Nowadays, glamping accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes. If you consider yourself to be a bit of a traditionalist, then opt for a stay in a tipi, a true icon of the camping trip, or enjoy the many comforts of a wigwam.

Tipi: what's in a name?

Whether you prefer to call it a tipi, teepee, or even a kata, staying in a pre-pitched traditional tent offers a unique experience in Scotland's great outdoors. Often hand-crafted with natural wooden poles and pegs and cotton canvas covers, the tipi provides environmentally-friendly accommodation with a low environmental impact and an authentic back-to-nature break. Many tipis across Scotland are based on Native American designs, and can be found nestled in the most beautiful of spots.

Wigwam bam!

Traditionally, in ancient Native American cultures, a wigwam is a domed-shaped dwelling. In Scotland in the 21st century, wigwams are cosy timber cabins which come fully insulated and are perfect for a romantic getaway or a memorable short break with the family. Inside, they can range from offering a basic sleeping space to being kitted out with all the modern essentials… including the kitchen sink!

Tell me more!

Tipis and wigwams, and the facilities that they come with, vary between sites, but here are a few examples of what you might expect to find:

  • Tipis with spacious and bright interiors filled with colourful Afghan rugs and cosy sheepskins.
  • Some models of tipi have a vent at the top meaning that campfires can be lit within the tipi itself.
  • Wigwams with clever, functional design to maximise space. Top-of-the-range models come with electrical sockets, kitchenettes, TVs and more.
  • Self-catering kitchen essentials, such as cooking utensils, plates and cutlery.
  • Luxurious touches - the accommodation provider might offer special hampers, breakfasts and BBQ packs filled with local produce.