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Badrallach is a special place. It is situated off the beaten track, 7-miles along a single-track road on the sparsely populated Scoraig Peninsula. Even though it’s only an hour-and-a-half drive from Inverness, you'll definitely know that you are in the northwest Highlands when you stay here - wild and rugged as it is. We have the might of An Teallach across the loch and are sheltered by Beinn Ghobhlach on our own side, where you’ll find some of the very best views in Scotland (based on feedback from experienced hill-walkers).
If you like wildlife then you are spoilt for choice with the multitudes of large predatory birds including Golden and White-Tailed Eagles, and with the many other interesting migratory, game, sea and garden birds that come and go throughout the seasons. There are porpoises and dolphins a-plenty in the loch along with the many seals and playful otters that appear at various times of the year. Little Loch Broom itself is part of a larger Marine Protected Area which is home to rare flame shell and maerl beds, and supports a rich and varied marine life. There are good opportunities for sea and hill-loch fishing, kayaking and boating, and exploring around the loch and the peninsula by bike, hike or trek! On a clear night the Milky Way looms large overhead, with a good chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis on the right night.
Of course, if you just want to come here and relax beside a wood-burning stove then we have the perfect facilities for you to do so…
Campsite: Our campsite is comprised of two areas; firstly, the main campsite has 12 pitches for tents, campervans (all campervans must be under 6 metres in length), and caravans (which must be towed by a four-wheel drive vehicle), and has an electric hookup point. We are limited to 3 caravans/larger campervans/motorhomes on site at any one time and four electric hook-ups. 8 of these pitches also have fire-pits (please collect your own fire wood from the surrounding area).
There are also 8 “wild camping” pitches hidden in amongst the gorse bushes on site. These are small tent pitches which are a little more secluded and sheltered for those who like a bit more of a wilderness feel to their camping!
Bothy: The bothy is a simple bunkhouse, sleeping up to 12 people on alpine-style sleeping platforms (bring your own sleeping bags and roll mats). There is a wood-burning stove here for those colder, wetter Highland days, which heats the bothy up nicely (also good for drying clothes after a hike!). Attached is a small kitchen area with a sink, storage and a small fridge/freezer. You can use this area for camping stoves. There are toilets and showers beside the bothy building for use of the whole campsite. Wood is available to buy for the bothy & the cottage.
Cottage: Our holiday cottage is a cosy, quirky and relaxing place, with two wood-burning stoves, gas lighting, its own garden, two single beds and a double (the double can be made into singles if necessary). It has an electric stove, microwave, hot water, a shower and bath. It is a traditional stone cottage which has been updated with excellent interior materials such as birch and mahogany floors and stairs and aluminium work surfaces and even a Belfast sink. Many a guest has come back to this cottage year after year!
All water on site comes from the hills. It is filtered and UV sterilised but at various points in the year is coloured by the peat in the hillside. Even when coloured it’s still some of the cleanest drinking water in the UK!
Pets: Animals are welcome on site! We respectfully ask though that owners are careful to pick up after their pets and wary of any livestock which roam freely on the peninsula's common grazing ground.
Season: Open all year round
Getting there/Directions: You can only get to Badrallach by road (or by boat if you are the daring type!). From Inverness in the east, take the A9 to the north and then onto the A835 road to Ullapool (second exit on the Tore roundabout). Approx. 10 miles from Ullapool at the Braemore Junction, turn left on to the A832 for 10 miles (a circular road linking Dundonnell and Gairloch, and back to Garve). Turn right on to the single-track Badrallach road for 7 miles – look out for the turn off as the signs are small and the road enclosed by trees. This final part of the journey is along a narrow, twisty road so take your time and even perhaps stop from time to time to enjoy the views! From Inverness give yourself at least 90 minutes.
Owners: Owen & Christie Okie bought the site in 2016 and recruited the current campsite caretaker Chris in 2017. Enquiries via the website, facebook page, phone number and email address will be directed to Chris, but the owners can also be contacted on 01854 613 240.
Retreats at Badrallach: Several times a year, wellness and well-being retreats are hosted at Badrallach by the site's owner, Owen Okie.
This is the currently scheduled retreat:
*** Paradox - A Men's Retreat.
Connect with your: Power, Potential , Authenticity.
Are you stretched between paradoxical masculine roles and expectations?
Who would you be if free from the restrictive and often contradictory influences, obligations, and expectations that come with being a modern Western man?
These tensions, created by the many paradoxes between male biology and culturally defined forms of masculinity, can empower a creative and collaborative expression of your authentic masculinity in service to people, planet and self.
Join us in exploring the wild places of masculinity on the rugged coast of Northwest Scotland.
In this retreat we will come together as like-minded men and through a combination of wilderness therapy, personal exploration and drumming we will investigate what it means to be an authentic man in today's world.
Transcending the limitations of stereotypes and cultural expectations you will find freedom in expressing who you truly are!
Hosted at Badrallach Campsite, Dundonnell, Scottish Highlands.
20th-26th of May 2019.
Find out more - including the full introductory text for this retreat, what you can expect and where to find us on the links below -
...And you can get in touch with the event organiser, Owen Okie on: 01854 613 240 ***
Local Attrractions: The main attractions are the aforementioned scenery, wildlife, munroes...but all the places listed below (and many more) are easily accessible and make for excellent day trips from Badrallach, making it an ideal base to explore this remote corner of the Highlands.
Day trips from Badrallach
Towns / museums / boat trips
Gairloch (wildlife boath trips) , Loch Ewe, Poolewe, with the nearby Museum about the North Atlantic Convoys to Russia
Gardens / Natural features
Inver Polly Nature Reserve
Scoraig Wind Turbines
Waterfalls: Waterfalls are especially good just after heavy rains, although extra care should be taken. Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Meassach are a must, just twenty minutes away by car.
Beach within walking distance
Village/Town within 1 mile
Facilities within 2 miles: