A glorious rural glamping experience.
Beautifully located in a quintessentially rural corner of the Scottish Borders, Ettrick Valley Yurts is a glamping experience that offers both quiet seclusion and speedy access to some of the best sights in the region. Its traditional Mongolian yurts are warm, welcoming and wonderfully furnished, ideal for a family glamping holiday, just a few hundred meters from the Ettrick river, and closer still to the Newburgh Burn, a trickling stream that babbles through the site – and the same people offer more conventional self-catering accommodation nearby. Overlooking the waters, on a raised deck, a handful of yurts accommodate up to six people each and are separate enough from one another to allow guests some privacy. These cosy green abodes blend seamlessly into the lush surroundings, while inside there are comfortable beds that come in a few different forms – day beds that fold from sofas into king-sized beds, a permanent double bed, a bunk bed and futons, all alongside wooden furniture, tables and chairs. There are also cooking facilities inside that are accompanied by all the crockery, cutlery and utensils you'll need, along with a pre-prepared wood burner for cosy evenings, while the outside decking (complete with barbecue, firepit and picnic table) is an ideal sun spot in summer, The main building has new toilets and showers, and next door is a small shop and common room with electricity, (including a kettle, fridge freezer and Wi-Fi connection), games and a stash of books to borrow. As for the location, it's pretty wonderful, but don't expect to find ten bars on your phone signal and don’t be surprised when a bug or two comes nibbling at the waterside. But using the onsite payphone and lathering on a little insecticide is a small price to pay for this breathtakingly beautiful location, some of the best fishing in the country and bike and walking routes fit for anyone with aspirations to enjoy the outdoors.
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Yurts sleep up to six people and cost from £85 a night (3-night minimum stay).
- Getting Away from it All
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Whichever direction you come from, you need a car to get to Ettrick Valley. From Edinburgh, follow the A68 south to the Newstead roundabout and then follow the signs to Galashiels and Selkirk. From Selkirk take the B7009; the site is about 6 miles past Ettrick Bridge on the left. From England and the A1, take the A68 north of Darlington. Turn off at at Newstead roundabout and follow the signs to Galashiels and Selkirk as above; or from the M6 take the A7 to Hawick and then Selkirk.
Open all year.