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Shore Caravan Site
106 Achmelvich
Lochinver
Lairg
Highlands   (Browse area)
IV27 4JB   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01571 844393

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Pitches: 60
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 26 Reviews
              8/10 from 26 Reviews


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Date of Visit: October 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Custard15 13 reviews from this member

Shore Caravan Site at Achmelvich is quite a long drive down a single track lane (in total, just over 4 miles from Lochinver village), but thatís part of the attraction, and if you go during the summer season the site has its own chip shop. However, on an October evening, it didnít seem worth going out again in dismal weather. When we visited (mid-week), it was very quiet, with just a couple of tiny caravans and a few campervans. With strong winds forecast, and the site facing West into the cove, we chose to park nose into the wind to reduce buffeting.

The facilities were basic but plentiful. Four showers for each gender (though some were marked out of order). Behind each shower door there is a very small changing area (just enough space for the outer door to push inwards without hitting the fully-sealed shower cubicles within. BUT as the inner shower cubicles have doors that swing out into the changing area, you need to open the cubicle before changingÖ or you get trapped and need to wrap up and step out into the corridor to get the doors right. Complicated? Well, you wonít make the mistake of not opening the cubicle before changing more than once! The showers are reasonable electric ones, so no problem getting hot water, but the drains in the ladies were blocked so very soon stood in water Ė that kept the shower VERY short. The shower units also smelled like they needed a good scrub with anti-bacterial cleaner.

Given that the beach is popular for watersports in better weather (and despite the websiteís warnings about jellyfish, weaver fish and other potential nasties), itís nice to see that the management ask campers not to enter the facilities in wet suits, presumably for the comfort of others.

There are washing up facilities provided inside and outside (though the later gave the sheep somewhere to shelter from the wind). But all round, the facilities seem old and tired. This is site for units and campers that are fairly self-reliant, and attracted to the natural beauty of the shoreline, not for needy holiday makers, who will find holiday parks elsewhere more to their taste.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Stevepluschris 6 reviews from this member

One of the most beautiful settings we have visited. The site is right on the coast with an absolutely stunning beach and surroundings. Quite an exciting drive down to the site but the bus does it and they managed to get statics here but heaven only knows how! Friendly family owners with a laid back approach to pitching. We found a nice spot only for a noisy idiot to camp right on top of us in his hire motor home. Facilities good but abused by the amateur campers that spoil things for others sadly, but nice toilets and a good shower was managed. 6amp electric that is fine for those that know what they are doing but not so for those that think they are connected direct to Doonreay! NO DOGS allowed that is fine by us but a bit of a shock if you have driven for the many miles it takes to get here. We know for a fact that there were several dogs concealed in units that went walkies when they thought no-one was looking! There is plenty of info on line about the local walks and attractions but no real evidence of same on site, however the nearby wildlife wardens hut has it all. A must visit place for the surroundings alone.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: SusanMcT 12 reviews from this member

Attempted to book ahead since the site is so far north and such a long drive, but told over the phone that this wasn't possible (they don't take advance bookings) and that getting a hook up would be very unlikely. We took a chance and went anyway. On arrival it was VERY BUSY! By pure chance we managed to squeeze our campervan into a space in the main field and luck was upon us as someone had just left and there was one hook up available. I went into the small shop to check we could use this, and the young girl on the till seemed a bit unsure. The facilities were ok, although the showers were very busy given the number of campers on site. I also didn't particularly like the fact that the ladies toilets only had sanitary bins outwith the actual cubicle! I also selected the site against others nearby because it had wifi - well. Highland wi-fi which I wasn't able to connect to at all. The location of this site is its main attraction. The winding road from Ullapool heading north is stunning and the beach has crystal clear water and lovely white sand. Just a shame that my children found lots of beer cans and litter while playing there. Sadly the weather was very wet and the midges were out in force, so we only stayed one night and happily moved on the next morning. Would I go back, hmm. Unless it was a kayaking trip, probably not.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hazlet 3 reviews from this member

First impressions when we arrived were that it was surrounded by lovely scenery in a perfect spot but we felt very unwelcome upon arrival with no one wanting to bother checking us in which was a bit off putting. We found a space to pitch the tent after being told to stay away from the hook ups if we didn't want one. The first night was very noisy until about 2. 30 am, the second until well after midnight despite notices asking for quiet after that time. The other two nights were very quiet.

We all got tics just walking between the tent and the showers so be aware that they are there, we were told by another camper that the grass was usually kept shorter. Midges didn't bother us much though.

The on site shop was good for basics and had lovely fresh rolls every morning, there was also a chip shop some nights, fish and chips were lovely but over £7 a portion.

The facilities were ok, but could do with some TLC, good showers but rather small cubicles, Some toilets didn't lock and neither the hair or hand dryer worked even though I had been assured the hand dryer did when I rang the day before. Washing up facilities with liquid provided were good and so was the laundry room. A lot of the folk there were regular visitors some for 40 yrs! It's a shame their loyalty didn't seem to be appreciated by the staff who appeared to us to to have as another reviewer said a take it or leave it attitude. The other campers were very friendly, no dogs allowed on site was a bonus too, the small sandy beach was absolutely spotless and Peet's restaurant in Lochinver was a fantastic treat for our last night. The unfriendliness of the staff would put me off going back but the location is amazing and it is worth visiting especially if you can take a canoe like lots of the regulars seemed to.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: LCfamily 2 reviews from this member

It's all about the location! Adjacent to a fantastic beach with white sands and clear water in a gentle bay.

We stayed for 1 night on our trip round the West of Scotland during half term hols. Adequate facilities. Warm showers and toilets in single sex blocks. Good out and indoor pot washing. We had elec hookup. Grass for kids to play. Picnic benches around site. Shop wasn't yet open as before peak season. On site little chip shop only open at weekend until peak season but we didn't need either so fine by us.

Beach was fantastic although there were a lot of jelly fish on our visit!

Look out for Hermits Castle!

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bent Peg 3 reviews from this member

Here we are again, if you want to read about the camp site facilities read other reviews, if you want to read why to come here read on. We always say we will go somewhere else, but never seem to get there, why, location. We think this is the best campsite of all the ones around the area. Just getting to the shore site makes it seem special, its right at the end of a thin twisty road not just turn off the road where everybody and their dog can see you, so road wise very kid safe. Ok not the best shower facilities in the world, but good enough, we manage for two weeks no problem, and some improvements were being done while we were there this year. Must say though, note to cleaner; shower and toilet cubicles have walls as well as floors, and I don't think you really need that many disinfectant blocks in the urinal. Back to the location in general, if you like walking and hiking, ideal base, fishing, watching birds and deer or seals, whales, sharks and dolphins. Again ideal. Good food, great food and unbelievable food all close at hand from the camp site to the mission, to pubs and bistro's then onto Michelin star dining for the holiday treat ( we have no kids), all local to lochinver. What else, besides some of the best scenery anywhere, then the beaches some of the clearest waters with cleanest silver sand ever seen, better than the caribbean, are you starting to get the picture. Quietness have a loch to yourself for the day, little traffic empty roads, peace and tranquillity, relax, unwind, enjoy, we do every year. I could go on but I think you have got the idea by now. Everything you could wish for. Please note it sometimes does get an excess of liquid sunshine, take a mac.

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