By now it’s no surprise that we are big fans of wheelchair accessible holiday accommodation. Discovering new and exciting places to stay and things to do on our doorstep is what we enjoy the most. And what makes it even better is when we get to do that at home in Scotland. Even if it is only thirty minutes up the road from home like this one.
But our trip to the Treehouses at Lanrick made us feel a million miles from home and was just what we needed. It was the perfect mini-getaway and we are already keen to return.
As a full-time power wheelchair user, I am often left feeling disappointed by the lack of unusual and quirky wheelchair accessible places to stay. But it wasn’t until recently that we discovered we would be able to stay in a wheelchair accessible treehouse.
Yes, an actual treehouse in the middle of a Scottish forest.
I can’t believe we have driven past this area so many times and only now just found this little haven.
Now let me tell you all about it.
The Treehouses at Lanrick
The Treehouses at Lanrick is a family-run business offering quirky places to stay set in the heart of the Trossachs National Park.
The Lanrick Estate near Doune, Perthshire is located just off the main road in a very quiet and secluded woodland. Apart from the birds chirping and the magnificent owls hooting at night, there is zero noise. Peace, perfect peace.
The nearest towns are Doune and Callander which are about a 15 minute drive away. Popular tourist town, Callander has shops, pubs, restaurants and plenty of takeaway options to choose from.
Stirling is less than thirty minutes away and Glasgow and Edinburgh are only an hour away. So you are never too far away from visiting some of the local attractions.
There are five beautiful treehouses in total and each set a good distance from one another so you don’t have to worry about being overlooked by the neighbours. The Treehouses are also named after the owners’ favourite woodland birds.
As we arrived at the Lanrick Estate, we drove deeper into the beautiful woodland, passing the rushing River Teith.
Up in the distance, we could see the tops of the cabins and we could instantly tell it was the perfect off-grid location of a romantic treehouse hideaway in Scotland.
Wheelchair Accessible Treehouse
Welcome to Pipit! This is the wheelchair accessible treehouse at Lanrick and I’m excited to share all the details with you.
But first up, can we all just appreciate how magical this treehouse looks? Allan and I both agreed that we could happily live there forever. But alas we can only dream.
Each of the treehouses is signposted, but it was easy to spot Pipit as the one with wheelchair access due to its amazing wooden walkway connecting the car parking spot to the treehouse.
It was around sunset when we arrived and as we made our way up to the treehouse we could see the smoke billowing from the chimney. It gave us the ultimate cosy vibes. Waiting to greet us was the lovely, Jules who welcomed us and gave us a tour of the treehouse.
Also waiting for us was a lovely vegan hamper of local goodies including fresh bread, muesli, a selection of fruit, teas and jams.
There is step-free access from the outside decking through double doors into the lounge.
And as soon as we entered our cosy cabin we were welcomed by the warmth of the log burning fire. Perfect for the chilly day.
The comfortable two-seater sofa was the perfect spot for relaxing in front of the fire while enjoying the view of the trees surrounding us. We even saw a red squirrel for the first time and lots of beautiful birds.
We truly enjoyed the opportunity to switch off and spend time together. And we especially loved that the Treehouses don’t have a TV or Wi-Fi.
The owners Louisa and Simon have decorated the cabins beautifully providing the best escape to nature with luxury off-grid comfort and with sustainability in mind. Adding little touches for extra comfort from blankets, hot water bottles and bathrobes.
Each of the treehouses is made in a sustainable way using timber grown on the property in order to lower the carbon footprint. As well as upcycled furniture, hand-crafted tables, copper pipe curtain poles and air source heating. Making it an ideal eco-friendly holiday.
Kitchen / Dining
The open-plan kitchen was equipped with everything we needed including a microwave combination oven, electric hob and fridge/freezer. There was also a kettle, cutlery, dinnerware, pots and pans and cleaning products.
Tea and coffee facilities were also provided as well as an electric BBQ. Plus everyone’s best friend…a big bottle of hand sanitiser.
We bought groceries from a local supermarket and enjoyed two lovely cooked dinners during our stay.
One of my favourite things about the contemporary kitchen was the dining table. This a strange thing to comment on, but usually I struggle to access tables due to being too low/high or there being a bar underneath restricting access.
However, the dining table in this treehouse was wheelchair accessible and a good height for me. I was able to support my arms on it to enable me to comfortably eat.
And now for the cosy bedroom with a super king-size bed and forest views. What’s not to love?
Yes, wake up to the sounds and sights of nature from the comfort of the bed. Simply draw back the curtains and look out the French patio doors that lead directly onto the outdoor terrace.
The bed height is 23 inches with a small clearance gap underneath of 2 inches. However, the bed was on wheels so could be risen with blocks if a portable hoist was required.
The bedside tables made from logs added to the rustic treehouse vibe that we loved. The bedroom also featured space next to the bed for wheelchair transfers, a chest of drawers and a coat stand.
The treehouse only has one bedroom, which was ideal for the two of us. But if you have kids or up to two adults with you, then there is the option of them sleeping on the sofabed.
Just let the owners know when booking your stay and they will set it up and provide extra bedding. The sofabed costs £80.
A wheelchair accessible treehouse wouldn’t be complete without a wetroom with a roll-in shower. And that is exactly what you’ll find inside Pipit at The Treehouses at Lanrick.
