Glamping: Camping with added glamour
IF THE idea of camping calls to mind images of a mouldy tent, a leaky air mattress and muddy clothes, then you haven’t been introduced to the joys of glamping. According to Niche Brands, glamping itself was first heard of in the UK in 2005: however, it isn’t the first time it has been around in Scotland. Luxurious camping can be seen as early on as the 16th century when the Earl of Atholl prepared many tents for King James V with a vast amount of wine and food that he had grown accustomed to in his palace. Other forms of glamping can also be seen throughout worldwide history, usually involving bringing lavish food and drink on expeditions and treks across countries
Glamping – or glamorous camping – is seeing strong growth in the UK as some holidaymakers stick closer to home for their vacations.
Glamping fascinates more and more people who would otherwise not be interested in camping holidays.
It has become especially popular with families and the over-65s but, more and more, couples and even solos are discovering how fabulous a camping trip can really be. Or maybe you are a holidaymaker who loves nature, but does not want to buy their own camping equipment. Today’s glamping accommodations range from luxury bungalows, lodge tents and original sleeping quarters such as tree houses, yurts, circus wagons, barrel cabins and teepees.
These luxurious forms of accommodation are no less well-appointed than hotels. Whirlpools, double beds, cooking areas and one’s own bathroom are just some of the features that make glamping relaxing for newcomers to camping, or those just looking for a better way to enjoy the great outdoors
So why is glamping often a better option for a holiday than regular camping or even a break at a hotel? There are several reasons. First, it’s all about nature.
Glamping sites on the West Coast are located in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. Almost nothing stands between you and a mountain view, seaside or verdant glen. Scientific studies have shown time after time that experiencing nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce the risk of depression. And children benefit from nature in so many ways, from enhanced cognitive abilities to improved self-discipline. Glamping is a sustainable way to enjoy a holiday, as they are often eco-friendly. Good for you, good for the planet – it’s a no brainer.
Glamping is also great for truly getting away from your workaday routine. Imagine a week without making busy schedules, constantly checking emails and returning phone calls and text messages – just you and your loved ones relaxing in a beautiful setting.
Listen to the birds chirping, feel the wind blow through your hair and get back to what is really important. You can tell stories around a campfire as you toast marshmallows, spot wildlife and take long walks together, simply enjoying each other’s company.
Compare that to a city break, with a long list of tourist attractions to hit, dinner reservations to make and crowds to fight.
After a glamping holiday, you won’t have that feeling of needing a vacation from your vacation.
A glamping trip can recharge your soul, soothe your spirit and give you precious memories that will last a lifetime. So if you love nature but hate the idea of roughing it, why not give it a try and join the thousands of Brit-ish holidaymakers who have discovered the future of camping… glamping.