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Wheelchair Accessible Glamping in Callander | The Crags Accessible Pod Review

If you’re looking for wheelchair accessible holiday accommodation with a ceiling track hoist, profile bed and changing places style wetroom then you’re in the right place. I’ve stayed in multiple wheelchair accessible glamping pods across the UK, but the Crags accessible pod in Callander, Scotland offers the best facilities for disabled guests with complex disabilities in my experience. So I’m excited to share my review and tell you all about it.

This stay was part of a press trip provided by Falkirk Delivers, but this review is not part of the collaboration or sponsored. I just really wanted to share how amazing this pod is for wheelchair users.

Read more about that trip and wheelchair accessible things to do in the area:
Wheelchair Accessible Things to do in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & Stirling

Wheelchair Accessible Glamping in Callander

Callander Youth Project Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to improving the lives of young people. Located in Callander at the heart of the Trossachs National Park, CYP offers a range of services, activities and employment opportunities.

They also offer holiday accommodation in their Callander Hostel and new luxury glamping pods.

Aerial view of Callander CYP hostel and glamping pods overlooking Ben Ledi and Callander Crags
Callander Hostel and glamping pod | Photo courtesy Callander Youth Project Trust

The four newly-built glamping pods that opened in 2021 are situated on the grounds of the Callander Hostel. They are set in the most perfect spot with beautiful views of Ben Ledi and the Callander Crags.

Callander is a popular tourist town with shops, pubs, restaurants and plenty of takeaway options as well as local accessible walks.

Less than thirty minutes away is the City of Stirling where you can visit Stirling Castle and other wheelchair accessible attractions. I can also recommend Alpaca trekking which is about eight miles away.

Glasgow and Edinburgh are only an hour away, making Callander the perfect base for visiting some of the main sights.

Read more: Stirling Castle Wheelchair Accessible Review

Aerial view of Callander glamping pods
Luxury glamping pods | Photo courtesy Callander Youth Project Trust

The Crags Accessible Pod

Welcome to The Crags pod! This is the wheelchair accessible pod at CYP and it did not disappoint.

Callander is around thirty minutes from where I live so it’s a town we often visit for a walk or while out on a scenic drive such as the nearby Three Lochs Forest Drive.

So I’m delighted there is now accessible accommodation available allowing disabled visitors with more complex needs the opportunity to explore this beautiful part of Scotland.

The exterior of the Callander CYP Crags Accessible Glamping Pod
Emma sat in her powered wheelchair inside the crags accessible pod at Callander CYP.

Kitchen / Dining

The open-plan kitchenette and dining area were equipped with everything we needed for our short stay. There was a microwave, toaster, electric hob, fridge, instant boiling water tap and dishwasher. Also provided was dinnerware, cutlery, pots and pans.

The electric hob has space underneath for wheelchair users to roll under when preparing and cooking food.

Kitchen an dining area in the accessible glamping pod at Callander CYP.

As we were only staying for one night and had dinner reservations at Mhor 84 that evening, we didn’t take much food with us. Our snacks and breakfast supplies were able to sit on the worktop.

Groceries can be bought from the local supermarket and shops selling local produce.

The dining table is attached to the wall and can be folded down when not in use. There is space for three people to sit at the table.

The fresh flowers and box of chocolates were a lovely gesture.

Emma sat in her powered wheelchair inside the crags accessible pod at Callander CYP.

Lounge

The lounge was also in the kitchen/dining area. It featured a sofa bed that pulls out and sleeps up to two people and we were provided with a Z bed (fold-out) as well. This allows options depending on how many people stay and different sleeping setups. The bedding was also provided.

A small clothes rail and hangers were attached to the wall next to the sofa bed along with plug sockets and a thermostat.

A grey sofabed in the lounge of the accessible pod.

A wide sliding barn door divided the lounge from the bedroom/bathroom, which ensured privacy when needed. As it was only the two of us, we kept the door open which meant I could move around easily whenever I wanted.

Lounge area with a view into the bedroom area at Callander CYP Crags Accessible Glamping Pod

I loved the floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the lounge. It provides unrestricted views of the spectacular Ben Ledi and the Callander Crags all from the comfort of inside the pod with underfloor heating. Perfect for those chilly days.

Emma sat in her powered wheelchair at a ceiling to floor window. She is looking out of the window at the stunning view of the mountains.

Accessible Bedroom with Profile Bed & Ceiling Hoist

The Crags accessible pod has one bedroom with a single profile bed. This is where I slept and I have to say I had a really comfortable sleep. Like my bed at home, I was able to adjust my position by raising my head and legs.

