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For the chance to revel in peace and quiet, and for that feeling of calm that returning to nature brings, glamping offers the perfect combination of all the benefits of camping without giving up any of life’s little luxuries. Your surroundings are all important when glamping and where better than the stunning Scottish countryside; where a mountain wilderness of lochs, peaks and castles is ready to welcome you. Read on for our top 10 spots to camp luxuriously in Scotland…
Glampotel Paxton House
In the wooded grounds of Paxton House, a beautiful historic house in Paxton, Berwickshire, on the Scottish Borders, you’ll find Glampotel Paxton House. The site is in the most picturesque of settings on the north bank of the River Tweed just a few miles south-west of Berwick upon Tweed. Glampotel Paxton House is part of Glampotel; the world’s first true eco-tourism glamping “Hotel” chain. Glampotel combines the very best of camping under canvas, with the luxuries of a boutique hotel. Their amazingly appointed Canvas Cottages boast hardwood floors, handmade custom wooden furniture, king sized beds, luxury Egyptian cotton linens and an ensuite bathroom; you could be forgiven for thinking you are in a hotel until you realise that the walls and ceiling are made of canvas! Importantly, there’s also a private ensuite glamping bathroom with an instant hot water shower, hot and cold running water and a modern eco-friendly toilet; plus luxurious fluffy white towels and biodegradable toiletries. There are four canvas cottages on this site set in the pretty gardens of Paxton House. Each is located on the banks of the river and has delightful views through the trees across the river. All the cottages are within a short walk of the main Paxton House where you can make use of the café, gift shop and various family activities there. You have a wood burning stove for colder nights, a fully equipped kitchenette and outside you will find a large private covered wooden deck, gas powered BBQ, patio heater and a bistro dining set with comfy chairs. These wonderful little cottages offer you everything you need to enjoy getting back to nature and sleeping under the stars.
Glampotel Dundas Castle
Tucked on the tranquil, unspoilt estate that surrounds Dundas Castle is Glampotel Dundas Castle. The estate is situated near South Queensferry in Scotland, only 15 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport and a short drive from Edinburgh City. The site is another member of the Glampotel glamping chain and shares the same fabulous, award-winning Canvas Cottages as Glampotel Paxton House. The ten canvas cottages here are each situated in peaceful surroundings in its own secluded wooded knoll with breathtaking views of the Castle’s Loch. What better way to awaken in the morning than to the sounds of the birds and rustling of the trees. As the dawn moves into the morning, sit in your king size bed, looking out directly over the Castle’s Loch and watch the ducks, swans and herons. Then enjoy breakfast, delivered by the Castle staff on your own private dining deck.
Carr’s Hill Glamping
Carr’s Hill is situated in a peaceful, beautiful, rural area in the heart of Scotland, next to an ancient Roman fort and is less than 6 miles from Stirling and Falkirk. Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth are all within easy driving distance. The two Luxury Safari Tents are situated in a large field, overlooks the surrounding farmland, with plenty of space for children to play safely. The Safari Tents offer real home from home luxury facilities; including 2 bedrooms, a private shower room, log burning stove and indoor kitchen area with a dining table and chairs. Outside you’ll find your own BBQ and a private decked veranda from which you can enjoy the magnificent sunsets towards Ben Lomond and Ben Ledi, there’s even a chimenea; perfect for snuggling around if the nights get chilly. Part of the beauty of staying here is that the tents are ‘off grid’. This means that they have no mains power supply; your lighting is a wonderfully magical combination of storm lanterns, solar lights, candles and torches. There’s also a therapy room for sports, relaxation and aromatherapy massages to further aid your relaxation.
Loch Ken Eco Bothies
The Loch Ken Eco Bothies lie just south of the Galloway Activity Centre on the beautiful shores of Loch Ken in South West Scotland. Your idyllic location hosts an abundance of wildlife including Red Deer, Squirrels and Red Kites which are all regular sights and occasionally an otter in the early hours. The area is part of the UK’s first Dark Sky Park so stargazers will be stunned by what they can see during a clear night’s sky.There are three unique Bothies on the site; the Red Squirrel caters for 2-4 people, the Red Kite for 4-6 and the ultra-romantic Otter Eco Yurt is perfect for just the two of you. Fittings include a wood burning stove and actual beds with luxury mattress and crisp, Egyptian cotton sheets. You have a fully equipped kitchen, shower and toilet facilities, as well as a private decking with a wood-fired hot tub from which you can witness the magnificent sunsets.
