Kilry eco pods


There is a lack of pod-type accommodation along the trail. These pods fill a niche in the market, as they provide a very cost-effective, comfortable “get away”. So you have the feel of camping, but without the hassle. Link up with a bag drop service to walkers, this will make the trail far more accessible for those that cannot manage their own luggage. Offering a weekend a month heavily subsidised, off-season, to young carers and fosterers for much needed respite. I will link up with ‘Restability’, an organisation that is involved with the provision of this service.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

Getting the project set up and running as a successful business has been the biggest achievement. Consistently good reviews and a high-quality experience created.

How has your project benefited your local area?

– The project has brought a lot of people to the area, increasing spend to other places – such as bike hires, other self-catering and other tourism centres nearby.
– Improved the PR of the Cateran Trail – working with the Cateran Ecomuseum.
– Welcome pack using local farm shops is in place. Has had to be put on hold for COVID but is set in place ready to restart.
– So successful that Kay was turning people away daily, which has resulted in plans for other nearby farms to build self-catering accommodation.
– Also recommends other nearby accommodation as Kay likes to work with other providers.

What has been your biggest challenge?

COVID has been the biggest challenge. There has been lost revenue as there have been a lot of cancellations and reduced rate stays due to the use of Itison vouchers.
Inside Pod at Kilry
Project name

Kilry eco pods

Applicant name

Kay Tompkins

Approved grant


Fund now closed for further applications