Balranald Caravan and Campsite

Hogha Gearraidh, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5DL

Type:Camping Park

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Horseshoe Bay, Hougharry
  • Horseshoe Bay, Hougharry
  • Facilities Block
  • Tripdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2021
  • Balranald Kite Surfer
  • Hard standing motorhome pitches
  • Hard standing motorhome pitches
  • Product Image
  • Grass tent pitches
  • Shower block 2 interior
  • Disabled toilet facilities
  • Shower block interior
  • Toilet and shower block interior
  • Corncrake Pod
  • Corncrake Pod Interior
  • Campsite in summer
  • Campsite in summer
  • Aerial Photo of campsite
  • Aerial photo of campsite
  • Lochmaddy Bay Prawns - available from campsite office
  • Local shellfish available


Campsite located in the heart of the RSPB’s Balranald Nature Reserve only metres from a beautiful sandy beach on the west coast of North Uist. Hear and see the elusive corncrake from your pitch. A bird watchers paradise and an ideal base for exploring the Uists.

We have 19 hard standing pitches with electric hook-up for motorhomes/caravans and 17 grass pitches for tents and campervans, 12 of which have electric hook-up. You can check availability and book online via our website.

The Corncrake Pod sleeps 2 people in single beds. Well equipped with fridge, microwave, kettle, crockery and cutlery, electric heater, lighting and bed linen supplied.

Our 2 modern heated amenities blocks provide electric showers (operated by £1 coin meter), toilets, wash hand basins, disabled facilities, drying room, dish washing and laundry facilities. Chemical toilet emptying (organic/green additive only), grey water emptying, drinking water filling points, bins and recycling facilities. Contactless payment available.

We have a small shop on site selling local produce (Lochmaddy Bay Prawns and smoked salmon), delicious Orkney ice cream, locally made gifts, maps, books, snacks and soft drinks.

The RSPB Visitor Centre is nearby providing guided walks during the summer months.

The Dunes Cabin is based on site from May to the end of September providing delicious soups, freshly filled sandwiches, homebaking, filter coffee, teas and snacks.

Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Tent/caravan and Motor Home pitchesfrom £8.00 to £20.00 per unit per night

*2022 Tariffs

Camping and Caravanning Rates (per night)

Backpacker and small tent (no car) £10
Small 1 Person Tent (with car) £12
Medium Tent (2-4 person)* £12
Large Tent (over 4 person)* £14

Campervan or Motorhome (under 8m)* £17
Large Motorhome (over 8m)* £19
Car and Caravan* £17
Electric hook-up £4
Awning £2
*Plus rate per person – see below
Adults (+16yrs) £2
Children 5-15yrs £1
Children under 5yrs FREE

Corncrake Pod – Sleeps 2 (Minimum 2 Night Stay)
1 April to 30 April 2022
£45 per night or £40 per night for a stay of 3 nights or more
1 May to 31 August 2022 £60 per night or £55 per night for a stay of 3 nights or more
1 September to 31 October 2022 £45 per night or £40 per night for a stay of 3 nights or more

Electric showers operated by £1 coin metre

All rates include VAT at the prevailing rate



  • Cafe / Restaurant available on site - The Dunes Catering Cabin - Open May to August
  • Dairy Free
  • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
  • Gluten Free
  • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop


  • Children Welcome


  • Drying Facilities
  • Indoor Drying Facility
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Drying Facility
  • Public Toilet Facilities
  • Shower
  • Toilets
  • Wash Hand Basin
  • Washing Machine


  • Disabled Access
  • Internet Access
  • No Smoking Permitted
  • Picnic Area

Languages Spoken

  • Gaelic Speaking


  • Coastal Location
  • Island Location
  • Property On Farm
  • Rural Location

Payment Methods

  • Cash
  • Debit Card
  • Delta Card
  • Electron
  • Maestro Card
  • Mastercard
  • Switch Card
  • VISA Card

Special Requirements

  • Children Welcome
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Families
  • Groups Welcome
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pets Welcome
  • School Groups Welcome
  • Senior Citizens
  • Single Travellers
  • Young People


  • Disabled Parking
  • Free Parking On-Site
  • On Public Transport Route

Map & Directions



  • Other AwardsGold Listing Gold Listing 2013
  • Green TourismEnergy Isles Award Energy Isles Award 2016
  • Visit BritainWe're Good To Go We're Good To Go 2020
  • Other AwardsOuter Hebrides Tourism Member Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020
  • Other AwardsWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Closed November to December (1 Nov 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Closed January to March (1 Jan 2022 - 29 Mar 2022)
30 March to 31st October (26 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)

* 2022 Opening Dates
1st April 2022 to 31st October 2022

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