Camping, Glamping and Caravanning.

by Helen Smith -

If you're in the process of sprucing up your caravan or thinking it's time to get work done on your motorhome to prepare for the summer season, we've got plenty to tempt you to our beautiful islands. Taking your own caravan or motorhome is easy on the overnight ferry fom Aberdeen to Shetland - if you don't own your own, or prefer to fly to Shetland there are companies in Shetland that offer rental deals on caravans and motorhomes. Having the ability to drive somewhere and simply decide to stop for a night is such a luxury. There's a good network of campsites for caravans and motorhomes throughout Shetland and new campsite at the Aithsvoe Marina in Cunningsburgh. It offers 6 touring pitches with all the usual facilities of electric hook up, showers, toilets and cooking areas. It's worth nothing that once you get off the main artery roads in Shetland, you can find yourself on winding single track roads - but these are fun to explore and take you off the beaten track. And please note that not all of the inter-island ferries (such as Fair Isle) can accommodate motorhomes, so best to plan ahead.

Shetland also offers some great opportunities for "wild" camping - I must be old, because this used to be just called camping when I was growing up. If you're going to set up camp somewhere remember to ask permission from the landowner and abide by the Outdoors Access Code.

Glamping - there's two sites offering comfortable accommodation in wooden wigwams, both are situated in the North mainland. Burravoe Wigwams have two to choose from and are nestled in amongst a willow plantation in Brae and the other is further north, at Eshaness campsite. If you're in a larger group, you may want to go to Eshaness, divide yourselves into smaller groups and take turns at sleeping in a caravan, tent or wigwam.