Forget soggy tents, communal showers and sticky sleeping bags; think hot tubs, wood-burning stoves and crisp Egyptian cotton. When it comes to booking a trip to Scotland, there’s no need to choose between the great outdoors and creature comforts. You can enjoy awe-inspiring landmarks, coastal seascapes and rugged mountains with your own en-suite bathroom, plush bed and fresh coffee. There’s a whole array of camping pods, yurts, shepherds huts and tree huts to choose from, so you can have your cake and eat it. Here are some of the best glamping spots in Scotland.
Best Glamping Spots in Scotland
These tiny, but perfectly-formed, lodges are set deep among the trees, close to the pretty village of Glencoe. Everything about the ‘wee cottages’ screams luxury, from the crisp Egyptian linen to the colour mood lighting. Each micro-cabin has its own private veranda reaching down to the babbling river too.
Ideally situated on a 36-acre golf course inbetween the banks of Loch Leven and the mouth of the famous glen, it’s the perfect base for exploring Lochaber, also known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Then, after a long day exploring the local countryside, you can sink deep into bubbles in your own private hot tub under the stars.
Another idyllic Highland Hideaway, the Loch Shin Luxury Pods are nestled away on the shores of Loch Shin. It’s the perfect patch from which to embrace the wilderness of Sutherland, without forgoing your creature comforts. Each pod is equipped with electricity, fully insulated with a private kitchenette and a double bed.
Days here begin with bracing walks across the Munros and end curled up with a book by the firepit as the sun goes down. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to see the Northern Lights too.
If it it’s height you’re after, look no further than Brockloch Treehouse. Tucked away in a Bluebell Field on Brockloch Farm, this slightly surreal-looking unit is the perfect place for love birds to nest. It was designed by Sam Booth and is something of a modern masterpiece; it even featured on the UK’s hit TV-show ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’. The double bed sits underneath an enormous skylight too, which means you can drift to sleep under the stars and wake up with the birds.
Don’t expect WiFi or TV, the treehouse is designed to offer a totally off-the-grid experience built for unwinding.
The largest island in the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye is fast-becoming one of Scotland’s most popular destinations — and for very good reason too. It’s magical. From the fabled ‘Garden of Skye’ to drams of malt whisky at local pubs, this island is the Scotland of fairy-tales. And this Skye Shepherds Hut offers something out-of-towners can only dream of: a fairytale far from the crowds.
The Shepherds Hut is kitted out with a double bed and en-suite, but it’s the thoughtful details that make all the difference. Think homemade breakfasts delivered each morning, plenty of DVDs and extra blankets for sitting under the moon. Bliss.
Fancy staying in a castle but not so keen on princely prices? Culdees Castle Estate Glamping Scotland was set up in August 2020 and is already one of the UK’s Top 20 Glamping Sites. Each luxury cabin has its own private hot tub, fire pit and barbecue, with views of the historic Culdees Castle.
For a little added luxury, you can order a luxury food and drink hamper, with goodies sources on site or from local artisan suppliers. The estate also offers whiskey tours, waterfall walks and glass blowing trips for those keen to immerse themselves in the local scene too.
Not many people know about Scotland’s beaches, which is a good thing because it means more room for us. This breezy seaside cabin sleeps up to six, so it’s perfect for families or groups of friends. There’s a wood burner for heating and cooking, a big comfy sofa and a large country-style kitchen table for hearty breakfasts. And, there’s a deck at the front with wicker chairs and its own wood-burner too, perfect for those long summer evenings.
The famous Rossylyn Chapel is a walk away, as is the Glenkinchie distillery. Edinburgh is just a train journey away too.
Interested in seeing the Loch Ness monster for yourself? These glamping pods are a stone’s throw away from the loch, so you’re in with a good shot here. And, even if you don’t spot the legendary beast, there’s plenty of other activities to occupy you. First up, there’s Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairs, the film location for the Outlander Series. And then there’s dolphin spotting on the Black Isle.
Each pod features a private bathroom, as well as a decking area with comfy outdoor furniture. Experience the best of glamping in Scotland.