Glamping has become one of the most preferred ways to experience unique accommodation in Scotland. Being in amongst nature, yet in a luxurious environment where you can enjoy a comfortable bed. Glamping is far more comfortable than traditional camping and includes facilities within a self contained unit.
The types of glamping accommodation can range from wooden pods to bell tents with a double bed inside. This type of accommodation varies in price depending on the location and all will provide a unique experience.
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If there is one way to get in amongst nature yet still feel a bit of luxury when you are travelling Scotland, glamping is the way to go. There are multiple glamping pods and lodges popping up all over Scotland some more luxurious and some even have hot tubs. In this post, we are sharing with you some of the best glamping accommodation, categorised by area, to make it easy for you to book your next trip.
- Glamping near Glasgow
- Glamping near Edinburgh
- Glamping near Stirling
- Glamping near Perth
- Glamping near St Andrews
- Glamping near Fort William
- Glamping near Oban
- Glamping near Glencoe
- Glamping near the Cairngorms
- Glamping on the Isle of Skye
- Glamping on the North East of the NC500
- Glamping on the North West of Scotland
- Glamping on the North Coast of Scotland
- Preparing for your trip to Scotland
Glamping near Glasgow
Auchenlea Lodges, Baillieston
The Auchenlea Lodges in Baillieston are located near the city of Glasgow, around 7 miles from Glasgow Cathedral.
Despite being so close to the city centre, the lodges have a remote feel to them, with many hiking and cycling opportunities nearby.
This uniques accommodation is complete with a private kitchen and bathroom, along with a garden for you to enjoy the surrounding views.
There is free private parking and WiFi available at this lodge.
Dunroamin Lodges, Drymen
The Dunroamin Lodges are unique, circular pods featuring beautiful garden views across the patio from the window.
Within the unit there is a kitchen and dining area with a microwave, fridge, kettle, oven and stovetop. There is also free WiFi in the lodge along with a seating area and flat-screen TV. You will have a private bathroom in the pod including a shower and a hairdryer.
There is a barbecue outside the lodge and free private parking.
Ben Alder Lodge, Lennoxtown
Ben Alder Lodge is a 2 bedroom accommodation located in Lennoxtown, 12 miles outside of Glasgow.
This lodge has a garden and barbecue facilities that you can enjoy with views over Antermony Loch.
Ben Alder Lodge has private parking and free WiFi for use during your stay.
There is also a private kitchenette and bathroom along with a TV and lounge area.
Glamping near Edinburgh
Edinburgh Hideaway “Serenio”, Balerno
Edinburgh Hideaway “Serenio” is a romantic place for a getaway, located in Balerno. This cute and cosy cabin has one bedroom and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with a dishwasher and a microwave.
There is a garden and a terrace with beautiful views of the surrounding greenery. Bikes are also available to use and there is free private parking available on site.
Relax in this beautiful accommodation with the flat-screen TV with cable channels or with the complimentary free WiFi. Alternatively, get outside and enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding the lodge.
The accommodation is 11 miles from Edinburgh and 25 miles from Falkirk
Linwater Holiday Park, Newbridge
Linwater Holiday Park is 12.5 miles from Edinburgh and offers beautiful modern lodges surrounded by greenery and relaxing nature walks.
There is a shop onsite as well as a play park for children, making it the perfect place for a family holiday near Edinburgh.
Stunning Modern lodge, Port Seton
This beautiful lodge is located in Port Seton and has a large patio area.
There are 3 bedrooms and a lounge area with a TV. The kitchen area comes complete with a microwave and there are 2 bathrooms, one with a bath and one with a shower.
A highlight of this accommodation is that is only around a mile to Longniddry Bents Beach.
The Weir – Whitekirk Hill – North Berwick
The Weir has a beautiful range of unique lodges onsite as well as a restaurant and a children’s playground. The guests are also invited to take advantage of the hot tub that is onsite.
The lodges feature 1 bedroom with a fully equipped kitchen complete with a dishwasher and microwave. You will have your own private bathroom at this accommodation and the option to chill out and relax to the flat screen TV.
The lodges are A-framed and have a patio area and garden out front. There is free parking and guests can enjoy hiking and snorkelling in the local area.
The Weir is situated just over a mile from Seacliff Beach.
