With grounds that extend to a whopping 400-acres, there’s plenty of room around 15th-century Dundas Castle for visitors to camp like kings. And on the outskirts of historic Edinburgh, there are few better places to do it. Regardless of the grand L-shaped castle, the countryside here is spectacular and even the building’s name alludes to it – dùn deas is Gaelic for 'pretty hill'. The land around shifts from mown, manicured lawns into flanks of mature trees and broad meadows stretching into the distance. Behind it all, though out of view, is Edinburgh itself, less than 30-minutes away in the car.
The kingly camping in question comes in the form of five glamping tents positioned on their own wooded knoll away from the main castle building. The folks at Glampotel like to describe them as ‘canvas cottages’, with luxury double beds inside and extra camp beds set up for families. Together they create a self-contained glamping glade with everything you need – including en-suite bathrooms with towels and toiletries provided and a separate kitchen unit for cooking up a storm.
Their position, with excellent views of the castle’s private loch, provides a wonderful sense of privacy and seclusion, while evenings are particularly pleasant. When the weather’s good, the trees cast long, slim shadows across the grass and you can sit out using the BBQ on the front deck of the tent. When it’s cold there’s a toasty log-burning stove inside.
The interior of the castle itself isn’t open for tours, but guests are welcome to explore the expansive grounds. A statue of Oliver Cromwell still stands out front, built in recognition of his stay in the castle during the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, while guests with a former-life as a couch potato may recognise certain spots around the castle from it’s many TV and film cameos. By day you can tour the Royal Mile and by night you can kip like a canvas cottage king.
The campsite owner says
Glampotel Dundas Castle was the first Glampotel site in Scotland and sets the standard for bell tent glamping, with luxury Canvas Cottages set in the most incredible castle setting just outside of Edinburgh city.
Glampotel Dundas Castle is a collaboration with estate owners, Sir Jack and Lady Lydia Stewart-Clark, and is undoubtedly the most prestigious and exclusive glamping location in Scotland. The glamping glade has a limited number of luxury five-star Canvas Cottages, ensuring your experience of the Dundas estate remains tranquil, peaceful and unspoilt.
And what a place this is. The Canvas Cottages are set beside the loch of the beautiful 400-acre Dundas Castle estate, tucked away within their own secluded wooded knoll, with peaceful surroundings and breath-taking views across the waters. What better way to awaken in the morning than to the sounds of the birds and rustling of the trees? As the dawn moves into morning, sit in bed, looking out directly over the Castle’s Loch and watch the ducks, swans and herons before enjoying breakfast on the private dining deck.
We have 10 canvas cottages available in total, including a dog friendly unit and a disabled access unit. Children can stay for free, too, so you can enjoy a relaxing holiday with the whole family.
Canvas Cottages offer the utmost luxury, while still providing the spirit of the great outdoors. As the name suggests, Glampotel is all about providing a glamping experience with a hotel-level of style. In the Canvas Cottages, expect comfortable beds, Egyptian cotton linen and beautiful wooden furniture. Outside, there is a deck with a gas BBQ, while every Canvas Cottage also has its own en-suite bathroom – fully functional toilets, porcelain sinks, instant hot water shower, large mirrors and plenty of towels and biodegradable toiletries – all the products you would expect to find in a luxury boutique hotel.
The castle provides a magnificent backdrop for strolls within the grounds, although please note that the Castle itself is not available for visitors or tours. Beyond the grounds, of course, there is also plenty to do. Being only 15 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport and a short drive from Edinburgh City Centre (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Glampotel Dundas Castle offers unbeatable Edinburgh access and is within reach of a plethora of things to do and places to see.
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