Camping Bods

by Helen Smith -

I had my first experience of a camping böd last weekend. Owned and run by the Shetland Amenity Trust, the böds provide basic accommodation, similar to camping barns found elsewhere. We chose the Skeld böd and packed up the car with most of the things we needed - bedding, provisions and a pack of cards. We enjoyed an evening of simple pleasures, a walk to the small beach, bird watching from the nearby hide and swapping stories with people staying at the campsite next door. When we retired to the böd we lit the stove, savoured the smell of the peat fire and played charades until bedtime.

I'll certainly be checking out the other camping böds over the summer months.