The Shepherds Rest, West Calder
The Shepherds Rest is a small hut sized lodge located in West Calder. The accommodation has a double bed and a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, stovetop kettle and toaster. There is also a seating area with a flat screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower and toiletries.
The hut also has a washing machine and there is a garden area with a barbecue and a terrace. There is also free private parking onsite.
Edinburgh is 22 miles from The Shepherds Rest and Peebles is 28 miles away.
Glamping near Stirling
The Arns Glamping Pods, Bridge of Allan
The Arns Glamping Pods are located in Bridge of Allan, 4 miles from the city of Stirling.
These small pods have a double bed and a small kitchenette area that has a microwave and a fridge. Each pod also has an outdoor seating area with beautiful garden views. The pods also have private bathrooms with a shower. There is free private parking available for each lodge.
There is an additional charge for towels and bed linen to be provided at The Arns Glamping Pods.
Wellsfield Farm Holiday Lodges
Situated just 13 minutes’ drive from Stirling, the award-winning Wellsfield Farm Holiday Lodges offers self-catering accommodation a short drive from the city of Stirling.
These 2 bedroom lodges have a double bedroom and twin bedroom, along with a bathroom, living room and dining area.
There is also a fully equipped kitchen in the lodge complete with a dishwasher and a washing machine.
There is free onsite parking for each of the lodges and the farm where the lodges are situated have beautiful views over some well known Scottish mountains, Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich, Ben Lomond, and Meikle Bin.
There are leisure facilities onsite, including a gym and guests will receive a 10% discount to the onsite facilities.
Carr’s Hill Luxury Safari Tents
Carr’s Hill Luxury Safari Tents is a unique accommodation set in Denny, 7 miles from the city of Stirling.
The tents have a comfortable double bed and a lounge area along with a small kitchen with a fridge.
Outside is a small patio with outdoor seating where you can sit and enjoy the surrounding views. There are also barbecue facilities.
Free WiFi is available at the tents as well as parking.
The Woodland Golf Lodge at Glenbervie House Hotel
The Woodland Golf Lodge at Glenbervie House Hotel is situated in Falkirk, near Stirling. The chalet has a balcony area and a hot tub which is a highlight of this accommodation.
There are 4 bedrooms in the chalet along with a flat screen TV and living area. Free WiFi is also available.
The chalet features a private bathroom and kitchen as well as free private parking
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Kersebrock Kabins are small cabins near Stirling. They have a double bed and a living area with a flat-screen TV. There is also underfloor heating making these cabins a lovely place to stay all year round.
All pods have a fully equipped kitchenette with a kettle, toasted and a microwave. There is also a private bathroom with a shower in each pod.
The accommodation features a private hot tub and all 3 of the cabins have a private barbecue and chimnea.
Glamping near Perth
Luxury Hideaways, Keilour
This luxury accommodation, Luxury Hideaways, is located in Keilour, less than 10 miles from the city of Perth, offering a very unique glamping experience in Scotland. On your arrival, you will be welcomed with a luxury hamper with Prosecco and other gourmet items.
This is a small yet homely accommodation with 1 bedroom, a private bathroom complete with bathrobes and free toiletries. Towels and linen are also provided.
There is also a small kitchen area with complimentary tea and coffee along with a coffee machine.
The pod is air conditioned and also has a private hot tub looking out to the beautiful views across Perthshire. You can also enjoy these views from the outdoor seating on the terrace area.
Shanthi Lodge, Dunning
Shanthi Lodge is a beautiful lodge located in Dunning. The lodges have 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen.
Outside the lodge is a terrace and a garden area as well as free private parking. There is a sitting area and a dining area along with a flat-screen TV in the chalet.
There are plenty outdoor activities in the local area such as walks and cycling.
Whitemoss Lodge, Dunning
Whitemoss Lodge is a bed and breakfast style pod located in Dunning near Perth. These eco pods are built to a high quality using sustainable methods and materials.
Inside the pod is a very comfortable king size bed, a small kitchen quirk a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. You will also have your own en-suite bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. Bed linen and towels are provided at this accommodation and in the morning you can choose a time to have breakfast of your choice delivered to your pod.
Two of the Pods have their own private area with a hot tub and private bbq/fire pit.
You can enjoy incredible views of the surrounding scenery from the outdoor area of your pod, taking in uninterrupted views due to where the other pods are situated.
