Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
7:00 AM 20th March 2022

New ‘Hot Tent’ Experience In Scotland’s Highland Wilderness

Photo: A Weild
Photo: A Weild
A special ‘hot tent’ experience with Highland ponies is being introduced in Scotland’s Cairngorms by mountain experts, Scot Mountain Holidays.

The 4-night, 4-day wild camping trip involves a hike through remote landscapes with the luxury of a ‘hot’ Nordic tipi warmed by a wood burner for those chilly nights!

Led by owner and mountain leader, Andrew Bateman, and his partner Rebecca who creates homemade feasts using homegrown and locally sourced ingredients, this is an immersive off-grid experience within a conservation area abundant with plant- and wildlife.

“This is all the joy of wild camping without the hassle,” says Andrew. “In our fast-paced lives, there are few things better for the soul than spending days in the mountains surrounded by nature and far away from any light or noise pollution.
“Some people are put off wild camping by the thought of wet boots or carrying kit, but with some simple comforts we turn what can be endurance into enjoyment, and we love sharing the magic of this beautiful corner of Scotland and creating special memories for guests of all ages and hiking experience.”

A central Nordic tipi is heated by a wood burning stove where meals are cooked and enjoyed, clothes dried and limbs fully warmed whatever the weather outside. The sleeping tents are equipped with deep insulated camp mattresses, a top sheet and a luxuriously cosy down duvet to rival beds at home for ultimate comfort, and warm camp showers are available.
Photo: A Weild
Photo: A Weild
The two Highland ponies, Foxglove and Goldie, adopt their traditional role as pack horses to carry the tents, camp beds, food and wood fuel, while guests carry little more than a day sack with their essentials and a change of clothing. The camping experience is hands-on, with tents assembled and dismantled by guests, following a full induction on the first afternoon. The hearty meals are freshly prepared from home grown vegetables and locally sourced meat. Cake o’clock is an important ritual every day, as is stories around the fire and baking fresh bread in the outdoors.

Groups never exceed eight people, and the itinerary is tailored to the ability of the group and the level of adventure they want. Suitable for all ages, including young families to veteran hikers, the journey with the ponies passes through spectacular Caledonian pine forests dripping in lichen, where time seems to have stood still, stunning lochs and fields with views to some of Scotland highest peaks. Wildlife includes golden eagles, wild cats, pine martins and the rare capercaillie.

Prices from £755 per adult and £655 per child for four nights full board (including meals and accommodation).

Details: Scot Mountain Holidays