Around 4 years ago, my family and I decided to try a new type of holiday. We liked the sense of adventure that camping brings and love late nights by the fire. We liked the idea of camping, but with 2 daughters, the idea of ‘roughing it’ terrified them. The girls were persuaded to try glamping – posh camping. We could enjoy the luxuries of electricity and running water but still enjoy the sense of adventure that comes with camping. And since we tried glamping, we’ve never looked back! Here are our glamping experiences with a wonderful company we have found called ‘Wigwam‘. Wigwam specialises in glamping holidays and I couldn’t imagine booking with anyone else!
Our very first glamping experience began at Loch Ness. This is where our love for glamping began. We hired a ‘wee brave’ pod which sleeps 4 (2 sofa beds). There is also a small kitchenette which consists of a kettle, toaster and a small fridge. outside there is a fire pit and a space to park your car. There is no toilet in the pod, however, there are shared toilet and shower facilities on site.
The site is the biggest we have visited. There are lots of spaces to pick up a tent or to park your caravan or motor home. There is a shop on site too as well as a burger van.
In terms of the location itself is perfect for exploring Loch Ness, you really couldn’t get any closer! The campsite is literally on the shores of Loch Ness. We were able to walk up and down the shores of Loch Ness just a stone’s throw away from our pod.
The site itself was clean and tidy and was perfect for my young daughter to run around and play. A children’s playground kept all the kids entertained!
After our experience at Loch Ness, we were hooked on glamping. However, having two daughters who weren’t overly keen on sharing toilet and shower facilities, we decided to look for a pod with a bathroom. We love the north-east and decided to book a glamping pod in Cumbria.
The pod was perfect for us. It had a bathroom complete with a toilet, sink and shower. A kitchen with a stove, oven, kettle, toaster, fridge and a dining table. Outside was a decking area and a fire pit.
The location was stunning. We were surrounded by nothing but woodland. To get to our pod we crossed a little bridge over a tiny stream which made the experience even more tranquil. The site had a small play area for children and a tea room.
We found this site the perfect place from which to explore the beautiful woodland. This was another wigwam site we’d love to return to as we found the site and the pod extremely clean, tidy and well cared for. We might even upgrade next time to a pod with a hot tub!
John ‘O Groats
This particular site is no longer found on the Wigwam glamping site but was once part of the Wigwam family. After looking to book a glamping holiday here this year, I found a link to their site.
Our glamping experience at John O’Groats was truly one to remember. The accommodation we hired was more of a hut than a glamping pod. It came complete with a kitchen and a bathroom. As well as a fire pit.
The glamping site is located on a working farm which made for a truly amazing experience. The owner, Jenny welcomed us onto the site and she could not have been more inviting. She showed my young daughter how to collect her own eggs from the chicken coop. This began a daily ritual of collecting eggs from the coop and then cooking them for breakfast. The owners of the site also made their own burgers which could be purchased from the communal kitchen. The beef burgers were amazing but the venison burgers were truly mouthwatering. We enjoyed cooking them each night over the fire pit.
In the evening, the darkness was unbelievable. We really were under the stars and could see the sky as we had never seen it before. It was a wonderful experience to star gaze next to an open fire. From the site, we drove up to John O’Groats and explored the surrounding area. A visit to the northern most point of the British mainland is a real must.
Stirling Farm, Loch Lomand
Our most recent glamping experience took us to Loch Lomand. We stayed at Stirling Farm which is a nice, quiet campsite about half an hours drive from the Loch. Again we opted for a pod with a kitchen and en-suite facilities. We also had a decking area and a fire pit.
Our pod overlooked miles of field and open land. Cows and bulls grazed in a field close to the campsite and provided some interesting entertainment! There is a children’s playground nearby which my daughter absolutely loved!
Loch Lomand is truly beautiful and rivals Loch Ness for its tranquil waters and stunning backdrop. Loch Lomond boasts not only calm and scenic waters but also lots of woodlands. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy a bite to eat in the many quaint little towns you can find along the water.
This summer, we squeezed in an extra Wigwam glamping trip in Bristol. This did differ from our usual glamping sites which overlook open fields or bodies of water. Bristol view overlooks the city of Bristol. From this small quaint glamping site, you can see the Severn Bridge as well as the Brunel Bridge. At night once the city is alight it really does make for a breathtaking view. Yet the site is far enough away from the city itself to truly immerse oneself in the whole glamping and outdoors experience.
The site facilities here are excellent – there is a small games room which contains a pool table (which my daughter absolutely loved). You can also borrow some outdoor games such as croquet and swing ball.
The glamping pods themselves are strategically placed to allow the best views of the city from the comfort of your bed. Pulling back the curtains in the morning to watch the city of Bristol wake up was a remarkable experience.
The glamping pods contained en-suite facilities, a kitchenette, a picnic bench and a fire pit.
There is plenty to do in Bristol and you will be spoilt for choice. We spent a memorable day at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm which I can highly recommend.
I hope you enjoyed this post on our Wigwam glamping experiences over the last few years. Do you enjoy glamping? Is there anywhere you could recommend?
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