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Sands Caravan And Camping
Sands Caravan And Camping
Gairloch
Highlands   (Browse area)
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Tel: 01445 712152

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Pitches: 250
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 82 Reviews
              9/10 from 82 Reviews


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Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Joanne oxley 10 reviews from this member

I like the relaxed atmosphere on this site. Many of the pitches are in and amongst the sand dunes so you can find a private little space to yourself. The shop on site was well stocked and appeared reasonably priced. There is a cafe on site that I think is fairly new.

There is a small slipway for boats and kayaks for hire.

A large area/ campers shelter was provided with microwave/ fridge/freezer and sofas.

The facilities were the best we had in the 8 sites we stayed at on our two weeks away.

I find Gairloch itself a little tired. ( we used the butchers but not that impressed )

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Piggle28 8 reviews from this member

Stayed here for 2 nights. Fabulous views and a stunning beach, no formal layout just park where you want just ensure you leave 7 metres between you and your neighbour. Fantastic showers and toilets and even a bath, although I think it's for the little ones. Large laundry and pot wash. Good playground for children ( although we don't have children) and very peaceful at night. A fab day out is Inverewe Gardens. The site also has The Barn Cafe which does amazing breakfasts, lunches and evening meals and has lovely friendly staff. Can thoroughly recommend.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Tentaddict7 16 reviews from this member

This is actually the second time we have visited this fantastic campsite, we were also there in 2012, and it is not often that we simply have to go back to a site again!

We are also going back for a third time this July. Says it all, really.

The site is situated in a fantastic location, and has all that a camper needs for a wonderful holiday. We found the views and sunsets breathtaking, and the fact that you can step over the dunes to a wonderful and often deserted beach, and even have a campfire on the beach at night as long as you take everything back with you and clear up, just perfect for us.

We have a small boat which we launched from the slipway at the end of the site, and feasted on fresh fish that we caught and barbecued on the beach.

The site does get busy in the Scottish school holidays, and there is a bit of pressure on hook up pitches, but you can usually find one somewhere, a good idea to arrive just after the weekend when some people have left.

The only space restrictions are that you have to pitch 7m away from the next unit, and if you need electric hook up you do need a long lead depending on where the nearest space is to a hook up point.

If you don't need electricity the possibilities are endless, there is always a little nook to be found where you can pitch.

The only downsides are the midges, which can be a pain, and the weather, which can be pretty unpredictable, we had rain and strong winds for the first week, but if you go prepared for anything as we do, this is not a major issue, and we also enjoyed some wonderful sunny weather too.

The facilities at Sands are brilliant, the shower block is always clean and with plenty of hot water and we never had to wait as there are plenty of showers and toilets provided. The campers' kitchen is a wonderful addition, with cooking facilities, fridges, freezers, sockets for charging phones etc, sofas and picnic tables to eat at in bad weather.

The shop is extremely well stocked with a wide range of groceries, camping equipment, kids toys, household bits and pieces, pretty much everything you might need, and I found it to be well priced too.

The laundry facilities are equally reasonable value and clean and efficient.

There is a very good playground for children, but the biggest draw in my view is the space for kids to run about in the dunes and on the beach, a kids' paradise!

We did find the cafe/restaurant very expensive, though, and feel that the site is missing a trick with this, especially for snacks, at £3 for a bacon roll, nothing fancy at all, we felt that it would put people off using it, especially as the shop is so reasonable.

We didn't have a meal at the restaurant partly for that reason, there are other eateries not too far away that offer far better choice and excellent value, the one near the waterfall walk in Gairloch is really good value, as is the Badachro Inn, about 15 minutes drive away.

There is also an excellent Chinese takeaway in the local town, Strath, as well as Strath stores, which is a good general store with a deli and local produce too, a good but rather expensive butcher, and there is also a McColls next to the Chinese, so plenty of choice for groceries and treating yourself! No major supermarkets though unless you want to go to Ullapool or Inverness for the Tesco's there.

The endless supply of wonderful scenery nearby is a huge plus for us when staying at this site, there are some wonderful walks, on some of which you don't meet a soul!

All in all an excellent, atmospheric and friendly site, with all the facilities that couples and families of all ages could want.

Just don't tell everyone!

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: AD90 3 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Bev and Nige 5 reviews from this member

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.

Not to mention encroaching in our space!

We won't be returning!

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Petermara 5 reviews from this member

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.

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