The idea of camping in Scotland is no doubt a personal heaven or hell, depending on your perspective. While some will relish the opportunity to take deep lungfuls of clean Highland air, marvel at the gloriously rugged and unspoiled landscapes and take on everything that Mother Nature has to throw at them, others will pout and declare themselves utterly disinterested in a weekend spent outdoors that will leave the cold, wet and miserable.
Help is at hand for couples seeking a compromise, however, in the curious shape of Helicopter Glamping. Yep, you read that correctly.
Holidaymakers seeking a unique experience should point their Sat Nav to Mains Farm, located in the Thornhill district of Stirling, where they will be invited to spend the night in a decommissioned Royal Navy helicopter. Named the Seaking, this is a camping experience fit for royalty; the substantial interior comfortably sleeps two adults and up to three children (though pets are a no-fly zone), and is equipped with electricity, a bathroom and kitchenette and free Wi-Fi.
Fire pits are located outside the helicopter for that all-important camping BBQ feel, and perhaps best of all, the cockpit of the Seaking remains untouched; you can live out your secret agent fantasies while observing the glorious landscape that the Carse of Stirling has to offer. The helicopter has not been airborne since 2001, however, so there is no need to worry that an exuberant visitor will send guests on an inadvertent trip around the night skies. Likewise, if you do need find yourself short of supplies there’s no need to call in an emergency airdrop – the Seaking is located just five minutes away from all local amenities and entertainment.
Priced at £150 per night (with a £10 surcharge per head for any children), the Seaking is a one-of-a-kind destination that combines the scenic surroundings and peaceful isolation of camping with the shelter and insulation provided by a caravan. Open from Easter to November, book your stay while you can – having been featured on television, awareness of the Seaking is sure to grow and availability will become increasingly limited.
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