Glamping in Scotland

“Glamping” or “glamourous camping” is taking the world by a storm, and one of the most popular locations to partake in glamping is right in Scotland.  If you’re planning your next glamping trip in Scotland, read this guide and here are some of my own tips to help you have the most fun and successful trip possible:

Choose The Right Location

No matter how much fun glamping may be, if you don’t choose the right location, then you’re bound to have a less than pleasant experience.  Make sure that you plan out where you want to go well in advance.  Choose an area that you’ve been aching to check out and see and that offers plenty of things for you to do during the day, like:

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Paddling
  • Kayaking (if you’re willing to haul a kayak or folding kayak along with you!)

Bring A Good Map

Once you have the location picked out, download or purchase an up to date detailed map of the area you’ll be staying at.  This will help you successfully plan out your trip, and it’ll come in handy if you do happen to get lost in the wild.

Check The Weather Reports

Glamping isn’t so glamourous if you’re just going to be sitting around in the rain the whole time.  The weather in the Scottish Highlands can be somewhat unpredictable, but you can check out the Mountain Weather information Service website right up to the day before you trip to make sure that the weather will be ideal for glamping.

Choose Your Accommodations

Part of what makes glamping so luxurious is the type of accommodations you’ll be staying in.  Bell tents (like these medieval looking ones from Boutique Camping) are beautiful and tend to be the best for those who are looking for a more “true” camping experience in Scotland.  Another popular type of accommodation for those who are glamping in Scotland are Yurts.  Yurts tend to be more luxurious than a bell tent or canvas tent, and often come with their very own sleeping area, eating and cooking area, and many are outfitted with private washroom facilities. If you Still want convincing for the bell tents, however, have a look at the beautiful gallery on Boutique Camping’s website.

Pack Warm Clothing

No matter what time of year you plan on going on you trip, it’s still always a good idea to pack at least one warm sweater in your pack – even in the middle of July.  It can sometimes get quite chilly after the sun goes down if you’re staying in any of the mountainous regions of Scotland, so some long pants, a jacket and a hat are all things that you should strongly consider bringing along.

Bring The Right Stuff

The great thing about glamping is that you can easily cut down on the materials that you’ll need to bring along since most glamping locations have quite a few of the “necessities” already available to you.  That being said, it’s important that you double check with the glamping site to ensure that they have all of the things that you’ll need to make your trip a success.  Some additional items that they may not have for you include:

  • Propane stove/BBQ
  • Water carrier
  • Cooler
  • Bungee cords
  • Duct tape
  • Insect repellent and citronella candles