Are you coming to Scotland? You could consider glamping. Fife, half an hour from Edinburgh, has some amazing options to have an alternative and quirky stay. If you are bored with hotels and B+B's and want something a little different, but don't quite fancy carrying a tent on your travels then glamping could be for you. Glamping is technically posh camping and as it has become more and more popular the accommodation has grown in variation, from shepherd huts and cabins to beach huts and bothies. When 'glamping' first became a 'thing' the options were limited to wigwams and a few yurts in Scotland but there is now a diverse range to choose from and property owners are stretching their imaginations and creating some wonderful places to stay.
Fife is a good option, not only because it's super easy to base yourself here and travel to other must-visit areas on day trips but also because it's an absolutely beautiful area in its own right. It's only 30 minutes from Edinburgh, across the stunning Forth Bridges and has many pretty, colourful villages, lots of history, bustling towns and plenty of forest, beach and countryside walks. There are 117 miles of stunning coastal path and the new Pilgrim's way from North Queensferry to St Andrews, a 64-mile walk following in the footsteps of Pilgrims who once trekked to St Andrews.
Check out these options for glamping. Fife is a brilliant region and has something for everyone and imagine doing it all and then laying your head down at night in one of these gems.
Catchpenny Safari Lodges, Elie
A collection of super-sized luxury safari tents which overlook the water and are on the edge of the Fife Coastal Path, perfect for glamping Fife. These tents aren't just tents, they have proper and extremely comfortable beds, a hot shower, a wood-burning stove, a delightful cabin bed, a full kitchen with gas hob and fridge and lots of cosy cushions and blankets to keep you snug round the fire pit in the evening. Each tent sleeps 6 people, with two doubles and a twin room. Catchpenny is also dog-friendly so you can bring the pooch and is situated near the cute little village of Elie in the East Neuk so you can browse the independent shops, eat at the fantastic restaurants or buy goodies to take back to the tent from Ardross Farm Shop. DOG-FRIENDLY
Scotland has some seriously impressive highlights such as the mountain ranges, the islands and the road trips but I do love to find little colourful and quirky towns and villages. Here is our pick of the cutest villages and towns in Scotland. They are often an excellent place to base yourself while you explore, as the accommodation is nearly always quaint and cosy. One of my favourite moments of a road trip is stumbling upon a tiny village, the little worn place name sitting squint by the side of the road welcoming passers-bys. The houses painted in an array of colours which you would usually never put together but somehow just work. The wee shops with handmade tablet and locally produced marmalade and a chatty local behind the till. Local artists displaying their work in the community centre, flower baskets hanging outside the village museum which tell stories of the homes and jobs of families long gone. I love wandering the lanes, admiring the doorways and gardens, poking about in the shops and treating myself to a second-hand book and a fridge magnet (always!). Finding a cute little cafe with a window seat so I can enjoy a cup of tea and watch the locals go about their day. Scotland has some fantastic towns and villages and I encourage you to spend time in some, it’s a lovely way to immerse yourself in the Scottish way of life.
This list is some of my favourite towns and villages I’ve discovered on my travels around Scotland but I’m nowhere near finished so I’ll be adding more as I find them.
Cutest towns and villages in Scotland
Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway
You don’t have to visit the north-west for outstanding coastal views, Portpatrick sits on the west coast of the Rhins of Galloway peninsula and the scenery rivals any that can be found up north. This town is cute as a button, the pastel-coloured houses surround a small bay with beautiful clear water and are backed by impressive cliffs.