Last weekend Dave and I spent three cosy nights in this gorgeous Shepherds Hut at the foot of the Grampian Mountains of the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland.
The holiday was a birthday treat from Dave- he did good! We both love camping in tents but have enjoyed two other glamping trips together; a tipi in Wales and a yurt in the Lake District.
Scotland is always my first choice for a holiday- the lush mountains of the country are rich in wildlife and are excellent for long hikes and stunning views.
Ecocamp Glenshee is a small family-run business situated in the gently rolling hills at the bottom of the valley known as Glenshee. Just 16 miles further along the road is where the Grampian Mountains begin, making Ecocamp Glenshee the ideal location for those who want to explore the National Park.
On arrival we saw a covered area with a pink and a yellow wheelbarrow beneath, along with a notice explaining their intended use; ferrying up luggage to the accommodations.
Just a short walk up-hill we reached the house of the owners where were greeted by Simon and several young chickens which gathered around our feet.
We were given a quick tour of the bothy which has tables and chairs to eat food at, sofas to relax on by a wood burning stove and a simple yet well kitted-out kitchen area complete with fridge and portable gas cooker.
The porch and interior walls are filled with a wealth of information, attractions, and books about the local area, making the bothy feel welcoming as well as practical.
The friendly chickens followed our movements, hoping we would drop some crumbs. These two are called Snickers and Malteser.
This little cuite let me have a snuggle
We were then guided to our little home for the next few days- this gorgeous Shepherds Hut. It has all the facilities one could wish for- a fire pit, a table complete with tea lights in jars, two chairs, a stack of wood, an axe and and a chopping block.
Inside the hut was even more delightful than the outside. The little wood burning stove sits just by the door with a basket of kindling by the side and a shelf above with matches, extra tea lights, wine glasses, mugs and bowls.
The raised bed is perfect for looking out across the hill ands over towards the mountain range in the distance. The bed is very comfortable with plump duck down pillows and duvet.
The fire gets hot very quickly and we soon had to open the windows to let some cool air in. There’s something cozy about being on a raised bed. The low ceiling creates the illusion of a snuggly area. Perfect for a romantic getaway with the one you love.
The log basket is filled with dry softwood that burns easily for those who aren’t used to lighting a stove. The table is adorned with fresh flowers from the garden and a small basket is filled with tea bags, coffee and sugar. Oh, and two mini Green & Blacks chocolate bars. It’s the little touches that make a good stay, great.
This is the view out of the window. Beautful. Each morning we awoke gently and lay in bed gazing out over the hills. It rained all Saturday morning so we spent the time snuggling in bed and watching the clouds drawing in, covering the tops of the hills and mountains.
It was my first time in Scotland in the month of September. It’s a beautiful time to visit as the ground is still lush and the heather flowers create a blanket of purple over higher areas. There’s another Shepherds Hut which is just to the right of Dave in the photo above. This one is ideal for families as it sleep up to 4 people. The family yurt to the right of that also sleeps 4.
The pods sleep 5 people and come with beds, lighting and heating. They are grouped together making them perfect for groups doing activities in the area.
The toilet and shower block is basic but sufficient. The showers are hot but the temperature cant be altered. Perfect enough for non-fussy people like us.
The farm is home to some fun pets. As well as the hens there are are cheeky pygmy goats, huge lazy lamas, friendly donkeys and dogs.
The pygmy goats are hilarious. They wait until Fiona and Simon are indoors then they jump over the fence and run loose around the field. When Simon came out they hoped straight back over!
Ecocamp Glenshee offer lama treks with Atticus, Jet, Bonita and Bradford.
We came away from our three night stay feeling relaxed and refreshed. The cosy space of the Shepherds Hut was our ideal romantic getaway and I would recommend it to any couple. There’s little to distract you from each other than the captivating views and the need to stoke the fire every now and then.
For prices and bookings, visit Ecocampglenshee.co.uk.
Prices for the Romantic Shepherds Hut start from £70 per night for two people.