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Shipping Containers To Be Glamping Pods

A tourism firm in the north-east of Scotland has hatched plans to create glamping pods out of shipping containers.

The plan has been hatched by Cooper & MacGregor Ltd, which wants to use the containers to create five glamping units at Hillhead Of Teuchar, near Cuminestown in Aberdeenshire, the Press and Journal reports.

According to the company, which has applied for planning permission, the venture will create a “unique” attraction and bring in more tourism in accordance with changing tastes. It will also be ideally located for exploring the region, being well within range of Aberdeen, the Cairngorm mountains and the area’s many distilleries.

Speaking to the LDR service, architect Bib MacGregor said: “The proposed glamping site is in an area of the former farm land that, due to its position, is of no use for farming or to feature as part of the walks.” He added that the plan would recycle otherwise redundant containers used to deliver equipment to the farm.

If the idea of using them to create glamping pods takes off, many others involved in tourism might buy a used shipping container to help generate new income and provide more options for visitors.

At the moment, however, it is not certain if the scheme will get planning permission, as the paper noted a similar scheme to create glamping pods at a caravan park near Portsoy has been turned down by Aberdeenshre Council, although this was based on a failure to carry out a flood risk assessment, not the principle of glamping pods per se.

There are already some other cases of shipping containers being used as glamping pods and holiday homes in the UK.

An example of this is an Airbnb property by a lakeside near Old Buckenham in Norfolk, which has proved popular based on a number of positive reviews.

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