochyside dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Croft Lochyside? There's lots to do near , especially if you ask Donald and Nicky for tips: they're keen walkers and canoeists, and are more than happy to share their knowledge of these and ... Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Croft Lochyside?
    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  noon –  11:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  noon –  11:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

    Reception is unmanned after 5pm. Please call using the number in the confirmation email if you are arriving later.

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorization from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

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