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Ecocamp Glenshee

UK Scotland Perthshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
Camping and glamping on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park, with breathtaking mountain views

The owners’ suggestion that you bring a torch with you to Ecocamp Glenshee car park is a good indication of what lies ahead. This is not a town-side campsite with corridors of well-lit tarmac and enough caravans to house a small army. Instead, Glenshee opens up before you into a gargantuan grassy space that at night is bathed beneath a sea of twinkling stars only rural Scotland can boast the likes of.

Having popped your head into the home of welcoming owners Fiona and Simon to say hello and check in, you can fully survey the scene before you. To one side a stone bothy awaits any items you don’t want in your tent – inside there is a fridge-freezer, a sink with hot water, all the cooking utensils you need and space to securely store your bikes – while, beyond, the campsite is peppered with the varied colours of pre-pitched accommodation.

In the bottom of the glen sit a pair of green shepherd’s huts, at the far end there’s a collection of pods and, in between, there’s a hilltop family tent with smoke wafting from its chimney. Two more colourful bell tents, striped in purple and blue, are also set amid mown patches of grass. Together it sounds like an awful lot of options, yet they are all set so widely apart that the field still offers acres of open space in between. Children run about by day and at night campfires crackle outside every structure, the starlight picking out the hills that create the valley walls.

It’s no accident that there’s so much space. These things aren’t unintentional. All that extra breathing room has allowed Simon and Fiona to plant young trees – a small part of their eco-friendly ethos that spreads across the site. Along with locally-sourced building materials, solar-powered lighting and a good recycling policy, the eco-attitude also reaps the benefit of excellent food for campers, with eggs fresh from the campsite chickens and meat from surrounding farms that are sure to fuel you up for an outdoor day ahead.

You needn’t burn too many air-miles to enjoy the surroundings either. From the campsite you can enjoy trekking with Simon and Fiona's llamas or take a map and follow one of their well-organised geo-caching routes. Right on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, it's a well-located spot for hopping straight onto nearby footpaths and also boasts heaps of outdoor activities in the vicinity. Hiking and mountain-biking are particularly popular, with some of the UK's most challenging trails on offer to those with two wheels. When you return you are guaranteed the warmth of a hot shower and the cosy bothy to relax in too. It's the simple pleasures that make it so worthwhile.

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Facilities

5 showers and 5 toilets, all showers are free and have instant hot water at any time of the day. There are family showers and separate facilities. There is a communal area – 'the bothy' – for cooking and washing up, with food storage, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, fridge, free tea and coffee, clothes drying and a wood burning stove. Onsite fun includes, geocaching, llama trekking and feeding the animals – hens, goats, donkeys and llamas – along with archery, sea kayaking and more, run by Outdoor Explore who will come and collect you from the site.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, tents, small campervans, dogs, couples, families groups and exclusive hire – yes. Caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

There's a billboard at the campsite that picks out many of the best local attractions – gardens, castles, the nearest gin distillery – with the local villages of Pitlochry and Braemar, the best spots for a good mooch around. There's an activity centre (The Blackwater Outdoor Centre – 01738 472236) a couple of miles away and the 103-mile-long Cateran Trail runs nearby, taking in the best of the county's countryside. 

Food & Drink

There is a small but excellent village shop 5 miles away in Kirkton of Glenisla, also home to an atmospheric old coaching inn – Glenisla Hotel (01575 582223).

Opening Times

All year round.

Family Friendly

Only Scotland does starry nights like this and in this unspoiled patch of Perthshire you can kick back and take it all in. If your kids need space to let off steam and silence to sleep soundly, then you might as well book now.

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Accommodation

10 tent pitches (2 suitable for small campervans) 6 wooden pods, 4 bell tents (2 for couples, 2 family-sized), 2 shepherd’s huts, a goods wagon and the Modulog Howff (sleeping 10).

Location

Contact Ecocamp Glenshee, Ecocamp Glenshee, Lower Whitehouse Farm, Blacklunans PH10 7LA

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Getting There

The campsite is on google maps and can be found via SatNav. It is 1 mile off the A93. Take the turning signposted for Blacklunans and head through the village following the clear campsite signage. There is also a campsite sign at the Blacklunans A93 turning itself.

There is a local taxi firm that can offer transport to local restaurants and pubs as well as a drop off/pick up service to Cateran Trail. Further information available at the campsite.

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