Ace Hideaways

UK Scotland Highlands Inverness-shire

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Romatic woodland escape? Adrenaline-filled adventure? Paintballing war with the work crew? This secluded Scottish gem in the spectacular Findhorn Valley offers it all

Ace Hideaways is a remarkable place. Enigmatic in many ways, it avoids any one, single definition and makes its name as a campsite – or hideaway – for every kind of escape. The setting is one of serenity and peace – clearings in the woods with off-grid glamping accommodation and basic camping pitches – yet its adrenaline-pumping, heart-thumping adventure arm lends an altogether different atmosphere when needed; one of white-water action and paint-balling fun.

The type of holiday you're after, of course, is entirely up to you. Families and campers heading north for a quiet escape are blessed with the remoteness that Morayshire affords. The elegant, mature trees of the site reach across one another to enclose you in a cocoon of quiet, while miles of footpaths, rivers and empty open space remind you what makes this part of Scotland so special. Adrenaline addicts meanwhile can weave through the campsite footpaths to the banks of the River Findhorn, don a lifejacket and hurl themselves (both literally and metaphorically) into its depths – be that via canoe, kayak, raft or simply plunging in on one of their cliff-jumping sessions.

Facilities-wise, things are similarly eclectic. There are a few tent pitches, three large bell tents – furnished with mattresses or bean bags – and a shepherd's hut for two (more fully-equipped for a luxury glamping break). Each have their own clearing in the woods, while off-grid compost toilets and gas-heated showers blend seamlessly and appropriately into the woodland surroundings. There's also a communal area for cooking, with campfire pits, utensils and washing up sinks, along with a huge log table and stools, crafted out of a giant tree that blew down on the banks of the river.

There's plenty to do locally. The Findhorn Valley is typified for its rich woodland and spectacular gorges, with footpaths leading directly from the campsite. You can, in fact, walk the two miles from the campsite to Logie Steading Visitor Centre where there's ample information on the wildlife of the area. Not that you really need to go that far. Couples in the shepherd's hut can peer from its tiny windows like bird watchers in a hide, observing the myriad creatures of the forest, while everyone else can make do creeping quietly around with a pair of binoculars to hand. You'll be surprised just how many creatures will frequent the campsite itself – a welcome sign of just how subtle and eco-friendly the whole place is.



Outside communal camp kitchen. The shepherd’s hut features a full-size double bed with pocket sprung mattress, log-burning stove and a gas ring burner. Bell tents feature comfortable mats but they're sparsely furnished, so you'll need to bring your own bedding (sleeping bags available for hire). There's a firepit outside - campfires are permitted! Woodland camping pitches allow for 1 tent and up to 5 guests per pitch. There are usually only 5 pitches available, but they can sometimes open a few more so do ask. Look out for red squirrel, roe deer, pine marten, and a whole range of abundant bird and wildlife. A whole host of activities are offered on-site including, white water rafting, river tubing, canoeing, canyoning, disc golf and paintball – activities can be booked directly by phoning 01309 611729.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, glampers, walkers, cyclists, couples, families, dogs – Yes. Caravans and large motorhomes – No. Hen or Stag Groups - No. Large groups are asked to book the whole site exclusively.  11 pm strict noise curfew.


The campsite is around 2 miles from Logie Steading Visitor Centre (01309 611733), a good starting point for the local area where you can pick up further information. It's about 12 miles to the Moray coastline with its vast sandy beaches and fishing villages – a calmer spot along the North Sea coast, owing to the landscape's naturally protective shape. To the south the Cairngorms National Park (01479 873535) stretches, a more established spot for walking and cycling with more marked trails and the highest mountains – though you'll do just as well exploring the incredible landscapes of the local area, lesser known but equally beautiful in their own right. Loch Ness and a host of monuments and castles are all just a short drive away.

Food & Drink

The reception shop stocks a few camp essentials, plus hot drinks and chocolate bars! The closest place for a good, freshly-prepared, homemade lunch made with local, seasonal produce is at the cafe at Logie Steading (01309 611378), about 2 miles away (they serve great cakes and coffee too). There's also a range of artisanal shops at Logie Steading and food-wise you can stock up on delicious estate beef or venison for your campfire, Scottish salmon, cheeses, traditional oatcakes and other goodies in the farm shop. Try the freshly ground coffee, speciality teas or hot chocolates from Cairngorm Leaf and Bean (01309 611700) there too. If you’d like a decent pub lunch or supper, maybe with a walk on the beach, The Kimberley Inn (01309 690492) in Findhorn is a great choice.


1st April – 31st October. Can vary depending on the weather, though, so contact if you'd like to stay on the fringes of this period.

