Lungfuls of fresh Highland air and the chance to stride across open hillsIf you don’t want to raise a crop of sofa spuds with over-developed gaming thumbs, drag your kiddies up to Morvich and spring-clean their lungs with some pure fresh air. At this little patch of the Scottish Highlands there’s no such thing as indoors. Only outdoors. It’s a secluded spot, ideal for the quiet life, but with some brassy adventures waiting outside your tent flaps. The campsite’s a long caber-toss from the shores of Loch Duich, with its dramatic castle, recognisable from many a tin of shortbread. The sea loch’s a popular spot for sea-kayakers and is probably the best place for dramatic views of the Five Sisters of Kintail. They’re not, as you might think, a coven of witches, but a range of mountains, drawn in crayon colours of purple, brown and green, that make for a serious hill-walking challenge. But the campsite, run by the Caravan Club, is equally a lovely little patch of greenery in which to while away the days, doing nothing more than drinking in the views of the last of the Five Sisters. And getting your crayons out if you fancy trying to capture it on paper.
FacilitiesSmaller kids can cycle or skate around the site in safety (except in the vicinity of the washblock), but other than that there’s not a great deal to do on the site itself. What you expect from the Caravan Club – excellent, clean and plentiful. There are warm wash-rooms with good strong hot showers and also a special family bathroom for the under-4s (accompanied by a parent or guardian, of course). There are also plenty of laundry and washing-up facilities and – handy this – a drying room. However in the camping area the only cooking area is a covered wooden table.
NearbyTake a trip to see Britain’s tallest free-falling waterfall. The Falls of Glomach are a 7-mile return hike from the end of the road past the campsite, so it’s only suitable for older children who can walk there and back over remote countryside. But it’s worth the trip to see the 100-metre drop. If you’d rather be on the water than just watching it, the National Trust (08444 932231; mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) runs sea-kayaking taster days from the Morvich centre between April and October. No experience is necessary and it’s £40 for adults and £25 for children over 10.
Food & DrinkThere’s a small shop onsite for all the basics and enclosed BBQs are allowed (but sadly open fi res aren’t) so you can always cook up something yourself. But if you fancy a bit of posh there’s the Kintail Lodge Hotel (01599 511275) with a sunny conservatory (sadly sun’s not on the à la carte menu) and dining room that serves up tasty treats like pan-seared West Coast scallops or chicken breast stuffed with haggis. There’s also a bar-meal option with more standard fare.
OpenEnd Mar–early Nov.
Family FriendlyThe site is fairly remote and, although the entrance has a gate which is normally kept closed, it’s best to keep an eye that no one wanders out. It would be easy to get lost.
Contact Morvich, Inverinate, Kyle IV40 8HQ
Just off the A87 between Shiel Bridge and Kyle of Lochalsh. Heading north, turn right just over a mile past Shiel Bridge, heading for Morvich. The site entrance is signposted up a minor road to your right. The entrance is on the left opposite the countryside centre.
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Tents and single sex couples unwelcome
Why on earth this is in the Cool Camping guide I have no idea. It was anything but. We arrived on a very rainy day and we were treated very rudely. The field was waterlogged and whilst searching for a firm spot to pitch the reception guy came out and said that we couldn't pitch just anywhere and he didn't want us to take the only dry spot because it was too close to his camper van. He was very rude. The camp team walked around like the gestapo in the morning in their high vis jackets inspecting the site, didn't say hello but were looking at us and laughing. I heard the rude man say "I don't know why they didn't move on". Cool, it is not. Don't think they like campers at all.
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