I saw the Lazy Duck listed in the Scottish edition of the Cool Camping guides and having been to other sites reviewed in the book but finding they were not always as great as the write up i wasn't exactly sure what to expect at the Lazy Duck. I almost feel i shouldn't write a review at all as it instantly struck me as the kind of place you want to keep a secret but the owners have a strict limit on the number of tent pitches so there is no risk of it becoming overcrowded. Here is my review - AMAZING!
Ok, thats probably not descriptive enough....will try again.
The Lazy Duck is the only campsite i have ever been to which provided a truly unique camping experience. If you were to list the things you need to have a campsite the list would extend to something like-Decent location, decent views, flat grassy field, toilet/shower block.
The Deans have gone much, much further. The Lazy Duck provides ducks alongside Hens and Goats (not for human consumption, purely for your viewing pleasure though you can buy eggs laid by the Hens). If you are not into animals then there are swings.
How about covered cooking, gathering area with tables, candles etc for campers when the rain is on. For when the rain is off there is a wood burning stove and log seating and they even provide plenty of wood though if you are good with a saw and an axe probably a good idea to chop some. For evenings by the fire it should be noted that i think a guitar and a large repertoire of folk songs be a requirement, beards are of course optional.
If none of this tickles then try the outdoor bush shower (I did this and it was great) or the sauna (I didn't try this but i think it must be great) or formation swimming in the lake with the ducks (I made this bit up...)
There is also a wee hostel i had a gander at and i plan to go there soon as it looks amazing but if i write any more then i think people will start to wonder if my surname is actually Dean, which it is not.
Go to the Lazy Duck. It's a unique campsite and I loved my time there, I'm sure you will too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 6 acre oasis in the Cairngorms National Park where nestle an 8 bed hut hostel, 2 off grid 2 person eco cabins and a 4 pitch lightweight camping ground. Waterfowl ponds, cultivated areas, sheep and hens are to be enjoyed with views straight to the mountains. There is nothing but moorland and forest in between. The Lazy Duck is close to mountain bike trails, skiing and snowboarding, climbing and plateau treks, rafting, kayaking, fishing, golfing and plenty of whisky distilleries. Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Highland Folk Museum, Highland Wildlife park and the leisure pool at the Aviemore Centre are all within easy reach and of top class quality for visitors. Small is beautiful at the Lazy Duck. We say 'Been Active? Come home to slow living' with our hot tub, sauna & resident yoga teacher. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lazy Duck Hut Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground Nethy Bridge, Scotland