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The Owner Says

A natural retreat hidden away in the Findhorn Valley with camping and glamping spots to suit couples, families or groups of friends, and a whole host of activities right here, a stroll from your doorstep or canopy.


3 bell tents for families or groups and a shepherd’s hut for couples. 5–10 woodland camping pitches with no electric hook-ups and space for 1–2 small scale, self-contained campervans.

Middle Earth

Bell tent Sleeps 7
Sleeps up to 7 people with log burning stove inside and fire pit outside.

West View

Bell tent Sleeps 7
Sleeps up to 7 people.


Grass pitch Sleeps 5
Camping pitch for a single tent measuring no bigger than 4m x 3m.


Grass pitch Sleeps 5
Camping pitch for a single tent measuring no bigger than 5m x 3m.

Oyster Catcher

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
Camping pitch for a single tent/tipi/bell tent measuring no bigger than 6m x 6m.


Grass pitch Sleeps 5
Camping pitch for a single tent measuring no bigger than 3m x 3m.


Grass pitch Sleeps 5
Camping pitch for a single tent measuring no bigger than 5m x 3m.

Larch Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2 adults

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Contact Ace Hideaways, Auchnagairn, Dunphail, Forres, Moray IV36 2QL

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Getting There

Forres train (08457 484950) and bus. Trainline is Inverness to Aberdeen.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews


Beautiful escape in nature!

Stayed in one of the bell tents in the woods for 5 nights and had a fantastic time. The location is stunning, the staff friendly and helpful, and the tent & log burner were super cosy. Thank you!

A fantastic and relaxing break!

We came here for a few days to get a little breka away and to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. It was a perfect setting. Cosy, clean and everything we needed was on site. The staff were so helpful and nothing was a problem. To top it off, Juliab Barratt was also there for a couple of days. It made our days away even better! We've been recommending this to all our friends. Was just beautiful and what we needed to recharge.

Lovely camping

Dad and 3 boys, campfires every night, plenty room compared to most campsites, trouble free stay. Would be happy to go back . Campsite and surrounding area are really lovely

Great site

Great site , stayed 2 nights with my wife and daughter and we all enjoyed it , well laid out for pitching tents , nice flat bits in the trees and wee fire pit , ideal , facilities were spotless and a good outdoor kitchen and well , will defo be back , staff all very nice and helpful 👍👍
Jun 23, 2021 by gordon boyd Verified Review

Great location and facilities

Beautiful location and excellent facilities in the camp and the Birch cabin I stayed in. Very friendly and accommodating staff.

Response from Ace Hideaways

Thank you, Darren & Anna for the lovely review. Hopefully, we will see you back up this way in the future - great to get outdoors - finally!
All the best from Tracey & the team @ ACE

Great campsite!

Great location, pitched up with our camper. Quiet but good atmosphere and friendly people! Clean and modern toilet and shower block.

Great camp site

Fantastic pitch in the woods with a fire pit. Lovely folk and plenty of activities to choose from. Showers and toilet block are great. We had a very enjoyable stay.
Aug 4, 2019 by Lorraine

Amazing friendly service

The location is beautiful we live to camp in the trees. The shower and toilet facilities were better than some hotels! The staff were all friendly and helpful. We did a day of tubing and cliff jumping and Jonny and Jordy were both excellent fun!

Secluded and peaceful

Flipping loved it! Tent pitches hidden away from one another in trees. Really great camp kitchen area to cook and wash up and meet fellow campers. Peaceful and quiet! Loved the walks nearby along the river. Great location for a road trip along the stunning moray coast and black isle. Well worth the drive to get there!
Aug 27, 2018 by Rebecca Brown

Fantastic experience

Loved the location, pitched amongst trees. A fantastic outdoors experience! Didn't partake in the activities choosing to explore the countryside and local towns instead, although the paintballing area looked lots of fun. Friendly, helpful staff in reception, a great time had by myself, children and dog, would definitely return. Only drawback was ticks which is quite unavoidable in woodland areas, certainly hasn't put us off. 5🌟
Aug 2, 2018 by Tracy Inglis

Campfires, stars, trees...

Really loved camping here, felt like real wild camping and we had a great pitch in among the trees. Spent most of the time around the campfire. We didn't get particularly involved with the activity centre stuff nearby but spent a lot of time on the coast (lesser known part of Scotland; peaceful and pleasant). Would defiantly return and would also consider staying the shepherd's hut if the weather was colder. We had a little look at it and it looked very cool!
Nov 6, 2017 by Jeremy Lions

Absolutely Chilled

This is what camping should always be. My daughter and I had an amazing time here! Camp fire cooking was great and the staff were outstanding in their welcome and enthusiasm!!! We loved the raw natural experience. I will def be back.
Aug 8, 2017 by anneargent

Why book with Cool Camping?

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