UPLAND SHEPHERD HUTS, SCOTLAND

Hot little huts await up in the Scottish Borders, not far from Edinburgh...

With the weather finally warming up (well, a little!), it’s now acceptable for long weekend breaks to be spent in the great outdoors. And where better than in your very own, very chic, Shepherd hut, up in the Scottish wilderness.

Upland Shepherd Huts offer guests a unique off-grid glamping experience in the form of new cute cabins; the Gardener’s Hut and the Woodman’s Hut, both private, with fabulous valley views.

Made with reclaimed materials, the modern huts adopt the same exterior style as the original huts you may still find knocking around, only inside they’re drenched in luxury – and have grown a bit in size and weight!

The beds are king-sized and the wood-burning stoves keep them toasty. Insulated with sheep’s wool, they’re cool in the summer and warm and cosy in the winter and the general layout is in keeping with the traditional huts.

You’ll find the door is in the middle of the hut, with the bed and sleeping area to one side. The other side has the stove and a chair, along with a table and plenty of crockery and cutlery. There’s also an internal partition that allows access to an en-suite shower room with toilet and wash hand basin.

Lighting is via solar charged batteries and LED lighting and the shower is a combi type propane unit, offering excellent power and heat. Meaning no more surprises in the night or icy wash-and-go mornings!

Location-wise, a stay here means things feel remote and gorgeously tranquil – though it means you’ll need your own transport to nab provisions. Duns is the closest town – around eight miles away – where you’ll find the nearest shops.

The properties are close to the Southern Upland and Walter Scott Ways, with farm track connections to these and a river ford to link up. The river can be forded in normal walking boots and there’s an alternative route close by with a bridge, making it a great spot for keen strollers who don’t find getting a bit muddy!

Don’t forget to walk about the Scottish Borders, perhaps up to the Cheviot Hills too, try salmon fishing in the River Tweed if you fancy it, or dip in the clear waters around St. Abbs. Enjoy a day trip to Berwick upon Tweed, as well, if you’re in the mood for shopping.


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