Going glamping in Scotland is the perfect opportunity to truly appreciate the beauty and wonder of this stunning location!
Scotland is a truly unique country; incredible views, remote locations to explore, magnificent beaches, magical castles and of course the culturally rich cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Glamping in Scotland offers the opportunity to combine the idyllic solitude of the great outdoors with the option to dip into the towns and cities for a bit more action.
Enjoy our selection of some of the best glamping locations on offer in Scotland!
Dam View Lodges
Only an hour from either Edinburgh or Glasgow, Dam View Lodges is a luxury glamp site sitting in 100 acres of farmland within the Gartmorn Dam Nature Reserve. Enjoy incredible views of the Dam in front and Ochil Hills behind.
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Three family-sized safari lodges can sleep up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms. A well-equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, vintage leather sofas and antique furniture fill the open-plan living space. A water closet with flushing toilet and hand basin is right outside each lodge.
Also available are cool boxes, card and board games and a camping stove for quick cups of tea or coffee in the morning. There’s a roll top bath with shower attachment inside the tent, whose back can be opened so you can enjoy stunning outdoor views while soaking. Solar powered lanterns and battery-powered candles make evenings extra romantic.
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Out front is a deck with a BBQ and fire pit. Locally sourced meat and fresh eggs can be bought on site, while breakfast and barbecue packs can be ordered in advance.
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Just a short 10 minute walk from the beautiful Lunan Bay Beach (ranked among the top beaches in Britain) is this little piece of glamping heaven.
Newbarns Glamping, near Inverkeilor, Angus, in the North Sea coast, has 2 luxury pods all decked out with high ceilings, glass end walls, locally sourced timber, and sheep’s wool insulation.
Each custom-built pod can sleep up to 4 and is well-equipped with 2 pull-out beds; a wet room with toilet, sink, and electric shower; a dining table; a television/DVD player; and a kitchenette with a fridge, electric hob, toaster, kettle, microwave, sink, cutlery and washing up basin.
For added indulgence each pod comes with its own private hot tub, with linen and towel hire available.
House in the Wood
House in the Wood sits in 5 acres of native bluebell wood at the foot of Sgorr Dhonuill in Glencoe, Lochaber. Located along the shores of Loch Linnhe, this beautiful location is home to 4 luxury woodland cabins.
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Built with Scottish lumber in 1974 and beautifully renovated in 2017, the romantic cabins have an original open beam structure and big picture windows on all sides with views to the woods and mountains.
Each of the cosy but spacious cabins sleeps 4 to 6 with a double room, twin room, and an additional double sofa bed if required. There’s a wood-burning stove, TV, WiFi, and a fully fitted kitchen. Linen, towels, soap, firewood, and kindling are provided.
Pets are welcome, too.
If you want to really “get away from it all’, the Shepherd’s Rest hut in South Cobbinshaw, West Calder is the place for you.
There’s no Wi-Fi, TV or DVD player on site so you’re guaranteed to detox from much digital noise. There’s a radio and iPod dock though, so you can bring your own music. (There are plenty of books and games, though, and a 4G signal in the utility room.)
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Shepherd’s Rest is beautifully crafted with a high ceiling and is based on the original 19th-century Victorian design. It is tucked away in its own garden and has spectacular views of the Pentland Hills and Cobbinshaw Loch.
Amenities include an en-suite shower room, a day bed, and a kitchenette with hob, a small fridge, and cooking utensils. A fire pit and picnic bench are available outside for roasting marshmallows.
Guests are welcome to say hello to the farm animals – pigs, ponies, and lambs in Spring – and help collect eggs from the owners’ free-range chickens.
Cairngorms Glamping offers families an idyllic weekend getaway at Strathdon, which lies on the outskirts of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland’s eastern highlands.
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Their glamping pods sleeps up to 4, with 2 double beds, cooking facilities, a fridge-freezer, electric heating, shower, water closet, and hot and cold water.
A visit at the “Nature Corner” gives guests the opportunity to meet the resident animals – horses, pygmy goats, and golden pheasants – and to tour the poly-tunnel where fresh fruits and vegetables are grown.
Dogs are also welcome at Cairngorms Glamping so no need to leave your four legged friend at home!
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There’s a pond up a hill where you can enjoy a picnic while catching a glimpse of wild ducks and dragonflies. Go on a guided walking tour with an ecologist who can point out wildflowers, wild animals, and items of archaeological interest.