There is also a flat-screen TV and free WiFi in the pod.
Glamping near St Andrews
Cabin at Aithernie, Leven-Fife
Located in Leven-Fife is the cosy Cabin at Aithernie. This lodge has 2 comfortable bedrooms and 1 bathroom with a shower. There is also a kitchen with a small dining area and a living room with a flat screen TV. Free WiFi is available to guests staying at the property as well as private parking.
Annsmuir Park – The Pines, Ladybank
Annsmuir Park – The Pines offers a caravan style accommodation near St Andrews. It offers a comfortable seating area with an electric fireplace and flat-screen TV. There is a bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer within the lodge. Within the small kitchen there is a kettle and a fridge.
On the site where the caravan is situated, there is a children’s playground making it the perfect place to visit as a family.
The local area is perfect for walking or cycling and if you require a car, this can be hired through the accommodation.
Douglas Fir Lodge, Luthrie
If you are looking for glamping with a hot tub near St Andrews, then look no further than Douglas Fir Lodge. This accommodation is located in Luthrie, near Cupar and offers a 5 star experience with 2 comfortable bedrooms, a living room and a TV along with free WiFi. Towels and bed linen are provided so you do not need to bring your own.
Outside the lodge is a hot tub and a balcony where you can soak up the beautiful surrounding scenery. There is also free private parking.
Onsite there is a bar and restaurant that guests are welcome to use.
Glamping near Fort William
Linnhe Lochside Holidays, Corpach
Linnhe Lochside Holidays offers beautiful accommodation on the shores of Loch Eil, near Corpach.
The lodges are very spacious and have their own kitchen and bathroom area. Within the kitchen is a microwave and an oven.
Enjoy the outdoor garden area and BBQ facilities with the beautiful surrounding scenery of the highlands.
Stronaba Croft Cabins, Spean Bridge
Stronaba Croft Cabin are unique cabins in the area of Spean Bridge near Fort William. These cosy cabins have a small fireplace onsite and a comfortable living area alongside a double bed.
There is a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge in addition to an oven, stovetop and a toaster.
There is free WiFi within the cabins or you can enjoy the outdoor patio area with spectacular mountain views. In addition to this, there is a barbecue area.
Sea Breeze Pod
Sea Breeze Pod is a modern style glamping accommodation in Fort William.
When you enter the pod you will see the kitchenette and area which features a fridge and a microwave. There is also a comfortable seating area and a flat-screen TV alongside a double bed. There is a private bathroom within the pod and towels and bed linen are provided.
Outside the pod is a small patio area where guests can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Cul Darach Lodge, Glen Roy Nature Reserve, Roybridge
A beautiful spacious lodge hidden in amongst nature in the small town of Roybridge. A highlight of Cul Darach Lodge is the large spa bath and guests are also welcome to enjoy the sauna.
This lodge has 1 bedroom and towels and bed linen are provided. It has a fully equipped spacious kitchen that features a dishwasher and a microwave. Chill out and relax with the flat screen TV and free WiFi available to guests.
Outside there is a garden with a barbecue where you can enjoy the scenery of the Glen Roy Nature Reserve.
Glamping near Oban
The Nest Glamping Pod, Dalmally
The Nest Glamping Pod is a unique wooden pod with spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands. Within the pod is a comfortable double bed with a spacious private bathroom and large shower. There is also a small kitchen area where you can cook your meals.
The nest has electric heaters and is fully insulated, making it the perfect place for a cosy winter getaway.
There are also barbecue facilities and a garden for you to enjoy the surrounding views.
The Nest Glamping Pod is set 1.9 miles from Dalmally, 30 miles from Fort William and 18 miles from Oban.
Airdeny Chalets, Taynuilt
Airdenny Chalets are located within 3.5 acres of woodland in Taynuilt on the West of Scotland. This accommodation offers wheelchair accessible lodges as well as some of the lodges being dog friendly.
Airdenny Chalets offer both 2 and 3 bedrooms chalets that have a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, microwave and a kettle. In addition there is a comfortable living area with a flat screen TV. You will have a private bathroom in the lodge complete with a shower.
This remote accommodation is less than 2 miles from Loch Etive, a beautiful place for a walk. If you fancy visiting a local town, Oban is 12 miles away from Airdenny Chalets.
