Campsites, Caravan, Lodge sites

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Glen Nevis Caravan and Camping Site, Fort William, Scotland

The Glen Nevis campsite in Fort William is by far and away one of the very best campsites I’ve ever stayed in, and that’s saying something coming from a self-confessed ‘Wild Camper’!  Located in the dramatic Glen Nevis valley, and surrounded on nearly all sides by the tallest of the UK’s peaks, the campsite sprawls its way from the nearby town and heads off into the wilderness.

Whatever you’re looking for in terms of facilities, you’ll find here.  From the impossibly clean toilet and shower blocks (with real taps instead of those stupid buttons you have to press every 6.5 seconds!) and the well-stocked shop, to the tidy pitches, numerous electrical hook-ups and even the opportunity to use Wi-Fi, this is one campsite that has it all.

It’s not quite glamping, because we’re not talking ultra stylish here, but what does make this campsite so perfect is the fact that everything is so neat, clean and within easy reach.  You don’ t have to travel far to find a major supermarket, the site is licensed so you can go ‘out’ for a drink, and if you want to wander off site for an evening beverage or two, a few hills and a couple of stiles away is the renowned Ben Nevis Inn, with its fabulous fare, live music and friendly atmosphere.

The site caters for everyone, whether they’re stopping in with an articulated motor home or walking in off the mountains.  It’s pet friendly, child friendly, disabled friendly, and just basically friendly in every other way you can image.

If you’re looking for a popular, well-managed and perfectly maintained campsite in the Scottish Highlands, then the Glen Nevis campsite in Fort William is the one for you.

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The Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, Scotland

The Clachaig Inn, a stunning restaurant and hotel in the heart of the Scottish countryside.

Located at the foot of the Aonach Eagach ridge, and across from the Pass of Glencoe’s Hidden Valley and Bidean nam Bian, one of the highest Munro’s in Scotland, is the delightful Clachaig Inn, a whitewashed stonebuilt tavern that offers some of the best Scottish hospitality that I’ve ever enjoyed.

The Clachaig Inn is legendary in these parts, and further afield as well.  It offers a wonderful mix of bars that cater for sunday drivers and muddy hillwalkers alike, live music, cask conditioned ales and a Whiskey counter to die for.

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The Clachaig Inn on the old Glencoe road (james denham) / CC BY-SA 2.0


The Clachaig Inn, the best little Scottish restaurant and hotel in Glencoe

When I last visited, just a week ago, the place had changed since I had first sat in their ‘boot bar’ (the section that the weather-worn walkers tend to migrate to) and feasted on a spicy chilli that I still haven’t quite forgotten.  On this occasion I was considerably drier and had swapped my cumbersome rucksack for a husband, two kids, and a scarily large German Shepherd.  Concerned that the policy might have changed, I asked the girl on reception whether dogs were still allowed, and if so, which bar they could get into.  She looked at me as if I was an underager trying to get in without ID, before smiling…

‘Anywhere you like!’

‘Really?’ I asked, ‘He’s a big dog?’

‘Really!’  She said.

Even so, I found myself trying to disguise him as he loped through the door, just in case I’d misheard.  I needn’t have worried.  Inside were more dogs than you’d find in a kennel, and once we’d chosen the biggest table we could find, he was stretched out underneath and out of the way in no time.

The food in the Clachaig Inn is fabulous.  The fish and chips I ordered was perfect, and my husband’s haggis tasted great as well – well worth the cheeky slap I got for stealing a second forkfull!  The kids had fish too, and what wasn’t good enough for them was certainly good enough for the dog.

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Glencoe and River Coe (Doug Lee) / CC BY-SA 2.0


Pass of Glencoe, the view from the Clachaig Inn

During the winter this place has a lovely feel to it – I remember warm log fires and wood burners blazing throughout – but even though the heat wasn’t needed on this perfectly sunny day, it was still a comfortable, relaxed setting and it’s easy to see why mountaineers, hillwalkers and Munro baggers like to wind up their days here.  The Clachaig Inn also caters well for motorcyclists, caravanners and campers, and with accommodation available from bedrooms and a campsite, to self catering properties as well, you could truly immerse yourself in the stunning Scottish countryside with this as the perfect base.

And I have to add that one of the improvements is the fabulous little kids playarea outside, so if you’re passing here on a long journey it’s a great place to stop for some lunch and to allow the kids to let off some steam.

The Clachaig Inn comes highly recommended by the candidtraveller Team!

Silver Sands Campsite, Arisaig

On a recent family break, my hubby and I decided to pack the kids, the dog and the tent into the estate car and head off to a remote part of Scotland to get a night’s escape.  The idea was to spend some quality time with the kids for the night.  We opted for a campsite instead of wild camping, purely because we were so short on time, and headed north west to the coast line around Mallaig. 

