Ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a tipi (also tepee and teepee)?
Now is your chance to experience this niche escape and see how the nomadic tribes people from the great plains of America have lived dating back to the early 1800’s when first discovered by the European’s.
Traditionally the Tipi was made from animal skins, Bison/Buffalo hide being the most popular and wood for the poles.
The word Tipi comes from the Lakota language meaning dwelling or they dwell.
The ability to move and “up sticks” was very important to the nomadic tribes, the tipi allowed this as it was easy to disassemble and pack away by the women in minutes.
Experience Scotland Differently has created a unique Tipi dwelling in North Scotland. Here you can not only experience this unique accommodation but also the unique tours given by Experience Scotland Differently to historical Pictish sites including the Fort in Burghead dating back to 400AD one of the oldest Iron Age forts to have been discovered and not to be missed the Whisky tasting. Morayshire is the heart of Whisky producing in Scotland. If you love Whisky why not take the only Malt Whisky Trail in the world taking in seven working distilleries including a cooperage and historic distillery. Visit in May or September for the Whisky Festivals.
It was already getting dark when we arrived. We got the torch out and headed into the back garden to be struck by the size of the Tipi. No decorated Bison skins on the outside but the allure of seeing inside the blank canvas drove us on. Once inside it was quite cosy with the decorated woven rugs and candles.
We were quick in getting the fire started as we had brought along marshmallows! For this the upper flaps on the outside of the Tipi had to be opened, so the smoke could escape. It got hot quite quickly and was a contrast to the temperature now outside. October is quite late in the year to experience this but what an adventure! Once the fire died down we closed the smoke flaps and put out the candles to hear the nothing but tranquillity. It was quite comfortable on top of the mattress with the warm tog duvet, the aroma of smoke and burnt wood wafting around in the pitch black. Upon first light the grasshoppers started communicating then the birds joined in. The crisp mornings have arrived with dew on the grass and the bright blue clear skies. Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Scotland with its autumnal colour changes. While here don’t miss the views over the surrounding countryside from the tree cabin. Also coming soon is a hot tube and outside kitchen! Torsten at Experience Scotland Differently is a wonderful host and will help you in making this a truly unique niche escape just for you.
The drive to Forres is 3 – 4 hours from Edinburgh, however there are some great places to stop and visit on route.
The village of Carrbridge is located 25 miles from Forres, nestled in the Cairngorms National Park. Where there is an abundance of wildlife including the Red Squirrel, here you will find the oldest stone bridge in the highlands of Scotland The Packhorse Bridge dating back to 1717. You can also visit the Landmark Forest Adventure Park if you follow the water down you can see the picturesque Randolph’s Leap.
The village of Carrbridge is also known for its Chainsaw Carving Competition and The Golden Spurtle Competition to find the world’s best Porridge. The Golden Spurtle annual competiton takes place the first weekend in October.
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