Where the end of the road is the start of your adventure
How does it feel to get to the end of a track that’s eight miles from the nearest main road, in a remote corner of north-west Scotland? That’s a question that Badrallach’s owners, Owen and Bo, have put a great deal of thought and effort into answering.
To start with, if you’ve come this far, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be aiming to get away from it all – including other people. So there are individual camping pitches hidden away between bushes and rowan thicket. A web of little paths and bridges that will have younger campers playing hide-and-seek for hours allows you to navigate between them, while firepits – the best places to sit, rest and simply gaze at the amazing scenery – are duly provided at almost every pitch. Then there's the loo block, which may be in an old farm building, but is still one of the brightest and most welcoming washing facilities we’ve seen. Around the campsite, mountains rise into the north and east while not-so-little Little Loch Broom stretches out to the west. Venture out and you may well return wet/muddy/sweaty/all three in the course of a day, so you want showers that do more than tickle and tease. Badrallach has you covered.
Nature has also laid on a smorgasbord of adventures for you to savour. Sit at Badrallach for any length of time and you’ll become fascinated by mighty An Teallach, the mountain that sits across the loch, hunching its shoulders and glowering. If you do climb this splendid hill, remember it is one of the most precipitous ridges of any mountain in Britain and you should be fully prepared (in mind as well as body). If you fancy a more casual wander, there are paths running directly from the campsite along the foreshore and up to Beinn Ghobhlach, the hill behind the site.
Since this part of the world is the haunt of the mischievous highland midge, the campsite can be forgiven for locating itself a safe hundred metres or so from the waters edge – it also offers yet more encouragement to light that evening campfire. The loch can still be reached via a short path, though, and site warden Chris – a Highlander who’s been scouring this coast his whole life – is happy to lend advice if you’ve laden your car with fishing tackle. A little further along the coast is Scoraig, one of the most remote communities in Britain, which is only accessible by boat or a five-mile walk. It may take a while to trek there but then, out here, you'll have plenty of time on your hands. There's never a need to rush.
Indeed a slower pace of life is just the appeal of this part of Scotland. It’s certainly something that Owen loves about the place. A qualified botanist, herbalist and wilderness therapist, he has recently begun running nature-oriented workshops at the campsite, incorporating herbal medicine, stress-management and creative approaches such as music, art and writing. And, whether you come here to partake in soothing stress-relief or simply want a loch-side tent pitch, once you’ve been at Badrallach for a few days you, too, will settle into a new rhythm of existing. Time drifts here and pulls you along with it. So when you’re finally packing up, you’ll find yourself asking a very different question – how will it feel when you return to the world at the end of the road eight miles away?
Croft 9, Scotland, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Badrallach ?.Joined in June 2010
5 Ratings · 13 reviews
June 14, 2022
Grass pitch with Electric Hookup
Perfectly remote site with limited pitches. The facilities were really impressive and eco-conscious, one of the best showers on our 11 day trip. Would recommend 5/5!
August 6, 2021
I really like this site!
There was an issue with the hot water as mentioned by other campers but it was fixed toward the end of our stay and that made a difference. The attendant couldn't have been nicer and made himself available for all of our questions.
The facilities are nice and clean, showers great when the water got fixed. The site is basic, but that's what you expect from reading about it before you come, and it has everything you need for camping. It is used mostly for tents and small vans - I can see why larger vans are discouraged from coming as it is not a site with hard standings. Water is clean and fresh from the hills but perfectly drinkable - better than your tap water at home for sure! The location can't be beaten...it's just beautiful here!
I came with my wife and kids for 6 nights and we had a great time exploring down on the shore of the loch and I even got some fishing in. The site was busy but that is to be expected in the middle of summer. I would recommend this site to people who like tent or VW-type camping off the beaten track. Thank you Badrallach, we will be back.
August 2, 2021
Grass pitch with Electric Hookup
We were attracted by the remoteness and opportunities for outdoor activities and we were not disappointed. Great site for easy access to hiking, climbing, watersports and for just chilling. However, we felt it did need some tlc. We weren't looking for any more facilities than hot showers and a kitchen for washing up but it felt as if the owners had let things slide and were just being a bit too 'hands off'. Some simple maintenance, repairs and thoughtful upgrades would make this site truly 'cool'.
