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The Altnaharra Caravan Club site must be one of the most isolated and beautiful sites in the UK. I realise I am probably a bit biased but by any standard this is very special. It has a mixture of electric and non-electric pitches and there is no loo block. In addition, access to the site is by an eighteen mile single track road to Altnaharra and then a further three miles along a minor road to the site itself.

So this is not for the feint hearted or for those who like to order a daily paper and expect fresh milk to be on tap when they run out. The round trip to the shops for the excellent wardens is fifty miles so only frozen and non-perishable goods are on sale in the minuscule reception area. You need to plan ahead a bit. My partner tells me that whenever I go away I seem to stock up the motorhome in preparation for a nuclear holocaust so I was confident I was going to be OK – and I was. Also, stating the obvious, there are no filling stations to be seen so the moment you hit Inverness it is best to top up regardless of how much you have in the tank.

You stay at Altnaharra for the view, the atmosphere and the realisation that you are not merely attempting to be getting away from it all – you have succeeded absolutely in getting away from it all. And there were people from Germany, France and Italy on site doing that wonderful triangular trip of sites that the Club has in Scotland – Dunnet Bay, Brora and Altnaharra.

It is a fabulous spot!

Christopher Macgowan
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