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Glamping in Scotland – A Brief Guide

Tuesday 10 February 2015 @ 00:00

Think ‘Scotland’ and you probably imagine tranquil lochs, towering mountains and mystical islands: a proud nation and a spectacular landscape. These qualities are what give the most northern part of the British Isles its own flavour of glamping in the UK.

Glamping in Scotland is amazing

One of the best ways to experience Scotland’s renowned hospitality is by ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping). As my days of guy ropes and groundsheets are now behind me, I’m definitely up for a boutique ‘base camp’!

If you are considering ‘glamping’ north of the border, then the first thing to do is log onto the internet and type in ‘glamping’, ‘sites’ and ‘Scotland’. A vast - and I mean vast - array of accommodation types appear in the search results: from Wigwams to shepherd’s huts, safari tents to yurts and just about anything in between.

Ask yourself, what your expectations are: how luxurious do you want to be? Are you bringing the kids with you? Are you going solo? Remember that a ‘glamping’ trip offers you the best of both worlds – an outdoor, camping-type experience with lots of added comforts and luxury.

So if you want a romantic weekend with chandeliers and Champagne, there will be a site for you. It’s worth mentioning here that you get what you pay for, so compare different tariffs to see what’s included and what can be ordered as ‘luxurious extras’. Also if you are planning to bring the kids, research the location of your glamping site. Many have activities close by but some are very remote with just the horizon and dramatic northern skies for company.

If your expectations are a bit more realistic, many glamping sites are family and/or couple-friendly, and most accept our four legged friends. So at the very least, glamping is the ideal way to have a peaceful night or two away from home, enjoy a city break or plan a family celebration.

Glamping in Scotland on Loch Tay Wigwams

After whiling away a very pleasant couple of hours trawling the web, it’s arguable that Scotland is the home of glamping, as Wigwam Holidays (www.wigwamholidays.com) was founded near Edinburgh in the year 2000, and seems to be the forerunner with 38 sites in Scotland alone. Wigwams are fully heated, insulated and some are en-suite.

www.visitscotland.com splits Scotland into regions and offers comprehensive accommodation listings including a glamping section to help narrow down the dilemma of deciding!

And while you may wish to curl up in your wooden Wigwam for the weekend (or longer), Scotland has plenty to keep you occupied!

www.visitscotland.org supports Scotland’s tourist industry and has a listing of the nation’s top attractions including the National Museums of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (all free to enter at time of writing) along with numerous ticketed attractions.

If you, like me, enjoy exploring history and heritage, and love to eat hearty grub, Scotland excels at both. Similarly-named www.scotland.org extols the virtues of this proud, inspiring nation and its fascinating culture.

Scotland’s glamping ‘scene’ is varied, popular and attractive. The thought of a cosy, comfortable break away from is just too tempting to resist. So go for the glamp in Scotland - it will make for an unforgettable holiday.

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