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Ecocamp Glenshee

Blacklunans Ph10 7 La, Scotland
1 acre
Camping and glamping on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park, with breathtaking mountain views

The owners’ suggestion that you bring a torch with you to Ecocamp Glenshee car park is a good indication of what lies ahead. This is not a town-side campsite with corridors of well-lit tarmac and enough caravans to house a small army. Instead, Glenshee opens up before you into a gargantuan grassy space that at night is bathed beneath a sea of twinkling stars only rural Scotland can boast the likes of.

Having popped your head into the home of welcoming owners Fiona and Simon to say hello and check in, you can fully survey the scene before you. To one side a stone bothy awaits any items you don’t want in your tent – inside there is a fridge-freezer, a sink with hot water, all the cooking utensils you need and space to securely store your bikes – while, beyond, the campsite is peppered with the varied colours of pre-pitched accommodation.

In the bottom of the glen sit a pair of green shepherd’s huts, at the far end there’s a collection of pods and, in between, there’s a hilltop family tent with smoke wafting from its chimney. Two more colourful bell tents, striped in purple and blue, are also set amid mown patches of grass. Together it sounds like an awful lot of options, yet they are all set so widely apart that the field still offers acres of open space in between. Children run about by day and at night campfires crackle outside every structure, the starlight picking out the hills that create the valley walls.

It’s no accident that there’s so much space. These things aren’t unintentional. All that extra breathing room has allowed Simon and Fiona to plant young trees – a small part of their eco-friendly ethos that spreads across the site. Along with locally-sourced building materials, solar-powered lighting and a good recycling policy, the eco-attitude also reaps the benefit of excellent food for campers, with eggs fresh from the campsite chickens and meat from surrounding farms that are sure to fuel you up for an outdoor day ahead.

You needn’t burn too many air-miles to enjoy the surroundings either. From the campsite you can enjoy trekking with Simon and Fiona's llamas or take a map and follow one of their well-organised geo-caching routes. Right on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, it's a well-located spot for hopping straight onto nearby footpaths and also boasts heaps of outdoor activities in the vicinity. Hiking and mountain-biking are particularly popular, with some of the UK's most challenging trails on offer to those with two wheels. When you return you are guaranteed the warmth of a hot shower and the cosy bothy to relax in too. It's the simple pleasures that make it so worthwhile.

Wildlife watching
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Blacklunans Ph10 7 La, Scotland, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Fiona C.Joined in September 2016
From the host
We are located at the end of Glenshee with stunning mountain views. We have a range of accommodation both seasonal and year round to suit couples families and gatherings of 10. We have wooden pods, shepherd huts, a yurt and bell tents as well as  group accommodation in a modulog. We have a   heated shower and toilet hut as well as a communal Bothy for cooking, drying out warming by the stove or reading and walk planning. We have lots of activities from llama trekking, to bike hire, kayaking, archery, beaver safari, wildlife walks, rock climbing and guided hillwalking, to be booked in advance.
Nearby attractions
There's a billboard at the campsite that picks out many of the best local attractions – gardens, castles, the nearest gin distillery – with the local villages of Pitlochry and Braemar, the best spots for a good mooch around. There's an activity centre (The Blackwater Outdoor Centre – 01738 472236) a couple of miles away and the 103-mile-long Cateran Trail runs nearby, taking in the best of the county's countryside. 
Food and drink
There is a small but excellent village shop 5 miles away in Kirkton of Glenisla, also home to an atmospheric old coaching inn – Glenisla Hotel (01575 582223).

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