Black Isle Yurts in the Highlands of Scotland offer glamping holidays with a difference on an exclusive, eco-sensitive wild-glamping site that will draw you closer to some of Scotland’s most stunning coastal scenery, just 30 minutes north east of Inverness. Spend a few nights in a self catering yurt, amongst ancient cliff top woodland with some of the finest views on the East Coast of the Scottish Highlands. Made from canvas on wooden frames, each are equipped with a solid-fuel stove, and are snug in all weathers.
Your accommodation will be in our own hand-crafted yurts which are individually sited within an attractive woodland setting to provide you with unrivalled levels of privacy and tranquillity. This is an area of great bio-diversity with ancient birch and scots pine wooded ravines and open hill land on which we run a working farm. The yurts sleep between 2 and 5 people in comfortable beds that come with duvets, pillows and towels. All cooking equipment, cutlery and crockery are provided ready for self-‐catering.
The location of Black Isle Yurts allows spectacular cliff top views, as well as direct access to a dramatic coastline dotted with caves and secluded sandy beaches. Nearby Chanonry Point is one of the best onshore dolphin-spotting sites in Europe. And the Black Isle is one of the driest, sunniest parts of Scotland, famed for its micro-climate and, thankfully, its relative lack of midges!
Our hand-crafted yurts are modelled on original designs from Central Asia where the sturdy structures have been used for thousands of years by nomadic people. Durable waterproof canvas replaces the traditional felt outer shell to take account of Scotland’s climate, but they retain a snug and cosy feel, especially when the wood burning stove is lit. Our yurts also have windows to allow you to enjoy natural light and the beautiful surroundings.
Each yurt is individually finished, furnished and equipped to ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. Yurts available for rental include: Holly Yurt, Aspen Yurt and Rowan Yurt. For those looking for something that little bit different, the Hazel Geodome will be available from the end of August (more details to follow…)
Each yurt has:
- A wood burning stove and basket of firewood
- Comfy beds, duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels
- Table and chairs
- Two hob gas cooker/grill with pots, pans and a kettle
- Cutlery and crockery for four people (three in the case of Holly Yurt, two in the Hazel Geodome)
- A lockable door
As the yurts are off-grid, they are free from mains power and water supply. Instead, we provide solar/hand powered lighting units and a refillable container of water. For those who prefer it, bottled mineral water is available for sale at The Hub.
Well equipped shower, toilet and washing up facilities are located a few minutes walk from your yurt at The Hub, from where you can also enjoy breath-taking views of the Moray Firth. The Hub, which also serves as Black Isle Yurts’ reception, linen storage and office area, is found just below our carpark. Here, if required, we will provide you with a wheelbarrow to assist you in transporting your luggage from the car to your yurt!
A free wifi connection is available at The Hub.
THINGS TO DO
Upon arrival in your yurt, you will find a folder of recommended local attractions and a complimentary map of the area for you to take on your adventures and keep as a souvenir of your stay. Here are some suggestions to whet your appetite:
- Walks from your yurt: Discover the unique geology and ecology of the adjacent site of special scientific interest (SSSI). Explore routes and trails through semi-ancient native woodland to Brownhill, a wonderful panoramic viewpoint.Follow a spectacular cliff path down to a secluded sandy beach where you can watch out for the famous Moray Firth Bottlenose dolphins and explore the rock formations and caves
- Explore the Wildlife: Dolphin watching at Chanonry Point in Fortrose – reputed to be one of the best onshore locations to see these fascinating animals in the whole of Europe
- Dolphin-watching boat-trips at Ecoventures in Cromarty
- Cycling: Red Rock Trails – Downhill and cross-country mountain biking at Learnie Red Rock
- Trails (which are just adjacent to the Black Isle Yurts site)
- Road biking – Bicycle hire from Black Isle Bikes
- Shopping: Cromarty Pottery – the Highlands’ oldest operating pottery, stocking vases, jugs, mugs, bowls and other hand-made and hand-thrown pieces. Gallery48 in Cromarty – a new high-quality gift shop and gallery space located right beside Cromarty Pottery. Ingrid’s House – Scandinavian Interiors and Gifts in Cromarty, in the Heart of the Highlands
- History & Culture – Exploring the historic Fortrose Cathedral and Harbour
Museums: Groam House Museum, Hugh Miller Cottage & House, Cromarty Courthouse Museum
- Outdoor Activities –
Horse-riding/pony-trekking at Broomhill Riding Centre, Fortrose.
Paintball, Laser-strike and Archery at Wildwoodz, Munlochy (premiere outdoor gaming venue in the Highlands).
Golfing at the famous Fortrose And Rosemarkie Golf Club.
Red Rock Trails – Downhill and cross-country mountain biking at Learnie Red Rock Trails (which are just adjacent to the Black Isle Yurts site)
- Inverness – the Capital of the Highlands
£70 per night for 2 people
Additional charges apply for 3rd, 4th and 5th guests