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The Charcoal Huts

Our two new off-grid huts in Moss Wood are now available for hire! We are taking bookings up until October 2024 and you can check availability and book directly and securely using below. You can book your hut for £90 per night, and this includes cleaning and admin fees; pets are charged extra at £10 per stay (max two pets).

Book your unique woodland adventure here!

The Charcoal Huts have been thoughtfully designed and delivered by local Bute business GetMade to sit sympathetically in the woodland landscape with minimal impact on the local environment. They are low-carbon and very eco-friendly as has been recognised by their being awarded the Argyll and Bute Council's Design Awards 2023 for best small project!

Named the 'The Charcoal Huts' as they were inspired by the early charcoal burner settlements that were historically found in this area of Moss Wood. The paths surrounding the huts are the very same ones used by the forest's early inhabitants and can still be used today to connect to the West Island Way and beyond.

Although nestled in the birch woodland, the huts have stunning views of the Kyles of Bute and are located just a short walk away from a secluded and private stretch of coastline. The huts will appeal to both islanders and visitors wanting a unique woodland getaway.

Each cozy hut sleeps two adults and two small children (in junior sized singles 160x70cm). Although they are off-grid, they have been designed to offer a unique woodland eco-glamping experience with quality fixtures and fittings, including woodburning stoves and private composting toilet facilities. You can also hire mountain bikes for exploring our 160 hectares of forest!

Get back to basics with us and enjoy immersing yourself in the nature of our wonderful woodland!

The Charcoal Huts have been funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and all profits generated will be reinvested in our community engagement and nature conservation activities.

Find out more about the Charcoal Huts

The site is located within our community woodland and is accessed via a long sloped path which starts at the small car parking area (space for 2 cars) and leads to the Charcoal Huts further up on the slope.

There are two identical Charcoal Huts on our site, both with generous decking:

Alder, which is located nearer to the main access path and has a larger toilet cubical - this Hut may be more suitable for people with accessibility issues although the pathways are uneven and steep all over the site.

And Birch, which is located further up the slope. Both Huts have incredible views over the Kyles of Bute.

There is drinking water and basic washing up facilities (sorry - no hot water unless you heat it yourself!) as well as a communal picnic and firepit area to the upper rear of the site.

Each Charcoal Hut is fitted with...

  • Log Burning Stove which can be used for cooking (with supply of fire lighters, kindling and firewood)
  • 1 x Double Bed
  • 2 x Single (child sized 70x160cm) Beds
  • Cutlery
  • Small and Large Plates
  • Bowls
  • Mugs
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Chopping board
  • Kettle
  • Stove top cafetière
  • Frying Pan
  • Tea Towel
  • Hand towel
  • Wash Basin
  • Eco Friendly Toilet Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Eco Friendly Washing-up Liquid
  • Compostable washing up sponge
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"Incredible wee spot. Loved being in the north of the island. Heard cuckoos, woodpeckers and owls. Would love to return sometime"

"Peace at last! Our time at Birch cabin can only be described as peaceful. The beautiful views of the sea through one window and a birch forest through the other was enchanting. Having no wifi forced us to slow down the pace and really enjoy our time there. I had the best nights of sleep I’ve had in years. Such a beautiful retreat to nature and a hark to simpler times. I would be back in a heartbeat"

"Absolutely loved every minute of being here. The huts are really cosy and loved the wee extras such as the biscuits and marshmallows but especially the smidge spray. Will definitely be back very soon 😊"

"We had a wonderful stay in the Alder, which was perfect for immersing ourselves in nature and escapism for a full weekend! Everything we needed was to hand in what is a thoughtfully designed, well managed and beautifully constructed Charcoal Hut. Thanks so much to the Bute Forest Team for allowing us to detach from our usual city life to the tranquility of the forest".

"Lovely little cabin, big enough for two adults and three large dogs. Surroundings were absolutely beautiful. Wish we could have stayed longer"

"A beautiful, peaceful space that has been thoughtfully put together. The bed and seating is very comfortable, the fire extremely effective, and the hut is stocked with all the small things you might need".

It’s a great place for a one night stay. The owners clearly care about you and the stay. Coffee is ground, there are treats for the kids, everything is super clean.

Really appreciated having the communal sink to do dishes and wash our hands after a long walk. Thank you for a lovely stay. Lovely location. Perfect if you’re after a glamping weekend on Bute.

We had a truly beautiful time here - waking up to birdsong in the forrest, having sunset dinner on the porch and a good nights sleep in comfy beds. Definitely coming again!

Fantastic off-grid huts! Incredibly comfortable, very eco-friendly, amazing location on Bute. Will certainly be back and tell everyone I know to book these!