Glamping in Scotland
Glamping in Scotland
The word ‘glamping’ is a fusion of the words ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. It offers much of what traditional camping holidays offer but with added comfort, luxury and convenience.
Glamping is becoming more and more popular in Scotland. Here is our guide on the best places to try it out.
Wheems Organic Farm
Address: Eastside, South Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2TJ
Wheems Organic Farm offers camping and glamping accommodation. It is located in stunningly scenic surroundings looking out over the farmland to the coastline and the sea beyond, on the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay. This is a relaxing getaway location that is hard to beat.
Glampers can stay in one of the simple bell tents, in the yurt, or in one of the wooden camping pods. There are rustic loos, showers and a camping kitchen, and you can buy the delicious organic produce from the farm to enjoy during your stay.
The Isle of South Ronaldsay offers a number of attractions. Visitors should be sure to take a trip to the south of the island to visit the Tomb of the Eagles, an important and impressive prehistoric site. The island also has some interesting art and craft workshops to visit.
Once you have explored the island, you can cross the Churchhill Barriers of Scapa Flow, learning more about the wartime history of this area along the way, and visit the Italian Chapel – made by Italian prisoners of war – before making your way onto the Orkney mainland, where many more attractions await.
The Lazy Duck
Address: Badanfhuarain, Nethy Bridge PH25 3ED
An idyllic spot, nestled in the forest near Nethybridge, this is the perfect place to get away from it all. This small-scale destination has a few spots for tents, and a small hostel, but it is the luxury eco-cabins that make this an amazing glamping destination.
However, even tent camping can be more like glamping here, with use of a wood fired hot tub and sauna.
If you would like to stay in one of the quaint eco-cabins, can choose between the Woodsman's Hut, the Duck's Nest and the Lambing Bothy, each perfect for a couple's holiday. The woodsman's hut has a south facing veranda and a peat-fired chiminea burner and is located amid the trees.
The duck's nest is on the waterfront – a luxury hide perfect for wildlife viewing and photography from the sunny waterside veranda. The lambing bothy is a rural idyll, surrounded by gardens, hens and sheep. Small tents can pitch up in the glade and enjoy access to the amenities.
This location is perfect for those who wish to explore all the natural attractions that this area, at the north of the Cairngorms National Park, has to offer.
Address: Braincroft, Crieff PH7 4JZ
Comrie Croft is an award-winning green destination offering a retreat from the hectic modern world and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an eco-friendly and sustainable stay.
Located close to the charming settlements of Crieff and Comrie, and only 14 miles from famous Gleneagles, this could make a wonderful holiday destination for those interested in protecting the wonders of the natural world.
This glamping site offers the change to stay in a unique, hand-built Nordic kata – a 6m diameter, tipi like tent structure. These are recommended and kitted out for six at a squeeze, though couples can be very comfortable and families of four can also fit fairly easily.
Inside you will find a hand-crafted Alpine style bed – on big comfy area, a wood-burning stove, 1 sack of firewood, and all the basics you need to cook, eat and clean up. You can buy local, organic produce in the on-site farm shop, along with hand-crafted tools and gifts. You can also take tea at the charming tea shop.
Hiking and biking opportunities abound in the local area. Why not bag a Munro by climbing Ben Lawers, or enjoy a shorter walk in the scenic surroundings?
Walking trails abound and there are options for those of all ages and abilities. Enjoy wonderful wildlife and scenic splendour all around you as you explore this part of the country.
Marthrown of Mabie
Address: Marthrown, Mabie Forest, Dumfries DG2 8HB
Just a few short miles from the town of Dumfries, yet nestled in the heart of the forest, this uniquely beautiful environment offers another chance to get away from it all, relax and unwind. Yet is it not just its location that recommends this place. It's major draw is the unique and exciting glamping accommodation on offer.
Here, there are a number of different accommodation options on offer. Visitors can stay in one of two Mongolian yurts, a tipi, or even in an Iron Age Roundhouse! There is also a bunkhouse, and space for touring tent campers.
One of the yurts is suitable for families and accommodates four, while the other is for couples. The tipi also accommodates four, while the Celtic roundhouse accommodates 16. The unique options on offer here make it a truly special and unique glamping destination.
