Five of the best places for luxury winter glamping in Scotland

Stay in a beautiful treehouse in rural Perthshire. Picture: hutsandcabins.co.uk

Stay in a beautiful treehouse in rural Perthshire. Picture: hutsandcabins.co.uk

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THE warmth of a wood stove, crisp mornings and the stunning snow-covered Scottish scenery, who needs summertime when you can camp out in luxury during the winter?

Scotland’s landscape transforms in the winter months, snow-capped munros offer the perfect backdrop to frozen lochs and frost covered glens; at its most raw, it can be the optimum time to enjoy the scenery.

Finding the right balance between comfort and a sense of outdoor adventure can be hard in the winter months but with these glamping ideas you’ll have a fun trip, no matter the weather.

TREE HOWF TREEHOUSE

(What: Treehouse, Where: Braco, Dunblane, Perthshire, Price: £175 per night for a two night stay, £145 per night for three nights or more.)

Who didn’t want to stay in a treehouse as a kid? Well now you can with this beautifully converted hut that surrounds an ancient Ash tree and offers a 360 degree view of the Ochil Hills and beautiful Perthshire countryside.

Spend a few days in an Eco Bothy. Picture: www.hutsandcabins.co.uk

Spend a few days in an Eco Bothy. Picture: www.hutsandcabins.co.uk

Warm yourself by the wood burning stove while enjoying food prepared in the small kitchen before retiring to the kingsize bed to enjoy a view of the night time sky through the overhead stargazing window.

The treehouse’s central location means it is the perfect place to start out from to visit Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, Edinburgh and Glasgow or head north to “enjoy the Highlands, Scotland’s National Parks or the mountains and lochs of the Trossachs”.

INVER COILLE GEODOMES

(What: fully insulated domes, Where: Invermoriston, Inverness-shire, Price: From £20 per night)

Enjoy a stay in a Woodland yurt in Moray. Picture: www.hutsandcabins.co.uk

Enjoy a stay in a Woodland yurt in Moray. Picture: www.hutsandcabins.co.uk

These unique little golf ball looking domes are a great way to enjoy warm, comfortable and fun glamping adventures all year round. Fully insulated, each dome is additionally heated by a log burner and can comfortably sleep up to four people.

Each cabin comes with its own kitchenette, and shower and toilet facilities available nearby.

Located on the banks of Loch Ness, the campsite is the perfect place to relax and indulge in a little monster hunting. So pitch up, buy some marshmallows from the ‘Highlands’ Smallest Shop’ located on site - and build a campfire to toast them.

HIGHSEAS HOBBITS

(What: Em...cylindrical huts?, Where: Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Price: £55 per night for up to 2 people sharing, £60 per night for 3 people sharing, £65 per night for 4 people sharing)

There are few places that look as comfortable as the Hobbit homes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and now you can experience your own little piece of Hobbiton with a stay in these wonderfully unique little glamping huts.

Based on a farm near Fraserburgh in north east Scotland, the insulated huts offer the perfect way to stay warm at night as well as being a great base for exploring Scotland’s rugged coastline - with stunning views over the Moray Firth - during the winter months.

Sleeping two or four (depending on which one of the two you pick) the Hobbits come with showering facilities, a fire pit and even an award-winning toilet housed in a huge disused whisky barrel nearby.

WOODLAND YURT

(What: A yurt, Where: Elgin, Moray, Price: Sleeps 2 adults at £180 for the weekend, £240 for the midweek or £340 per week)

Enjoy living the romantic nomadic lifestyle of the past with this luxurious yurt, set within 25 acres of traditional woodland.

The yurt, which is located at Woodlands Rest, in the heart of the Aldroughty Woods in Moray, is possibly the most palatial of all of the glamping pods we’ve come across; looking more like a five star hotel suite than a large tent, you’ll love how spacious and comfortable it is.

A wood-burning stove, and candles and low-voltage lights, complete the cosy feeling making it perfect for escaping the winter weather outside.

The yurt, which is located close to the city of Elgin and the heart of whisky distilling country, comes with access to a shower and an eco-friendly compost/chemical toilet.

THE OTTER ECO BOTHY

(What: Eco Bothy, Where: Parton, Castle Douglas, Price: £395 for three nights)

The delightfully named Otter is a fun little Eco Bothy with stunning views across Loch Ken that sleeps two. The owners say the bothy is the perfect mix of environmentally friendly hut and luxurious romantic get away.

The Otter comes fully furnished, has its own hot tub, acces to its own private lochan, is powered by 12 volt solar panels and has a fully fitted kitchen. The building is insulated with sheep’s wool and has a living sedam grass roof.

During the day you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the local wildlife, with red kites, red squirrels and even otters.

The site is located on the edge of the Galloway Dark Skies Park making it perfect for sitting back in the hot tub with a glass of wine and enjoying a little bit of stargazing.

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