Gimme Shelter

UK Scotland East Scotland Fife Inverkeithing

2 Dales Farm Cottage Duloch Near Dunfermline Fife KY11 7HR
Many glamping and camping sites talk a good green game, but few put it into practice so impressively as Gimme Shelter. And it’s all done with a smile too. Rat race escapees Chris and Yvonne Barley may have been dubbed hippies a decade ago, but today they are nothing short of visionaries. Long before it was trendy they were using only rainwater, avoiding electricity wherever possible, and recycling. And we don’t just mean recycling bottles and cans – we mean old caravans into caravan/come shacks, tennis court Astroturf into walkways and old bits and bobs from local dockyards to into wood-burning stoves. Chris also carves bespoke wooden outdoor furniture for what is a thoroughly unique and inspirationally low-fi site. The options are to camp in at ‘Strawberry Fields’ or ‘Rising Sun’, take their quietly grand log cabin or that converted caravan.

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★★★★★

Our favourite camp site and its right on our doorstep :)

Just a stone’s throw from auld reekie (Edinburgh), and you can even walk the mile or so from the railway station at Inverkeithing! This site is perfect, its rustic-ness takes you back to basics and you feel you are truly getting away from it all. The site owners really undersell themselves, having developed the site over the years. The composting toilets with their amazing bespoke rain water supply for washing hands were brilliant. Visited with my 8 year old son, who loved the fire pit and we both loved the fact that a grass pitch really was a grass pitch, with real grass than was green! A truly amazing site, would love to go back and take the whole family to stay in the rustic shack!

by sanders

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