Mabie Forest, in which this glamping site is located, is one of the premier mountain biking destinations in the country. There are also plenty of other outdoors activities to enjoy nearby, including clay pigeon shooting, crossbow, rifle shooting and fishing.
Those with kids should be sure to visit Mabie Park Farm, while anyone can enjoy wildlife watching and walks in this part of the country.
Cambo Country Estate
Address: Cambo House, Kingsbarns, St Andrews KY16 8QD
Cambo Country Estate is located close to the coastal university town of St Andrews, in Fife. The estate is famous for its beautiful gardens, and especially well known for its stunning snowdrop displays.
There are a number of accommodation options allowing visitors to stay on the estate, including a glamping option at the Cambo Woodland Retreat.
There you can stay in a scenic woodland glade close to the sea shore in one of two bell tents, or in the 'Camboat' – a beautiful wooden yacht with its own harbour-style deck with views out to sea and of the Bell Rock lighthouse.
Glampers can choose to add a range of upgrades for an even more comfortable and relaxing experience.
Here you can explore the walled gardens, walk the coastal path, or visit the Kingsbarns Distillery. Keen golfers will find many courses in the area, including one at Kingsbarns, and the famous Old Course at St Andrews.
Nearby, there are also a range of beautiful beaches, the historic delights of St Andrews, with its Cathedral, castle and University buildings, and the charming fishing villages of the East Neuk to explore. You will find no shortage of things to see and do.
The EcoYoga Centre
Address: Inverliever Lodge, Ford, Lochgilphead PA31 8RH
To call this rustic yet luxurious eco retreat a glamping experience may be stretching things a little. The rooms are in a central building, yet the whole experience, from the underground sauna, solar-powered hot tub, outdoor bath tubs and yoga to the natural, healthy vegetarian meals, will definitely make you feel close to nature.
Set in the beautiful scenery of Argyll, this eco-friendly place is entirely run on renewables, and could be a wonderful, eco-friendly way to recharge those batteries.
If you are looking for a way to recharge your batteries and boost your well-being – this could be the perfect holiday destination for you.
The surrounding landscape of Argyll is replete with ways to enjoy some outdoors recreation and adventure. From here, you can easily head south to the Mull of Kintyre, northwards to Oban, gateway to the Western Isles, west a short distance to the coast, or eastwards to reach Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Address: Bowden Mill, Melrose TD6 0SU
Located close to the stunning Eildon Hills, just a few miles from historic Melrose, this glamping site is a chic, eco-friendly and romantic retreat, the first in the UK to offer a night's stay in an authentic French or Dutch 'roulotte'.
These Romany caravans are a quirky accommodation option, and the eco hot tubs and other luxurious features make this a glamping site to remember.
The roulottes are located in a three acre, wildlife-filled meadow just below an ancient Roman site. A burn flows through the flower-strewn meadow en route to its junction with the Bowden burn, from where it makes its way onwards to the River Tweed and the sea.
In the centre of the meadow is a small lochan with a jetty and small, shingle beach. Routottes are spaced around this lochan, so guests can enjoy some time to themselves, or congregate at the communal firepit of an evening.
You may not wish to leave this idyllic site at all, but if you do, plenty of attractions await in the surrounding area, including beautiful hikes and walks, historic abbeys, charming little towns, and much, much more.
West Mosside Organic Farm
Address: West Moss-side Farm, Thornhill, Stirling FK8 3QJ
West Moss-side is a 150 acre organic conservation farm on the fringes of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The farm has glamping accommodation in the form of three yurts, one of which could be the perfect base from which to explore this attractive part of Scotland.
The three yurts were built to a traditional design by local yurt builder Red Kite Yurts and will comfortably sleep up to five people. They are kept cosy by wood burning stoves and include the basics for an easy and relaxing stay.
From the decking of the yurts, guests can enjoy stunning views to the west across Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve to Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps, and north to the peaks of the national park – Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin.
Guests staying here are well placed to enjoy the natural attractions of this part of Scotland, and should be sure to venture west a short distance to Aberfoyle, and the highlights of the National park that lie beyond including breathtaking Loch Katrine.
