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There are 120+ pitches, 64 hook-ups. 3 washblocks, 1 solely dedicated to showers (free). Waste disposal, dishwashing and laundry facilities. Fantastically, everyone has the use of a kitchen with free gas. Campers need to book if a hook-up is required. No campfires. Note: although the campsite itself is dog-friendly, the Oasis pub on the campsite is not. Bewarned: the weather is pretty ferocious here, so be sure to check the weather forecast so as not to spoil your holiday.

Sango Sands

Durness Sutherland IV27 4PP 01971 511 726

We say

As far as remote camping goes, it doesn't get much better than Sango Sands – a lone campsite teetering on the edge of the top north-west corner of Scotland.  The inexperienced city dweller might find themselves somewhat weary, driving through endless empty and desolate scenery, but we think it's an incredibly unique and unmissable experience.  The scenery, despite being desolate, is as unspoilt and wildly beautiful as British scenery comes – and that also applies to Sango Sands' campsite.  Just as you think you've reached the end of the world, you're greeted by a camping haven, with a view stretching out to infinity. It's unique north-facing location means that in summer you can watch the sun both rise and set over the sparkling ocean.  If you manage to tear yourself away from the panoramic views of highlands and oceans, you'll find there are two fields to camp in. The most picturesque pitches are the ones by the steep slopes above the beaches. The facilities are adequate enough and are accompanied by the handy "Oasis" pub, which serves great food and often has live music.  But the real treat to this site is the impressive array of beaches right on your doorstep. Look out for the black rocks carved out of the cliffs scattered about the beaches – it's due to centuries of ferocious storms.  Despite being on the edge of Britain, there's still plenty of activities on offer at Durness, including the largest sea cave in Britain: Smoo Cave, only 15 minutes away.  For something a bit different, you could try wandering around the nearby public garden dedicated to John Lennon, who used to holiday in Durness as a boy.

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