Holiday pods offer a new camping experience to woodland visitors at Glen Tilt

Would you swap a traditional canvas tent for a wooden pod? Atholl Estates in Highland Perthshire is banking on many campers making the change to the new eco-pods this holiday season.

New timber pods, set deep in woods near Glen Tilt are ready to take customers

Tourists will be getting back to basics this summer in woodland around Blair Atholl.

New timber pods, set deep in the heart of woods near Glen Tilt, are ready to take customers, with the first due to rent a pod in March.

Atholl Estates is experimenting with the new style of holiday accommodation.

The pods have no electricity or wifi, instead they offer an escape from getaway from the interruptions of everyday life. Your belongings arrive by wheelbarrow, as to preserve the peace and quiet, cars are not allowed near the domed wooden huts.

Mike Dukes, head of tourism for Atholl Estates, explained: “The beauty of them is that they give guests the feeling of trekking deep in the wilderness without a heavy load or having to set up a tent. You provide your own bedding and cooking utensils.

“They have been introduced in response to demand from a certain sector of holidaymaker, the environmentally aware tourist.”

Because the pods don’t need foundations or pipes and cables to bring utilities, they went up with minimal disruption to the woodland where they nestle.

Mike added: “We are confident that they will be an important addition to our portfolio.”