Tourists with campervans can now enjoy the luxury of electricity as the West Harris Trust provides four brand new hook-ups beside the stunning Seilebost Beach.
And included in the £18 per night (inc VAT) fee is use of litter bins and fresh water.
Situated at the Trust’s base at the former Seilebost School, the hook-ups are already proving to be a real hit with happy campers.
Lisa Macdonald is a Development Officer at the West Harris Trust, and the hook-up scheme was her first major project since moving to Harris last year.
She said: “We have installed four campervan hook-ups for use between April and September. These will be manned Monday to Friday by ourselves during the daytime, but we also have an out-of-hours caretaker.”
The new hook-ups come with four special pitches, and are securely fastened on two posts. “All motorhomes have their own cables,” said Lisa.
“It’s just a case of turning up and plugging in.” Although planning permission restrictions means that the Trust cannot offer toilet or shower facilities, Lisa says that campers are directed to Horgabost, where such amenities are available.
For the future, the Trust hopes to establish another three hook-ups at its new enterprise centre in Horgabost. “Only a few places have hook-ups in Harris, but none are on the west side,” said Lisa.
“Our hook-ups are right beside the beach. It’s a perfect spot for getting onto Seilebost beach, and it’s an ideal place to base yourself if you want to see the whole island, as you are right between Tarbert and Leverburgh.”
Lisa added: “The hook-ups have been very popular. A lot of people have found us online, on Facebook and on www.ukcampsite.co.uk.
“On our first day we had a motorhome who had heard about us from someone in Scarista, so word of mouth has been very useful too.”