What is glamping?

Added to the UK dictionary in 2016, glamping literally means glamourous camping. So, rather than putting up your own tent and sleeping on the floor, imagine proper beds, cosy fires, cooking facilities and homely touches. The glamping craze has spread all over the world in various forms, including:

  • Glamping huts – also known as pods, glamping huts resemble sheds and are usually made from natural materials like wood. Huts can range from simple spaces with beds to eco-pods with solar power and kitchens.
  • Shepherd’s huts – were traditionally used by shepherds during lambing season in the UK and date back to the 15th century. They were usually made from wood with iron roofs and had wheels so they were raised off the ground and could be easily moved. Shepherd’s huts are now commonly used as glamping accommodation and may come equipped with heating, kitchenettes and beds.
  • Yurts – these round tents were historically used by nomads in Central Asia, particularly in Mongolia. The portable tents consisted of a wooden structure covered with felt or animal skin. Today, yurts are made from more modern materials and are a great glamping option, with luxurious interiors and skylights.
  • Safari tents – were used in the 1900s by rich Europeans visiting Africa. Luxury safari camps are still popular today in wildlife-spotting destinations like Kenya and Tanzania, as well as for glamping holidays around the world. In the UK, safari-style tents make excellent group accommodation for events like festivals and family holidays.
  • Treehouses – lavish treehouses offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, as well as the privacy of being nestled among the treetops. Treehouses are available all over the world, from the UK to South American jungles, with unique designs and fancy amenities.
  • Bell tents – similar to a yurt or safari tent, bell tents are supported by a central pole and covered with canvas. Bell tents provide more spacious accommodation for families and groups.

Moray shepherd’s hut Scotland

Looking for a top glamping spot in Moray? ACE Hideaways has two hand-built shepherd’s huts set in a secluded area of woodland for peace and privacy. The site lies just eight miles from the town of Forres in Moray, which has shops, restaurants and supermarkets. Both huts are made of wood and boast a shabby chic interior design, with eco-friendly, low voltage solar lighting.

Features include a sprung, full-size double bed with hypoallergenic pillows and duvet with cotton linen. There’s a wood burner and basket of logs to keep you warm, as well as a dresser and double ring gas cooking hob for preparing meals. The hut is fully equipped with pans, plates and cutlery as well as a whistling kettle, we can also provide a cool box on request.

Each hut has its own tranquil outdoor space with seating area and fire pit where you can sit and watch the stars. The pit comes with a heavy-duty BBQ skillet for outdoor cooking. Huts have access to a hot water shower, washing up area and eco-friendly composting toilet. Head to the nearby reception for wifi and a basic kiosk.

You can also book adventure trips while staying at ACE, many activities take place on the nearby River Findhorn. Try your hand at white water rafting, tubing, canyoning or canoeing, or enjoy a game of paintball or disc golf on our on-site courses. All activities include safety gear, wetsuits and trained guides, find out more about our adventures.

Bell tents Scotland

For families and larger groups, we also provide bell tents which can sleep up to seven people and come with mattresses, a wood burning stove and fairy lights. It may not be as lavish as staying in a shepherd’s hut, but you can bring your own luxuries along to create a glamping experience.

Our bell tents are set in an area of unspoiled woodland and each has its own outdoor space with seating area, fire pit and BBQ skillet. You’ll also have access to hot water showers and toilets, as well as a communal outdoor cooking area. The tents are set close to reception where you can find electric charging points, wifi and a kiosk.

Why go glamping in Moray?

Moray is one of the top places for glamping holidays Scotland. Nestled in the stunning Highlands, the area encompasses miles of dramatic coastline and countryside, stretching into the Cairngorms National Park. So, what are the benefits of Scottish glamping in Moray?

  • Natural surroundings – Glamping in Moray is ideal for people who want to immerse themselves in the area’s natural beauty. Stay in a shepherd’s hut, a forest treehouse or pod in the countryside. The area is filled with nature and wildlife, perfect for escaping the stresses of modern life.
  • Comfort – glamping is great if you don’t enjoy the less glamorous aspects of traditional camping, such as dealing with the cold, putting up tents and cooking outdoors. Glamping means you can still relish all the sights and sounds of nature combined with home comforts such as cooking facilities, heating and a comfy bed.
  • Eco-friendly – most glamping sites in Scotland are eco-friendly and made from natural materials that blend into the surroundings. Many have solar panels and composting toilets to reduce their impact on the environment, meaning you can experience a cleaner, greener getaway.
  • Nearby attractions – there are plenty of activities and tourist sites to keep you busy in Moray. Try your hand at some adventure sports such as white water rafting or tubing, go cycling in Cairngorms National Park or hike the Moray Coast Trail. For a dose of history, visit nearby castles such as Duffus and Brodie or head to the Highland Folk Museum. Explore the Malt Whisky Trail for tastings and distillery tours, head north to discover flawless beaches or try adrenaline-pumping activities such as zip lining.

Find out more about glamping Scottish Highlands at ACE Adventures, including how to book our shepherd’s huts and bell tents.