To call Sunart Camping 'somewhat far-flung' is like saying the Sahara gets a tad toasty in the summer. Plotted on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the Scottish Highlands' western extremities, Sunart Camping is one of the UK's most stunningly isolated camping spots. This small family-run, family-friendly site lies at the back of the sleepy lochside village of Strontian. Helmed by sprightly owners Tim and Lynn Coldwell, this unspoilt spot is the ideal base for exploring Scotland's storied islands (Oronsay and Càrna), isles (Mull and Skye), and its mighty glens (Glen Tarbert).
Comprising an even handful of grass pitches and hard-standings, Sunart is equally equipped for the canvas and caravan contingents (there's even a handy motorhome service point). The cosy communal bothy is a nice touch – with comfy sofas and wood-burning stove to stave off the Highland elements (not to mention the minor discomfort of the midges – an inevitability in this part of the world). For those wanting the security of walls and doors, the brand new cedar camping cabins should... ahem... cedar that. These cosy little abodes come fully-insulated and with underfloor heating. They're kitted out with double and bunk beds, with the bigger six person cabin also featuring an en suite bathroom (with flush loo and hot shower), plus a small kitchenette.
The area is positively abuzz with wildlife you're unlikely to see in most other parts of the UK. The eponymous Loch Sunart is the shining centrepiece for all manner of amazing creatures, including Scotland's 'Big Five'; the otter, harbour seal, red squirrel, red deer and golden eagle.
It's a short stroll into Strontian village itself, where you'll find a surprisingly well-stocked shop and post office, plus two fine local restaurants at either end of the village (the loch-caught seafood in both is fantastic). Sunart's enviable location right on the loch makes the site a great base for anglers and watersports enthusiasts. There's a free jetty on the loch shore and for any anglers, fishing tackle can be hired from the site. The surrounding forests and famous Beinns also make for world-class mountain biking, with bike hire available from the site too.
15 pitches (6 with electric hook up) and 12 hard standings with electric hook-ups and water. 3 heated cedar camping cabins (sleeping 4 and 6). Communal bothy equipped with wood burning stove. Facilities block features hot showers, hairdryers, laundry (with washer and dryer), microwave oven and fridge freezer. Outside picnic areas, barbecues and pizza oven. Bike and fishing tackle hire available. Free WiFi. Free dog shower (!). No campfires.
Tents, campervans, caravans/motorhomes, groups, dogs – yes. Glampers in the camping cabins.
Strontian has a surprisingly lively social calendar for its diminutive size. Be sure to check out what's on at The Sunart Centre (01397 709228). The views from Ardnamurchan Point are breathtaking. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins and the occasional basking shark. Be sure to visit the famous lighthouse (01972 510210) – the most westerly part of the British Isles. The ruins of Castle Tioram sit atop a jutting peninsula into Loch Moidart. The Silver Walk is one of the better circuits to take in the view. The Nàdurra Centre (01972 500209) is your comprehensive guide to the wildlife and natural history of this richly bio-diverse region. Why not take a day trip across the sound to the the Isles of Mull and Iona?
Food & Drink
The Ariundle Centre (01967 402 279) has a fully-licensed tea room-cum-restaurant serving cooked breakfasts and wholesome evening meals. The Kilcamb Lodge (01967 402257) in Strontian village boasts a luxurious fine dining restaurant and the less-formal Driftwood Brasserie. Both enjoy stunning views over Loch Sunart. On the east side of the village, The Strontian Hotel (01967 402029) offers a similar set up with its Dungallons Restaurant and Bothy Bar. The fresh, locally-caught seafood in both establishments is exquisite.
All year, only closing in February.
The Owner Says
Set it the small quiet village of Strontian and within walking distance of the Ancient Ariundle Oak Woods, Sunart Camping is the ideal location for exploring the stunning unspoilt and arguably the most beautiful area of Scotland the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The campsite is also the ideal base for touring the Highlands of Scotland, the isle of Mull and the isle of Skye.
Renowned for its abundant wildlife and its white sandy beaches and where spotting Scotlands BIG FIVE, you won't fail to be impressed. The sea Loch Sunart is also a haven for otters, seals, porpoise, oyster catchers heron and curlew.
The owners Tim and Lynn are proud of their bespoke Cedar camping Cabins designed and built by themselves to a high standard, complete with underfloor heating, for a dry cosy alternative to sleeping under canvas.
The on site bothy is a great place to meet with other guests. Great when the weather is a bit inclement to have a hot drink and relax in front of the log burning stove while the biomass boiler dries your clothing and warms the water for a hot shower.
The Village itself has a well stocked store, Post office, Restaurants and a local pub that regularly has ceilidh bands. The local café also does a great take out menu on a Friday night. You just have to try the Malaig caught Haddock and chips.
If you choose to arrive by public transport why not check out our Scott Mountain Bike Hire.
From the A82, take the short ferry journey over the Corran Narrows, and on leaving the ferry bear left onto the A861. Follow this road, ignoring any turnings off it, and after 20 minutes or so you’ll find yourself driving into Strontian. In the centre of the village, turn right at the village green immediately after the police station. Follow that road round, and take the first right. The entrance to the campsite is in front of you as the road bears right.
The car ferry across Corran Narrows!
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