Glamping, Camping or Caravan Holidays – What’s The Difference?

Glamping is the latest trend for travellers who want to reconnect with nature, but how does it differ to camping or caravan holidays?


glampingAfter the economic recession in recent years, the revival of camping continues.  If you are longing for a short escape to nature but are on a tight budget, camping is a great solution.  However you’ll need to bring everything with you – tent, sleeping bags, airbeds and pump (to ensure you get a comfortable night’s sleep), plus your camping stove and basic plates and cutlery if you plan to eat at your camp.  If you stay at a camping site, you’ll be able to use the communal shower blocks, toilets and areas to clean your pots and pans.  If you plan to set up camp in a random field or forest, do make sure you have permission to do so.  Although camping in your own tent can be fun and you feel that you’re getting back to nature, bear in mind that you may have unexpected visits from creepy-crawlies, cold nights and if the rain lashes down, spending time in a cramped tent can be simply uncomfortable.


glamping Glamping holidays on the other hand, are suitable for travellers who are willing to spend more for a little bit of luxury.  Glamping, an abbreviation of “glamorous camping” is great for travellers who want to be close to nature but have facilities traditionally found in hotels.  Some glampsites have an outdoor stove and shared shower blocks.  Others may have more advanced cooking facilities and ensuite bathrooms.  There are also glampsites with heated swimming pools, spas, laundry and ironing, off-license stores, a post box, saunas, wood burning stove, and underfloor heating.  For many this is the best of both worlds – access to home-from-home facilities but still getting the feeling of being immersed in the great outdoors.

Caravan Holidays

glampingCaravan holidays are a step up from both camping and glamping in terms of amenities.  Modern caravans have double glazing, central heating, separate bedrooms with real beds and linen, bath or shower rooms, fitted kitchens with all the mod cons you have at home, and some static caravans also have decks or verandahs to relax on right outside.  In Scotland, you can find caravan parks in the forests, on the lovely banks of spectacular lochs, at several coastal or rural locations, and even near a city.  Many caravan parks are close to outdoor activities such as cycle rides and walks.  You can bring your own touring caravan if you wish to visit many different areas or alternatively, hire a static caravan holiday home and explore the local area.

Whether you want a pleasant family break and take part in various activities or find tranquility in the countryside, caravan holidays in South West Scotland’s gorgeous surroundings are a superb option.  Coastal Kippford offers a range of static caravan holiday homes, luxury lodges and a charming bungalow, all situated in a beautifully landscaped park.

Whether you decide to be a hardy camper, a glamorous glamper or to have your well-deserved holidays in a modern caravan, you’ll find plenty of choices in South West Scotland.

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Coastal Kippford (aka Kippford Holiday Park)