Address: Craighead Farm, Braco, Dunblane FK15 9LP
If you are looking for somewhere unique to stay then you may enjoy the different, quirky options on offer at this luxury glamping site in central Scotland, close to Dunblane and only a short distance from Stirling, the gateway to the Highlands, with its many historic attractions.
Here you can stay in one of the two 'hobbit homes', with their turf roofs and round front doors. As Tolkien fans will know, hobbits live in holes in the ground, yet these are hobbit holes, and that means comfort.
Experience the cosy feeling of the Shire staying amongst the Highland cattle and goats. Guests can also choose to stay in one of two woodland huts, or howfs, or in a luxury tree house with amazing views.
There is also a luxury holiday cottage here, with three bedrooms and a hot tub and sauna.
Enjoy charming views of the Ochil Hills, and perhaps enjoy a hike nearby. You could also explore nearby Dunblane, with its historic cathedral, or head for Stirling's old town to see the castle and other historic attractions.
Gypsy Wagon Isle of Rum
Address: Campsite, Isle Of Rum PH43 4RR
Another of the amazing glamping sites in Scotland allows you to stay in a gypsy wagon on the enchanting Isle of Rum.
The hand-built blue gypsy wagon sleeps up to three people, on a double bed and fold-out single and provides an utterly unique place to stay as you enjoy wildlife and adventure on this beautiful island.
Should the wagon not be available, you can also stay in camping cabins or a barbecue bothy at the island's campsite, and the Bramble Bothy at Ivy Cottage.
The Isle of Rum is a wild and rugged island, known for its wildlife. It is a national nature reserve.The community trust on the Scottish Island of Rum has shown how local communities can thrive when given control of their own land and natural assets.
This community trust is only a few years old but already they are well on their way towards being self-sufficient in terms of energy and food production. This is the perfect destination for a sustainable stay.
Rum can be reached by passenger ferry from Arisaig or Mallaig. On the island, you can visit Kinloch Castle, a stately home dating to the Edwardian period.
The castle is around 20 minutes walk from the ferry terminal. Many other walks can be enjoyed across the island, to see the red deer and other wildlife. There are also plenty of opportunities to chat with friendly locals, see local arts and crafts, and enjoy outdoors adventure.
Address: Applecross IV54 8ND
Applecross is an adventure even to get to! To reach this camping and glamping site you will have to cross the stunning mountain pass of Bealach Na Ba, one of the most scenic roads in Scotland, or take the meandering road that leads round the coast from the north.
This is a haven from the modern world, nestled between the mountains and the sea, looking out over the Island of Skye.
At this charming and relaxed campsite you can stay in one of the robust wooden camping huts with stunning views for a glamping alternative that is a step up from the regular touring pitches.
The campsite has its own wonderful cafe, opening onto a long flower tunnel. It has a quirky and relaxed atmosphere that will make you feel instantly at home.
Applecross campsite also boasts its own archaeological site – the ruins of an Iron Age Broch can be discovered just a few feet behind the wiwam-style wooden glamping huts.
This is a place to relax and get away from it all. But Applecross Peninsula also offers plenty of opportunities for outdoors adventure. Strap on a pair of hiking boots or hop on a bike, or head out on the water to see what this remote and rugged area is really all about.
Ettrick Valley Yurts
Address: Newburgh Farm Steading, Ettrick Valley, Scottish Borders TD7 5HS
In the secluded Ettrick Valley, a wilderness area in the Scottish Borders, you will find a place that seems a world apart. Nestled in this valley you will find a glamping experience that must surely be counted amongst the best in the country.
Here, you can stay in traditional Mongolian yurts, close to the Newburgh Burn which trickled down into the river known locally as the 'Wild Ettrick'.
Overlooking the water, each of the yurts has a raised deck, and space inside for up to six people. The yurts are separate enough to allow for a private and serene glamping experience and somehow blend in perfectly to their surroundings.
Yurts are comfortably furnished inside and decks come complete with barbecues, fire pits and picnic tables.
These yurts make the perfect bases from which to enjoy walks, hikes and cycles in the surrounding area. Other attractions also abound. There are castles, stately homes, abbeys and other historic sites to explore, and a range of outdoors adventures to enjoy.