Courtesy of CaptainOates (Flickr.com)

This is a truly beautiful area, with golden sandy beaches and a lovely view to some of the more remote, and less well known, islands.  Craggy and unspoilt, it is the perfect destination for a remote getaway.
There are loads of campsites to choose from, but on this occasion we chose the Silver Sands Campsite which lies just north of Arisaig.  We phoned in advance and were told that the lady who ran the site wasn’t available, but just to head on up because there was space.

And so we set off on our 5 hour drive, arriving in Fort William just prior to 4pm.  While I popped into the supermarket to grab a few more burgers for the BBQ, hubby telephoned ahead to make sure he’d got his directions right.  When I got back to the car he divulged the conversation..

He’d spoken to the woman in charge who told him that the site was full.  When he explained that we’d just driven for hours because we’d been assured that there was space, she told us just to come anyway and that they’d squeese us in.  So, does that mean they’re full or not, we wondered?
When we arrived the office was closed, so we phoned her to check where we were to pitch.  ‘Oh, anywhere you like,’ came the response.  ‘But just don’t annoy anyone?’

Sorry?? What exactly does that mean?  Don’t be noisy?  Or, don’t pitch to close to someone else?  Eh? Anyway, we chose the only spot we could find, which happened to be right next to the plywood toilet block, and set up our tent, hoping that no one would be ‘annoyed’ by our choice of pitch.

The site itself is basic, which isn’t a complaint because it hadn’t claimed to be anything else, but the best bit was the stunning view.  The kids were down on the sandy beach where a sandbank allowed them to walk right out to a neighbouring, rocky island.  They spent hours exploring the crevices, looking for crabs and other exciting creatures…
The evening was spent enjoying a BBQ outside the tent, and holding our noses every time the door to the loos blew open with the wind.  And throughout the evening, more new campers kept arriving, obviously also with the command ‘Pitch where you like, just don’t annoy anyone’!  Problem was, we were starting to get annoyed, as cars, caravans and trailers drove round our tent, the fumes competing with our smoking disposable grill.
The morning brought the owner, hand outstretched and clutching a money bag.  Now, £15 isn’t much to pay for a pitch for the night, admittedly, but seriously, we’d have had more fun (and certainly more space) on a wild camp.
Silver Sands Campsite doesn’t get a recommendation from candidtraveller, and if you choose to visit here, be prepared for a self service visit, without the service.

Lochy Holiday Park, Fort William, Scotland

Rating: Great
Reviewer:  Nomad

I stayed in the Lochy Holiday park a month ago with my husband, two rampant children (both under the age of 3) and brother-in-law.  We were there for a weekend of mountain biking in the fabulous Fort William area.  At least, the big boys went mountain biking.  The little ones only got as far as the bottom of the trails!

Lochy Holiday Park is a privately owned site that caters for most types of self-catering accommodation.  You can choose from well appointed cottages, lodges, static caravans or the good old campsite.  The facilities are great though, whatever you choose.

One of the Lodges for hire at Lochy Holiday Park, Fort William

On this trip we stayed in a wooden style lodge, with a double room, twin room and bunk beds.  There’s plenty of room to relax and the lounge was big enough to accommodate us all in the evening.  Perhaps the best bit of the lodge holiday was the outdoor decked area attached to the lodge, which gave us an outstanding view of the Nevis range mountains.  Truly superb, and went down well with a glass of chilled white wine.

The park is situated close to Fort William town centre, so getting things you need is pretty easy, but if you do run out of the essentials, there’s a small shop on site that should see you through.  It’s also got a great little kids play area that’s overlooked by some of the lodges.  Perfect for keeping the children entertained.  At the bottom of the park is the River Lochy, a beautiful pebble lined river that’s supposedly good for fishing.  The only thing I fished out of it were my kids, so a word of advice to parents…take a spare change of clothes for the little ones.  Apparently the words ‘only up to your knees’ doesn’t mean much when you’re under 3!

The view towards the Nevis Range from Loch Holiday Park

The staff are very pleasant, both when you’re booking as well as upon your arrival, and it truly does have a family feel to it.  The lodge was ready for us earlier than the planned arrival time, and was perfectly clean and tidy.  Helpful maps will get you around the site without getting lost, although it isn’t really big enough to cause you any problems, and there are the usual washing facilities to make use of.

And if any of you out there are fans of events like the World Cup Downhill Mountain Biking Championships, then this accommodation is ideal because the free shuttle bus practically leaves from the park’s front gate.

You can’t go wrong with a stay here, and the only downside is the ever-present midge to feast on you in the evening.  But hey, what do you expect…it’s the west coast of Scotland!

Happy Camping!

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