Located on the beautiful west coast of Scotland just nine miles from Oban, Tralee Bay Holidays provides a haven for holidaymakers looking for self-catering lodges and caravans.
Overlooking the picturesque Ardmucknish Bay, sheltered by woodland surroundings and a long sandy beach, Tralee is the ideal destination for a private glamping pod or caravan holiday, any time of year.
A pet friendly site with plenty to do and see locally, Tralee Bay Holidays prides itself on providing lavish lodges and the most up to date caravans.
Owner David Shellock’s commitment to providing quality led him to discover the Timeless Timber Laurieston Glamping Pod. Deciding that this luxury glamping pod would be the ideal fit for his site, Tralee Holidays installed four new Laurieston Pods in June 2016.
Beautifully crafted from homegrown timber, the Laurieston Pod has outstanding sustainability credentials and blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings of the great outdoors. The Pod sleeps up to four people providing year round comfort and shelter from all weathers.
David said: “We took delivery of four pods at the start of the summer and set them up at the top of a hill overlooking crofting land looking north. They have been an excellent addition to our site and fit in perfectly with both the surrounding woodland and our back to nature approach. So far all the feedback we’ve had has been extremely enthusiastic.
“It was the design of the pods inside and out that really appealed to us. The Laurieston is at the top end of the range so cost a little more but they are extremely sturdy and provide a totally different experience to a motorhome. They allow customers to get much closer to the land and give a greater sense of traditional camping while maintaining a higher level of comfort than a tent.
“The fact that they come with specially created dog pods was also a huge bonus as the majority of people who enjoy the Scottish outdoors have dogs and we are a very pet friendly site.
“I would say 50% of our pod bookings request use of the dog pods too. This facility is great for our business as we know from experience that these units perform better than those that can’t take animals. This means that our four pod units are consistently booked up and generating revenue for us.
“We are delighted with how the pods are performing. Our customers love them and if things go well we’ll be planning to extend the pod fleet in winter 2017.
“They’re a great investment for the business as they have a life span of around 20 years whereas our current caravan hire units are rotated every six years. While caravans are cheaper to buy, pod customers won’t consider staying in them so it’s important we are able to cater for all audiences. With the popularity of glamping continuing to rise not only can we market our site to a wider range of customers but being able to charge between £50-£60 a night the pods means we’re on track to break even on the cost of them within two and half years.
“I’d definitely recommend the Laurieston pod, it’s solidly built and well thought out inside however I expect it won’t be long before we see another round of improvements on the range as the guys at Timeless Timber never sit still for long!”