Loch Tay Highland Lodges
As well as the Scandinavian built holiday lodges and woodland cabins, Loch Tay Highland Lodges features a range of glamping options; from Wigwams and Geodesic domes to ‘bunkhouse’ style accommodation. For a more luxurious stay, opt for the Premium Wigwams with Hot Tubs which includes a small bathroom and kitchenette so you don’t need to make use of the amenities block and campers kitchen. The site is located in Perthshire in the central highlands of Scotland, on the shores of Loch Tay. You surrounded by mountains, lochs, rivers, and within an easy driving distance of Edinburgh, Stirling, and Glasgow. As well as soaking up the scenery, there is a huge array of watersports and activities available onsite, plus a bistro and a marina where you can hire a boat.
Marthrown of Mabie
Stay in authentic replica of a Celtic Iron Age roundhouse at Marthrown of Mabie which is set in Mabie Forest, Dumfries and Galloway. The thatch-roofed roundhouse is complete with a large wood burner and sleeping area for up to 16 people. The site also features composting toilets and hot showers to ensure the glam remains in glamping. There’s even a wood-fired sauna and a hot tub so it’s not quite Iron Age facilities! You can also stay in a Bunkhouse which houses 26 beds, a Tipi or Mongolian Yurts so you’re spoilt for choice with accommodation.
Trossachs Yurts, West Mosside Farm, near Stirling
The Trossachs Yurts are tucked on West Moss-side Organic Farm half a mile west of the village of Thornhill in Stirling. The secluded spot enjoys stunning views towards the mountains of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The yurts were constructed using traditional methods and kitted out with all the luxuries you need; the walls are lined with felt and there’s lots of rugs, carpets, cushions and throws. Bask in the warmth from the wood-burning stove and barbeque some of local, organic Shetland beef steaks. Each yurt sleeps four adults or five with an extra child.
High Seas Hobbits
The unique little glamping huts at High Seas Hobbits are straight out of Lord of the Rings! The two insulated huts are located in their own private field on a farm near Fraserburgh in north east Scotland. They have epic views over the Moray Firth and are ideally placed for exploring Scotland’s famously rugged coastline. One of the hobbits sleeps four adults and the other is perfect for two; you sleep on a proper bed with a nautical themed interior. The toilet offers a fabulously unique experience! A huge disused whisky barrel from one of Scotland’s Distilleries has been converted into a unique and award-winning loo! There’s also a shower room and a fire pit area built for dining and relaxing.
Harvest Moon Holidays
For a wonderful luxury safari tent that could be straight out of Africa on a family-oriented site, check out Harvest Moon Holidays. The site is located on the coastal dunes in East Lothian. The luxurious 7 safari tents are complete with a wood burning stove, an actual toilet and a shower, plus a double bed, bunk bed, double sofa bed and a cupboard bed for the kiddies! As well as the safari tents, you can also stay in a treehouse! There are seven octagonal treehouses with two double bedrooms, and an ensuite; they even have swings and a love seat so are perfect for little ones. All the treehouses and safari tents have wood-burning stoves and the site also offers a farm shop, BBQ and campfire facilities, as well as a Kids Corner with chickens, ducks, bunnies, lambs and ponies.
Bell Tents, Cambo Country Estate
There are two beautiful Bell Tents on the Cambo Country Estate near St Andrews in Fife. The tents are set in a picturesque clearing in the woodland on the sea walk. Each are perfect for two (yes in proper beds!) and are romantically lit with fairy lights. Your tent includes armchairs, a coffee table, a rug and blanket box so has a real cosy, home from home feel. The tents share a fire pit and seating area perfect for relaxing under the stars. There’s also a gorgeously rustic, outdoor kitchen under a huge parachute!
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