June 24, 2021
Grass pitch with Electric Hookup
Peaceful and remote location. Basic facilities. No hot water for showers and washing up when we needed it, however did not affect our stay as only there for one night.
June 18, 2021
Grass pitch with Electric Hookup
An absolutely idyllic spot. We only stayed one night whilst travelling the NC500 but would happily have stayed longer. The facilities were good with the advantage of electric hook up. The road to get to the site is a bit of an adventure in itself and adds to the feeling of being truly away from it all. Unfortunately there was no hot water when we stayed but that didn't spoil it for us and the midges were out in force but we were well prepared to do battle with them! All in all it did feel like a little piece of heaven.
August 5, 2019
Grass pitch with big views
Having negotiated the track, sheep and cows the scenery well worth the trip. We live in Scotland but have not seen nearly enough so an adventure here was the sun. Badrallach was great. Met lovely people from all over Europe. Showers and facilities great. Midges are a nightmare so be prepared and would recommend buying wood for campfires and ensure lots of smoke as keeps them away. The path to Scoraig is stunning ensure good walking boots shoes are worn as path can be tricky if wet and watch for cows on path they were not for moooving! Seal did pop up for a look! Lovely cafe when near end of track signposted at start of walk and about 4.5 miles in. Visited Torridon which we love and have been before. Recommend plan all trips ahead as no Wi-fi in many spots. Ullapool and the Frigate cafe lovely coffee and cake. Nearest petrol is also Ullapool so again plan ahead. Great holiday and thanks for being so beautiful and welcoming loved it despite the midges!
From the host
We are a remote Highland campsite, complete with holiday cottage and a simple bothy that comfortably sleeps 12. If the weather or midges are terrible then the bothy is there to help you escape – often this is best with a dram on front of our wood-burning stove. We have toilet and shower facilities better than many larger campsites and different types of pitches for different tastes – either hide in the gorse or stay out in the open. We've even got four electric hook-ups!
You'll find some of the most stunning scenery in Britain here, be it the spectacular mountains, the ever-changing coastal weather painting dramatic colours everywhere, or the incredible diversity of wildlife, which, sadly, is rarely seen elsewhere in the UK.
Little Loch Broom (it's not that little) is the sea loch we are situated upon and it is part of a wider MPA (marine protected area) for the unique life that resides within it. There are excellent boating opportunities on the loch on calmer days, and also opportunities for recreational fishing around the entire coast – just ask Chris the campsite attendant for some local, rugged Highlander knowledge. There is much to be made of the hill-walking (especially the foreboding yet beautiful An Teallach), fat-biking, trail running. It's also a very popular stop-off point for NC-500 travellers.
Our price range is lower than that of any managed campsite we know of and you'll find an abundance of peace and quiet whilst you're here.
From EarthMind Fellowship CIC: At various points in the year we
can provide a variety of workshops for exploring nature, both inner and outer, incorporating herbal medicine and nutrition, health and wellness, stress-management, HeartMath, Wilderness Therapy and creative approaches such as dance, music, art and writing. If you would like to know more please contact Owen Okie at email@example.com.
The site is a great place for walking, climbing and kayaking (no fee for launching if you bring one) – there is a colony of seals living just a quick paddle away, often dozing on the rocks or popping up for a peak. Corrieshalloch Gorge is a spectacular chasm that you can reach easily by road (20 minutes). There’s also An Teallach (8 miles away) – ‘Scotland’s finest ridge walk’ and including 2 Munros – the 635-metre Beinn Ghobhlach just behind the campsite, and a beautiful 5-mile loch-side stroll to the roadless off-grid community of Scoraig. Much further afield, Gairloch Marine Life Centre (40 miles; 01445 712636) sees visitors join an expert marine biologist on a 2-hour cruise to spot porpoises, whales, dolphins and basking sharks.
Food and drink
The Dundonnell Hotel (01854 633204; nr Dundonnell; 7½ miles) has a restaurant and also does fine bar meals with frequent live music – choose either the Cocktail or the Broombeg Bar. If you’re prepared to head further afield, the Frigate Café (01854 612969) in Ullapool is a classy continental bistro that seems to have got lost and turned up in the far north-west of Scotland. It has a great little kids’ area and a backroom where you can hide from the weather with a hot chocolate.