Scotland’s landscape transforms in the winter, with frost-covered glens, snow-capped munros and crisp mornings. It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor experiences amid stunning Scottish scenery. Why limit camping adventures to summer? Glamping provides the perfect balance between comfort, cosiness and a sense of outdoor adventure. Here are four of the best winter glamping holidays in Argyll.
Sitting on the shore of Loch Fyne on Lachlan Bay, Inver is one of Scotland’s top places to eat. Since opening in 2015, the restaurant has been picking up accolades and awards galore. New for 2018, there are now four super cosy luxury bothies to stay in. They’re beautifully designed, with hand-woven cushions, bespoke quilts and floor-to-ceiling picture windows overlooking the loch and Old Castle Lachlan. Each bothy is en-suite and has a king-size bed (double or twin). Best of all is breakfast, delivered in a picnic basket to your bothy in the morning. Tuck into sourdough bread and fresh local eggs as you enjoy the views. Then wrap up and take a walk along the shore to the castle.
Loch Lomond Holiday Park at Inveruglas, is a fabulous place for a winter glamping holiday. The location is picture perfect, sitting on the banks of Loch Lomond. Stay in an ‘ayePods’, a clever glamping pod designed for two. They come complete with a comfy double bed which folds down above the sofa, plus a well-equipped washroom and kitchen. They also have loch views. You’re at the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Head for the hills, take a boat trip on the loch or jump on your bike. A winter wonderland awaits!
Tarbert Holiday Park sits just south of the fishing village of Tarbert in Kintyre, offering cosy glamping pods for two and four people. Get snug inside after a day exploring the beautiful Kintyre peninsula, with its fabulous beaches, castles and scenery. There’s great walking on your doorstep, including the Kintyre Way, and top notch mountain biking. The site is also handy for the ferries to Islay, Arran, Gigha and the Cowal peninsula. Tarbert Holiday Park is run by West Loch Shores, which offers lodges for rent near Tarbert. Tarbert is a lively fishing village, with plenty of cafés and restaurants.
Glamping By The Bay
For an island glamping adventure this weekend, head to the beautiful island of Bute. Over on the west of the island, you’ll discover Ettrick Bay and the beautiful Glamping By The Bay pods. Run by the folks at Ettrick Bay Tearoom, these six person pods are super comfy and cosy. They’re centrally heated and come complete with en-suite shower and TV. The pods look out over the wonderfully sandy Ettrick Bay. Take a stroll along the beach, visit Rothesay and discover Bute’s fascinating history and heritage. Ettrick Bay Tearoom serves up fantastic lunches and cracking cakes.
Get out and about this winter
Grab your walking boots and get out and about on foot this winter. It’s a great time of year for walking in Argyll. The woodlands of Argyll are fabulous places to explore. And as the temperature dips, these forests are transformed into winter wonderlands, with frosty landscapes that sparkle in the winter light. Or how about taking a stomp along one of Argyll’s beautiful beaches? Winter is a good time to spot some of Argyll’s most iconic wildlife, including red squirrels and soaring eagles. Look out for animal tracks in the snow.
Argyll also hosts a number of winter festivals, to help you celebrate everything that’s great about the season. These festivals are jam-packed with everything from whisky tasting to festive markets, ceilidhs to ice skating. Check out Helensburgh Winter Festival and Oban Winter Festival.
Wrap up warm and enjoy an unforgettable winter glamping escape in Argyll.