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 saysGlampotel glamorous camping at its finest, with a small collection of luxury canvas cottages a short distance from Edinburgh City. Experience the best of the outdoors coupled with all the facilities needed to self-cater, along with boutique hotel-inspired touches and including a private en-suite bathroom for each canvas cottage.
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