The Cairngorms National Park is a fantastic place to visit all year round. But for an extra special visit and to be at one with nature, the Cairngorms offers some amazing Glamping options. If the thought of camping fills you with dread, then read on as Glamping is the very comfortable bigger sister alternative. Quite often Glamping in the Cairngorms will include a wood burning stove to keep you cosy and outside seating area.

Here we share a small selection of some of the best Glamping options for visitors to the Cairngorms…..

1. Braemar Camping ‘Fog’ Pods at Braemar Caravan Park

After exploring the nearby hills on the Invercauld Estate around Braemar check into one of these new (in 2017) camping pods fully kitted out with heating, comfortable mattresses, microwave, mini-fridge and kettle. Invercauld Estate has a history of providing ‘fog Houses’ from which people have enjoyed and relaxed. These fog houses can still be seen on the Estate, and are unique structures made of wood with a moss/heather thatched roof.
The origins of the name ‘fog house’ is uncertain, some say ‘fog’ is anglicised from the word ‘Feugh’, which is a traditional Deeside thatched longhouse. Others state that ‘Fog’ derives from the Scots word for Moss, which was used for making the walls and roof. Others have said that because many of Scotland’s fog houses are close to water sources, the spray from nearby waterfalls appears like a fog.


2. Ecocamp Glenshee

Ecocamp Glenshee is set in a magical little place called Blacklunans in the Glen of Faeries. Choose from Romantic Pods, a Bell Tent, Shepherd’s Huts, a Modulog Howff, a luxury Family Pod and the Goods Wagon! Each unit is set in its own space with outside seating and some with fire pits. Meet the resident Llama’s and why not take them for a trek?!


3. Wildcat Gypsy Caravans, Invernahavon, Newtonmore

These old worldly gypsy caravans are in an idyllic setting at Invernahavon Campsite near Newtonmore. Well kitted out these are a fun way to visit the Cairngorms.


4. Duck’s Nest, Lazy Duck, Nethy Bridge

Sat on the edge of a large pond the Duck’s Nest allows you to sit on the deck and while away the hours watching the ducks go about their business. A hot water bush shower and wood burning stove keep you in comfort and you will get visits from red squirrel to the feeding table on the deck. This unique two-person eco-lodge is the perfect place to escape too.


5. Cromdale Station Camping Coach 

This lovely former railway station is just outside the village of Cromdale. This Great North of Scotland Railway carriage has been converted to sleep 4. The beds boast memory foam mattresses and electric blankets to keep you cosy. The bedroom doors open out on to a sun deck. This is a great spot to stop overnight when walking the Speyside Way as the route passes by the platform.


6. Old Pine Yurt, Tomintoul

The Old Pine Yurt is situated in a secluded hillside location near Tomintoul where only birdsong and the distant tumbling river disturb the peace. The roomy yurt with its wood-burning stove and superbly comfortable double bed makes this a camping experience like no other.


7. Howe of Torbeg, Glen Gairn, Ballater

Howe of Torbeg is situated on a hillside just outside Ballater. The Glamping Pods are set with stunning views down the glen. This small campsite opened in May 2018 and offers tranquil camping in a unique setting away from the hustle and bustle.


8. Blair Castle Caravan Park Camping Pods

The Blair Castle Caravan Park is a real gem set below the castle in big tree country. The 9 acre park was awarded AA Campsite of the Year 2017. Red Squirrels and Ducks are found scurrying around the campsite and their resident Highland Cows are very popular. The pods are set in a quiet, private area of the park overlooking the riverside area.


9. Cairngorm Campers

Cairngorm Campers are based in the Cairngorms National Park and allow you the freedom to discover the back of beyond! Pick up your easy to drive, compact van and head off into the Cairngorms sunset. These vans are perfect for road tripping the snow roads over some of the highest public roads in Britain.


10. Lagganlia Camp Huts, Feshiebridge

These wild wooden camping pods are set in the heart of Feshiebridge at Lagganlia Outdoor Centre. These 12 well-insulated huts are available from Easter to October.


11. Highland Shepherd Huts, Nethy Bridge 
Highland Shepherd Huts offer the ultimate glamping experience. Perfect for two for either a well needed escape or romantic break. The hut ‘Coorie’ has a beautiful finish and sits with stunning views to wake up to over the Cairngorm mountains.


For a full list of all the glamping sites in the Cairngorms click here!

If traditional camping is more your thing then check out our list of campsites and caravan parks throughout the Cairngorms Nations Park.

Whether you choose to camp or glamp in Scotland you should always follow the outdoor access code, leave no trace and respect your surroundings.

Happy Camping!


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