Riverside glamping in Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve

Find Scotland’s oldest and richest forest tucked into the dramatic gorges of the Clyde Valley.

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6 top river, stream, or creek glamping sites in Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve

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Cleghorn Farm

11 units · Glamping, Tents250 acres · Lanark, Scotland
*PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE ONLY OPEN FOR WEEKEND BOOKINGS FOR CAMPING. THE CABIN IS AVAILABLE FOR MIDWEEK BOOKINGS* Cleghorn Farm is a mixed farm just north east of the market town of Lanark. Comprised of 250 acres of fields and woodland and bounded to the south by Mouse Water, it is a beautiful spot to get away from it all without having to leave it all behind if you don't want to. The fields are grazed and cultivated but the woodlands are much as they were at the end of the last ice age with spectacular walks along Cleghorn Glen with the chance to see badgers, bats, deer and all manner of birds among the towering pine and beech trees. The Mouse Water (pronounced moose) tumbles down along the edge of the farm and has some glorious pools for swimming, shallows for paddling and some spectacular water falls before it joins the River Clyde.
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West Highland Way Hotel & Campsite

46 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Glasgow, Lanarkshire, South Scotland
A welcoming campsite on the West Highland Way
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Culdees Castle Estate Glamping

5 units · Glamping, Motorhomes17 acres · Perthshire , Scotland
Luxury woodland cabins, each with a private hot tub, in the grounds of a Scottish castle
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Ayrshire Airstream

1 unit · Glamping5 acres · Irvine, Scotland
A seriously comfortable 1978 Airstream, complete with a hot tub, fire pit and its own bar.
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Camping at Cardewlees

37 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Carlisle, England
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall
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Inside Out Yurts

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Keswick, Cumbria, North West England
Rustic yurt glamping with a riverside setting, fell views and an enviable Lake District location
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Riverside glamping in Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve guide

Overview

As the ice of the last Ice Age melted away, rivers gouged deep clefts into soft sandstone where oak, ash, rowan and hazel woodlands have thrived ever since. Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve is made up of six different woodlands, each set in its own dramatic river gorge. Paths through the woodlands follow the route of the River Clyde, from the Falls of Clyde to Chatelherault Country Park, passing through Cleghorn Glen, Cartland Crags, Lower Nethan Gorge and Maudslie Woods along the way. While there are no campsites within the reserve, Clyde Valley Caravan Park is located just outside.

When to go

The best time to visit the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve is from May to October. Spring sees the area carpeted with woodland flowers, such as bluebells and primrose, and the air filled with the song of birds including wood warblers and long-tailed tits. In summer you may see great spotted woodpeckers, tawny owls, badgers and roe deer. Autumn sees the leaves on the trees turn to beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red.

Know before you go

  • The main visitor facilities are at Chatelherault and the Falls of Clyde. 
  • Most trails are wide and well paved but can get muddy after rain. All paths have steps and steep gradients. 
  • The reserve is walking distance from Lanark town centre, which is connected to Glasgow by train.
  • Be sure to follow Scottish Outdoor Access Code while visiting the reserve.

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