Respitality: Free short breaks

Respitality: short breaks

There’s loads of kindness and generosity from many sectors across Scotland. That’s why Respitality in Scotland in partnership with the hospitality industry have joined forces and are offering a number of free activities and short breaks all over Scotland to unpaid carers.

In order to qualify for them, you must be registered as an unpaid carer. If any of the below sparks your interest, get in touch with us by emailing and letting us know which activity you are interested in. 

Due to high interest, we cannot guarantee availability. 

We currently have the following short breaks available:

  • Lunch for up to 6 people (weekly) – Scholars Restaurant, City of Glasgow College

Accepting bookings from end of January.
One table, maximum of 6 persons, for lunch, on the available days they are open. Bookings have to be made in advance, no walk ins are accepted.
Please check the website for days they are open and availability before making your booking.
Food is all included, only pay for any drinks consumed.
Street level access, parking can be an issue. No car park available.

  • Camping pods in Kallin or Paible between April to September 2024

Duncan from North Uist Camping Ltd is kindly offering overnight stays in both of his camping sites:

The Creel Yard 
The Tractor Shed 

Both sites have pods that can accommodate up to 4 people.
A minimum of two nights is suggested. Duncan has mentioned he is flexible and is happy to offer long stays if the carer wishes.
Breaks to happen between April and September 2024, excluding the last week of July due to festival season.
Dates are subject to availability.

For enquiries and bookings, check the booking calendar on the website to determine dates available, then email or call Duncan to confirm booking.

  • 2024 Ongoing offer cask tasting tours with Dewars Aberfeldy Distillery (Perthshire)

Dewars Aberfeldy Distillery would like to offer an unpaid carer and a companion a Complimentary Cask Tasting Tours with lunch in their café. Dewars have advised this offer is unlimited and ongoing so please take advantage where you can!

Terms & Conditions
Break off excludes travel and accommodation.
Strictly over 18s only. Children can accompany on the tour.
Subject to availability. Ideally mornings in summer season.
Arrival Times: April to October (Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12noon to 2pm) November to March: (Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm, Sunday closed.)
Some rooms in the distillery don’t have wheelchair access. Lots of walking. Adjustments available. Full access statement available.

For bookings, please contact the team on or 01887 822010

  • Midweek stay in Juniper Shepards Hut Howe of Torbeg (December 2024)

Howe of Torbeg would like to offer one or two nights mid week stay (Sunday to Thursday) in their Juniper Shepherd’s Hut.

It can sleep 2 adults in a bespoke built platform raised Double bed with sprung mattress, and up to 2 children up to the age of 15 on Jay-Be fold away camp beds.

With a classic split opening stable door, you can make the most of the views even when you don’t feel like getting out of bed!

The Hut is different than the Pods as it is completely off-grid, for the full unplugged experience. Really switch off and get some downtime….
Super insulated, with a small but perfectly formed Hobbit wood burning stove; once the fire’s going it’s toasty warm! The Hut also has excellent solar lighting.

  • Get a great night’s sleep in a comfy raised double with pocket sprung mattress.
    • Children have a cosy camping adventure sleeping on fold out camp beds.
    • Travel cot available for tiny toots, dependant on availability.
    • All bedding, linen & blankets, & towels are provided.
    • Fully lockable and secure.
    • Small outside seating area with wooden rocking chairs & stunning views over the valley, with a Kadai cast iron fire pit with a griddle for cooking on.
    (Logs & charcoal available to buy on site).
    • The Wash House is our fully heated shower block, with 2 self-contained large, clean & modern shower rooms, each with low flush loo and sink. Our showers are gas
    powered, providing you with lots of lovely hot water on demand 24/7.
    • Two covered outside sinks are available for washing up, also with free hot water.
    • Our Snug offers a small communal space with a wood burning stove and oven, and a selection of books & games.
    • Our shared Tea Shack has a small gas stove & kettles for making hot drinks.
    • We have camping crockery packs, BBQ utensils, and other useful bits available to borrow on site, as well as a wee shop selling firewood, charcoal and some other bits &
    • Completely unplug – there is no Wi-Fi at Howe of Torbeg (although there is a phone signal!)
  • Glenkinchie Distillery Journey of Flavours Tour Tickets

Diageo have offered Respitality tickets to their Glenkinchie Distillery Journey Flavour tour at their premises in Tranent.

To Book: request a code from Donald (one code is for 2 people), visit the site, select the date you want and add in the promo code provided. You can enquire through the link below with any questions you have:

Join us on a journey through Glenkinchie’s storied landscape and rich heritage, filled with passionate people and a quest to capture the essence of East Lothian through our flavourful field-to-glass whisky process.

Your full-sensory tour* culminates in a tutored whisky tasting of 3 drams and a wee cocktail in our Tasting Room – a delicious ending to a wonderful adventure at the Lowland Home of Johnnie Walker.

Please note that children under the age of 8 are not permitted on tours due to health & safety reasons. Children over the age of eight are welcome with a valid ticket.

For any guests wishing to drive ,we are pleased to offer a take-away pack for your tastings so you can safely enjoy these later.

*Note this tour is highly immersive and uses a combination of light, media, music, sensory moments and special effects that may not be suitable for all audiences. For information on accessibility at Glenkinchie please see our accessibility page for details to plan your visit. All wheelchair users are welcome to join us for a tour and your guide will offer an alternative to the elements of the tour which are not accessible. Please note that due to health and safety risk assessments, unfortunately we cannot accommodate motorised wheelchairs in certain working areas of the distillery during production Monday – Friday. For a fuller experience, we would recommend that motorised wheelchair users book for a tour on Saturday or Sunday when production does not take place to access more areas. Please note not all areas are accessible due to some stairs however we do have an alternative for the sections not accessible. If you have any queries or would like to discuss your visit please email and a member of the team will be in touch. .


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