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Crakaig Seaside Caravan Site
Highlands   (Browse area)
Tel: 01408 621260
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Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 3 Reviews
                8/10 from 3 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   No Glamping Units 
 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 No Shop   No Bar   No Restaurant   No Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach On Site   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Joiner11 1 review from this member

Just returned from 2 fantastic nights at this site.

Visited specifically for the naturist beach, which is absolutely magnificent with views galore. The beach is the one round on the what might be south shore, looking back to Brora, and also more sheltered.

Before I start, I once again must stress how happy I was with my visit if any owners or similar are reading this.

Approach from Brora and turn down the road at sign post and drive past farm, round corner and then a very SHARP left hand downhill turn under some trees. This corner is quite steep coming back up.

Access back onto the road is also quite steep and is just over the brow of a hill on the main road so be careful.

Railway bridge has a gate to keep the sheep in which you must open and close behind you. The bridge is 3m wide, rises 2m vertically and then arches over to a maximum height of 3m in the centre ( measured it ! ). I got through with an XLWB Fiat Ducato with a roof rack BUT it was TIGHT. Saw a van the same but with the extra high roof and boy they must have had a squeeze. This is the only access to the site but should be ok for most caravans. Saw a coachbuilt motorhome parked outside the bridge when I left this morning.

As mentioned elsewhere you simply arrive and park where you want and then a nice lady comes around later to check you in and ask for £15 for each night.

There are NO electric hookups. Check your battery !

The toilets are BASIC but functional with 2 toilets and 1 shower per men and ladies. The site is very spread out and it could be a fair walk if you are parked at the top end.

Most vans seem to be here for the season and were quite busy on the Friday night with what looked like weekenders. There were a few families with kids who were really enjoying the simple life.

Would be an ideal stopover for campers, and really it is great that there are still these back to basics sites which are keeping the traditions of simplicity alive.

Have scored the site what I thought made sense to me but only marked down because of the tricky access.

Will be back, as soon as the sun makes a return with some heat !

Date of Visit: May 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Katarzyna 2 reviews from this member

Crakaig camp & caravan site is situated on the north coast of the Moray Firth in the county of Sutherland (NB it is not in Inverness-shire, which is two counties away!).

The philosophy of the site is to have as few rules as possible. You aren’t allocated a pitch, you just arrive and set up where you like; sometime before dark someone will (probably!) come round and ask you for £10 for the night.

The site is about a mile long so you can be sure there will always be space for you. Fires are permitted anywhere, but most people use existing fire-pits/sites rather than creating new ones. The standing is grass on sandy soil, meaning there were no midges!

The beauty of the area, its sunrises and sunsets, can hardly be exaggerated.

The Ladies section of the toilet block has two WCs, a shower, and two washbasins; my husband tells me it’s exactly the same in the Gents. Outside there is a sink/draining board, and an extra tap for filling water carriers.

We have been using Crakaig for five years now and only once was there a problem with hot water, a pilot blew out, and it was soon rectified. The water comes off the moor above and has a very slight discolouration from peat; if this bothers you take separate drinking water.

There are no electric hook-ups; many of the ‘vans at Crakaig are there long-term and have their own facilities. This year we are parked there for the summer and have a photo-voltaic panel trickle charging the battery when we’re away.

Another visitor commented on ‘vans being tied down. This is just a sensible precaution if you’re leaving your ‘van there for the summer (or all year) - it doesn’t mean it’s any windier at Crakaig than other coastal sites.

To reach Crakaig drive north of Brora (on the A9) about 5 miles and watch for the sign (on landward side of road) saying Crakaig. Turn right and follow the paved, public road till you get to the railway. You may need to open a gate here. The bridge may appear narrow but there is lots of room - our ‘van is 6'8' wide (2 metres) and there is > 20' of free space each side when we go through. There is also plenty of height for ‘vans but it is not suitable for the box-shaped motorhomes - those built in panel vans get through easily - we have had our long wheelbase double-wheel Sprinter through.

Once through the bridge the road rises and bears left - a dirt estate road. DO NOT drop down by the first road to the right - it is fairly rough - drive on a bit further and drop down by the second road.

Crakaig attracted publicity some years ago by opening a naturist section. When we were first visiting there was a sign pointing to the west [south] end of the site, the sign seems to have gone and we never saw any naturists anyway. (My husband and a friend swam in the sea mid-September and found it quite pleasant. ) Seals are often seen towards the north end of the site.

Crakaig is almost equidistant between Brora and Helmsdale. The former has more shops, including a Co-Operative Food Store. Both sell bottled gas.

Fishing is available; golf; lots of prehistoric sites. If you're into amateur astronomy the site is free of light pollution. Despite the relaxed attitude of the owners, it does not attract partiers.

Date of Visit: September 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Hulltrucker 14 reviews from this member

I had planned to stay here a few days on my way up to Dunnet Head. I had spoken to the owner on the telephone and he had told me it was a very relaxed site with as few rules as possible - allowing camp fires & bar b q's etc. There is no need to book as there is plenty of space, and to be honest I was glad I had not booked when I got there.

The access road is very badly potholed and you have to negotiate under a very narrow railway bridge, which wasn't a problem for me, but may be for users of larger units.

Once on the site I could see the attraction as it is literally in the sand dunes, and looks out over the sea. There are no real pitches set out, instead you pitch where you feel like. There is little shelter from the elements however and I noticed that some of the caravans were tied down and staked into the ground - suggesting that windy days might be a problem! Although was a beautiful sunny & dry day when I arrived I managed to get stuck on the poor road, and as heavy rain was expected that night I was concerned that I may get stuck fast and decided not to stay.

There are toilets and showers, but I didn't stay long enough to try them out - there are no electric hook ups and at the time I visited the site charged £10 per night.

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