HIDEAWAY – Bamff Ecotourism

HIDEAWAY

Sleep among beavers in the rewilding forest

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  • Sleeps 2/4
  • Four poster double bed handmade from beaver cut wood
  • Optional z-bed
  • Hammock
  • Wood burning stove with basket of firewood
  • 2-hob camping stove
  • Off-grid shower using rain water collection
  • Compost toilet with hand basin and mirror
  • Fully equipped with bed linen, towels, crockery, cutlery, candles
  • Solar powered fairy lights and lamps
  • USB charge point
  • Access to Yurt facilities including WiFi
  • 100 metres along woodland path from car park

As seen on BBC Countryfile, The Hideaway is situated on a lovely woodland footpath on the Cateran trail, overlooking two beaver ponds and one beaver dam. It is a little bit like a wildlife watching hide, but it is also a romantic off-grid glamping hut of great charm. With such proximity to the beavers habitat at the front and a wood full of red squirrels behind, the Hideaway is ideal for lovers of quiet places and wildlife. We ask our guests to be especially quiet around the pools from 7 pm when beavers and beaver watchers are about.

Inside is a four poster bed, built from beaver cut wood, a wood burning stove, two armchairs and a coffee table. There is also a table where you can boil a kettle or cook something up on a camping gas stove.

The Hideaway  has its own off-grid shower and composting toilet in the woods behind. Fairy lights and lamps, a USB point to recharge your phone, and the shower are powered by a solar panel on the roof and a car battery ensures electricity all year round (with modest use!).  Water for the shower is supplied from a rain water barrel from the roof.

A z-bed can be made up on request for a small extra charge (or used with own bedding free).  There is also a hammock which might be an option for a child.

It is fully equipped with bed linen, towels, crockery, cutlery, and candles. An initial basket of firewood is supplied. Extra firewood is for sale at £5 a bag.

Hideaway guests may make use of the Yurt Facilities if needed, including a shower and room with wifi and tourist information.

If you are not arriving on foot or by bike you can park your car nearby.

The Hideaway is on the Cateran Trail and is featured in Observer Magazine’s 10 best long-distance walks in UK. We can arrange transport to and from any other sections of the trail.

Nearby is the Scottish Woodland Skills Centre where many interesting courses are available. Wild Sparks  runs woodland holiday play schemes for 5-10 year olds outside Alyth and Dunkeld.

If you would like to see the Bamff beavers, please let us know in advance. Evening beaver watching will be organised as guided tours only, to protect the beavers and will be available whenever possible in the summer months.  There is currently no charge for this to guests in any of our accommodation.

Daytime guided beaver, wetland and wildlife tours of Bamff estate can be booked online or when you arrive. A local expert, usually Paul Ramsay, will show you round the beaver wetlands and other habitats of Bamff. You will see signs of beavers, red squirrels, otters, woodpeckers, and much more, including a variety of birds. A one hour guided walk is £15, two hours £30. The walks are suitable for up to 6 people.

For further adventures with wildlife we highly recommend Bob Smith of Nature Nuts.

“An amazing stay for a rustic experience. The composting toilet and solar shower were perfect for the cabin.” William – Booking.com, 2019