Remote and romantic: just 2 off-grid glamping pods in a vast Highlands setting
Each sleeps 2
Picture London Victoria at rush hour. Then picture yourselves in this remote wilderness, a working deer farm with 160 idyllic acres of pine forest and peace. Wild roe deer tug at the grass, ospreys pluck fish from the water and red kites circle overhead. It’s a total disconnect from real life, off-grid in both senses of the word.
Two little larch-clad cabins perch on the shores of a sparkling loch, each with a unique panorama of their own but otherwise identical. Choose your view for a romantic escape, or rent both and come with friends. Interiors are simply chic: kingsize beds wrapped in white linens, plus little kitchenettes and shower bathrooms. Scottish-wool blankets and cushions add character, sheepskins warm the floor and books and jigsaws await on a shelf. But all you’ll really see are those breathtaking views, stretching for miles in every direction.
Getting here: drive or train to Bridge of Allan or Stirling, from where the owners can collect you.
The pods are built from Scottish timber with fibre-wool insulation, and are totally off-grid: they use a standalone hybrid system to power the toaster, kettle, fridge, lighting, WiFi, plug sockets and electric towel rails. Hot water is via propane gas boilers.
- Wake up with a wild swim or take the rowing boat for a romantic cruise.
- Stunning walks lead out straight out from your door, through Scots pines and birch trees, with panoramas across the Carse of Stirling to the south, and the mountains of Loch Lomond and Trossachs to the North.
- Hide in the hide and photograph wild deer, buzzards, kestrels and lapwing.
- You can fly-fish for rainbow trout in Loch Rusky, or cast for salmon and sea trout on the nearby River Teithe. Grill your catch over the firepit for supper.
- Or eat out: there are foodie pubs and farm-shop cafes 3-4 miles away.
- Spend a day in LL& T National Park, admiring its sparkling lochs, deep green glens and snow-topped mountains. If you’re lucky, you may spot golden eagles overhead.
- The area’s brilliant for cycling, or go horse riding and Segway trekking at Castle Rednock. Walking alpacas is popular too: sounds odd but it’s hilarious, and supposedly very good for mental wellbeing.
- The owner offers PT and reiki sessions at the farmhouse (1 mile away).
- Day trip to Edinburgh or Glasgow – both an hour’s drive – for beautiful architecture and bright city lights.