Grenicle, Staffin

FOR holidaymakers travelling from all over the UK and Europe it is the perfect pitch in Skye – the Staffin Campsite. Forty years since the campsite first opened, the family-run business has built up a reputation as a quality destination on the island. The campsite is an ideal base from which to explore Staffin, the Trotterinish peninsula and the rest of the island.

Picturesque is an overused word however the views from the well-maintained, attractive and family-friendly campsite, speak for themselves. There are commanding vistas of the Trotternish Ridge, including the Old Man of Storr and Quiraing, and the Western Isles beyond Staffin Bay.

The campsite has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and the facilities are second to none. Infrastructure works and refurbishments carried out in the off-season have improved the overall visitor experience and ensured the site is looking its best for 2016.

There is ample hardstanding parking for motorhomes, caravans, cars, motorbikes etc. and plenty of lush green space for tents of course. A recently refurbished toilet block and showers, washing and drying service, power points and Wi-Fi is available. There is also a popular “Campers’ Bothy Room” and the campsite’s own tourist information office which provides a wealth of information about what to do in Staffin, or as it is referred to in Gaelic, the Taobh Sear.

This includes a range of fantastic walks in Staffin which are all within an easy drive or a short distance on foot. These offer close ups of the unrivalled scenery and the rural heritage of the rural district, which is comprised of 23 different crofting townships. Staffin is a National Scenic Area, the Trotternish Ridge is the longest inland cliff in the UK and there are several Sites of Special Scientific Interest.  Staffin Beach is only a short walk ‘over the hill’ from the campsite, the Quiraing is just 10-minutes’ drive and the Storr is 15 minutes’ drive south.

Norma and Ally Young run the site. The campsite was opened by the late Alasdair and Annie MacLeod, Norma’s parents, back when the island’s tourism industry was in its infancy and there was a dearth of accommodation locally.

The campsite is a hugely popular destination for a United Nations of nationalities with regular visitors from the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Holland, France, Italy and Germany.   

So much so that one couple from Belgium have been visiting the campsite for 35 years! As one guest recently commented in Trip Advisor, the Staffin Campsite is a must stay: “Really loved this site, seriously clean facilities, great walks from site and the dog loved it! So many walks to choose from! Pitches beautifully level and well laid out!! Very helpful host and friendly, thank you!!”

Staffin Campsite is a Caravan and Camping Club and an AA 3-Star approved site. It is also featured on Europe’s largest campsite website, ACSI Eurocampings, and is a member of the respected Rogers Campsite Guides, which is the leading independent guide in the UK.

The wardens for the 2016 season are Dags & Allan Howe. They are based at the site seven days a week and can help with any questions or requests. Booking is preferred, particularly during the hectic July and August months on the island.

Opening times: Easter to September, seven-days-a-week.

Directions: if you are travelling from Portree, Staffin Campsite is 16 miles north on the main A855 road. Just before you reach Staffin’s 40 mph speed limit zone you take the first right hand junction and follow the road for 400 yards and come to the campsite, again on your right. From Uig, the campsite is only 10 miles away over the spectacular single-track Bealach/Quiraing road or about 16 miles around the north end, via Kilmuir, respectively. It is first on the left as you just leave the 40mph speed zone.  All three roads are scenic routes with ample opportunity to see the sea, waterfalls, majestic rock formations and lochs. Enjoy!

Contact details: Staffin Campsite, Grenicle, Staffin, Isle of Skye IV51 9JX

Telephone: 01470 562213 E-mail:

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