In a nutshell
Clachtoll Beach Campsite, 134 Clachtoll, Lochinver, Sutherland IV27 4JD Web: http://www.clachtollbeachcampsite.co.uk/ Tel: 01571 855377 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tents/campervans/caravans £12.00 per night / £5.00 pppn adult & £2.00 pppn age 5-16 / £4.00 per night EHU (20 serviced pitches). All prices per night during high season (2017).
Clachtoll Beach Campsite is a great site over 25 acres with direct access to the white sand Clachtoll Beach. The site is also handily located for those people touring the North Coast 500 route. It’s very well run and popular site, with booking highly recommended during July and August. There are two flat fields nearer the beach and a third overspill field behind. The washblock is clean and regularly cleaned. Other facilities include dishwashing sinks, a laundry, 20 electric hook-ups, a hot drinks vending machine, free wifi and a public telephone. The waste disposal point accepts environmentally friendly chemical product only.
Not many sites have such a great beach on the doorstep – as well as so many fantastic mountain and coastal walks close by. Assynt is one of Scotland’s gems and is a haven for hikers (eg Suilven, Ben More Coigach, Stac Pollaidh, Quinag), anglers (river, sea) and wildlife spotters (eg dolphins, whales, otters). Geologically, Assynt is part of the NW Highlands Geopark, a world class landscape boasting some of the oldest rocks in Europe (Lewissian gneiss). Lochinver, with cafes, a bank and shops, is 6 miles south of Clachtoll along an undulating road with passing places. There’s a small shop near the entrance to the site, and the award-winning Drumbeg Stores a few miles north.
What I liked:
The white sand beach! Well-run site and attentive owners. Great location near mountains and the coast. Wildlife is regularly spotted off the coast at the campsite including dolphins, whales, sharks, seals and otters. Large, flat pitches.
Not so wild about:
The wifi is pretty slow and patchy – not the fault of the owners of course, but the s-l-o-w speed of the local exchange which is yet to be upgraded.
Clachtoll is a popular site and deservedly one of my Top 10 Beach Campsites. If you like Scotland’s remote and spectacular northwest coast then you’ll love this site. It’s a great base for exploring the coast, with some of Scotland’s best coastal walks nearby. Hikers will want to climb some of Assynt’s popular hills including Suilven, Stac Pollaidh and Quinag. For cyclists, there’s a great but challenging route – the Assynt Circular – of around 65 miles on undulating roads.
Unfortunately it was cloudy and wet when I stayed recently – not an uncommon occurrence, sadly! But a little sunshine transforms the views and as anyone who’s been to the NW Highlands knows, if it’s raining you just need to wait half an hour for the sun to come out again!