While growing up I was a huge fan of James Herriot. He never failed to catch my attention as he spun tale after tale of his interactions with our furrier and hooved kin, anecdotes unfolded with his unique brand of wit and self-deprecating humor. And though he wrote more of his life and work in North Yorkshire, on the occasion that he would make mention of his Scottish upbringing, his descriptions began to create a romantic vision in my impressionable mind, one of jagged cliffs, verdant highlands and fog-crowned mountain peaks. It also piqued my interest for the little cottages and cabins that stippled the vast countryside and hidden glacial cirques.
If this sounds at all like something that might also appeal to your inner Herriot, then here’s a look at Scotland’s cabins, the modern and traditional and how they help shape our more sustainable and less-impact living.
Amenities: When setting out to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city, keep in mind what it is you are looking for. If looking for the minimal of conveniences, you can find the barest of shelter, a place to lay your weary head at night and rise to the morning sun. Or if you are not wanting to cook every meal over a camp fire and need enough electricity to start your morning brew, you can find that, too. Cabins in Scotland can be that vessel of time travel, where you can light a potbelly stove and watch the fog roll in, curl up with a good novel and take a step back in time.
Activities: Cabins in Scotland can help you take advantage of the endless vistas and the outdoor amenities like fly fishing and hiking, activities that are more in harmony with our natural environment. Imagine the sunrise upon those craggy cliffs as you venture out with the rising sun. You can explore ‘til your heart’s content and see the local wildlife among the numerous lochs and inlets. Don’t forget to bring your trusty camera to capture creatures like these darling Pine Martens or in case fortune shines upon you, memorialize this rare event with your own picture of ‘Nessie’.
Why Choose a Log Cabin in Scotland
Styles: Many times (in the States, anyway) when one thinks of Scotland it tends to conjure up images of stone fortresses, of turrets and drawbridges, moats and impressive castle keeps. But what of Scottish cabins? Here, too is another facet of the Scottish culture, for there are shepherd huts or log cabins, fishing cottages and yurts. Depending again on your taste, comfort and zest for adventure, will the variety of accommodation appeal. The huts tend to sleep smaller parties, so keep that in mind when booking your reservation, and also when trying to keep cost to a minimum.
At the end of the day, getting back to nature is a way to reconnect at our inner-core, to embrace nature and the outdoors as our ancestors did, not to fight nature and force the elements to bend at our will, rather to recharge and rejuvenate our own lives. Staying in a Scottish cabin can be that first step to embracing our natural heritage. Look into booking your Scottish cabin holiday today.