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
Wigwams at Montrave Estate, Leven
In the heart of the Fife countryside, these wigwams have more than most, with the luxury of an ensuite shower and toilet, kitchen with electric hob, microwave and toaster, TV and fire pit they are the highest standard of these wigwams, which can be found on many sites around the UK. 250 acres of woodland and country estate can be explored and there is even a deer farm, football pitch and small shop selling essentials such as bread, milk and eggs. Two of the 8 wigwams have a hot tub too and several are dog-friendly. The nearest town, Leven, is 6 miles away and the villages of the East Neuk are just a 10-mile drive away. DOG-FRIENDLY.
Sauchope Link caravan park, Crail
This large campsite has so many glamping options you'll be spoilt for choice. Partner that with the fact it is literally on the coast, with access to the beach then this site is pretty hard to beat, especially if you are bringing the kids. If you are after a quiet, remote site this isn't it but if you visit off-season you'll still get to sit outside with a cuppa and not be bothered. How about staying in a deluxe glamping dome? A quirky pastel-coloured beach hut? An oval-shaped hideout with a hot tub? For something a little different (for Scotland at least) there is an outdoor swimming pool open in the summer along with an indoor recreation area, a small shop, toilet blocks and a laundrette. DOG-FRIENDLY
Craigduckie Shepherds Huts, Dunfermline
A secluded site on the outskirts of the historical town of Dunfermline, these two beautifully decorated hand-built shepherds huts are named Ewe View and Lamb Lookout. The view over the surrounding countryside would make a stay here worth it alone if you wanted to go glamping Fife, but the huts are also on a working farm so if you fancy it you can take a complimentary tour of the farm and help look after the cows, sheep and chicken. The huts themselves are stunning with a fold-down full double bed and fold down bunk beds for the kids. The kitchen has a big sink, oven, hob, wood-burning stove and there will be a lovely essentials pack waiting for you when you arrive, including some home-made goodies.
Cambo Woodland Estate, Kingsbarn
This huge country estate in Kingsbarn, near St Andrews offers hotel rooms in the main house as well as two rustic bell tents, hidden away among the trees on the estate. You can hire both together or separately, one has a double bed and 1 has 2 singles. They sit side-by-side in an opening with a shared fire pit and seating area and cooking can be done in the nearby woodland cottage. Each tent has power, an armchair, rub and blanket box with spare blankets. They can be lit at night with fairy lights or the amazing upcycled oil lamps and it's brilliantly cosy and warm. The estate itself has a wonderful walled garden, a gift shop with local goodies and produce from the land, lots of woodland walks, access to a lovely beach, a nature adventure playground and a heritage exhibition.
Little Lodges @ Craigtoun Meadows
Craigtoun Meadows is a family favourite of generations of locals and now the attached 5-star caravan park has added the cutest Little Lodges. Budget-friendly (£50 per night October 2019) and equipped with all the essentials these modern wee huts are perfect for short breaks in the Kingdom. They are warm and cosy because of the double glazing and panel heaters and the kitchens have a fridge/freezer, a toaster, a kettle and a microwave oven. There are 4 berth and 6 berth options, each with a TV with built-in Freeview and DVD player, an outside picnic area and large french doors.
Posh pods @ Woodland Gardens, Lundin Links
I first spotted these pods at the Scottish Caravan Show and was thrilled when I found out you can stay in them at Woodland Gardens in Lundin Links. These are unique, hexagonal-shaped wooden lodges with a double bed, a small kitchen area with fridge, kettle and microwave, a table and chairs and a set of canvas hanging shelves. On the site, there is a games room with a pool table, books and games, a daft board and a comfy sofa in front of a big tv. The toilet block is clean and modern and the site is adult only so if you aren't bringing kids it's nice and peaceful.
Glamping Fife in an Airbnb
AirBnb is an amazing way to find unique accommodation and Fife has several that fit the bill perfectly. The rustic bothy at Pillars of Hercules near Falkland, the Blair Tiny House at the foot of Blairadam Forest, the cosy Summerhouse Retreat in Arncroach and the Rabbit Hole bell tent in Newburgh can all be booked through Airbnb. Get £25 off your first booking by clicking here.