Ace Hideaways

UK Scotland Highlands Inverness-shire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Romatic woodland escape? Adrenaline-filled adventure? Paintballing war with the work crew? This secluded Scottish gem in the spectacular Findhorn Valley offers it all.

Ace Hideaways is a remarkable place. Enigmatic in many ways, it avoids any one, single definition and makes its name as a campsite – or hideaway – for every kind of escape. The setting is one of serenity and peace – clearings in the woods with off-grid glamping accommodation and basic camping pitches – yet its adrenaline-pumping, heart-thumping adventure arm lends an altogether different atmosphere when needed; one of white-water action and paint-balling fun.

The type of holiday you're after, of course, is entirely up to you. Families and campers heading north for a quiet escape are blessed with the remoteness that Morayshire affords. The elegant, mature trees of the site reach across one another to enclose you in a cocoon of quiet, while miles of footpaths, rivers and empty open space remind you what makes this part of Scotland so special. Adrenaline addicts meanwhile can weave through the campsite footpaths to the banks of the River Findhorn, don a lifejacket and hurl themselves (both literally and metaphorically) into its depths – be that via canoe, kayak, raft or simply plunging in on one of their cliff-jumping sessions.

Facilities-wise, things are similarly eclectic. There are a few tent pitches, three large bell tents – furnished with mattresses or bean bags – and a shepherd's hut for two (more fully-equipped for a luxury glamping break). Each have their own clearing in the woods, while off-grid compost toilets and gas-heated showers blend seamlessly and appropriately into the woodland surroundings. There's also a communal area for cooking, with campfire pits, utensils and washing up sinks, along with a huge log table and stools, crafted out of a giant tree that blew down on the banks of the river.

There's plenty to do locally. The Findhorn Valley is typified for its rich woodland and spectacular gorges, with footpaths leading directly from the campsite. You can, in fact, walk the two miles from the campsite to Logie Steading Visitor Centre where there's ample information on the wildlife of the area. Not that you really need to go that far. Couples in the shepherd's hut can peer from its tiny windows like bird watchers in a hide, observing the myriad creatures of the forest, while everyone else can make do creeping quietly around with a pair of binoculars to hand. You'll be surprised just how many creatures will frequent the campsite itself – a welcome sign of just how subtle and eco-friendly the whole place is.

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Facilities

Woodland showers and composting loos, plus a well-equipped camp kitchen. Campfires are permitted! The shepherd’s hut features a full-size double bed with pocket sprung mattress, log-burning stove and a gas ring cooker. Bell tents feature comfortably mattresses but they're sparsely furnished and you'll need to bring your own bedding (sleeping bags available for hire). There's a firepit outside. Woodland camping pitches allow for 1 tent and up to 5 guests per pitch. There are usually only 5 pitches available, but they can sometimes open a few more so do ask. Look out for red squirrel, roe deer, pine marten, and a whole range of abundant bird and wildlife. A whole host of activities are offered on site including, whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking, canyoning, cliff jumping, disc golf and paintball – activities can be booked via the calendar (see above).

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, glampers, walkers, cyclists, couples, families, dogs – yes. Caravans and large motorhomes – no. Large groups are asked to book the whole site exclusively.

Nearby

The campsite is around 2 miles from Logie Steading Visitor Centre (01309 611733), a good starting point for the local area where you can pick up further information. It's about 12 miles to the Moray coastline with its vast sandy beaches and fishing villages – a calmer spot along the North Sea coast, owing to the landscape's naturally protective shape. To the south the Cairngorms National Park (01479 873535) stretches, a more established spot for walking and cycling with more marked trails and the highest mountains – though you'll do just as well exploring the incredible landscapes of the local area, lesser known but equally beautiful in their own right. Loch Ness and a host of monuments and castles are all just a short drive away.

Food & Drink

The reception shop stocks a few camp essentials, plus hot drinks and chocolate bars! The closest place for a good, freshly-prepared, homemade lunch made with local, seasonal produce is at the cafe at Logie Steading(01309 611378), about 2 miles away (they serve great cakes and coffee too). There's also a range of artisanal shops at Logie Steading and food-wise you can stock up on delicious estate beef or venison for your campfire, Scottish salmon, cheeses, traditional oat cakes and other goodies in the farm shop. Try the freshly ground coffee, speciality teas or hot chocolates from Cairngorm Leaf and Bean (01309 611700) there too. If you’d like a decent pub lunch or supper, maybe with a walk on the beach, The Kimberley Inn (01309 690492) in Findhorn is a great choice.

Opening Times

1st April – 31st October. Can vary depending on the weather, though, so contact if you'd like to stay on the fringes of this period.

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A natural retreat hidden away in the Findhorn Valley with camping and glamping spots to suit couples, families or groups of friends, and a whole host of activities right here, a stroll from your doorstep or canopy.

Accommodation

3 bell tents for families or groups and a shepherd’s hut for couples. 5–10 woodland camping pitches with no electric hook-ups and space for 1–2 small scale, self-contained campervans.

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Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2 2 Available
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Getting There

Forres train (08457 484950) and bus. Trainline is Inverness to Aberdeen.

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