Glamping in Scotland: Adventures with Canopy & Stars

Glamping in Scotland: Adventures with Canopy & Stars

Glamping in Scotland: Adventures with Canopy & Stars
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  • A top view of weekend packing essentials: a waterproof Assynt 17 by Trakke, two Foulden packing cubes, a Laggan backpack accessory, an axe, a stainless steel hip flask, and Trakke-designed playing cards
  • A man stands facing a modern, wood-clad cabin, while wearing a purple Assynt 17 by Trakke, with an axe attached to the weatherproof pack
  • In a small bothy, an axe leans against a fireplace, dense woods can be seen through the window
  • A woman stands on a forest trail looking up at the tall pines above; she is wearing the Trakke Fingal in blue
  • An aerial shot of castle ruins on the edge of a loch
  • An overhead shot of a plate of food on a picnic table including salad, roasted asparagus, sausage, and toast
  • A man stands near the edge of a rocky river which cuts between large boulders; he is wearing a purple Assynt 17 weatherproof backpack by Trakke
  • A man wears a waxed cotton Trakke backpack while walking down a sunny, wooded hiking trail
  • The sun rises over the hills near a still loch in Scotland
  • A nighttime view of a wood-clad bothy near some tall pine trees
  • An open road in Scotland, the sun rises over the mountains

Early in October, we teamed up with Canopy & Stars for a weekend of glamping in Scotland. Here’s our trip-report:

Adventure is Everywhere. That’s our mantra here at Trakke. Not all adventures are epic journeys – adventure is a state of mind; that thrill you get when you discover a new place, that knot in your stomach when you’re climbing a tree, that serene silence that you only find in the great outdoors. But as summer draws to a close, the temperature drops and the daylight fades in the early evening, holing up in a tent just doesn’t cut the mustard.

So we swapped our canvas for a cabin and headed north to the Bonnie Bothy in South Laggan. Nestled on the shores of Loch Lochy, it’s a stunning basecamp for a weekend adventure. Getting familiar with our surroundings, we soaked in the scenery over a coffee at Fort Augustus, explored the ruins of Urquhart Castle and chatted with the locals at the floating Eagle Barge Inn before rustling up a hearty supper in our cosy digs and settling in for the night.

At daybreak, the prospect of a morning run along the Great Glen Way was too tempting to resist, and after a hot shower and a few sizzling rashers of bacon, we drove to Glen Affric, winding through the forested valley and jumping out to explore waterfalls, woodland walks and wildlife. The day flew by, and before we knew it, Golden Hour was upon us and we found ourselves on the shores of the loch, skimming stones and watching the sun sink below the horizon in a cloudless sky. It was idyllic – a rare treat here in Scotland, where days are often punctuated with rainstorms – and as we returned to the Bothy our faces still tingled with the heat of the sun.

We’d adjusted to the natural pace of life over two nights at the bothy, so we were reluctant to drive home the following day. Our adventure was over, and the workshop beckoned with the purr of sewing machines and the hubbub of activity. Or so we thought. As the road carved through the majestic peaks of Glencoe, the sky was blue and the landscape glowed in the sunshine. It was the ultimate sendoff to a weekend of a life well lived.

 

 

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Inspired by vintage mountaineering equipment, the modular Assynt range is built for adventure everywhere. The Assynt 28 is our go-to pack for bigger expeditions. Whether it’s a fully-loaded daytrip, a midweek microadventure or a weekend in the hills, the 28 will stow a surprising amount of gear, and if that’s not enough, our modular straps and pouches mean you can customise your pack to fit your life.
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