Glamping near Glencoe
RiverBeds – Luxury Wee Lodges with Hot Tubs
Stunning accommodation sat in amongst incredible scenery in one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, Glencoe. Sitting above a river, RiverBeds is located in a private estate, on a golf course in Glencoe Valley.
Each beautiful lodge has its own hot tub and outside area. Inside the pod is a comfortable double bed and a kitchenette that features a fridge, microwave and toaster.
There is free WiFi in the lodge, however we would recommend getting out and exploring the local walks around the mountains and riverside.
Aos Sí Lodges, Ballachulish
Aos Sí Lodges are located in Ballachulish, offering accommodation in a unique shaped lodge.
This beautiful wooden cabin features a comfortable double bed and a seating area in the middle of the highlands where you can cosy up by the log fire. The unit also has a kitchen area with a fridge, microwave and a kettle.
The private bathroom in the chalets has free toiletries, bathrobes and a hairdryer. You may even be lucky enough to have a bath with forestry views.
Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this accommodation on the outdoor terrace area attached to the chalet.
SeaBeds – Luxury Lookouts with Hot Tubs
SeaBeds is luxury accommodation where you can relax in your own private hot tub with spectacular views.
Within the air conditioned accommodation is a comfortable double bed where you can enjoy a continental breakfast each morning.
There is a fully equipped kitchen within the unit as well as a dining area. There is a modern bathroom and bed linen and towels are provided as part of your stay.
Outside the chalet is a patio area where you can soak up the amazing views across the Loch.
Glamping in the Cairngorms
Howe of Torbeg, Ballatar
Howe of Torbeg offers glamping accommodation near Ballater within the Cairngorms National Park.
There are 3 Glamping Pods, 1 Luxe Glamping Pod & an off-grid Shepherd’s Hut, all of which have beautiful views down Glen Gairn.
For cooking, you can use one of the Kadai fire bowls onsite or bring your own camping stove. You can either bring your own cookware and dining sets or you can borrow from the accommodation. During the summer months you may need to bring your own cool box to keep food items cold as there is no fridge onsite.
There is a Wash House with 2 self contained heated showers, each a toilet and sink.
There is an indoor area known as The Snug where you can heat up on the colder days by the wood burning oven.
Cairngorm Bothies, Aboyne
Cairngorm Bothies is located in the Aboyne region of the Cairngorm National Park and provides modern luxury bothy style accommodation in the highlands of Scotland.
The accommodation has a double bed and private bathroom with a shower. There is a small kitchen with a stovetop and a fridge.
There is also a barbecue that guests are welcome to use at the Cairngorm Bothies.
Glamping on the Isle of Skye
40 Bernisdale – Shepherds Hut, Skeabost
This unique accommodation is situated in Skeabost, around 8 miles from the town of Portree in the Isle of Skye. Inside the Shepherds Hut there is one bedroom and a bathroom with a shower and hairdryer.
There is also a small kitchenette with a fridge and a stovetop. Free private parking is available for guests at 40 Bernisdale – Shepherds Hut.
40 Bernisdale – The Sabhal, Skeabost
40 Bernisdale – The Sabhal is set in the Skeabost region on the Isle of Skye, 8 miles from Portree. This quirky accommodation on the Isle of Skye offers free WiFi and free private parking for guests.
Within the chalet there is a small kitchen area which comes complete with a fridge, toaster and a stovetop. There is even a coffee machine in this unit. There is also a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer within this accommodation.
Get comfortable in the seating area in front of the flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
Allt Yelkie Pod Ceithir, Earlish
Situated in Earlish in the Isle of Skye region, Allt Yelkie Pod Ceithir is a luxury glamping accommodation located in Earlish on the Isle of Skye, 12 miles from Portree. This accommodation has a garden and there is free private parking onsite for guests.
Allt Yelkie Pod Ceithir has one bedroom and a seating area with a flat-screen TV. There is also free WiFi within the unit.
A kitchenette is featured within this chalet that comes complete with a microwave and a fridge. You will also have your own private bathroom with a hairdryer. Towels and bed linen are available.
Allt Yelkie Pod Dha, Earlish
Allt Yelkie Pod ‘Dha’ Luxury Glamping is located in Earlish, 12 miles from the central town of Portree. This chalet has a garden and private parking is offered.