We both love the contemporary design of the wetroom and its minimalist monochrome features. It’s bright, clean and super sleek.
The toilet, sink and shower were all positioned on the same wall, leaving the wall opposite free apart from a shelf and towel rail.
As you enter the wetroom the toilet is immediately on your right. Matte black grab bars, one fixed and one pull-down are on each side of the toilet. The height of the toilet from the floor to the seat is 20 inches.
The sink is next to the toilet and there is space underneath to roll under. To get a little closer to the sink I swung away my footplates out to the side.
The mirror above the sink was positioned too high for me to see, so I used my own travel mirror.
The roll-in shower was a good size to accommodate a portable shower chair commode if you bring your own. If not, there is a wall-mounted shower seat (height: 19 inches) that folds down with a grab rail fixed to the wall to one side below the shower controls.
However, it would be good to have a grab bar on the other side for support. A shelf in the shower for laying out toiletries would be helpful too. There is a full-length shower curtain and a lovely overhead rain shower and a handheld showerhead unit.
The outdoor bath has the wow factor and will be a highlight of the trip for many people. It really is beautiful and completely private.
Allan was determined to get me in the bath, but it is difficult for me to access baths. All I wanted was for him to lean back and relax. We happily chatted and listened to music together while Allan soaked in the tub and I worked on my cross stitch.
Private Outdoor Terrace with Forest View
All the Treehouses at Lanrick have private outdoor terrace areas. And our wheelchair accessible treehouse was no exception.
Nestled amongst the trees, the spacious terrace was absolutely amazing. There was so much space to move around in my wheelchair with forest views all around. I can’t put into words how magical it was.
There was even a large Pine tree growing through the wooden decking floor, providing partial overhead shade. Beautiful!
In the summer I can imagine myself spending most of the day on the terrace relaxing with a book or painting in the sun. Afterwards, fire up the BBQ and enjoy great food. Perfection!
We enjoyed eating breakfast outside at the table while looking out for red squirrels. When it got a little chilly we finished eating inside and warmed up by the toasty fire. It was nice to enjoy the mornings slowly and really appreciate our surroundings.
I spent the afternoon painting with my watercolours after being inspired by the scenery from our treehouse. Watercolour painting is a fairly new hobby I’ve picked up so it was good to practice during our stay with the most beautiful scenery.
We parked our wheelchair accessible vehicle in the dedicated parking spot which is gravel stones. Although my power wheelchair managed to cross the stones to the wooden bridge, it may be difficult for manual wheelchair users or people with walking mobility aids. The owners have taken my feedback on board and are planning on making this accessible.
What to Do at The Treehouses at Lanrick
Glamping is all about switching off, relaxing and spending quality time together. But if you’re keen to explore the area, then I have some recommendations of things to do while staying at The Treehouses at Lanrick.
If you’re keen to explore but don’t want to venture too far from your Treehouse, don’t worry! There are some lovely riverside and woodland walks with picnic spots on site.
Some of the walking trails may be more difficult to manage for wheelchair users. But the staff are happy to advise of the best routes.
Five minutes away is The Trossachs National Park with breathtaking scenery and activities.
Also, a five-minute drive from the Treehouses is Doune Ponds. This local nature reserve is a lovely wheelchair accessible walk that I recommend visiting.
Although we didn’t go to Doune Ponds during our stay at Lanrick, we did enjoy a beautiful afternoon late last summer exploring the woodland walks and watching the wildlife from the wooden deck overlooking the entire Doune Pond.
Read more: Doune Ponds | Wheelchair Accessible Walk in Doune, Perthshire
The Treehouses at Lanrick are perfectly situated for enjoying fun days out with all the family. Here are a few suggestions:
- Blair Drummond Safari Park
- Briarlands Farm
- Smiddy Farm Shop
- Doune Castle (Temporarily closed)
- Stirling Castle
- The Wallace Monument (restricted access in areas)
- Bannockburn Battlefield
The Treehouses at Lanrick: Watch Our Travel Vlog
We also enjoyed bringing you along on our treehouse stay and have put together a travel vlog showing you around the beautiful treehouse and what we did during the two-night stay. Please check it out below.
The Treehouses at Lanrick – Final thoughts
The cosy wheelchair accessible treehouse at Lanrick is a wonderful place for your next staycation in Scotland. It was the perfect romantic hideaway. We had everything we needed and loved being in nature to recharge and refresh.
We loved that it was just the two of us. And with us still shielding to an extent, it gave us peace of mind that we weren’t going to be in contact with others, but we were still able to enjoy time away from home.
So if you are thinking of escaping to nature and staying in the forest, I can recommend The Treehouses at Lanrick as a wheelchair accessible holiday accommodation in Scotland. Definitely check them out if you feel this treehouse meets your accessibility needs. I also recommend getting in touch with the team to discuss accessibility if you have any questions before booking your stay.
I’m delighted that the owners of The Treehouses at Lanrick have taken my feedback regarding the car parking bay, bathroom grab rails, mirror etc and going to implement solutions to improve accessibility. Wonderful.
My stay at The Treehouses at Lanrick was a press invite. As always, all opinions are my own and 100% honest.