Badrallach

UK Scotland Highlands Ross-shire

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
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 Christy, 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 Davidson – 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?

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Facilities

20 grass pitches on a gently sloping field. 3 electrical hook-ups; 2 men's, 2 women's and 1 disabled loo, plus 2 unisex showers. Communal kitchen (including washing-up area and fridge) and a washing line. If not booked by a group, the bothy facilities can be used by campers: eating area, wood-burning stove, darts, board games, tourist info, small library and comfy settee. Campfires allowed; firepits provided on half of pitches. BBQs must be off grass. Owen runs nature-based retreats for mental and physical health and self-development (visit his Earthmind Fellowship website for further details). You can also rent the gas-lit cottage for a more luxurious stay.

Suitable For

Tents, groups, dogs – yes. Caravans and campervans (max 3 at any one time; max length 6m) – yes. Caravans must be towed by four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Nearby

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 & 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.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

We are a remote Highland campsite, complete with holiday cottage and a simple bunkhouse that comfortably sleeps 12. If the weather or midges are terrible then the bunkhouse (we call it 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, hill-loch fishing with the small chance of ferox or arctic char (which we ask you to return as these are genetically distinct and isolated populations). 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 emf@earthmindfellowship.org.

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Pitches

20 grass pitches on a gently sloping field. 3 electric hook-ups. No hard-standing pitches.
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Location

Contact Badrallach, Badrallach Campsite, Bothy & Holiday Cottage, Croft 9, Badrallach, Dundonnell, Ross-shire IV23 2QP

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Getting There

Take the A9 north from Inverness on to the A835 to Ullapool. Approximately 10 miles from Ullapool at Braemore Junction turn left on to the A832 for 10 miles then turn right on to the single-track Badrallach road for approximately 7 miles.

The Westerbus (01445 712255) Gairloch–Inverness–Gairloch passes the road end (approx 7 miles from the site). There is no bus-stop sign, so please wait at the junction and make sure you can be seen. The bus toward Inverness passes the road end at 08:50 on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and travels back from Inverness on the same days at 17:20 arriving at the road end just before 19:00. Please make sure you give yourself plenty of time to walk in either direction as the road to and from the campsite is not flat or straight and can be very exposed in places. Do not walk this path if you are not at a good level of physical fitness.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 8 reviews

★★★★★

Tranquil and with nature

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!
Aug 5, 2019 by Jan Main
★★★★★

Well worth a visit

Just had a marvellous week at this truly wonderful and magical wee haven. The owners were fantastic and very helpful. Met some lovely people and our little girl had a ball playing with her new friends in the bothy. Very reasonably priced week and with hookup for glampers. Our two dogs were made very welcome, they really enjoyed playing down by the Loch. If you want peace and quiet this is the place for you.  Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful place.

Jul 28, 2015 by Gillsta
★★★★★

Magical!

As Phil and Kirsty say "Location, location, location".  It hits the spot, more than!  Beautiful, peaceful with an otherworldly atmosphere.  Enter a more gentle, less frantic, and "what day is it" mode.  We spent 8 nights here in a tent.  I wish it was 8 more and then some.  Lovely pitches amongst the gorse, giving shelter and privacy, and plenty of room if you have a bigger tent.  Fresh, naturally filtered spring water from the hills on tap (my skin has never looked so good!)  Showers powerful with piping hot water 24/7 and toilets spotless.  Brilliant set up includes a cosy bothy, with log burner,  which all campers can use if not exclusively booked out (notice is given in advance).  With reference to  previous reviews would like to add re midgies - it is Scotland (there's no many places without them)!!!; re wind - it is Scotland and the Atlantic Coast; re rain - it is Scotland and the Atlantic Coast!! Scotland is an island ie 4 seasons in a day and uncontrollable!!!   D'oh!!!

It is beautiful, peaceful and far from the" madding, camping", crowd which makes it all worthwhile!! We had a wonderful time here and will be back!  Thank you!

Jayne, Andy, two minions and a dug! :-) xxx

Jul 25, 2015 by jaynerooney
★★★★☆

tranquil and perfect

We, (my husband and 2 pre-schoolers ageed 3 and 4) came up here on a spur of the moment decision, just for a night! Madness I know! was sooooo worth the drive, had a brilliant time, just a bit of a trek to the beach, which with 2 little ones can be a daunting experience, would come back in a heart beat, the facilities are second to none, the best I have come across whilst camping!!!

Jun 30, 2015 by Tanya Vos
★★★★☆

Badrallach amazing

We stayed at Badrallach for 3 nts. Campsite is very basic, but exactly what we were after. Clean toilet blocks, showers and a small kitchen area inside the block. There's also the cutest little bothy house which can be booked. Campsite is pretty exposed and our gazeebo blew away (we needed it the night before as the rain was terrible!) so we had to collect those bits the following morning. I would stay here again, we had a great time with friends :) p.s. bring midgie spray!

Jul 29, 2014 by claire_444
★★★★★

One of the best approaches to a site!

We made the drive here in a storm and nearly didn't make it! So glad the van held out, it was such a lovely welcome and we had the place to ourselves. The facilities are amazing! If only we could have something like this as our own home!! The sun came out and we stayed an extra night with exceptional views of An Teallach. We'll be back!!

Jul 7, 2014 by mcflute
★★★★☆

beautiful & remote

As well as being in a beautiful location the facilities provided are superb too.  So if you want to shower and use the loos they're well looked after.  We had an amazing time spending four nights in this gorgeous part of the world, exploring, climbing, cycling, kayaking, in all a great experience.

Aug 19, 2013 by jonoratner1
★★★★☆

Badrallach

Difficult to reach but well worth the trip. A small and friendly campsite with a great lochside location. They’ve installed midge busters which makes the summer evenings tolerable.

Aug 1, 2010 by Mac

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