We visited Badrallach as a start to our tour of Scotland. The site was very quiet, with only a handful of other people stopping for just 1 night.
The site is very much 'off the beaten track', and the road to get there is single track (often very narrow in places). Cars are fine - we were towing a trailer without any problems, but I can imagine a campervan or caravan to be a bit more tricky round some of the tight turns and hills.
The site has space for around 12 tents, and is on a slight slope. There are 3 electric hookup points for campers/caravans towards the top of the site on a single post.
Several of the smaller pitches are dotted around amongst the hedges and many had firepits built nearby - though the one on our pitch had seen better days so I dug it out and rebuilt it.
The toilets and showers were great - plenty of hot water in the showers, once you manage to get around the 'quirky' shower screens! The bothy is equally nice, and the shared kitchen facilities were good.
We were joined by a couple of motorhomes during our stay, who both insisted on driving down to the bottom of the site. It should be noted that, especially at this time of year, the ground is not suitable for vehicles at the lower end of the site and should be avoided. One driver got his vehicle well and truly stuck at around 9pm, and despite our best efforts we could not get it free. A local farmer had to bring a tractor down to drag it out, and the motorhome left the place in a real mess with churned up ground, rocks, bits of wood etc.
If you're expecting floodlit level tarmac, then this is not the site for you. Access is limited and the site is a dark, quiet relaxing place that does not benefit from spinning tyres and revving engines. Indeed, the long track to get here should give you a clue that there is not a sprawling metropolis waiting to greet you at the end of the journey.
We loved it - the lochside is a 2 minute walk and we were lucky enough to see an otter and porpoises. On a clear night the stars were incredibly bright, and we were surrounded by deer in the hills around us.
Definitely one to visit if you want to get away from it all - but probably not for everyone due to its remoteness. We just parked up the car and enjoyed the peace for 4 nights and didn't drive anywhere until the day we left. Perfect - will definitely return!
Beautiful setting by the lochside,campers canoeing on the loch when we arrived. We stayed for 1 night, with hook up, did struggle to get sort of level as the site is on a slope but managed it with wedges.
Bothy is handy with kitchen facilities and shower/toilet block behind.
Very friendly owners at croft just up the road, holiday cottage next to site (they were letting off some fireworks for a 50th birthday but did check with all on campsite first re dogs etc - not sure what they would have done if we had said no though!)
Overall lovely site but be aware there are no local facilities and it is a good drive back to Ullapool.
Remote and peaceful campsite, the bothy - which is available to all campers (if not exclusively booked - you will advised when checking in whether available to access) has books and games available. The toilet block were far better than I imagined. Gorgeous scenery - only possible downside would be some pitches were water logged but there had been excessive rain. Owners very friendly, approachable & helpful & will be definitely go back again. Also has the plus side of being able to have a camp fire on most pitches
We stayed at Badrallach for 9 nights in late June/early July 2009, and chose the site because of its small size and remote location.
The setting was lovely, but I'm not sure if I would return again.
The site advertises that it takes 12 tents and 3 campervans, but on a very busy weekend in the middle of our stay, there were more than this, plus the bothy was full, and the facilities were strained. The site owners did do their best to keep on top of it though.
There were 2 loos in the ladies', not sure of the number in the gents', 2 showers and 1 washing-up sink to serve the entire site. However, the showers always had hot water and decent water pressure when I used them.
There is a small fridge with ice compartment in the bothy kitchen/washing-up facility, which is shared by the bothy, and when the bothy was full on an exclusive-use basis, these facilities were not really accessible to the rest of the campsite.
The main pitches themselves were in a line on a slight slope and of a decent size, with car parking on the pitch, and some had fire pits, which was nice. There were additional outlying pitches with no car access, which looked to be smaller, and again some had fire pits.
There is no laundry facility, the nearest being over an hour's drive away in Ullapool.
There are very few shops nearby, even for basic provisions, and all are at least a half hour's drive away, and don't expect any to be open on a Sunday!
The midges can be a problem, so be prepared if visiting in summer.
Overall it was a nice site, served the purpose generally for somewhere small, remote and quiet, but was less pleasant when over-full on a weekend. The scenery was beautiful!
We had high hopes for this site. The site is in a beautiful, loch side location (although, you can not see the loch from the campsite - you have to walk up a slight hill to see it and walk 10mins to the loch side). The views of the surrounding hills are incredible. If you are happy to remain on the campsite and come fully prepared then this would be a great location but if you intend to tour the countryside then it is a bit out of the way - it takes 20mins along a single track road to reach the main road and is another 25mins to the nearest town (Ullapool).
The main part of the campsite is on a slight slope and the pitches are close together. There is a second field with pitches that are more secluded - the grass in this field is long with short grass at the pitch areas. There were stone hearths at some of these pitches. The ground in the second field wasn't level and was quite marshy in places.
The showers were powerful and hot but whilst they might be suitable for an agile adult, they would prove difficult for young children or the elderly due to the unconventional nature of the shower cubicles. The shower and toilet facilities were not particularly clean - it was not advertised that they would be closed for cleaning at specific times and although the toilet roll was replenished daily, I did not see any evidence of the place having been cleaned. There didn't seem to be lighting in the toilet block in the dead of night.
The washing up facilities consisted of one sink which was effectively the kitchen for the bothy. Each time I visited, the sink was full of dirty dishes and spilled food and required a tidy up and clean before I could use it.
The midges weren't too bad during our stay but the horse flies were out in force!
Depending on the type of camper you are then this site could be heaven or hell!
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