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Experience something totally unique … eco-friendly camping with a touch of luxury

Enjoy a totally relaxed getaway in an authentic yurt, or choose a cosy, romantic shepherd’s hut. Unwind with the freedom offered by 25 acres of natural woodland. Your unit at Woodlands Rest, in the heart of the Aldroughty Woods, is beautifully and stylishly furnished for true holiday comfort. It offers you spacious, self-contained and fully equipped camping luxury.

Wild camping with attitude.

Wild camping with attitude.

Each have a wood-burning stove, and candles and low-voltage lights complete the cosy and romantic ambience offered by the unique experience of a holiday in the forests of North-Eastern Scotland.

Happy campers ... book both units and bring friends.

Happy campers … book both units and bring friends.

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yurtstoveThe interior of the yurt

shephutbarbequePaint Your Wagon … the rustic shepherd’s hut at Woodlands Rest.

shephutinsideInside the intimate, romantic two-sleeper.

 

 Your woodlands hideaway …

Situated among thousands of beech and ancient oak, birch and pine trees, Woodlands Rest is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

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Your unit is about a 100m walk from where you park your car. Well-equipped kitchenettes with gas hob and oven, in addition to barbeque facilities, means meals are easy and quick to prepare.

The private bathrooms are environmentally friendly, with a 12v shower and an eco-friendly compost/chemical toilet. Units are serviced and cleaned daily, dustbins emptied and recycling taken away.

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… yet close to city life

The privately owned woodland is known to be the home of deer, badger and fox. Every day here we see roe deer and red squirrels. The woods form part of thousands of acres of indigenous and amenity woodlands, where you’re free to roam and enjoy the rich natural wildlife.

However, you’ll hear the sounds of civilisation, as the historic cathedral city of Elgin is only a short distance away.

The nearest pub is a half a mile’s walk. Shops and everything offered by city life – numerous bars and restaurants, boutiques and supermarkets – are about a mile away. Moray boasts a rugged beauty and a rich history, with numerous attractions, including castles and various top-quality museums, on your doorstep.

Woodlands Rest is conveniently situated on the main bus and train routes between Aberdeen and Inverness. The bus service that takes you in a few minutes to the world-renowned Findhorn Foundation, situated in the beautiful coastal village of Findhorn, is almost door-to-door.

There are malt whisky distilleries open to visitors in every direction, and the Highlands and Islands are within easy reach by car.

Airports and car hire as well as regular train services are available from both Inverness to the west and Aberdeen to the east.

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From the media …

“Woodlands Rest is beautifully and stylishly furnished and offers spacious, self-contained and fully equipped camping luxury.” – Surprise yourself! – VisitScotland

“More than 50% of what makes Woodlands Rest was created using recycled and reclaimed material … the glampsite offers a unique experience at affordable rates – camping in a low-impact environment, with a touch of luxury.” – GoGreen Magazine

” … lovely little touches, such as fresh fruit and shortbread … even painkillers (practical after touring the local distilleries!) … all you need … wood and charcoal is refreshed every day.” - Scottish Field Magazine

From our guests…

“Thanks for a great relaxing stay – every need catered for, couldn’t have asked for more. Marius, thanks for yummy breakfasts and for being a great host. See you soon!” – Karl & Sheila, Aberdeen

“Love the yurt. Love the view. Love the bed. Love the stove/burner. Thanks a lot!” - Karl & Nathalie, Amsterdam

“Lovely woodland interlude to our honeymoon. Enjoyed champagne by the fire & squirrel spotting!” - John & Emma, Nairobi

“Loved the surprise, loved the whole experience. All the comforts of home out in the wilderness. Loved Findhorn & the surrounding area too. Our friends have to experience this!! Ps: Felt a bit like Genghis Khan!” - Jo & Gregor, Edinburgh