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Loch Tay Camping – Why not try Wigwams?

Wednesday 20 January 2016 @ 00:00

So you fancy a holiday close to nature in the great outdoors and the Loch Tay area has taken your fancy. Great choice! It’s a brilliant place to head to at any time of year – especially for campers keen to hang out in in a wild and beautiful location for that authentic back to nature ‘vibe’.

Walking through the shallows of Loch Tay

Perthshire’s largest loch with its 15 miles of tranquil depths surrounded by majestic lush highland scenery and impressively tall trees awaits your arrival for a break far from the ‘madding crowd’. It’s an inspiring and dramatic backdrop for a holiday to remember, for all the right reasons!

The breath-taking heights of the Ben Lawers mountain range with its nature reserve and the spectacular Glen Lyon are yours to explore along with many other beauty spots such as the Falls of Dochart and picturesque villages and hamlets scattered around.

Camping Ben Lawers

Activities and places of interest abound – head up to the Scottish Crannog Centre at Kenmore to see how some of the first ‘glampers’ dwelt here in ambitious wooden lodges. Ancient peoples cleverly created these living quarters on artificial islands they built on Loch Tay two and a half thousand years ago – there were 18 crannogs altogether, occupied by these innovative settlers with some of the remains still visible in places.

And of course with the Loch as its beating heart this area abounds with opportunities for water-based fun from sailing or canoeing to white-water rafting and of course fishing. There are also some outstanding trails to explore on foot or mountain bike offering fantastic far-reaching views. Walk Scotland lists some suggestions or why not explore the Tay Forest Park.

For nature lovers there are red squirrels, pine martens, red deer and black grouse to be spotted and a drive on the wild side with Highland Safaris by Land Rover may be an attractive option for that rugged touch. For others ‘a wee dram’ may be more to your taste - with a tour of some of the region’s renowned distilleries.

Whether you’re an adventure chaser, history seeker or serial sight-seer you’ll find loads of locations and activities to keep you buzzing – or why not just tap into the peace and quiet and remoteness of this awesome part of the UK – whatever the weather.

Talking of which, we wouldn’t want to play down the unpredictable climate in Perthshire – which is after all like most of Scotland a tad colder than England – not to mention prone to 4 types of prevailing conditions in one day! The Gateway to the Scottish Highlands website will give you a ‘heads up’ on what to expect. But before you start dreading the possibility of soggy sight-seeing trips after a dreich (Scots for gloomy, wet or cold!) night under canvas – we’ve got some good news.

You can now weatherproof your outdoor holiday in the central Highlands by booking a warm and comfy camping cabin in the midst of such glorious surroundings at Loch Tay Wigwams near Killin.

Loch Tay Wigwams

These state of the art wooden pods are ready to unpack into as soon as you arrive and are a fantastic way to feel at one with nature. They blend perfectly into this Highland setting in the foothills of Ben Lawyers, along the shore of Loch Tay - with its spectacular views.

So forget the ‘fingers crossed’ approach to holidays in this neck of the woods and say ‘hello’ to the luxury of Glamping! Purpose built to meet the growing demand for ‘smart’ camping, these well insulated and heated cabins include home comforts like a TV, kettle, fridge and microwave.

Yes folks even if it ‘buckets’ it down outside - your hideaway cabin is always going to be a dry, snug, spacious, private, warm and pleasant place to hunker down with hot drinks, a good book or a boisterous board game with the family.

So what do those who’ve already tried this more luxurious form of camping at Loch Tay have to say? Comments from some of the many guests who’ve holidayed there in a Wigwam even in the winter months range from, “surprised how cosy and cute they were”, to “everything you need for a comfortable stay”. Sounds good to us! What’s not to like?

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