Cel­e­bra­tions as en­suite wig­wam marks 21 years at Strath­fil­lan

The Oban Times - - Business -

RENA and Tom Bail­lie have run Strath­fil­lan Wig­wams for 21 years and, along with their staff, are cel­e­brat­ing their suc­cess, as well as the launch of their new en­suite wig­wam, with the cut­ting of a wig­wam cake.

Strath­fil­lan Wig­wams was de­vel­oped in 1994 on Scot­tish Agri­cul­tural Col­lege’s Auchter­tyre Farm in Tyn­drum as a farm di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion project.

Rena ex­plained: ‘ The farm had lost the in­come from the suck­ler cow herd when all the cat­tle were sold off the farm, and we had to source a project that would equal the in­come from the cat­tle. We made the de­ci­sion to in­vest cap­i­tal pro­vid­ing low cost bud­get tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion.’

They started with two ba­sic wooden wig­wams, but as de­mand for them grew, they pur­chased ad­di­tional units, as well as three other sites. Out of this ven­ture grew the Wig­wam® Hol­i­day Net­work fran­chise, and the Wig­wam® brand was born, cre­at­ing the in­no­va­tive con­cept of a ‘glamp­ing hol­i­day’.

‘Our wig­wams have im­proved in de­sign over the years and we now have a new en­suite deluxe wig­wam that has been added to our ex­ist­ing Big Chief wig­wams,’ Rena said. ‘They have cre­ated an ab­so­lutely fun out­door hol­i­day, where you can sit around your camp­fire, cook our ex­otic meat (which we sell in our shop) and best of all, re­lax, chill out and sit un­der the stars.’

Strath­fil­lan Wig­wam Vil­lage now boasts five deluxe lodges, 23 wig­wams and a yurt, all sit­u­ated on a work­ing farm in the pic­turesque Trossachs Na­tional Park.

‘It is great fun for all the fam­ily, be­ing ad­ven­tur­ous in the great out­doors,’ Rena said. ‘Our wig­wams have changed the lives of many, of­fer­ing low cost ac­com­mo­da­tion for short breaks and pro­vid­ing ac­cess to the great out­doors.’

The Strath­fil­lan Wig­wam Vil­lage is the longest es­tab­lished ‘glamp­ing’ Wig­wam® site in the UK, which now ex­tends to more than 70 stun­ning des­ti­na­tions through­out the UK and Ire­land – and it all started in the hills of Tyn­drum.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book, visit them at wig­wamhol­i­days.com/ Strath­fil­lan_Wig­wam_Vil­lage or ring them at 01838 400298.

MILE­STONE: Rena and Tom Bail­lie, Fraser Horn, James Kennedy and Alastair Ritchie cut the wig­wam cake to cel­e­brate Strath­fil­lan

Wig­wams’ 21st an­niver­sary.

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