#backofhouseandbeyond with nc500 Pods

8th May 2019

Off the Grid at nc500

Welcome once again to #backofhouseandbeyond, our client feature series!

For our May feature, we've gone off-the-grid and have travelled further than we have to date! Way up on the North West coast of the Highlands in Scotland is an area called Assynt, where you'll find this month's feature: glamping pods nc500pods!

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A Brief History

Unlike our other featured clients, nc500pods is a brand-new venue opening later this month. They are a glamping accommodation site perfectly located next to Achmelvich beach, which is known for its gorgeous white sands and turquoise sea. Being on the North Coast 500 route, their aim is to offer short-stay luxury accommodation for hill-walkers, holidaymakers and those touring the North Coast 500 route (information about the route can be found here: https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/tours/driving-road-trips/north-coast-500/).

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Founder's Alisdair Young and Calum MacLeod explain that the idea for opening a luxury, beach glamping site was born from: “... wanting somewhere better to stay in the area”. Alisdair notes that in the 20 years since his first visit “…I have battled with broken tent poles, ever deflating blow up mattresses and worst of all, nowhere to chill my beer!”

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About the Venue

nc500pods will feature 4x handmade timber pods, which are fully insulated and feature under floor heating for guests. The glamping pods offer luxury stays - this isn't your typical camping experience! The pods have WiFi, Smart TV's, a kitchenette in each, Amazon Alexa's and Philips Hue lighting, offering a huge upgrade to regular camping. Alisdair and Calum are also proud to be able to provide quality accommodation, and are pleased that they've been able to work with a large amount of local service providers when setting up the business, which is only a 2-minute walk from the “utterly idyllic” Achmelvich Beach.

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Challenges & Achievements

Setting up their site has come with its challenges - due to their remote location, delivery costs tend to be higher (if delivery is an option at all!) Everything they are installing has had to be delivered to the site, which has caused some difficulties. However, they are extremely excited to see what this year will bring once they've opened!

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nc500pods can be found at: 101 Achmelvich, Lochinver, IV27 4JB North Coast 500 and online at https://nc500pods.co.uk/