Fantastic Site! Great Views, Great Beaches. Love the idea of 'free choice' pitching - BUT, if you want an EHU, take a Loooong cable. Ablution blocks are modern and clean. Pot wash areas have lots of hot water and the indoor cooking/dining area is a great idea for lightweight campers and rainy days.
My one criticism would be, the WiFi - it's operated by a 3rd party. It's expensive and slow and the HotSpots are more like Micro-Dots.
Oh, and another piece of advice would be a portable toilet for nighttime emergencies - you could be a long way from the toilet block.
After reading the reviews for Sands Caravan Site we were really looking forward to staying here. We were however left with mixed feelings about the place.
On the positive side: It had a lovely beach location with a river and sand dunes where we enjoyed walking. We also had an enjoyable meal in the gazebo part of the Barn Cafe/Restaurant where we were able to sit and relax with the dog and the girl who served us was very nice and attentive.
The site was good for families with children, although we didn't have any with us so this didn't matter to us.
It had a nice shop with plenty of provisions and the site was clean and tidy.
On the negative side: There was no friendly customer care approach from reception and it had a commercial feel about it.
We were given a map of the site and told to drive round and park where we wanted in the areas pointed out to us.
We had been given no guidance of where there were any free spaces then it was pot luck as to which direction we headed! There were no markings for pitches and there were very few hardstanding 'Super pitches', as they were called, for Motorhomes and they were all taken. It was a free for all and boggy in places. We had already decided we didn't like it.
The site was big and spread out and although some units had plenty of space between them there were others who were inconsiderate and didn't seem to bother how much space they left, so long as they got a sea view!
We had parked on the top which was quite windy but just about the only spot we could find that had an electric hook up point that we had paid for.
When we went to park up we noticed blocks and a table had been left in a space that was clearly someone elses. So, we parked further away, leaving space for the Motorhome to park on their return and leaving the required amount of space between us and them. However, this didn't seem to be of any concern to 2 other Motorhome drivers who duly pitched up, either side of the space, almost making it impossible for the driver of the Motorhome to get in his space when he returned and blocking the parking space at the side of the caravan on the far side.
Excellent facilities. Plenty of space, water points and hook up points. Good idea to let people choose their own pitch.
Good, clean toilets/shower and a good, clean kitchen area. £1 for twenty minutes stove time, the kettle was free.
The one let down was The Barn, the café. I choose to have pasta off the specials board at £ 10. 95. Sounded good. However the garlic bread did not arrive. The sauce was watery and lacked seasoning and the cheese topping was missing. Probably only one mushroom, sliced, was in the dish. Strangely it was served on a plate and not in a bowl. The gp on this dish I think must have been around the 80% region.
Perhaps it would pay for Sands to bring in a consultant chef to show them how things can be improved.
However, eating at The Barn is optional and does not detract from the site.
Just returned from Sands Caravan and Camping, near Gairloch. The site is in a fantastically scenic location, with a beautiful beach on site. It was also really easy to find. The staff at reception and in the shop were very polite and friendly. You choose your own pitch, I had EHU so this does limit you a bit, if you choose to do without there are countless areas to pitch. One thing to bare in mind, if you have EHU a very long cable or extension might be needed, I did not have one but a very kind and friendly couple nearby loaned us there spare one for the duration of our stay. The weather whilst we were there wasn't good and it got quite windy and it also was wet most days, this didn't put off the younger campers using the playground though, which seemed well equipped. The on site shop was surprising, it had a large range of everything you might need, from groceries to alcohol to fishing bits and bobs and the prices were very reasonable, better in my opinion to the shops in the village. The on site cafe does a small takeaway selection in the evening which was reasonably priced and very tasty. There were adequate water points and rubbish bins dotted around. Of the three toilet blocks, the one I mostly used seemed quite modern the other a little dated, I did not use the other one. The dishwashing facilities were fine, I did not use the on site laundry however so can not comment. The showers are a push button type and the water was hot. There is also a half bath which was a nice addition, alongside the usual shaver points and a couple of sockets. The toilet block was never really busy even though the site seemed pretty full and I never had to queue for anything. The park was a little noisy during the day and evening but it was a happy noise of children enjoying there holiday as we were fairly close to the playpark. There was no noise after 10. 30 PM, I think this was down to the campers following the rules rather than the staff having to enforce it. The park grounds were very tidy and practically litter free, as was the beach. Overall I was impressed with the site but there are a few niggles. The gents toilets weren't always that clean, I understand there probably only cleaned once a day and the park was busy so this is probably the reason. Also the site is advertised as having fishing on site but the loch is not that close and its a bit of a trek to get there, once you actually find it as there is no signage. All in all I would recommend the site to anyone planning on visiting the area.
Huge site set behind the sand dunes that lead to a long sandy beach. Although it was peak season and very busy because the site is so large it never felt overcrowded. I parked high up so had a beautiful view but I imagine that it can get very blustery there in less favourable weather. Pitches lower down don't get the views but would be sheltered. Smashing facilities - toilets, showers but also the shop and restaurant on site. Gairloch itself (some 5/6 miles away) is a delightful village with a very good museum and good range of shops. Lots of good walks from the site. After my initial booking-in with site staff when they appeared friendly but very busy, I never saw them again but then I only stayed a few nights.
We visited this site as part of our ten day trip up the West Coast of Scotland with our two children. Initially we had planned on travelling straight from the Isle of Skye to Clachtoll beach but decided at to have a stopover of three days on the way up.
So glad that we did, and that we chose Sands to stay at.
Initially on arrival I was shocked at the huge number of caravans, motorhomes and tents…. It seemed that it would be just the sort of site that we hated, busy and noisy. However this wasn’t to be the case, I think the overall size of the site meant that although there were hundreds of people there you never felt like you were in a crowd.
We had booked an ehu pitch for our folding camper. Luckily we had approx 60 meters of cable with us as due to the fact that there are no designated pitches it can mean that you might not be able to get close to the hookup at all and need to run a cable quite a length, we actually had to run ours across the access road as well.
However, the site itself is fantastic, we were a stones throw from the beach and there is a wonderful play area in the centre of the site that will entertain your children for hours and hours.
The facilities on the site are very modern and very large which meant that even with the large numbers of people on the site there never seemed to be queues forming.
There was a campsite shop as well that had a surprising good selection of food stuffs as well as toys and games for the kids plus camping essentials and the prices were quite good as well instead of the usual inflated ones.
Overall we had a fantastic three days there and will be trying to get back for another break soon, easily one of the nicest sites we have stayed at.
Inverewe Gardens were a few miles up the road and well worth the visit.
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