Take a breath of Scotland’s fresh air in this stunning scenery and go glamping for a while in one of our gorgeous brand new glamping Mongolian Yurts in the Scottish Borders. Comfy beds, fresh linens, colourful rugs and cushions, and a cosy wood burner await you in our beautifully furnished authentic yurts. The views around this small and exclusive site are simply stunning and at night you can sit around a camp fire, toast marshmallows and gaze at the stars which really are fantastic in this part of the Scottish Borders. The Ettrick Valley is also a wonderful base for exploring the Scottish Borders with its rich cultural and historic heritage, and natural wonders such as the Grey Mare’s Tail and St Mary’s Loch.
You can easily idle a day away pottering around the stream with the kids. Loads of wildlife to watch out for, games to play, adventures to be had and relaxing to be done. There are plenty of walks in the area (for all levels) if you are feeling like a stroll or a challenge, with maps and directions provided. It’s a must for cyclists with miles of lovely (but not too challenging) scenery to cycle through – again with many maps and routes available. Fishing, horse riding, and kayaking are all available close by, and how about paragliding or a tree top adventure at Go Ape?
Our yurts are a beautiful forest green on the outside to blend in with the unspoilt Ettrick Valley. Each sits neatly on its own raised decking with panoramic views up or down the valley over the Ettrick Water and surrounding hills, and a private sitting out area right next to it. Kitted out with a picnic table, a BBQ for outdoor cooking and a fire pit to cook on also – or just to enjoy and toast your marshmallows when the stars come out (and there are lot of stars here!).
A lovely painted door, which can be securely locked when out on your travels, opens onto a gorgeous and comfortable big round room. These are big 6m yurts fabulously lit by the 5ft crown at the top which lets sunshine in at any time of day. Each is tastefully furnished with a comfy mix of beds, sofa beds and futons, with duvets, fresh linens, cushions and extra blankets. Colourful rugs keep your feet warm and a fantastic Windy Smithy wood burning stove all set up for you to light on arrival will keep you toasty all night long.
You can cook on the stove top but we also supply a gas hob and grill to make life easier in a little kitchen area in your yurt (this is glamping after all) as well as a table and chairs, pots and pans, cool box, plates, bowls and cutlery of course. Wall hangings and twinkly solar lights make the yurt a magical place to relax in as you get back to nature in a very comfortable fashion – the essence of ‘glamping’.
All our yurts can comfortably accommodate 6 people but there is a choice of how they are laid out.
- one traditional double bed
- one daybed which makes a comfy sofa and can be easily converted to a single or a king size bed for sleeping
two single futons which are great for kids beds and fold to make comfy chairs during the day
- 2 daybeds that convert from sofas to single or king size beds
- one set of bunk beds
Please note each Yurt has a maximum occupancy of 6 people (including babies).
On arrival you will be greeted and shown to your yurt. Plenty of car parking is available with wheelbarrows provided to transport your luggage the short walk to your yurt. This keeps the yurt site free of cars making it safe for your children to roam and a better place for wildlife to flourish. Your fire will be set and ready to light with a starter bag of logs and matches provided and additional supplies can be bought in the small shop on site.
Bikes can be chained to your yurt deck or for those really precious ones we do have a lockable garage for storage. There are also outside taps for hosing down muddy bikes and boots.
Cooking facilities include a gas burner and grill as well as the stove top in your Yurt, and your very own BBQ and fire pit outside. There is also a plug in kettle and a fridge you can use in the games room.
Hot showers and proper toilets are a short stroll from your Yurt. Each yurt is no more than two minutes’ walk from the new toilet and shower block as well as the shop and games/chill out room.
OTHER FACILITIES ON SITE
We also have a small honesty shop on site for any essentials you may have forgotten as well as a few little luxuries. A selection of food, essentials and charcoal for BBQs can also be purchased here. Maps and leaflets of the surrounding areas and attractions are also available. Also available for your use is a plug in kettle, free Wi Fi, as well as plenty of books and games you can borrow.
THINGS THAT WOULD BE USEFUL TO BRING
- Towels, soap, shampoo, tea towels, washing up liquid, sponges, cloths, cleaning products, etc
- Food, drink, salt and pepper, cooking oil etc.
- Insect repellent
- Practical outdoor clothing and shoes/boots/wellies for paddling
- Binoculars, camera
- A good book
- Lovely rolling hills, sparkly streams and gently meandering rivers define the Ettrick valley and its neighbour the Yarrow Valley – covering a large area from Selkirk to Moffat with some of the finest scenery in Scotland.
- Edinburgh is 70 minutes away
- The Newburgh Burn trickles through our small yurt site in Summer and is a lovely place for paddling and guddling.
- Walk the hills close by or follow one of the several walks of varied difficulty outlined in an excellent guide we have for the valleys.
- Keen cyclists please do bring your bikes as the roads here were made for cycling with several routes mapped out
- Off road biking at internationally renowned 7 Stanes courses at Glentress and Innerleithen where bikes can be hired
- We have two local pubs – The Gordon Arms and The Cross Keys – 10 and 15 minutes’ drive from the site<
- The Southern Upland Way passes the Tibbie Shiels Inn – the haunt of both James Hogg (the Ettrick Shepherd) and his friend and contemporary Sir Walter Scott – on the shore of St. Mary’s Loch a great place for Sunday lunch or maybe a stop off on the way back from a walk at The Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall
- The Border textile outlets and visitor centres
- Heritage Hub in Hawick
- Country houses such as Bowhill, Abbotsford and Traquair
- Castles such as Neidpath, Floors and Thirelstane
- Ruined abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, and Kelso
- Pretty Border towns like Peebles, Melrose, and Newton St Boswells to name a few with all their shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants
- Golf, horse riding, kayaking, tree climbing at Go Ape
From £85 to £120 per night per yurt sleeping 6 people month and season depending
There is no mobile phone signal in the immediate area at the moment so you really can escape from the rat race; however we do have a payphone in the shop which is free for emergency numbers and free Wi Fi also in the games room.
We are a peaceful campsite (sorry we do not accept Hen or Stag parties)
There is no electricity in the yurts and we do not allow loud music except for pre booked organised events.
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