There is a fully equipped kitchenette, with a microwave and a fridge, within the accommodation, as well as one bedroom and a flat-screen TV Towels and bed linen are offered for guests in this accommodation.
Glamping Pods on the North East, NC500
Caledonian Lodges, Inverness
The Caledonian Lodges are based at Torevan Caravan Park in Inverness.
Each unit has a bedroom, a comfortable living room area with a sofa bed and a TV with cable channels. There is also a small kitchen and a private bathroom and shower in each lodge.
Free parking is offered onsite the Inverness city centre is situated less than 2 miles away.
The Little Hut, Alness
The Little Hut in Alness provides cosy accommodation with mountain views and a garden. This accommodation is not pet friendly.
A continental breakfast is offered daily at the Little Hut and there is also a fridge and kettle onsite in the small kitchen area.
The Little Hut is located around 2 miles from the centre of Alness.
The Pod at Hollingwell House Edderton, Balblair
The Pod at Hollingwell House – Glamping NC500 Edderton in Balblair features a wooden pod accommodation, a garden and a terrace with river views.
Inside the pod there is a double bed and a seating area with a flat-screen TV. There is a private bathroom that comes complete with a shower and a hairdryer.
There is a small kitchenette within the pod that has a fridge and a kettle.
Inverness is around 24 miles from the Hollingwell House Glamping.
NC500 Pods Brora
On the north east coast of Scotland, nestled in amongst nature near the small village of Brora are the NC500 Pods. The NC500 Pods offer luxurious glamping accommodation on the North Coast 500 road trip.
There are currently four Pods on site at the Brora NC500 pods. One luxury Honeymoon Pod and three regular pods (that still feel luxurious, just a different layout). A small sauna is also available to use onsite with a glass window and fantastic view towards the coast.
If the weather is nice, this is a perfect place to have a BBQ in the communal area and relax in the serenity of your surroundings. Each pod also has a large bean bag outside for your comfort when watching the sunrise from outside your deck.
There is free wifi in all the pods. No password is required to access this.
Each pod is fully equipped with a small kitchen, double bed and bathroom.
Hillside Camping Pods and Shepherds Hut, Wick
Hillside Camping Pods and Shepherd’s Hut provides wooden pod-style accommodation with free private parking.
Each pod is equipped with a small kitchen, complete with a toaster, microwave, fridge and kettle. As well as a double bed, there is also a seating area with a TV. You will have your own private bathroom with a shower in the pod.
Located in Wick where there are many amenities in the town centre and John O’Groats is only 7 miles away.
Bower Pods, Bowermadden
Bower Pods is located in Bowermadden in the countryside, around 10 miles from John O’Groats.
For this accommodation, you will be required to bring your own sleeping bags and pillows, as bed sheets are not provided. If you do not have your own sleeping bags, you can hire these from reception at £5 per adult. Towels are provided.
There is free parking on site when you stay at the Bower Pods. There is also free Wi-Fi, however this is only available in the kitchenette.
Within the kitchenette there is access to a microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge and kitchen utensils.
Within the pods is a raised platform with a breathable mattress and a flat-screen TV.
Guests can enjoy a fire pit at Bower Pods and if you have a pampered pooch, you can bring them along to the Bower Pods for an additional £5.
Glamping Pods North West of Scotland
Eco Crofters Wagon by the Beach, Oldshoremore
Situated on one of the most beautiful locations on the NC500 is the Eco Crofters Wagon.
This wooden wagon looks out over the stunning Oldshoremore Beach and is very remote from any amenities.
The pod has a kitchenette as well as a seating and dining area.
Kinlochbervie is the nearest town which is around 3 miles away from the pod.
NC500 Pods, Achmelvich
The NC500 Pods are wooden glamping pods located next to one of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches, Achmelvich Beach. There are 4 pods on site, each named after a nearby mountain. There is also a communal, social area with outdoor seating and a fire pit.
There are pet free and pet-friendly pods onsite making it suitable for everyone. A parking space is available per pod a short walk from the pods themselves.
The NC500 Pods is an incredibly popular place to stay and we would recommend that if you are thinking about booking a trip here, you book now to avoid disappointment as they book up so quick!
If you decide on a refreshing swim in the sea during your stay, we would highly recommend getting yourself a Seashell dryrobe for keeping warm when you get out of the icy cold water! They even have pockets to store your keys!
