Invercaimbe

UK Scotland Highlands Inverness-shire

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
Bordered by white sands and shallow lagoons on 2 sides, this site boasts knockout views over the sea to Skye.Epic drama from sunsets to bonnie princes.

Invercaimbe might be the only campsite in the country that is linked to the beach by a children’s slide. Well, that’s just one way on to the sand that seems to surround the site. Actually you can also jump, step or flop down from your pitch straight on to the bright white strand.

This working croft has been in the same family for 270 years, and as soon as you arrive you’ll see why they’ve been so keen to hang on to it. The perfect little beaches curve like scallop shells round two sides of the headland and open on to a rocky foreshore. Here, as the tide goes out, you’ll discover a mysterious playground of sands, lagoons and rockpools.You can’t help but feel 10 years old here; the urge to dig canals and take crabs hostage is all but irresistible. Even if you only dangle your toes in the cool turquoise waters you’ll instantly feel your cares washing away.

The sea is so much a part of this site that everyone becomes a little amphibious. Couples don wetsuits and splash through the rising shallows like dolphins. Children run from and taunt the incoming waves like oystercatchers. Kayakers awkwardly launch themselves into the foam where they become as fleet and sleek as seals. Then, as the sun begins to drop drowsily into the west, most people grab a cup of something wet and warming and perch on the rocks to watch one of the most spectacular sunsets in the land. It’s hard to take your eyes off the kaleidoscope of colour in the sky, but you must be careful that you don’t let this waterside wonderland capture your spirit completely. After all, where do you think mermaids come from?

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Facilities

Campfires allowed. 18 pitches, 16 hook-ups. There are 4 toilets, 2 showers, a laundry and dishwashing room. The best way to book a pitch is to text Joyce, who also keeps a freezer stocked with essentials: burgers, buns, veg, ice cream, and beef reared on the croft – about as organic as you can get.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, groups, dogs – yes.

Nearby

Ferries run from Arisaig and Mallaig to visit the beautiful nearby small isles and also Skye – operators are Arisaig Marine (01687 450224) or Cal Mac (0800 066 5000). Arisaig Marine also runs sealife-watching trips. There are walks along the side of Loch Morar and The Jacobite steam train runs from Mallaig (9 miles away), which is worth visiting in itself to try some fresh fish or just watch the boats come and go from the working harbour. The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse (01972 510210) is also worth a tour.

Food & Drink

Treat yourself to lunch or supper just 10 minutes’ walk up the hill at the stunningly situated Cnoc-na-Faire (01687 450249). The Café Rhu (01687 450707) in Arisaig, 2 miles away, is fab for both quick bites and more leisurely meals. Whether you eat in the bar or the restaurant of the Arisaig Hotel (01687 450210) you will find a medley of fresh seafood. The creamy East Coast Cullen Skink and dish of Loch-Nan-Uamh mussels are both first class.

Opening Times

March–October.

Pitches

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Location

Contact Invercaimbe, Arisaig, Inverness-shire PH39 4NT

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Getting There

Take the A830 from Fort William through Glenfinnan towards Mallaig. After you pass through Arisaig look out for the signposts to Invercaimbe. The Shiel Bus (01967 431272) service between Fort William and Mallaig passes the campsite on the A830.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews

★★★★★

Beautiful spot!

Invercaimbe is an awesome camping spot. The location is absolutely stunning - literally right on a beautiful beach and so many more only a short walk away perfect for swims. White sand, crystal clear blue water and lots of little coves and rock pools with amazing views over to the small isles. The site is fairly small and not packed in either so you get a good amount of space to enjoy and not crowded. Joyce the owner is really lovely and very helpful. The facilities are all you need pretty basic but never too busy. Cheap options for clothes washing. Plenty of awesome walks nearby and would recommend either the shearwater boat trip or ferries to the small isles - we saw so many cetaceans and birds. Mallaig and Arisaig have good shopping options - short drive or walk away.
Jun 5, 2019 by Emily
★★★★☆

Beach and Sea

I started to go to this site as a child in the 70's when Mrs Wilkinson owned the site and our family went every year meeting the same people year after year. The reason for returning every year then was the lovely white beach, safe clear water, good fishing, lovely country side, great friends on the site and a warm welcome. Now Joyce (Mrs Wilkinson's daughter) has it and the only things that have changed are a slightly better road from Fort William, electricity and a couple of showers. Great place for a camp fire on the beach, dogs running on the beach off the lead and relaxing time.
Dec 6, 2018 by Jones's from Wales
★★★★★

WOW!!!!!!

Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!!!!!! it was everything we wanted and more! Joyce was amazing, we called in short notice, and the campsite was fully booked already, but she made a small space for us, the kids loved the beach, we sadly only stayed one evening! Would Come back in a heartbeat, and for longer next time!!!!!!!!! 

Jun 30, 2015 by Tanya Vos
★★★★★

So cool

Had an absolutely fantastic time, can't wait to go back, great relaxed place, kids absolutely loved it, stunning views

Apr 19, 2015 by Alan Moodie
★★★☆☆

Amazing Views

We were one of the last people to arrive here and Joyce was very accommodating in allowing us to park on a raised section usually reserved as a picnic spot. This gave us an amazing view of the islands and we were spoilt with our sunset. However we felt as though the toilet block is perhaps due and update. That aside it is perfectly functional and we enjoyed hot showers and great walks from the site. Would definitely recommend if you are camping in arisaig!

Jul 7, 2014 by mcflute
★★★★☆

Invercaimbe

Invercaimbe has to be one of the most breathtaking places I have ever experienced. By day it is relaxed and is positioned on golden sandy beach. From the tent door it was 6ft to the beach, the water was as clear as clear gets and was not too cold. A hammock was in place and was the perfect place to enjoy the surroundings. The sunset was perfect every night and set beautifully behind the islands around the site. All in all a great place to holiday with family.

Jul 6, 2011 by conkadonk

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