Wilderkin Cabin, Scotland


Beautifully pared-back and secluded eco cabin, 30 mins from Edinburgh

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Alfresco tub

Dog friendly

Eco conscious

EV charging


Walk to a pub


Space & setting.

Hidden in a secluded glade on a former farm, this cabin is off-grid perfection. The minimalist, wood-clad space has just enough luxe for relaxation – a deep king-sized bed, a record player and vinyl and a hand-built Japanese Ofuro style hot-tub-for-two. But it’s really the wild Scottish Border surroundings that take centre stage. Sunlight streams into the space through picture windows, showcasing a wide open sky, and gorse- and heather-blanketed slopes that undulate all the way to the Pentland Hills. Bring walking boots and layers; you’ll spend hours exploring.

In spring, you’ll be surrounded by cherry and wild apple blossom; daffodils and wildflowers. In summer, the grass grows long and the bright yellow gorse scents everything with coconut. Autumn is an explosion of colour, thanks to red beeches and golden larches, and as winter draws in you’ll see incredible early morning mists and sparkling frost. Night skies are silent and starlit, and when it snows, it feels a bit like Narnia. But don’t let all this wild seclusion fool you, there’s plenty within easy reach if you can bear to leave – Edinburgh is just 30 mins’ drive away, while 3 miles away are West Linton’s cosy pubs, farm shops and restaurants.

Getting here: best to drive

Owner Lotte

“I grew up here, and my parents rewilded the 18 acres during our childhood, planting over 2,000 trees. During the pandemic I had a change in work circumstances, going from busy freelancing in the arts to a scarily clear diary. The silver lining has been the chance to create this cabin. Using a scale cardboard model, I designed then built every element of the cabin, with the help of 2 friends. We did everything from casting the foundations (mixing then hauling wheelbarrows of wet cement down the hill) to putting together the frame, roofing, cladding, insulating, and laying floorboards. I’ve put on a lot of muscle! We finished by planting a native hedgerow to connect the forest behind us to our land, and create a corridor for wee creatures. I’m hoping for hedgehogs.” Owner, Lotte


My Kip favourites

She loves
“When golden hour hits, I take one of the outdoor wooden stools and a pair of binoculars up the slope next to the cabin, and look out as the light spreads across the hills. Sometimes I see the local family of deer leaping across the field back to the forest. A winter favourite is to get up early, make a coffee and sit at the picture window to observe the drifting mist in the valley. Because of the unique lay of the land, it tends to pool and gather almost like water, before slowly receding as the sun rises.”

We love
“The total silence and Scandi-chic aesthetic.”

You may not love
The path here through the fields can get muddy; bring good footwear. The loo is a composting one (no flush), though a fancy version!

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  • "Where to start, what an absolute privilege to be the first guests here. It has been an absolute dream. You have thought of everything and have built the most special, romantic, and blissful place. We don’t want to leave! We’ve spent mornings watching the sunrise and colours change on the mountains through this stunning window, and evenings reading, drawing, and playing games by the fire while listening to Frank Sinatra records. We’ve been swimming in Gladhouse reservoir and said hi to the neighbouring cows! We can’t wait to come back, already planning our next visit."

    Hannah and Mark, Dec 2021
  • "Could not dream of a better place to spend our little city break! From the sun rising and setting it’s light on the hills, reading by the fire, listening to Ella Fitzgerald, and enjoying the beautiful surroundings, it couldn’t be any cosier and lovely. I hope that it is the highest compliment that on multiple occasions we looked around the cabin and said ‘we should get ourselves one of these!’ We really look forward to coming back and enjoying the hills, swimming, and walks next time around! Well done Lotte, this place is a dream! ps, Works great as a space for a wee one! Baby Grey loved it!"

    Elijah, Jessie and Grayson, Jan 2022
  • "We had the most wonderful time here at the cabin, we don’t want to leave! From slow mornings reading and journaling with coffee as it got slowly brighter outside, to exploring the surrounding area in search of Peggy’s pool, and evenings listening to records and playing board games – it’s been perfect. We can’t wait to come back!"

    Luke and Katie, Jan 2022


Built entirely from local larch, Douglas fir and hemlock. Electricity is wind-powered, from a private turbine on the hill. Toiletries are biodegradable and all cleaning products eco. EV charging on request.


  • Deepsyke Forest
    Deepsyke Forest
  • Pentland Hills
    Pentland Hills © edinburghtourist.co.uk
  • Jupiter Artland
    Jupiter Artland
  • The vast, dense Deepsyke Forest lies just behind the cabin. Wander through tree-formed tunnels and listen to the lulling soundtrack of birdsong.
  • Peggy’s Pool is a gorgeous wild-swimming spot fed by a gently tumbling, little waterfall.
  • Hiking trails criss-cross the distant Pentland Hills. In winter, local skiers and snowboarders flock to these slopes, so if you’re vising in snowy times, bring your kit.
  • Borrow the owner’s bikes and cycle 3 miles to the Whitmuir organic farm shop and cafe, brilliant for easy meals and seasonal produce. For Scottish flavours, eat at The Gordon Arms pub and The Bakehouse in West Linton, both local favourites.
  • Stroll to the nearby Newhall Estate, the historic home of Alan Ramsay (a Scots poet comparable to Burns), whose poems are etched into the rocks that line the banks of the stream.
  • Further afield, try the adrenalin-fuelled, world-famous mountain biking trails of the Tweed Valley’s Glentress Forest.
  • Art aficionados will love Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh’s contemporary sculpture park and gallery, which showcases some of Scotland’s biggest names.


  • Standalone cabin on a non-working farm, approached down a grass path through fields
  • Open-plan interior warmed by a woodburner
  • Kingsize bed with feather and down duvet, sunken into the platform
  • One babes in arms welcome; travel cot to borrow
  • Ensuite shower bathroom with compost loo; biodegradable toiletries
  • Kitchen with induction hob, fridge, coffee press and basic ingredients
  • Outdoor firepit with tripod skillet
  • Wood fired, custom built hot tub from local larch in the Japanese ofuro style
  • Record player, board games, jigsaws, books and binoculars
  • Extra thoughtful touches: a HWB and wellies
  • Alfresco seating and firepit
  • Dog friendly
  • Good phone signal, but no WiFi
  • The owner is available by phone
  • Bikes to borrow if the owner’s not using them
  • EV charging on request
  • Cycle, walk or drive 5 mins to shops, cafes and pubs (3 miles)
  • Booking conditions: min 2 night stays over weekends. min 2 nights and 3 night minimum in July
  • Remember to pack: waterproofs and wellies/boots

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