Our Journey to Glenshee Glamping started almost five years ago with an idea conceived whilst on our own glamping holiday and is definitely the lifestyle change we were looking for. So, when we knew where we wanted to be, we packed up and moved 500 miles from Sussex to Perthshire.
Like many we wanted to spend more time as a family and we were keen for our children, Dylan, Finley and Arlo to experience the outdoors on a regular basis. Who wouldn’t want to have space to roam, animals to pet and care for and snow to sledge on in winter!
We were also keen to find a community that we could contribute to and become a part of, we recognised that although the community here was spread over a large rural area of Perthshire, it was a small one and everyone’s participation is welcomed and needed. This fell inline with our family values and appealed greatly to us.
2020 has been a challenging year for all, with so many affected, for us at the beginning of the year we had agreed to purchase a tourism business, which subsequently was not able to trade due to Covid-19 and delayed us taking ownership and moving in the spring of 2020 and during this time, we also had another unexpected surprise, we found out that baby number four was on the way!
We were stunned, what a year 2020 was turning out to be. Covid-19, moving to a new country (when permitted), a new business and a new-born due in August, could we still do it all? Were we crazy?
But for us it was about a leap of faith, a chance at a lifestyle change for all of us, to work together, spend more time together and to be able to touch and experience the great outdoors that Highland Perthshire has to offer.
The park also came with a number of animals, as you can imagine taking care of llamas was not in our skill set, neither was chasing around naughty donkeys and escaping goats. We have had to learn quicky, but it has generated much learning and laughter.
Due to the challenges that 2020 has brought with Covid-19 we have made changes to our accommodations replacing all within them, so we know where every item has come from but also to meet cleaning and management guidelines now and in the future.
Undoubtedly the biggest improvement, is the wash block renovation. We were extremely conscious that the block was dated, not only requiring a lick of paint but changes needed to meet future customer needs. We have replaced all the sanitary ware and re-jig the inside and the impact is amazing! No longer shared spaces, but individual bathrooms, which can be allocated when needed.
We remain incredibly positive for 2021 and know Scotland and our business and others like us have a great many things to offer its visitors.
For us we plan on continuing improvements to our accommodation, providing safe and natural spaces for children to explore, a wildlife pond for learning and possibly a few more goats!