Sunart Camping

UK Scotland Highlands Argyll & Bute

Stunningly remote yet well-equipped; this family-friendly site on the Arnamurchan Peninsula is the perfect base for exploring Scotland's western isles

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.

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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.

Reader Reviews

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Friendly owners and Chilled out location.

Far enough out of the village to be quiet, near enough to local facilties to be handy. Friendly owners, Reasonable pitch prices. It's not a large site but there lies its charm. It has just the right facilities, clean and practical. Free Showers a welcome rarity these days. The Communal lounge area with the wood burner is a nice touch, together with the decked BBQ area. You need to self sufficient camping here, as the village store and cafe has limited opening hours. There are places to eat in the evening but these get well booked up in peak season. Definately be back Thanks.
Jul 20, 2017 by Tony


We've camping around Scotland for years, in some of the more beautiful, remotest parts of the country and recently my Mother in Law Doreen introduced us to this lovely site. Truly a hidden gem, everything is so convenient, great shops nearby, friendly, helpful owners Tim and Lynn, so laid back and just a perfect camping environment we cannot recommend highly enough, perfect clean facilities right on your doorstep, I would have to emphasise the lovely owners for whom nothing seemed too much trouble, we will definitely be back, a perfect base to explore this wonderful and magical part of the world!

Aug 9, 2015 by Michael

Don't tell everyone

Just returned from our first but certainly not our last visit to this site. Tim & Lynn provide a warm friendly welcome to this family run site. The pitches are generous and well draining thank goodness as we didn't have the best weather. 
This is an excellent location for touring the area either by foot, bicycle or by car. 
The village has well stocked shops, a tourist information centre and a pub all within 5-10 min walk. 
If you choose to spend your holiday under canvas this site has thought of everything that will make life easier for those touring with limited equipment. There is a fridge, microwave, kettle & drying room. The bothy provides an indoor area away from the rain or you can have a BBQ and sit on the decking.

This is West Scotland so don't forget the midges  - Lynn is an artist and has a small craft shop on site which also sells midge repellant. 

My only very small negative is that the grey water and the elsan point is shared and raised up so ideally you need to empty your grey water more frequently otherwise it may be too cumbersome to lift up. 
We will definitely be back

Jul 5, 2015 by Carolnmillie

A hidden gem!

We came across this campsite whilst touring the west coast and had planned to stay the night before travelling on the next day. Luckily for us one of the cabins became vacant the next day so we decided to try it out for the reminder of the week and we are so glad we did! The surrounding areas are stunning and the owners made us feel so welcome. We are already planning our next trip to Sunart camping!

Nov 18, 2013 by moorhouse
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