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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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★★★☆☆

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!

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★★★★☆

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.

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Cool Factor

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.

Who's In

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

On Site

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.

Off Site

Ferries from Arisaig and Mallaig visit the beautiful nearby small isles and also Skye: operators are Arisaig Marine (01687 450224) or Cal Mac 0800 066 5000. Arisaig Marine also has sealife-watching trips. There are walks along the side of Loch Morar and The Jacobite steam train runs from Mallaig. It’s also worth visiting the working harbour of Mallaig, 9 miles away, to try some fresh fish or just watch the boats come and go.

If it rains

Head south to the visitor centre at Glenfinnan Monument (01397 722250) to follow in the prince’s footsteps. You can also join West Coast Railway’s famous steam-train journey – ‘The Jacobite’ – that runs from March to October. Travelling from Mallaig down to Fort William, it takes in a staggering amount of spectacular scenery and was voted by Wanderlust magazine in 2009 as the ‘Top Railway Journey in the World’. 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; www.cnoc-na-faire.co.uk). 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. Cnoc-na-Faire (01687 450249) at the top of the hill is a stylish alternative, offering cracking views and gourmet breakfasts.

Open

March–October.

The Damage

£12 for a 2-person tent.

Getting There

Take the A830 from Fort William through Glenfinnan towards Mallaig. After you pass through Arisaig look out for the signposts to Invercaimbe.

Public Transport

The Shiel Bus (01967 431272) service between Fort William and Mallaig passes the campsite on the A830.

Tags

Beaches  Campervans permitted  Campfires permitted  Dogs welcome  Good for kids  Groups welcome  Laundry  Nice views  Remote location  Short walk to beach  Surfing  Waterside location