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13th May 2012 3:14pm | By Editor
TNT's top five camping spots with a twist.
Ever since glamping became a buzz phrase, yurts and tipis have been all the rage. But we’d wager that not even the most pimped-out yurt could compete with the chaotic creativity of The Beer Moth, a converted 1956 fire truck.
Parked up on the sprawling Inshriach Estate in Aviemore, Scotland, it is the bemusing brainchild of Walter Micklethwait. Wild-smiled Walter is the kind of man who just can’t stop building things – he also rents out a homemade bothy and yurt on his land; his farmyard is scattered with the props he creates for film and TV (skulls, signposts, a huge hamster wheel); and there are cars from every era parked on the few spare patches of space (it took him eight years to build the MG from scratch).
The Beer Moth has been a labour of love. Walter liberated it from the Manston Fire Museum in Kent and it took four days – and a catastrophic petrol bill – to drive it home to the Cairngorms on b-roads.
Once installed at the estate, Walter set about constructing his masterpiece. The back of the truck is now a characterful living space assembled from an eclectic assortment of odds and ends – underfoot, you’ll find an oak parquet floor pilfered from an old Tudor mansion, and a discarded fire escape forms the staircase.
Thanks to the wood-burner, you should feel comfortably cosy in the Victorian double bed with brass knobs, even though the back wall was once part of the doghouse.
If you should wish to get out of the truck for a breath of fresh air (though if you do, you’ll probably just spend the whole time taking endless pictures of your bizarre homestead), there’s loads to do around Aviemore. Walter will probably coax you into a few ales down the Old Bridge Inn – a great pub with fab food and local live music – and one of the UK’s top 10 cake shops is right next door. Then there’s the river tubing, rafting, mountain biking, zip lining and gorge walking in the surrounding Cairngorms National Park.
It ain’t our number one for nothing.
canopyandstars.co.uk; from £60pn
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