In a nutshell
Applecross Campsite, Strathcarron, Ross-Shire IV54 8ND. Web: http://applecross.uk.com/campsite/ Tel: 01520 744268 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
£9 per adult. £4.50 per child. Campervans/motorhomes/caravans £2. Electric hook-up £4.50. All prices per night during high season (2014).
Good location overlooking the islands of Raasay, Rona and Skye. Two, flat camping fields accommodating up to 60 tents, motorhomes and touring caravans. Heated camping huts and (discrete) static caravans available. No allocated pitches – just choose your own site. Hot water shower block and two extra family units which have a shower, basin and toilet. Dishwashing, laundry (washing machine, tumble dryer), payphone, customer freezer. No campfires. No mobile reception.
The ‘Flower Tunnel’ on site serves as the Reception and wet weather area including free wifi, vending machine for teas/coffee, games, books, indoor childrens play area, seating.
From 2015/16 two new toilet/shower blocks are being built in each camping field, the main one containing disabled access and a drying room.
What I liked:
Informal and relaxed. Great views of the Inner Sound and mountains. Well equipped. Only a short walk to the Applecross Inn. Local walks directly from the campsite. Slow pace of life (once you’ve made it over the Bealach na Ba, believe me you’ll be in no rush to go anywhere !).
Not so wild about:
Wash block quite small (only four toilets and two showers) and a little dated (but new wash blocks are being built during 2015/16). Wifi only available at Reception – why not across the whole site ?
The Applecross Peninsular is one of the remoter parts of Scotland, accessible either via Shieldaig and Torridon from the north or over the infamous Bealach na Ba from the south, an ‘exciting’ journey with Alpine-style hairpin bends and the highest ascent of any road in the UK. Whichever way you arrive, you’ll want to stay put for a few days for Applecross is a special place with its own unique character and a laidback atmosphere.
I was there to participate in the Applecross Duathlon but also took the time to take in some local walks and sights. For more pictures and inspiration, catch up with my recent blog post.
I hadn’t actually visited before but given all that I’d heard about Applecross Campsite in the past I had already included it in my list of Top 10 Campsites in Scotland. Given the road access you’ll find that caravanners tend not to venture to Applecross.
This is the only campsite for miles around and is popular – deservedly so. Most people like to stay in the camping field close to the reception area and wash block and on busy weekends, such as the time I visited, this could be quite busy and noisy. Since I don’t like to be in the thick of things I was quite happy to camp in the farthest away corner and enjoy some privacy.
I found the campsite to be well equipped and informal, and I liked it a lot. It has most things you really need (flat pitches, good facilities, fantastic outdoor activites on the doorstep, good beer/food at the Applecross Inn just a five minute walk away) and so I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an outdoor activities or family getaway. Improvements to the washing facilities (planned for 2015/16) and wifi would be the only two things to mention. It was great weather when I visited, with no midgies, but given that the onsite ‘Flower Tunnel’ is now a designated wet weather facility I’m guessing that the sun doesn’t always shine ?!
So my advice would be to just find an excuse to visit* and book up !
* choose from the following examples: cycling up and over the Bealach na Ba, mountain biking north across the peninsular, sea kayaking, taking part in the Applecross Duathlon, eating fresh seafood at the Applecross Inn, chilling out …