If you’ve always wanted to stay in a treehouse but worry about basic accommodation and cramped spaces, worry no more. Stilthouse at Dod Mill near Lauder in the Scottish Borders is a luxurious cabin on stilts that boasts stylish interiors, roomy spaces, and just about every creature comfort you never thought you’d find in a treehouse!
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The former artist’s studio has been completely renovated and now boasts hotel-like amenities: a proper shower room with flushing loo, a king-sized bed and a double bed, a well-equipped kitchenette, electricity including plugs and USB charge ports, and an Esse Bakeheart wood-burning stove for heating and cooking. There’s even outdoor seating with a fire pit for BBQ.
The rustic yet modern cabin is set between the millpond and Boondreigh River, and guests can enjoy country and orchard views from every window at tree canopy level – while relaxing to the sound of a river flowing nearby.
Hillhead (Further Space)
Hillhead Farm offers luxury glamping pods in the heart of scenic Dumfries and Galloway. Three pods are perched on the Nithsdale hillside looking out to the postcard-pretty valley below.
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Each pod sleeps up to 4 people and has an en-suite shower room, a double bed, and 2 bunk beds, a seating area, electricity and USB ports, a fridge, a toaster, and a tea & coffee dock. Linen and towels, a hairdryer, and heated towel rails provide extra comfort and convenience.
There’s a fire pit, picnic table, and benches outside. As Hillhead is a working farm, guests can expect to see sheep, cows, and friendly pigs roaming around.
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There isn’t a shortage of things to do and see in the area. The farm is within 3 National Scenic Areas (NSA) sites: the Nith Estuary, the East Stewartry Coast, and the Fleet Valley. There are Castles to see, lochs, beaches, and forests to explore, and local wildlife to spot.
Uist Forest Retreat
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Deep in the woods of the Taigh Na Coille Claddach Vallay, on the North Uist island of the Outer Hebrides, are 2 rustic, off-grid treetop cabins at the Uist Forest Retreat.
The custom-designed, circular wooden lodges were sustainably built based on an ancient wheelhouse design from the Iron Age. Each feature a “living” roof of stonecrop and wildflowers.
Floor-to-ceiling, wrap-around windows let you enjoy panoramic views all around: the tidal sands of Vallay Island, the lush machair and Harris Hills in the distance. Even the free-standing bath is positioned by a large landscape window so you can gaze at the changing colours of the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying a warm soak.
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Other amenities include a bedroom with a king-sized bed, a well-stocked kitchen, an open-plan lounge, a balcony looking out to Claddach Vallay, a wood-burning stove, DVD player and Wi-Fi.
North Uist is a designated National Scenic Area so there’s a plenty of pretty places to see: long sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, dramatic moorland, and acres of coniferous forest. Bird-watching is a must, as is sampling the local seafood – said to be the best in the world.
If you want to visit the distilleries on the beautiful Hebridean Isle of Islay, stay at the cosy, comfy Isle Adilla. It’s a luxury en suite room along the coastal path that leads you to the 3 world-famous distilleries of Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg.
Enjoy fabulous views of the sea, the sunset, Port Ellen, and the Oa while staying in Isle Adilla’s small but comfortable eco-cabin. It sleeps up to two people, ideal for couples and business travellers.
Amenities include 2 singles or a double bed, a power shower, a kitchenette, underfloor heating, TV, music docking station, Wi-Fi, and a heated towel rail. There’s also a gated outdoor seating area.
Islay is home to fantastic beaches, historical sites, a championship golf course, woollen mill, horse riding, and wildlife.
Bonnybridge Eco Camp in Easter Clayknowes Farm is a completely off-grid eco-site that’s a working livery yard for horses. Expect to see horses grazing in the fields and pet the resident Shetland ponies.
Just 10 minutes from Falkirk and Stirling, conveniently located between Glasgow (30min) and Edinburgh (55min), the camp is set in peaceful countryside and has scenic, far-reaching views of the Ochil hills, Grampian mountain range and the Wallace monument.
An eco-pod is equipped with a sofa bed, USB charger and solar lighting. Bell tents are also available for hire.
Camp amenities include a modern toilet and shower block, a pot wash area, BBQ fire pit, drinking fountain, and a large game field with equipment for playing badminton, croquette, and lacrosse. There’s an office with a small shop, Wi-Fi, and bicycles for hire.
