WHO WE ARE
Howe: A hill; the hollow of a hill
Situated just outside Ballater on the Eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park, Howe of Torbeg provides high quality glamping accommodation and facilities on a small scale. Set in just 1 acre of land the site feels much bigger as we have open fencing to the surrounding farmland and birch woodland, with direct access to countryside walks and the River Gairn.
We have 3 Glamping Pods, 1 Luxe Glamping Pod & an off-grid Shepherd's Hut, all with beautiful views down Glen Gairn and supported by our environmentally conscious on-site facilities. Our ethos is simplicity, time to unplug and unwind, time in the great outdors - and our site reflects this. Spend time in nature with an additional touch of luxury.
Our small site allows our visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms and access all it has to offer, without being crowded. A great base for exploring the local area or further afield.....or just a pleasant place to sit and while away a few days.
You'll find more detailed information about the accommodations on our Booking page. Just call or email us if you're not sure which accommodation will work best for you.
Howe of Torbeg is a family business, owned and run by Iain & Nicole Gildea...come and share our corner of the National Park!
The Wash House is our fully heated shower block, with 2 self contained shower rooms, each with low flush loo and sink. Our showers are gas powered, providing lots of lovely hot water on demand. Two covered outside sinks are available for washing up, also with free hot water.
Use one of our Kadai fire bowls or your own trusty camping stove for your cooking. Logs & charcoal are available to purchase onsite.
We also have an indoor wood burning oven in our shared log cabin, The Snug, as well as dining table & chairs, for cooler days and Winter Glamping. This can be a good option for group breakfasts as well. If you want to save on luggage, we have camping cookware and dining sets you can borrow. Please note that we do not have any fridge facilities on site, so in warm weather bring a cool box!
For topping up your provisions Ballater is less than a 5 minute drive away and has an excellent butcher, a bakery, and a good sized
Co-Op. Ballater Farmer's Market takes place in the village on the last Saturday of every month April - November.
If you fancy eating out, Ballater also has a great choice of local cafes & restaurants – too many to list here! You can find a full list of all of the options in the Snug.
We also have a small office & shop onsite, which stocks snacks & drinks, midge repellent, firewood & sundries. The Snug has a stash of games to borrow and a bookshelf for days when you just want to chill in your pod or the weather isn’t cooperating with your BBQ plans.
There is car parking on site, and you will be allocated a space on booking. Please note that we operate a small site. If there is more than 1 vehicle per pod please let us know when booking – alternative parking arrangements are available for extra cars just a short walk from the site.