As a little baby-moon/weekend getaway last month, we spent two nights cosied up in our very own shepherd’s hut in the middle of nowhere. Sounds idyllic yes? Here’s how we spent our weekend, leaving the city behind and getting back to nature, on our wee glamping trip.
We booked our trip on Canopy and Stars, a well known glamping accommodation site in the UK and abroad, as we’d been gifted a voucher for our wedding last year (and yes, it took us until now to get round to booking it before it quickly expired!)
Not too far away from Edinburgh, but far enough to feel like we were leaving our norm and stepping out to explore, we headed towards the sea and East Lothian for our adventure.
We’d found a little shack called a shepherd’s hut on the website and thought it was just what we were looking for – a comfy bed, hot water and electricity when needed, no phone signal or WiFi and set in the fields and forests of the countryside, not another soul in sight. It took us about an hour and a half to drive there from Edinburgh, with a highly recommended pit stop at Bostock Bakery in East Linton for Friday night pizza, and we arrived as it was still light so we could just about get our bearings before settling down for our first night.
The hut has a double bed, wood burning stove, a little bathroom with shower, sink, loo, loo roll and hot water, lights but no power sockets, a battery powered radio, books, board games, a kettle, crockery and cutlery, linen, towels and lovely little welcome extras like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, marshmallows and Tunnock’s tea cakes, even a few drams of whisky! There’s also a barbecue outside and a hammock if the weather is nice.
How we spent our Saturday:
- Dunbar Parkrun – about a half hour drive from the hut is the seaside town of Dunbar and at 9.30am on a Saturday runners gather for the weekly 5km.
- Breakfast in Dunbar – we tried Graze Coffee and Chocolate House, which did super tea and toast, coffee and porridge, but there’s also Espresso Black and Cafe Central on the high street
- A swim at Dunbar Leisure Centre – this took me back to my childhood, as we used to visit as a family to enjoy the flume and wave machine. It’s a fun pool to have a dip, not for swimming laps, and relax.
- A visit to National Trust’s Preston Mill – with a tour around the mill, waterwheel, millpond, doocot and the set of Outlander
- A wander around the grounds and gardens, and a cuppa at Smeaton Nursery and Tearooms
- A beach walk in North Berwick
- Dinner at The Herringbone, North Berwick – a lovely bar and restaurant with good vegan options
After a packed day out with fresh sea air there was nothing better than cosy-ing up back in our hut for the evening, fire on, tea in hand, board games out. It was a lovely weekend spending time together, just us two, making new memories and looking forward to what’s to come. After another night in our hut we packed up early on Sunday feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new week and beyond.