Hitting the trails with a flask and a sandwich, exploring the unknown with good company and adventuring across paths rarely trodden; the guys at Canopy & Stars love getting out in nature and have plenty of places perfect for doing just that. From cabins with epic mountain views to canalside bothies with walks stretching off in all directions. Here are their top 5 cool places to stay in Scotland.
This might be called a shed, but is most definitely not your common or bottom-of-the-garden variety. Sat amongst a vast expanse of natural Highland beauty, the stunning, sleek interiors are perfectly juxtaposed by the rugged views. Set off from your door, climb up the Macleods tables and watch out for deer and eagles or head down to the shore for the chance to spot seals, otters and sea birds. At night, you may even be able to see the Northern Lights if it’s clear enough!
Bike or hike your way to this canalside bothy on the Great Glen Way, soak in the views of Loch Lochy then bunk down by the woodburner. Pretty Braw sits next to her sister Bonnie and both boltholes make a great space to sit back, relax and enjoy watching the world pass by.
On the eastern fringe of the Cairngorm National park this well thought out yurt offers isolation from all aspects of the modern world. Vast skies, beautiful hills and snaking rivers are just waiting to be uncovered. The yurt – half Ray Mears, half pampered camping – comes with its own wood burner and a decked porch for you to sit and enjoy the view.
This classic 1950’s show wagon offers hikers a refuge with a difference! This rambling wagon has finally settled on its last location on the edges of a Perthshire loch and what a location it is! Views from every window boast stunning vistas of all the loch has to offer. Next door is an award winning restaurant, chippy and tearoom so you really can’t go wrong.
One of the most recognisable prints in Scotland, Emily Mackenzie's "50 Shades of Scotland" print manages to pick 50 simple shades from this beautiful country, and transforms them into a journey through Scottish history, and Scottish culture.
We caught up with Emily and asked her about her hometown of Edinburgh, and for her advice on how to make the most of being an artist in the city.
The Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens is the green and growing heart of Edinburgh. Big enough to spend the day in, it's the perfect place to take a packed lunch and try to get lost among the trees.
If it's a little too far for you to visit, then here's a little tour from our most recent visit to the Gardens.