The Hideaway (with Hot Tub), Lochinver
The Hideaway is a beautiful accommodation surrounded by the Assynt mountains in Lochinver. The interior is very modern and the accommodation offers a garden, a patio and a terrace.
The lodge has a private bathroom with a large shower. There is also free WiFi and a satellite flat-screen TV. In the kitchenette, there is a microwave and a fridge as well as a washing machine.
To top it off, the Hideaway lodge has a hot tub that guests can use.
Wuthering Heights, Gairloch
Wuthering Heights is a small traditional Scottish Shepherds hut that is small and cosy with a comfortable double bed.
This accommodation is located in the owners garden and has free Wi-Fi as well as a barbecue.
There is a fully equipped kitchen in the pod which also has a microwave. There is a seating area with a flat screen TV. This hut has a private bathroom which comes complete with a shower and a hairdryer.
Glamping on the North Coast of Scotland
Shepherd Hut with Hot Tub, John O’Groats
This unique accommodation in John O’Groats features a small garden with a barbecue and a hot tub.
There is a private bathroom in the Shepherd Hut which comes complete with a shower, hair dryer and free toiletries. There is also a flat screen TV in the pod and a double bed.
Thurso is the nearest town which is around 17 miles from this accommodation.
North Point Pods, Thurso
The North Point Pods have a double bed and small living room area. There is also a private bathroom and small kitchen area. The kitchenette comes complete with a microwave, stovetop, toaster and a fridge.
There is also a hairdryer and free toiletries in the pod.
A Full English/Irish breakfast is available daily at the campsite.
John O Groats is 7.5 miles from North Point Pods (north coast 500), while Kirkwall is 26.1 miles away. The nearest airport is Wick John O’Groats Airport, 14.3 miles from the accommodation.
Wee Hoose Glamping Pod 1, Skail
The Wee Hoose Glamping Pods are small pods located deep in the countryside, just off the north coast in Skail.
There is free parking for you during your stay at the pods. All of the pods have a small kitchen with a fridge and a microwave and a little dining area. There is also a private bathroom with a shower.
In the morning, there is a continental or Full English/Irish breakfast available.
During the summer months, there is a lovely patio area and garden as well as a sun terrace and barbecue for you to enjoy.
Thurso is 28.6 miles from the pods and is the nearest town.
How to Prepare for Your Trip to Scotland
Before you set off on your way to Scotland, there are a number of things you will need to get organised to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. These include what to pack, where to stay and what is the best insurance for your trip to Scotland. All of this is discussed in detail below.
How to Get Around Scotland
When it comes to getting around Scotland you have a few different options to choose from, from campervan and car rentals to joining a group tour and being shown around by a local.
Travelling Scotland by campervan is a great way to see all of the amazing sights. It is also a great way to travel between glamping spots, depending on the type of trip you are doing. Having the freedom of a vehicle and somewhere to lay your head in one place will save you a lot of precious time and who doesn’t love camping amongst nature?
If you are looking to rent a cosy, reliable and luxurious campervan for your trip, we recommend hiring through Spaceships
Wild camping is legal in Scotland, meaning you can enjoy camping out in the countryside. By using the Park4Night app you can search for free areas to camp, fill up water and use the toilet.
If campervanning is not your style, or you would prefer to camp in a tent, renting a car is your next best bet for getting around Scotland. There are a few different companies to choose from, including Europcar, Hertz and Alamo. In order to rent a car in the UK you will need to be over the age of 25.
Car rental in Scotland will cost you roughly £100 for basic coverage and up to £300 for zero excess and extras for the full 10 days.
The easiest way to get around Scotland if you are new to the country and are travelling by yourself is definitely on a guided tour. These fully organised tours are tailored to take you around the best sights across the country, providing transport, accommodation and, best of all, unique insight into each location through the eyes of a local.
If you are looking to make the most of your short time in Scotland and are willing to spend a little more money, we highly suggest you research the available guided tours. These tours will ensure you have the best possible time in Scotland and will teach you things that even a lot of the locals do not know.
A company we can recommend for guided tours of Scotland is Haggis Adventures Tours. These guys offer a huge range of tours of varying lengths and locations, each of which is taken by an experienced, funny and fascinating tour guide that is sure to make your trip to Scotland a memorable one.
