Glamping in Scotland
But what is glamping?
Visit Scotland defines glamping as "a little slice of glamour and luxury with traditional camping". Instead of a tent, your accommodation may take various other forms such as a wigwam, a treehouse, a yurt, a shed and what's most important: it comes with a proper bed. If you're lucky you can have a woodburner, a hot tub, a sauna and similar luxuries.
I first heard about Canopy and Stars and glamping back in November 2016, when @berriestagram was staying at one of the cute Boutique Farm Bothies for a few nights. I fell in love with the idea of such a sweet Scottish countryside escape and saved Barley Bothy on my Pinterest board.
The Sheep Shed
Fast forward a year to November 2017 and Mr Enthusiast made this dream come true - he knows me well (sometimes I think he can read my thoughts) and booked the Sheep Shed for a weekend away as a birthday treat. The Sheep Shed is the second bothy of Boutique Farm Bothies and it even comes with an outside hot tub perfect for some romantic stargazing.
We managed to pick a particularly frosty weekend and it took the wood burning stove a couple of hours longer than normal to heat up the outside hot tub. But we were lucky with no cloud cover and we got to admire the starry Abersdeenshire sky at night.
The next morning we had a lovely full Scottish breakfast prepared on the stove by Mr Enthusiast. We got the ingredients the previous night from Aberdeen and Jane of Boutique Farm Bothies kindly provided us with some delicious homemade strawberry jam and bread. She also gave us some useful tips which nearby castles to visit during the day.
Before we drove off I had a sneak peak into the nearby Barley Bothy, doesn't it look cute?
We thoroughly enjoyed our first glamping experience at the Sheep Shed, despite the cold weather and short winter daylight hours. Our only regrets are not visiting all the castles we wanted to, due to adverse weather conditions and we are looking forward to revisiting beautiful Aberdeenshire soon.
Other cool glamping locations
If you like the idea of glamping, there are many more interesting Scottish locations featured on the Canopy & Stars website. Here are the ones we added to our Pinterest board and hoping to visit in the near future:
- The Ferry Waiting Room and Pilot Panther in Mhor, Perth & Kinross - both are run by the guys behind the Mhor Collection which can only be a good sign. We love their Mhor Bread, Mhor Fish and Mhor84 restaurant.
- Brockloch Treehouse in Dumfries & Galloway - because who does not want to stay in a treehouse? If you time your stay well, bluebells are a bonus.
- The Black Shed in Skye - imagine staying in a shed which has won architectural awards, sounds like an archi-lover's dream.
Acknowledgement: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and purely my own. We paid for our accommodation at the Sheep Shed and this is not a sponsored post.
All photos by The Edinburgh Enthusiast (C)