One of the most unforgettable experiences this year has been our recent weekend glamping holiday at Loch Ness. We had never been glamping before but had always wanted to give it a go. (Read my post on tips for newbie glampers to find out more about glamping). So as we had a free weekend, we thought we would take the plunge and see if glamping was for us … and it turns out, it is! Loch Ness had always been at the very top of our bucket list, we were right in thinking that Loch Ness would provide the perfect location for our first glamping experience.
Wigwam holidays made booking our glamping holiday exceptionally easy. Their website is extremely user friendly and the booking process was quick and straightforward. Ample information is given regarding each camp site as well as details regarding their glamping pods. The company ethos is to enable people to experience the outdoors and the wonder of nature in a ‘home away from home’. Each wigwam boasts heating, lighting, electricity and double-glazed windows. The glamping pods come in various sizes (we stayed in the “wee brave” which comfortably accommodated the four of us). The site also accommodates caravans, camper vans and tents.
Our glamping location was the stunning beautiful Loch Ness Wigwam Holidays site. Arriving at the site we headed to the reception area and were greeted by the warm and welcoming staff. We were then taken to our wigwam by a staff member and shown how to put up the bed. This is relatively easy; the seating area and table transform into a bed which comfortably slept two large adults, a teenager and a toddler. (In fact the mattresses in the glamping pod were much more comfortable than our own mattresses at home!) Importantly for us, we were able to park next to our glamping pod.
We were pleased to find a number of amenities in our glamping pod, including a fridge, a kettle and a microwave. The plug outlets were also a much welcomed feature! A table and bench were situated outside the glamping pod. Undoubtedly my favourite aspect of the glamping pod was the outdoor fire pit. Firewood can be purchased from the site shop for £5 per bucket (one bucket was ample for our two day stay). Lighting the fire, cooking our food upon it, and then later roasting our marshmallows on the open fire whilst it kept us warm in the evening made the most memorable experiences.
Our stay in a comfortable, cosy wigwam cost a mere £65 – we could check in from 2pm and had the wigwam until 11am the following day.
Facilities on Site
The site amenities included a reception area with an adjoining shop. Supplies can be purchased from the shop and boats and kayaks can be hired from the reception. A burger van serves food throughout the day. The site includes exceptionally clean toilet and shower facilities as well as an area to wash all cooking utensils. Given the ample amount of toilet and washing facilities, we did not find ourselves queuing to use these.
Location – Loch Ness
As anticipated, Loch Ness is truly spectacular. This was probably the most beautiful place I have ever been to. The drive to Loch Ness itself, through the scenic highlands is a jaw-dropping spectacle in itself!
The Wigwam glamping site literally is on the Loch itself. We enjoyed views of Loch Ness from our glamping pod.
A short 2 minute walk from our glamping pod took us down to the shore of Loch Ness. Walking routes can be obtained from the site reception. We enjoyed a simple stroll along the shore to take in the amazing views.
Unfortunately, we failed to find Nessie, so we decided to create our own!
Although, we did get Nessie fever! For Aurelia every rock was a monster!
Wanting to learn a little more about Nesise, we decided to visit the Loch Ness and Centre and Exhibition. This is situated on the opposite side of the Loch to the Loch Ness Wigwam glamping site. However this made for a particularly pleasant 55 minute drive which allowed us to take in some additional impressive views of the Loch.
Visitors to the Loch Ness Centre and exhibition are guided through a series of areas each focusing on a different aspect of the Loch Ness monster enigma with the use of multi-media. The exhibition describes the various scientific investigations that have been conducted on the Loch over the course of the 20th century. The centre includes some excellent and thought-provoking displays and presentations.
The final room includes an account of some of the eye-witness reports, which offers the visitor the opportunity to judge for themselves what these people have seen. With a real interest in cryptozoology, I find it difficult to believe an explanation for the sightings can be explained by science. Nevertheless, even as an avid Nessie believer, the Loch Ness Visitors Centre was of interest and they put forward an excellent case for mis-identification of some of the Nesise sightings. Yet the stories of eye-witnesses were also well presented.
The centre also housed a large gift shop stocking all kinds of Nessie gifts.
Loch Ness is a Must See!
Loch Ness, the most iconic of Waters in the British Isles is an absolute must see. This cannot be stressed enough! The shores are unbelievably beautiful and the Loch’s waters shrouded in mystery. I had not anticipated how breathtakingly stunning the Loch would be. Glamping is most definitely another memory we will all treasure. I highly recommend the Wigwam glamping site; the site could not be any closer to the Loch and the facilities are outstanding. We cannot wait for our return visit to this amazing location!
Glamping is becoming increasingly popular not just in the UK but also abroad. All the Rooms have compiled a list of their favourite glamping pods across the world, for those who would like to venture further afield!1