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Bramble Bield

UK Scotland Central Scotland Stirlingshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Cutegypsy caravans reclining in a wee glade just a catapult’s hurl from some ofScotland’s most famous battlefields and castles.Breakfast hampers, campfire and BBQ enhance the glamping feel.

In the shadows of the bloodiest battlefields in Scotland and perhaps the nation’s finest castle lies a sleepy wee gypsy caravan retreat that could not be further from the days of clashing broadswords and bloodcurdling war cries. Bramble Bield may be firmly in William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace country, just a catapult’s hurl from Stirling Castle and the omnipresent Wallace Monument, but life here is a relaxed affair with just a pair of little brightly painted traditional caravans tucked between the meadow and beech, ash, and hawthorn trees.

Rowan and Holly are no off the peg designer caravans. They are the real bow-top wooden caravan deal and Bramley which no longer offers accommodation but has a seating area for reading or enjoying dinner, has been here or hereabouts since the 1920s. They are cosy and compact inside with luxurious bedding, original Queenie stoves and tea and coffee making facilities making up for the lack of space. You are allowed to pitch a two-person tent by each caravan too. An outdoor patio set accompanies each caravan and there is a communal campfire to toast marshmallows over. Neat touches include a welcome bag with fresh bread, eggs from the Powis hens and jam from the local farm shop, butter, milk and fresh fruit in the fridge, and cereal in the cupboard. After a morning feast fit for a warrior beyond the tranquil world of Bramble Bield those epic battlefields and castles await. 

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Facilities

Campfires allowed. Two pitches, one per caravan for two-person tents. Amenity block in old stables with free, good shower, toilet and kitchen facilities. Stove coal for sale. Adjacent field with sheep and goats handy for entertaining kids. The house grounds can be walked around. For the caravan dwellers, a shower and wash basin is provided. There’s also a separate eco-friendly compost toilet.

Suitable For

Tents  (one two-person tent per caravan) –Yes. Caravans, campervans, big groups, dogs, young groups – No. 

Nearby

 The city of Stirling is only a few miles away.  The star of its charming, cobbled old town is Stirling Castle (00 44 01786 450 000, www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk  , perhaps the most striking and certainly one of the most historic castles in Scotland. From the ramparts the mighty Wallace Monument (00 44 01786 472 140, www.nationalwallacemonument.com) stands proudly a few miles off and is worth visiting both for the views and to discover more about Wallace, one of Scotland’s great heroes. A drive or cycle away are The Trossachs, a range of rugged hills and mountains that form a sort of Highlands in miniature. Wee Ben A’an (461m high) offers one of the best effort to reward ratios of any hill in Scotland.

Food & Drink

Stirling has some decent restaurants, but the area’s best is at the Lake of Mentieth Hotel (00 44 01877 385 258, www.lake-hotel.com. Dine outside or in the conservatory restaurant and enjoy epic views out across the eponymous lake (one of Scotland’s few actual lakes) and crumple of moor-covered hills. The whisky bar is superb with one of the Glengoyne single malts coming in at £450 a nip! Their Port Bar serves simpler meals, with an emphasis on fresh, local produce. In the Trossachs Callander boasts Mhor Fish (00 44 01877 330 213, www.mhor.net, a brilliant all in one chippie, fishmonger and simple seafood restaurant. Blairmains Farmshop, a couple of miles down the road, comes highly recommended for topping up supplies

We can thoroughly recommend the Allanwater Brewhouse for a pint of local ale, or the Sheriffmuir Inn up on the Ochil Hills. The Junk Rooms  in Stirling is also worth a visit. 

Open

Beginning of March to the end of October. (Other special occasions considered.)

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Location

Contact Bramble Bield, Powis House, Stirling FK9 5PS

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Getting There

Leave the M9 at Junction 9 and follow the A91 north. After crossing the Forth continue on the A91 straight over the roundabout that meets the A907 Alloa Road, and Bramble Bield is on the right in the grounds of Powis House.   

If you are coming by public transport, we are happy to pick you up from either Stirling or Bridge of Allan train stations. We are also happy to drop you off here and there during your stay.   

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Little family getaway

Very friendly and relaxed stay with delicious continental breakfast included. Caravans are small but very pretty (and comfortable) and large kitchen means cooking etc is straight forward. We had a great few days and enjoyed two nights by the camp fire (with free fire wood provided). Our hosts and even the neighbouring sheep were very friendly (Archie can be hand fed grass - something our 18m old daughter found particularly delightful!) Only down side would be that kitchen and camp fire shared so if site full (three caravans in total) either could be busy - we where very lucky to have everything to ourselves. Upside is that a group booking would make for a lovely private family / friends holiday - there was a hen night staying a few weeks after us :-). Lots to do near by with plenty of town and country walks with some great views and lovely pubs/inns to visit (and even a beer brewery in Bridge of Allan - ask for details). Highly recommended
Jun 16, 2012 by willmarsden
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Bramble Bield

We have just returned from a fantastic short break in Bramley the caravan. All the caravans have absolutely loads of character and are in a wonderful (and quiet) setting in the grounds of Powis House close to Stirling and Bridge of Allan. Colin and Jane were fantastic hosts with nothing being too much trouble and the breakfasts certainly are as tasty and plentiful as promised!! Let’s just say lunch wasn’t really neccessary! The facilities are very clean and the converted stable is nearby for cooking and eating if the Scottish weather takes a turn for the worst. If the weather does hold up - the setting is perfect for lighting up a campfire once the barbie dies down - firewood provided. Would not hesitate to recommend this site and we will definitely be going back!
May 22, 2012 by Katant

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