From the Western Isles to the outskirts of Edinburgh, six essential Scottish glamping sites to get excited about
Skye Shepherds Huts Isle of Skye
For the views alone, Skye Shepherds Huts deserves to be at the top of any glamping list. But there's more to this place than just mist shrouded lochs and mesmerising sunsets. Owner Janet is personable, knowledgable and friendly, offering the full B&B experience with freshly cooked breakfasts delivered each morning. The shower and bathroom are in the hallway of her house, while outside the site is adjacent to an excellent footpath, a gateway into a fistful of incredible routes around the Isle of Skye. Dog-walkers, who like bagging peaks with their pooch, are also in luck – Janet loves dogs and welcomes them just as much as any human!
Ace Hideaways Moray
Along with five 'wild camping' pitches in the woods, Ace Hideaways offers three bell tents, furnished inside with mattresses and bean bags, and a rather plush shepherd's hut kitted out with everything you need. The hut sits in its own heathy clearing with a firepit outside and bespoke interior furnishings, including a double bed and wood-burning stove. There's also a communal area for cooking, with campfire pits, utensils and washing up sinks, along with a huge log table, crafted out of a giant tree that blew down nearby. The River Findhorn runs through the site and is the focus of their adventure activities – white water rafting, kayaking, gorge walking and more.
Roulotte Retreat Scottish Borders
An hour outside of Edinburgh and hidden within a wildflower meadow, Roulotte Retreat is a chilled out, romantic glamping site boasting seven authentic wooden roulottes. Handcrafted and finished to perfection, the roulottes have sumptuous interiors with dark exposed wood, bronze lanterns and traditionally upholstered furnishings. The whole place is run by a yoga teacher Avril, who still offers sessions in a 1950’s wooden studio on site, with a large covered deck overlooking the woods. For the utmost luxury, a couple of the roulottes even have their own eco hot tubs, hidden away in secret for exclusive outdoor bathing under the star-scattered skies.
Runach Arainn Isle of Arran
The first ever glamping site on the Isle of Arran, Runach Arainn has been well worth the wait. On the southern tip of the 19-mile long island, it features just two fully furnished yurts in the grounds of an 18th-century rectory. Inside there are double beds and futon-style singles, wood burning stoves, cooking and dining utensils plus a bounty of extra blankets incase the weather gets wild. You can walk to the pub, walk to the beach or hop on a bike and loop around the island – a fault line that runs directly through it's centre, results in a staggering diversity of dramatic mountains in the north and a flat, agricultural landscape to the south.
Dry Island Ross-shire
No pick of the best sites in Scotland is complete without Dry Island. This really is a chance to enjoy your own private isle, accessed along a long footbridge and occupied by not a single soul other than your hosts, the Mackenzie family. Accommodation comes in the form of a large, warm wooden cabin with decking and undercover outdoor seating, enabling guests to enjoy the woodland and sea views whatever the weather. Step inside and you’ll find bunk beds, sofa beds, a heater and a bathroom. Oh, and did we mention you also get your own private beach!? In the summer, join local skipper Ian on his traditional creel fishing boat for a 'shell fish safari' or climb the formidable Torridon Mountains.
Bramble Bield Stirlingshire
In the shadow of perhaps Scotland’s finest castle, Bramble Bield is a sleepy gypsy caravan retreat where glamping is a relaxed affair comprising just a trio of brightly painted caravans tucked between meadow and woodland. Rowan, Bramley and Holly are no 'off-the-peg' designer caravans. They are the real bow-top wooden caravan deal, with Bramley around since the 1920s. They're cosy and compact inside with luxurious bedding, original Queenie stoves and tea and coffee making facilities making up for the lack of space. An outdoor patio set accompanies each caravan and there is a communal campfire to toast marshmallows over.