Wednesday, May 28

Camping is not only cool, it can also be downright glamorous with Adventures around Scotland

One thing I hear time and time again is that it's cheaper to go abroad than holiday in Scotland. If you choose to stay in a nice hotel for two weeks then there is no doubt that the cost could easily come in at over a thousand pounds. However there are lots of budget alternatives these days and camping still remains one of the cheapest options out there.

Camping has really moved on with all singing, all dancing camp sites, an ever growing choice of Glamping accommodation and Campervan hire is now one of the most popular and cool ways to enjoy a Staycation.

I love to travel around Scotland as much as I can but like most people the reality is I just can't afford to rent somewhere every week or constantly stay in hotels and B&Bs. For me, camping is a fun and economical way to explore on a budget and I am about to head off on another trip under canvas in June. If you think camping isn't for you then think again, with so much choice these days there really is something for everyone!


Free accommodation with a stunning view? Is there such a thing?

The great thing about Scotland is the ability to wild camp which is not only free but gives you the ability to pick from endless stunning locations all over the country. It may be for the more adventurous but I love the freedom of travelling around and pitching my tent in some breathtaking spots. It is the ideal way to enjoy some of the remoter parts of Scotland and you are guaranteed peace and quiet.

For the less adventurous £10-£15 pounds will get you a pitch at one of the hundreds of campsites around the country. These days camp sites are equipped with plenty of amenities for the modern traveller.

Toasty hot modern showers, WiFi areas, barbeque pits for your marshmallows and onsite cafes or cooking facilities are becoming the norm these days. Some are even providing communal power point areas where those that can't live without their gadgets can charge them up at no extra cost. Camping has really moved in the 21st century!


If pitching your own tent and hammering pegs down in the rain isn't your idea of fun then glamorous camping aka Glamping is definitely for you.

All you have to do is turn up, switch on the electric kettle and put your feet up. With every price range and some unique sleeping experiences there is something for all types of traveller.

At the budget end, wooden huts and wigwams are more basic but can include electricity and running water. At the costlier end Yurts, Safari Tents and Pods often come furnished and include bedding.

The new Armadillas Pods at Loch Ness Glamping have been added to my 'must visit' list as they aren't just glamorous but sound downright luxurious. Extras include a TV/DVD, fridge, en-suite wet room, underfloor heating, an iPod dock and even a sauna due for completion at the end of May. All this for £58 a night for 2 people, bargain!

Other unique Glamping experiences around Scotland include staying in an Iron Age Roundhouse, a tree house, gypsy caravan or even a converted fire service truck.

Glamping is for those wanting an adventure on a budget while still enjoying the finer things in life.


In the last few years Glamping became the new camping. This year it's all about the Campervan. There are a growing number of companies in Scotland offering a mobile camping experience which can be combined with an awesome road trip for the adventure of a lifetime. From classic to modern VWs, tartan clad vans and roomier motor homes; there is a four wheeled camper to suit every personality. With the freedom to travel anywhere in the country, set up your home from home wherever the fancy takes you, it is easy to see why campervans are growing in popularity and make a cost effective option for enjoying a Scottish Staycation.

A couple of years ago I hired a campervan from Rockin' Vans and headed off to explore Dumfries and Galloway.

We spent a few days working our way through forests, along coastal routes and down country lanes, exploring all the nooks and crannies we could find. We covered a large area in a few days and saved even more money by cooking all our meals in the van. There is nothing like pulling up at a quiet spot, opening the side door, enjoying dinner and a glass of wine al fresco while the sun goes down before falling into bed.

In June I will be camping (and possibly Glamping!) my way around Scotland again. Be sure to follow my blog to keep up with all my latest adventures along the way!

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