It makes such a big difference having a bed like this when staying away from home. It’s the difference between having a comfortable sleep or lying awake in pain.

A single profiling bed with overhead ceiling track hoist in the accessible glamping pod at Callander CYP.

There is a small window in the bedroom, but as it is positioned higher up the wall it provides privacy while still letting in daylight.

I liked that there is a range of plug sockets around the bedroom which is great if you have equipment, machines, and electronic devices. And the bed is on wheels so it can be moved around the room to wherever works best for you. There is also a table on wheels which can be rolled under the bed.

The bedroom has a ceiling (y-shape) hoist installed which runs through to the bathroom.

The bedroom and bathroom inside the crags accessible glamping pod in Callander CYP.

Changing Places Wetroom Facility with Clos-o-mat Toilet

Although we have stayed in wheelchair accessible glamping pods before this is the first one we’ve come across with a Changing Places wetroom. Or any accessible accommodation with bathroom facilities like this for that matter. It’s incredible and what really makes the Crags accessible pod stand out as an accessible and inclusive holiday accommodation.

The huge wetroom has a shower, adult-sized changing bench, adjustable-height washbasin and a clos-o-mat toilet. I really wish more accessible accommodations would install these wash and dry toilets as they are vital for many disabled people to maintain their independence and dignity while on holiday.

Changing Places wet room at Callander CYP Crags Accessible Pod

Again it’s what I have at home and I know so many disabled people who are unable to go on holiday because they require a wash and dry toilet.

The changing bench was positioned next to the shower for guests that need to lie down whilst showering. But there is also a wall-mounted fold-down shower seat as well.

A three-tiered trolley on wheels was in the wetroom which is handy for storing toiletries and medical supplies.

All in all the wetroom in the Crags accessible pod is absolutely fantastic!

Private Outdoor Terrace with Mountain View

The Crags accessible pod has a private covered porch with a table and chairs. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to enjoy sitting out here as much as we’d hoped due to arriving late at night and leaving early morning.

But we made sure to take in the beautiful scenery and peaceful surroundings. I know we’ll love sitting out there when we visit again.

Although we didn’t see it during our stay, there is an accessible garden area within the grounds which is available to guests. I believe they grow their own vegetables in the garden.

Emma sat in her powered wheelchair outside on the pod decking looking across the fields to the mountains.
A view of Callander Crags and Ben Ledi from the Crags accessible pod.

Accessible Parking

We parked our wheelchair accessible vehicle in the dedicated parking spot at the back of the Crags accessible pod. A slabbed pathway leads the way from the parking to the pod, which provided smooth access for my wheelchair.

A wheelchair accessible vehicle parked in a disabled parking bay next to a glamping pod.

The pathway is lined with lighting which was helpful as we arrived when it was dark.

A photo showing the accessible slabbed pathway leading from the parking bay to the accessible pod.

How to Book a Stay at The Crags Accessible Pod

The Crags accessible pod is not available to book online. Bookings must be made by contacting CYP directly. Contact details can be found on the website.

Additional information on the accessible pod is available here: www.cyp.org.uk/accessible

The Crags Accessible Pod – Final thoughts

I love that there is accessible holiday accommodation, specifically a glamping pod in Scotland with a ceiling hoist, profile bed and changing places wetroom with a clos-o-mat toilet. These facilities at The Crags accessible pod are incredible and ensured our needs were fully catered for.

The only downside to our stay was that we weren’t able to stay longer. We would love to return for another visit and highly recommend you check it out if you think it will meet your needs. The facilities, fully equipped bathroom and location get two thumbs up from us.

Have you stayed at The Crags accessible pod? If not, would you like to stay there?

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4 Responses

    1. Thank you so much Chris. I’m delighted you enjoyed reading about this amazing accessible pod. The facilities are brilliant and its in such a beautiful location. I hope you are able to visit sometime.

  1. This might seem like a silly question, but how comfy is the sofa bed for the people accompanying you? I’ve slept on so many uncomfortable sofa beds that it would put me off taking my client there if it was.
    This pod seems amazing I just wish there was a little more space for a carer to stay as most people who need full hoist support will always have someone with them, if not multiple people.

    1. Hi Emma. It’s not a silly question at all. My partner found the sofa bed very comfy – he didn’t mention having any issues or disturbed sleep. I would like to say you’d find it comfortable too 🙂

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