A beautiful new campsite has been created in the Walled Garden at Spital Tower near Denholm in the Scottish Borders, set in the heart of the newly designated Special Landscape Area of Teviot Valleys.
Set in an Edwardian Walled Garden on the slopes of Ruberslaw - an iconic Scottish Borders mountain - the campsite won points for innovation by the Scottish Rural Development Programme.
Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping has provided a top-of-the-range Hub building containing high specification toilet and shower facilities with underfloor heating, facilities for the less able, a full equipped kitchen and a large under cover gathering in a redundant barn.
The walled garden contains 30 pitches arranged in the old orchard and on the terraces around the pond and Edwardian glasshouse. The central section of the glasshouse has been turned into a rest area.
Future plans for a small number of supported hill pitches, set about 400m apart so as to provide a really wild experience for campers are being scrutinised by Planning officials. These will complete the SRDP funded diversification plan when they open in 2013.
Alan Bailey, Scottish Land & Estates member and the man behind the project said:
"When you get feedback comments like - 'one of the best sites in 30 years of camping, strikes the perfect balance' - we know we have filled a much needed niche in the market. Normal caravan and camping parks are not providing what tented campers are looking for."
Scottish Land & Estates have helped with advice on public access matters.