Eco-conscious guests will be delighted to know the entire site runs on solar panels and wind turbines, and rainwater is harvested for showers and flushing.
Shepherds Huts Scotland
Just 3 kilometres from the popular village of St. John’s Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway is a rustic, serene glamp site managed by Shepherds Huts Scotland, builders of traditional, authentic shepherd’s huts.
Their huts in the Garroch Glen estate sit on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, surrounded by ancient woodland, wild rivers, unspoiled landscape, and lots of wildlife – red squirrels, pine martins, and roe deer, to name a few.
Each hut has its own double bed, wood-burning stove, crockery, table and chairs, and compost toilet. There’s a shared warm gas rainwater shower on site.
The facility is completely off-grid. There are no hairdryers, charging points, or any fancy hot tub. Just a well-equipped, traditional and cosy hut, each with its own campfire, providing a comfortable base for walking the Southern uplands, cycling the Seven Stanes, swimming and canoeing on Loch Ken, or star gazing in the Dark Sky Park.
Ever wonder what it’s like to sleep in a helicopter? You literally can! Spend the night or a weekend in a decommissioned and converted Royal Navy chopper at Mains Farm, in the Thornhill district of Stirling.
Named the Sea King, the 56-foot helicopter can comfortably sleep 2 adults and up to 3 children with its double and triple bed, and a quirky single bed in the chopper’s tail! Let the kids play in the cockpit or you and your partner can sit there with a glass of wine while enjoying panoramic views of the Carse of Stirling.
This truly unique sleeper is well equipped with electricity, a shower room, a mini kitchen, and free Wi-Fi. Outside is a tiny porch with a BBQ fire pit and grill for outdoor cooking.
No wonder Helicopter Glamping was a Regional Winner of the Scottish Thistle Awards for 2018-2019.
Glamness Luxury Containers
Located within 4.2km of Inverness Castle and 6km of Inverness Canal is the Glamness Luxury Containers in Torbreck.
Nestled in 5 acres of gorgeous woodland that has its own river, and offers 7 unique shipping containers, each named after a famous Scot. Each has been converted to a high standard and offers plush and comfortable accommodations for adults.
Each features a double bed, kitchenette, modern shower room with toilet and sink, a comfy sofa, TV, and a balcony with garden views. Outside are a private covered terrace and a shared BBQ area.
The site is also just 10 minutes away from Loch Ness.
Port Ban is a secluded haven near Kilberry, Argyll, on the unspoiled western coastline of the Knapdale Peninsula.
Enjoy stunning sunsets and panoramic views across the sea to Islay and Jura while being surrounded by beautiful, diverse flora and fauna.
The property was voted the number 1 campsite in Scotland in 2016.
Two hexilodges host a double-bed sofa and a room for a single camp bed (available on request). Linen and towels are available for hire; guests are advised to bring sleeping bags, too.
Amenities include a heater, a microwave, a toaster, kettle, and cutlery. There are power sockets available for charging phones.
Port Ban is pet-friendly – up to 2 dogs are allowed in each lodge.
Bring your bike and kayak as there’s plenty to do – swim, fish, paddle, rock-pool, cycle, walk or explore the local town.
At Quercus choose between airy canvas bell tents or a compact wooden pod at this friendly, quirky, and affordable glamping place in Ullapool, Loch Broom, in the Scottish highlands.
Each 4m bell tent is fully furnished with wooden beds and side tables, electric blankets, tea kettles, and a full electric hook-up with USB ports and free WiFi.
The Ullapod, a wee but gorgeous and well-equipped hut, comes with 2 single beds, an electric heater, a small cupboard with kettle, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Nestled in an organic garden under a cherry tree, the pod has a deck in front and an airy wooden bathroom at the other end of the lawn.
A 4-bed family room is available during peak season.
Fionn Croft is a beautiful remote working croft by the sea in the tiny town of Melvaig, 14kms. from Gairloch.
A cosy shepherd’s hut offers fabulous views overlooking the Minch to the Outer Hebrides and Skye. It has a double bed, a log-burning stove for heating and a shower and toilet room. A kitchenette is kitted out with a fridge, microwave, induction hob, pans, and utensils. All linen, towels, electricity, and fuel for the stove are provided.
For meals, you can sample their free-range eggs, home-produced pork, and locally grown produce at farmgate point of sale. Jams, jellies, chutneys, pickles, home-baked goodies and Melvaig crafts are also available.
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