Three essential elements at the root of the remote and beautiful Glen Dye and the inspiration behind four days of learning, friendship, discovery and joy.
24 - 28 OCTOBER 2019
Hill Walking / River Swimming / Foraging / Screen Printing / Lino Cutting / Wild Baking / Fermentation / Medicinal Herbs / Preserving / Campfire Singalongs / Feasts / Whisky Tasting... and much more!
Glen Dye is a private estate of around 30,000 acres and our cabins and cottages sit slap bang at its centre, surrounded by wilderness forest and moorland on the banks of the River Dye. The location is fabled; watched over by the massive granite tor of Clochnaben and at the northern end of the Cairn o Mount mountain pass. This is where the Howe of the Mearns finally gives in to the Highland boundary fault; wild, beautiful and very, very quiet.
The food at Camp Glen Dye is an event in itself. We take campfire cooking to a whole new level, using the world-famous produce available on our doorstep to create unforgettable wild feasts. Our chefs and cooks do spectacular things over fire - from pop-up supper clubs with the legendary Free Company to wood-fired pizzas with foraged toppings. Food is a main stage headliner at Glen Dye!
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your Camp Glen Dye ticket.
Thursday + Friday
The Free Company host massively popular seasonal dinners on their farm near Edinburgh. Sold out months in advance, they showcase some of Scotland’s finest produce (local and their own), spectacularly cooked over open fires. The Free Company will be popping up at Glen Dye on Thursday and Friday night.
Tom Herbert, Anja Dunk and Caroline Gladstone will create a fire-cooked vegetarian feast on Saturday night. Tom is one half of the Fabulous Baker Brothers and author of ‘Do Wild Baking: Food, Fire & Good Times’; Anja is a food writer and cookbook author whose works include ‘Strudel, Noodles & Dumplings’ and ‘Do Preserve’ and Caroline, one of our hosts at Glen Dye, is Bill Grainger’s right-hand woman.
Pauline Rogers creates stunningly good wood fired pizza, using foraged ingredients where possible, in her beautifully converted horse box. This is pizza night Jim, but not as you know it!
We have three perfect holiday cottages each with outdoor, woodfired hot tubs and one with its own private cabin. We have also converted the old estate sawmill into a private outdoors paradise; here you’ll find a 1955 Airstream with a giant bed, a fully restored foresters’ kitchen and sitting room, a spectacular outdoor shower and a woodfired hot tub. These cabins and cottages combine jaw dropping wild locations with perfect comfort and style.
We provide the setting, the activities and the food, but it’s the people who really make Camp Glen Dye. Is there anything better than sitting around a campfire with like-minded folk, putting the world to rights with a wee dram in hand? Great company is what you bring and you bring it in spades; we’re blessed to have a truly wonderful bunch of folk join us each time. With only 30 places on every camp, our focus is on intimate experiences and meaningful connections.
Tom Herbert is a fifth generation baker and one half of The Fabulous Baker Brothers. He won Young Baker of the Year as soon as he left baking college and has since harboured the ambition to 'do for bread what Rick Stein has done for fish’. He’s started a baking school, published a couple of books and ‘has lots of floury tricks up his sleeve’. He is the author of Do Wild Baking.
Gail Bryson is a textile, graphic and product designer. She specialises in simple and graphic prints that complement a wide range of home styles. Trained at Edinburgh College of Art, she developed her design skills at The Conran Shop and The Nest before subsequently becoming co-founder and creative director of Bryson Loxley. Amongst her clients there are John Lewis and Jamie Oliver.
Viv is an artist, educator and outdoor swimmer who has lived in the mountains of Snowdonia for 15 years. Her project #swimsnowdonia was listed amongst 'The 10 most inspiring adventures' in The Guardian and has been the focus of several short films including a music video for the band Elbow. Her film 'Afterglow' won Best Woman in Adventure Gold Award at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.
Anja Dunk grew up in the Welsh countryside where homegrown produce and wild foraging were part of daily life. Here began her love for preserving. She is co-author of Do Preserve - Make your own jams, chutneys, pickles and cordials. Her latest book, Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings: The New Taste of German Cooking, is a Glen Dye favourite!
James is a folk musician and singer who has dedicated much of his recent life to inspiring people to sing, whatever they believe that their ability in this area is. He is the author of Do Sing: Reclaim your voice, find your singing tribe, and host of podcast Sing, Sing, Sing.
Natasha is a medical herbalist and forager, who is based in the heart of Cairngorm National Park in Scotland. She has been teaching foraging and herbalism for over 15 years through guided walks, talks and workshops.
Charlie & Caroline Gladstone
The Gladstones are founders of Glen Dye Cabins & Cottages, co-founders of The Good Life Experience festival, founded vintage homewares brand Pedlars, are owners of the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop and The Glynne Arms and are co-authors of The Pedlars Guide to The Great Outdoors. They are also farmers.
They have six children and six dogs and divide their time between the highlands of Scotland, London and Hawarden, where Charlie grew up.