Glamping Scotland – Craigduckie Shepherds Huts, Dunfermline, Fife – This isolated rural escape is a truly charming short break with accommodation that’s as cute as a button, and enough baby lambs to make guests feel warm and fuzzy inside. Accessible yet simultaneously remote, Craigduckie is a heartwarming and quality glamping experience. And, in the current climate, a remote escape that allows people to keep themselves to themselves.
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Check In – Glamping Scotland at Craigduckie Shepherds Huts
Up a winding farm track we came across two Shepherds Huts sitting on a hillside – Ewe View was our wee hut for the weekend. Check in simply meant opening the unlocked door and stepping inside – bliss.
Shepherd Huts – Glamping Scotland at Craigduckie Shepherds Huts
On one hand the hut is simply delightful, and luxurious in glamping terms. It’s done out in calming green shades, tartan and Wrendale Design style interiors. It was also well furnished and highly practical.
Both huts have a dining room/kitchen, plus a shower room. Two fold down bunk beds provided beds for the tots, next fold the dining table away to pull down the double bed. An incredibly well thought out use of space.
Practicalities & What’s Provided
The wood burning stove pumps out heat at such a rate that even in March we were ridiculously snug. Even after the fire went out through the night, the hut was still super cosy in the morning, rather than baltic (which is what I expected).
The shower room had piping hot water, as did both sinks. The kitchen is well furnished for such a small space, with cleaning materials, and basic condiments and tea and coffee available, plus a wee bottle of milk in the fridge. The hot plate combi oven obviously isn’t like cooking at home (but glamping/camping isn’t meant to be just like home). We rustled up cauliflower cheese and garlic bread on our first night, and burgers the second, so the kids ate well. The fridge is obviously quite wee, so we left our gigantic family-sized 6 pint bottle of milk outdoors to keep cool.
Towels and bedding are provided, so I’m definitely talking the ‘glam’ end of glamping with this venture. There’s no TV or wifi, but a DVD player and family friendly DVDs were provided. I got 4G coverage no bother, but tried to switch off!
The owner, Katie, is friendly, personable and communicative, so any questions about your stay, simply ask and she’ll get back to you. These huts are her project and passion, and you can totally sense her investment and pride in the huts and the farm when you visit.
With a fire pit outside it’s possible to cook outdoors. Marshmallows are also provided for guests to get them in the barbecue mood. We had rough Spring weather and had to cook indoors, but what an idyllic spot on a bright, clear evening.
Lambing Experience & Farm Tours
Guests at the Shepherd Huts will always be welcome at the farm or offered a farm tour whatever time of the year they visit. But a definite highlight of a Spring (March/April/May) visit is meeting the bountiful bouncy bundles of baby lambs. In March, 120 lambs are born, in April another 1000 are on their way. As Craigduckie is a working farm, simply give Katie a buzz to let her know you’re heading up the track to the farm, as obviously guests can’t simply wander about on their own.
Guests don’t have to participate at all, but, if you wish, you and your family can feed, water and bed the ewes who have given birth, check the pre-natal shed for signs of lambing, check out the ewes and lambs that have graduated to the nursery shed, bottle feed the pet lambs – this needs done four times a day (7am, 12 noon, 5pm and 10pm), assist any ewes who need help lambing (with guidance), and muck out, sweep out and bed little pens ready for the new arrivals. Busy, busy!
What We Did
My husband was gutted we didn’t get to deliver at lamb, but Katie will even phone you in the middle of the night if you’d like to attend a birth they can get to in time.
In the morning we toured all the pens, gathered straw for the pigs (yes, there are two pigs) and put it in their pen, learned about all the markings and breeding of the lambs, cuddled oodles of lambs, and helped with the noon bottle feed. The family photo of us grinning from ear to ear gives some insight into how joyous an experience this was.
The Kids Rule
Another bonus for us was the fact that Katie is ably assisted by her two young farmers, Lewis and Logan. These lads were roughly the same age as my kids, and helped show my toonser boys the ropes. All our children ran about together, exchanged lamb chat, and simply acted the way kids act. It was lovely to see.
Location – Glamping Scotland at Craigduckie Shepherds Huts
The Shepherds Huts are wonderfully remote and escapist. But if you want supplies or a spot of sightseeing Craigduckie is only ten minutes outside Dunfermline, and there’s plenty to do.
Carnegie Museum and Gallery – Afternoon Tea
After a hectic morning with the lambs, I’d thorough recommend taking the family for afternoon tea at the Carnegie Museum and Gallery. The kids got their own Heritage Afternoon Tea, featuring eye-watering goodies, and the adult spread included rhubarb and rosehip cake, and a generous slice of green tea, matcha and jasmine cake. It’s an imaginative and delicious afternoon tea, especially for the price.
After dining we explored the museum, played with lego and dropped by the gorgeously modern Children’s Library. The Reading Room is also so sleek. What an incredible facility this town has.
Dunfermline Abbey and In the Footsteps of Kings App
The view of the café boasts excellent views over the bright orange Abbott House and Dunfermline Abbey, so download the tourist board’s In the Footsteps of Kings App, and let Jess the Jester reveal more about this historic monument, which is under the stewardship of Historic Scotland. It’s free to wander around the grounds, but to enter the abbey and see the tomb of Robert the Bruce there’s a charge.
After leaving the Carnegie Museum and Gallery and the Abbey, we wandered around the extensive Pittencrieff Park. A great location to walk or run off afternoon tea before returning to Craigduckie.
Edinburgh is also an easy day trip from Craigduckie, at only half an hour’s drive.
Tips for Visiting Craigduckie
Because our kids got so hands-on at the farm we were glad we’d packed head-to-toe wet weather gear and wellies. There’s obviously mud, lamb and sheep poo, milk etc. in the mix, so I was glad I could peel off their outdoor gear before returning to our hut.
With glamping I always recommend packing slippers/indoor shoes (and dressing gowns to make getting ready easier and more relaxing in smaller spaces).
The Sat Nav takes you in quite random directions. Signage is also lacking, which I’m sure Craigduckie will improve on, so be sure to request clear instructions before heading off.
As there are only two huts on site, it will always be quite a personal and intimate experience.
Food & Drink
You can order a luxury breakfast hamper for £30 if you fancy a treat. It covered two days’ breakfast for us. Simon Howie bacon and sausages, black pudding, tomatoes, mushrooms, OJ, breakfast cereals, bananas, yogurt, warm freshly made bread, and butter.
Preordering lamb burgers from Craigduckie for your visit can also be done online when booking.
Overall Craigduckie is a memory-making place, comfortable yet outdoorsy, beautiful yet rugged, isolated yet close to major cities and towns. I highly recommend it. And I love the fact it’s a busy farming mum who’s brought this magical experience together.
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