For the chance to revel in the 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 are 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…
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1. 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 that overlooks the surrounding farmland, with plenty of space for children to play safely. The Safari Tents offer real home-from-home luxury facilities, including two bedrooms, a private shower room, log burning stove, and an 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.
2. 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 mattresses 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 magnificent sunsets.
3. 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 the campers kitchen. The site is located in Perthshire in the central highlands of Scotland, on the shores of Loch Tay. You are surrounded by mountains, lochs, and 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 of the mountains of 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 are lots of rugs, carpets, cushions, and throws. Bask in the warmth from the wood-burning stove and barbeque some local, organic Shetland beef steaks. Each yurt sleeps four adults or five with an extra child.
6. 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, a shower, a double bed, a bunk bed, a double sofa bed, and a cupboard bed for the kiddies! As well to 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 Kid’s Corner with chickens, ducks, bunnies, lambs, and ponies.
7. 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 is perfect for two (yes, in proper beds!) and is romantically lit with fairy lights. Your tent includes armchairs, a coffee table, a rug, and a blanket box, so it has a real cozy, 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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