We had came to Lewis for the Hebridean Celtic Festival, and to see the parts of the island I had not seen last time I visited the island.
Despite having to get a taxi home (which only cost a tenner) Golden Sands was a much nicer camp site and I am very glad we chose this one.
We were parked right above the beach, which was about 10 metres away and it was great for walking the dog. There were only a few others there over the weekend (we were there 3 nights) and it was lovely and peaceful.
We had a job finding it, as its not visible from the Stornoway side and we went miles past it before asking for directions and backtracking.
Its quite small but as the other reviews state each pitch has its own electric hook up and water supply and it is clean and tidy, although the main bins were needing emptied. There is only one toilet and shower room combined in the portable cabin, which is showing signs of damp and will not last too many more years.
Having said that, it was cleaned every day and I was happy to use it. The shower itself it quite new and the power and heat of the water is the best I have ever experienced at a camp site! We also never had to queue once for it.
There is a man and his partner staying in one of the statics on site when we were there, who sold us more electric when we ran out and were very friendly.
If you are looking for peace and quiet and a good place to take a dog, then this place is for you. It is about 6 miles from Stornoway so you need transport, but there is a very good bus service (not on a Sunday though!) and the bus driver will stop outside the site.
Lewis is a great island to visit, loads to see such as Callenish Stones and the broch Dun Carloway and a Blackhouse village all in the same area on the west of the island.
The beaches on the north west coast are lovely and the scenery is beautiful. Don't expect anything to be open on a Sunday though - we did not see a single local outside their house on our trip to the Butt of Lewis on the Sunday and even the children's playpark had a sign up saying please respect the Sabbath!
Used this site prior to catching the ferry home next morning. Was charged £15 and would have had to pay extra for electric if the previous occupant hand`nt left some on the meter.
The best thing about this small site is the shower, hot and powerful and I have to rate it as good as I`ve had on site.
It is located above a nice beach although one or two dirty nappies were noted over the fence and on the beach itself which was a bit off-putting.
We also had difficulty in getting rid of rubbish as the bins were full to capacity and unable to accept anything else without difficulty. Without being unfair, I couldn't recommend this site other than for one night prior to a ferry crossing as it not too far from the ferry terminal.
Saying that, there is great potential for it to become a really nice site in the right hands. At present £15+ is way over in my opinion.
This site still looks as if it is not finished - and is still a building site. It had big gates which were chained up and our initial thoughts were that it was a travellers camp. We had arranged to be met on arrival - this did not happen - we had a quick look around the site the location was lovely and right above the sandy beach but as the toilet block looked like a shed we decided to drive back into Stornoway but unfortunately there ware no spaces available so we returned to Golden Sands. We were told to pitch up and someone would come and assist us with the water, electric etc - which was a great set up as each pitch had its own supply which went straight into the van. The lady who came was very helpful and told us the owner was on holiday and showed us the shower room which turned out to be in an old portacabin - but the shower room was quite new and clean (at this point) We spent 5 nights here and there were 5 other tourers and the shower room was not cleaned once and the loo roll had run out!
It was a lovely location and we did not let the state of the site spoil our holiday but it has so much potential and could be a great wee site - personally I would have felt safer if there was a site attendant on site as we had no mobile reception and had there been an emergency there was no public phone.
I contacted them and was able to make a booking, as it appears to be operations on an appointment basis.
This site was not quite finished in July 2009 and did not have an available toilet block but that wasnít much of a problem for us. It is also a few miles out of town and cant see how it would be suitable for tents, but itís beside a lovely beach which was ideal for me and my children.
The people who dealt with me were very friendly and the rates were comparatively cheap for pitch + hookup (motor home).
Would definitely come back, will be amazing when itís finished!
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