Glamp­ing: Camp­ing with added glam­our

Campbeltown Courier - - FEATURE -

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.

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