How Much Will it Cost to Travel Scotland?
As with anywhere in the world, how you choose to travel will affect your daily budget for touring Scotland. We will discuss the mid-range budget for people staying in comfortable yet cheap hotels, who eat out twice a day and are renting a car.
Accommodation – As you tour Scotland, you can expect to pay between £60-100 per night for a double room in mid-range hotels. If you are looking at glamping pods, these will come in at between £100-300 per night.
Food – Your daily budget for food should be roughly £10 for breakfast, £5 for a packed lunch and £15 for a large dinner. This means your daily food budget will be roughly £30, not including alcoholic drinks.
Transport – Hiring a car will cost you around £10-30 per day, depending on the cover you choose.
Activities – Below is a list of all of the paid activities that are mentioned in this guide. It is of course up to you if you choose to take part in every single one or you can pick and choose your favourites. The total cost of taking part in every activity is £222.75.
Edinburgh Castle – £22
Edinburgh Zoo – £24.25
Highland Fling Bungee Jump – £80
Blair Castle – £17
Dalwhinnie Distillery Tour – £17
Highland Wildlife Park – £19
Cairngorm Brewery Tour – £7
Tomatin Distillery Tour – £15
Clydeside Distillery Tour – £17.50
When is the Best Time to Travel Scotland?
It is no secret that Scotland is a wet and cold country, it is the reason the countryside is so beautifully green. There is, however, a certain time of the year when the weather in Scotland is more likely to be dry and warm. As the winter fades away from the highlands and the Spring warmth comes through, Scotland is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world.
If you were to choose a time of the year to visit Scotland, we would highly suggest April to June. These months tend to be the driest of the year, with summer rains coming through later into July and August. It is also early enough in April that the flying “Midges” (biting insects like nothing you have ever experienced) have not woken up yet to cause misery and doom.
What to Pack for Your Trip to Scotland
When it comes to packing for a trip to Scotland there is one item of clothing that you are going to need all year round: a waterproof. It rains in Scotland on average 250 days a year, meaning that during your 10 day Scotland road trip you will probably experience at least a drizzle of rain. Due to this, the number one item on any Scotland packing list is a good waterproof jacket.
As for the rest of the year, the temperature in Scotland and the central heartlands is reasonably mild for most of the year. During the winter months, you will most likely experience snow, however, temperatures usually sit around freezing, so it is not too cold. For your reference, the average temperatures in Scotland are listed below during each season.
Spring (March, April, May) – 5-10 degrees C
Summer (June, July, August) – 15 degrees C
Autumn (September, October, November) – 5-10 degrees C
Winter (December, January, February) – 0-5 degrees C
As you can see, the weather never really gets above the teens, with anything over 25 degrees C considered a heatwave. The best way to pack for your trip to the highlands is with layers that can be added and removed as you need them. You will definitely need a hat and gloves during the colder months and will most likely need sunscreen to protect you on the long days in the open.
Given the beautiful sights and scenery that you are no doubt going to see around the highlands of Scotland, we highly recommend packing a good camera for your trip. If you want to read more about the cameras we use and why we love them, check out the link below.
Microphone – Shure VP83 Condenser Shotgun Microphone
Main Lens – Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8
Zoom Lens – Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8
Camera Tripod – ZOMEI Z669C Camera Tripod
Gorilla Pod – JOBY JB01507-BWW GorillaPod
Drone Camera – DJI Mavic Pro 3
Sturdy Phone Tripod & Selfie Stick – ATUMTEK 61″ Selfie Stick Tripod, Sturdy Phone Tripod Stand with Wireless Remote
What is the Best Travel Insurance for Scotland
I know travel insurance is the least enjoyable thing to purchase and look at when you’re planning a trip, however, you wouldn’t want to be without it in the event that something happened. Accidents can happen anywhere and the extortionate medical bills will ruin your trip if you are not covered.
To ensure you have a stress-free trip with no worries about potential medical bills, make sure you cover yourself when you travel. We can recommend using Safetywing, a backpacker-friendly and cheap insurance company that provides good coverage and support.
So there you have it, some of the best glamping accommodation in Scotland. If you have visited the Scotland and stayed in any of these glamping pods or lodges recently, let us know what you thought of them, or if you have any suggestions let us know in the comments below.
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