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Sands Caravan and Camping, Gairloch, Ross-shire , IV21 2DL | Telephone 01445 712152
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The Barn Cafe
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Camping area
The Barn Cafe
Caravan Interior

Sands Caravan and Camping

Situated on the beautiful west coast of Scotland, we are just a few miles from the internationally renowned Inverewe Garden. With spectacular views across to the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides, Gairloch has a great deal to offer the visitor. We are situated beside our own south-west facing beach, with unspoiled golden sand and sparkling clear water.  An ideal location for those who love outdoor activities but equally for those who prefer relaxing and the beach life.

Touring Pitches

The caravan and camping park is run on an informal basis, the site is divided into two main areas - one for camping and one for caravan’s - giving you the freedom to choose your own spot anywhere in the camping or caravan area. Whether you choose a sheltered spot amongst the sand dunes or a spot with a view across the Minch, the choice is yours, on our 55 acre site. Wherever you set up, our award winning beach is a stones throw away. The only restriction we enforce is that you keep a distance of at least 7 metres from your neighbour.  We have 120 electric hook-up points on the site.


Come and stay in one of our 12 (4 small and 8 large)  heated wooden Wigwams, a fun alternative and a unique holiday experience that gives you that great feeling of being at one with nature. Like camping outdoors, but with the comfort of your own heated Wigwam. All our wigwams have electric light, standard UK plug sockets and a panel heater as well as a picnic table, fire pit and BBQ slab for placing disposable BBQ’s on outside. Each Wigwam has a cushioned seating area with boards which can be used to make one large sleeping area, free standing table, shelf area and kettle.

We have a choice of 8 large and 4 small wigwams and, while cooking is not permitted within the Wigwams, there is an indoor cooking and eating area close by with fridge, freezer, hob and microwave.

The wigwams are all pet-friendly.

Facilities on or near the park: Large grocery shop selling freshly baked bread, toys, camping equipment and gas. On-site licensed cafe serving breakfast, lunch, home bakes, evening meals, and takeaway. Three heated toilet shower blocks including a family and a disabled shower room, 120 electric points, laundry, indoor cooking & dining shelter complete with fridge/freezer and hob, dishwashing area, chemical toilet disposal, motorhome service point, games room and play park, bike hire, and kayak hire - doubles and singles at £40 and £30 respectively; ask at reception.

Tourist attractions within easy reach:
Gairloch heritage museum, 9-hole golf course, pony-trekking, bird-watching, hill-walking, wildlife sea cruises, bike riding, sea and loch fishing, leisure centre.

Gairloch is the place to come if you want to see wildlife. Gairloch Harbour is home to many whale watching cruises that can take you around Gairloch Bay and into the Minch to spot whales, dolphins, porpoises, and even basking sharks. 

The beautiful Flowerdale Estate, home to the MacKenzie's of Gairloch, has a spectacular waterfall, an 18th-century house, and plenty of exhilarating walks to suit all ages and abilities. 

Gairloch Trekking Centre, where beginners and more experienced riders can explore the stunning landscape and beach on horseback or improve their riding skills with lessons, has now been relocated to Red Point.

The Gairloch area has many sites of historical interest and our award winning museum explores the area's history ( In nearby Shieldaig, the Fairy Lochs walk visits a memorial to a crashed WW2 bomber plane and the Sands Archaeological Trail has examples of prehistoric round houses, turf dikes and old run rig systems.

For rainy days there are plenty of indoor activities too: Gairloch Leisure Centre offers a range of activities including archery, a climbing wall, and badminton, and Poolewe Swimming Pool is only a 15-minute drive away. The Perfume Studio at Mellon Charles is Scotland's only working perfume studio, and also has a cafe, gift shop, and excellent views of Isle and Loch Ewe.

The Gairloch area is home to the world famous Inverewe Gardens, established by Osgood MacKenzie in 1862. Famed for its exotic plants from countries as diverse as Tasmania, New Zealand and Chile, the gardens also have an on-site cafe, short walks and a bird hide.

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Scotland's oldest reserve established in 1951, offers woodland trails and mountainous walks, all situated within the ancient pine forests surrounding Loch Maree. Famed for its wildlife you are likely to spot deer, dragon flies, golden eagles, and crossbills, or you might even spot a pair of nesting sea eagles.

Season: We are open from 30 March to 29 October.

Owner/manager: James Cameron

Prices: Start from £13.00

Take the A832 to Gairloch. At Gairloch turn on to the B8021 to Melvaig - 4 miles along this road will bring you to Sands Holiday Centre.

4 star touring


Shop on site Shop on site
Restaurant/cafe/takeaway on site Restaurant/cafe/takeaway on site
Play area Play area
Pet Friendly Pet Friendly
Beach within walking distance Beach within walking distance
Rural Location Rural Location
Wifi throughout the Park Wifi throughout the Park
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