A family-run site, Inver Coille comes with all the wonderful gifts that a newly created campsite creates. The tent pitches themselves remain beautifully rustic and unaltered – there are no electrical hook-ups and no lines of static caravans to blight the landscape – while the facilities are all brand new, including a drying room for soggy clothes, showers, toilets and washing up sinks with water filtered from a burn that runs through the campsite. There are also a couple of glamping options: A pre-pitched bell tent and two modern looking geo-domes, each positioned on a flat wooden platform and furnished inside with proper beds.
The small, intimate atmosphere of the campsite suits the tranquil surroundings, with tents pitched on two grassy meadows enclosed by trees. A maximum of 40 pitches ensures everyone has space. Most folks are walkers or cyclists following the routes along the loch shores. The Great Glen way is particularly popular – a 72-mile coast-to-coast route across the highlands that passes just a few hundred metres up the slope from the campsite.
Invermoriston is the nearest village, three miles away, though your better off heading four miles south to Fort Augustus where there’s a little more going on, including an excellent visitors centre, a small museum and the scenic ending to the Caledonian Canal where a series of five locks tumble down into the loch. There are also a few good pubs around and tour operators who can take you out onto the waters to search for Nessie yourself.
FacilitiesThere are no electrical hook-ups. There's a drying room for damp clothing, an under-cover washing up area and a washroom with toilets, basins, high-quality showers and hair-dryers. Geo-domes have their own private luxury shower rooms. Games and books are available to borrow.
Suitable ForGlampers, campers, tents, families, groups, couples, dogs – yes. Caravans, campervans, motorhomes – no.
NearbyHead to Fort Augustus (4 miles) to watch boats gradually progressing through the Caledonian Canal locks onto Loch Ness. It's quite a site and a wonderful place to sit and have a bit to eat as you watch. There's also a good visitor centre (01320 345156) here where you can make plans for the rest of your stay, including loch cruises (01320 366277). A few miles further up the shore, Urquhart Castle (01456 450551) is well worth a visit. Once one of Scotland’s largest castles it is accompanied by a full-sized, working trebuchet (a stone-throwing machine) as used in medieval times. For those who don't want to take on the lengths of the Great Glen Way (running directly past the campsite), head around the loch to Foyers where there's a short but spectacular walk to the Falls of Foyers, set in a dramatic gorge. It starts and finishes at a nice little café too!
Food & DrinkAn onsite shop sells essentials and the local villages have larger shops around 5 minute's drive away. For a meal out, try the The Boathouse Lochside Restaurant (01320 366682) where fresh fish and chips and traditional grub is mixed with a few Mediterranean options.
Opening TimesCamping April–end of Sept. Bell tent May–Sept. Geo-domes open all year (except Christmas and New Year).
Easter egg hunts are so last easter. This is where you need to come for a real detective's getaway. Pack the telescope, bring your snorkel and board the good ship Inver Coille. We're off to find a monster.
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