Howe of Torbeg provides glamping accommodation near Ballater, within the Cairngorms National Park.

Guests can use the property's Kadai fire bowls for BBQs and evenings around the fire. Logs are available to purchase on-site.

Skiing can be enjoyed within close proximity of the campsite.

Balmoral Castle is 5.6 miles from Howe of Torbeg. The nearest airport is Aberdeen Airport, 35.4 miles from the property.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

Howe of Torbeg has been welcoming guests since 2 Mar 2018.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.7)

Free private parking available on-site


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This property is part of the Travel Sustainable programme, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.
Property questions and answers
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  • Do you take dogs
    No, we don't take dogs
    Answered on 9 July 2020
  • We have a camping gas ring can we use it outside
    Yes no problem, you can use it either on the wooden deck outside your Pod or on the picnic table.
    Answered on 20 June 2022
  • do you have electricity in the pods/
    Hi there yes the Pods have electric light and heating. The Shepherd's Hut is off-grid with excellent solar lighting & a wood burning Hobbit stove for heating.
    Answered on 18 September 2020
  • Are small well behaved dods allowed?
    Hi unfortunately we can't accommodate pets, thanks
    Answered on 1 May 2022
  • Can you add a camp bed for a child in the pods?
    Hi, only in the Luxe Pod, where we can add a bed for 1 child aged up to 10. The Standard Pods sleep 2 guests only. Thanks
    Answered on 4 April 2022
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Howe of Torbeg
Small is beautiful! Come & stay at our gorgeous Glamping site in the heart of Royal Deeside & the Cairngorms. We have 4 Glamping Pods and an off-grid Shepherd's Hut on a gorgeous tiny campsite alongside a communal log cabin. Our Standard Pods sleep 2 adults on comfy futon beds, either Twin or Double. Our larger Luxe Pod can sleep 2 adults on a custom built double bed, as well as 1 child up to age 10. Pods are fully insulated, with heaters (just in case!), with electricity. Our Shepherd's hut is a unique off-grid accommodation which can sleep 2 adults on a custom built double bed, and 2 children up to age 16 on JayBe fold away single beds. All accommodation has great views. 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 you with lots of lovely hot water on demand. Two covered outside sinks are available for washing up, also with free hot water. We have a shared indoor space, The Snug, for cooking and eating on wet days. You can also find books & games in there.
Howe of Torbeg is a lovely peaceful place, in a tranquil rural location, with great views & facilities. Perfectly located in the Cairngorms countryside, with great access just off the A939 & only 5 miles from the picturesque village of Ballater with its shops, restaurants & cafes. Use one of our fire pits or your own trusty camping stove for your cooking. Logs, kindling & charcoal are available to purchase onsite. For topping up your provisions Ballater is less than a 5 minute drive away and has an excellent butcher, a bakery, a fantastic deli and a good sized Co-op. If you fancy eating out, Ballater also has a great choice of local cafes & restaurants. What to Bring: Bring camping kit including food, or just eat out. It's a good idea to bring a torch or headtorch for walking around the site after dark. Please bring a cool box in the summer if you have perishable food as we don't currently have a fridge on site
For stretching your legs, there's plenty of walk and paths you can access on foot straight from your pod. Further afield, Royal Deeside is a walker’s paradise, for both leisurely strolls and all out hikes. There is a wealth of road and mountain biking in easy reach of Howe of Torbeg and plenty of family friendly biking too. Nearby Ballater is surrounded by circular routes typically lasting between 1 and 4 hours. The Deeside Way, starting in Ballater, provides an enjoyable off road cycle track along an old railway line, with tearooms and views of the River Dee en route. Apart from the great outdoors, there are castles and distilleries aplenty in easy reach and Ballater has excellent independant shops & a farmer's market. Howe of Torbeg is also ideally situated to access 2 of Scotland's ski resorts, The Lecht & Glenshee. Both are approximately half an hour's drive away. Both run ski schools & hire equipment
Language spoken: English
Property surroundings *
Facilities of Howe of Torbeg
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Shared toilet
  • Linen
  • River view
  • Mountain view
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Barbecue
  • BBQ facilities
  • Garden
  • Dining table
  • Oven
Room Amenities
  • Fold-up bed
  • Ski school Additional charge
  • Walking tours Additional charge
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Skiing Off-site
  • Fishing Off-site Additional charge
  • Golf course (within 3 km) Additional charge
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Seating Area
No internet access available.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Secured parking
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • 24-hour security
  • Designated smoking area
  • Allergy-free room
  • Heating
  • Private entrance
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Entire unit located on ground floor
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

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15:00 - 23:00


Until 10:00 hours


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children aged 15 years and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Extra bed upon request
Cot upon request
3 - 14 years
Extra bed upon request

The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Payments by takes your payment on behalf of the property for this stay, but make sure you have cash for any extras once you get there.

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 11:00 and 07:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

For bookings made during Winter months (December - March) guests are advised to check winter driving conditions.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Please inform Howe of Torbeg in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

FAQs about Howe of Torbeg

  • Check-in at Howe of Torbeg is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • Howe of Torbeg offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Skiing
    • Fishing
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Walking tours

  • Howe of Torbeg is 3.7 miles from the centre of Ballater.

  • Yes, Howe of Torbeg is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • The prices at Howe of Torbeg may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.