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Shepherd's Loch Glamping

· Banff, Scotland
5 acres hosted by Fiona W.
Best in Scotland: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Quirky waterside cabins on a farm-based site in Aberdeenshire

The eclectic mix of quirky accommodation on this small glamping site gives it the feel of a village – but one that’s straight out of a fairytale. There's a wooden wigwam and a turf-roofed cabin among the hideaways, which are scattered across Shepherd’s Loch Glamping. It’s a farm-based site on five acres with five little lochs where you can fish or swim. There’s also a zip wire over the water, a home-built waterwheel, an honesty-shop, help-yourself veg garden and a sauna. It all feels as rustic and handmade as the painted signs directing you here and there.

Shepherd’s Loch Glamping is the work of Jamie Menzies, who is the second generation on this family-run farm in Aberdeenshire. Ask and he is only too willing to show you around the farm if you have an interest in the sheep, cows and crops. Each of the accommodations he's built here is self-contained, with its own toilet and shower, and each of them is off grid, with a log burner and a camping stove to cook on. Dragonfly, the wooden wigwam or Swiss-style chalet, is set up just for two and offers a great-value place to stay. The Otter House is a little more – but it sleeps more people, too, with space for up to four. It’s full of quirky curves and natural shapes thanks to the materials used in the build.

To stay here is to immerse yourself in another world for a few days and most people end up feeling like they don’t want to leave. It’s in a handy spot if you’re touring Aberdeenshire or its coast but our advice would be to spend more than a night or two here. Then you’ll have time to experience the on-site fun as well as to explore beyond. From here, you can walk out onto wild moors which stretch away behind the site or drive out to the coast to visit places like Covie, Portsoy Harbour or Pennan.

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1 Ratings · 1 review
Mary M.recommends
September 1, 2022
Best Glamping experience ever!
I was supposed to stay at the Dragonfly but was upgraded to The Crannoch Yurt. This is the best Glamping experience I have ever had! This place is such a gem. There is so much to do and see that isn't on the website. You just have to come and see for yourself! They are doing it right at Shepherd's Loch! I can't wait to come back.
Banff, Scotland, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Fiona W.Joined in June 2022
From the host
Our glamping site is on a working Aberdeenshire farm. The site covers 5 acres, surrounded by hedgerows. There are five small lochs with a man made waterfall. Guests can fish, kayak, zipline, walk around the site and farm land or simply enjoy the tranquility. The site is six miles from the coast.
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There’s quite a lot to do on the glamping site itself which has five small lochs on which you can wild swim, fish or kayak (if you bring your own equipment). There’s a sauna, a children’s play area, zip wire and a shared indoor space, The Fishing Hut, with board games and a pool table too. You can walk straight out of the glamping site to hike across the surrounding wild moorlands or head to the Banffshire coast for walks with sea views. The closest coastal village is Crovie (five miles away). Beaches, wildlife, coastal walking and castles can all be found along the shore. You can find out about the sealife in this area at Macduff Aqaurium (eight miles). A little outside town, Duff House (nine miles) is a Georgian house and gardens with an impressive art collection that is open to the public. Portsoy Harbour (17 miles) is another picturesque place to visit – it’s old harbour is much photographed and there’s a little museum to salmon fishing there too. In the other direction along the coast, Peterhead Prison (26 miles) is an interesting place to visit – where you can see what life was like for the inmates of Scotland’s toughest prison. There’s a lifeboat museum at the site too.

Food and drink

There’s an honesty shop with basic supplies and a veg garden on site where you can help yourself to homegrown produce. For seafood, Inshore Fish Supplies in Macduff (eight miles) is recommended. The town of Macduff is also the place to head to for fish and chips or a meal out. If you’re visiting Portsoy harbour, don’t miss Portsoy Ice Cream, a family run place that offers over 100 flavours of ice cream and sorbet.

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