10 unique Scottish AirBnBs as Scotland prepares to open up to stays
The Prime Minister’s recent announcement on the relaxation of travel restrictions has already enabled us to prepare our plans for the summer, with the outing and exploring Scotland high on the agenda.
Since many of us are unlikely to travel abroad for the foreseeable future, stays seem more and more appealing and luckily Scotland not only has incredible beaches, lochs and landscapes to explore. , but it also has some incredibly unique places to stay.
From running your own bookstore to flying – sleeping well in – your own secluded airship, hosting site Airbnb has thousands of listings across the country.
From cozy country cushions and secluded loch-side retreats to luxury castle suites and unique huts, each of these incredible locations is the perfect place to serve as a home from home.
The bridge house, Ballintuim
Fans of fantasy series like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings will love this turreted castle perched on a bridge over the River Ardle in Perthshire.
Built in 1881, The Bridge House features a winding stone spiral staircase, timber-clad walls, and stone walkways that offer magical views of the river below.
Enjoy a moment in the small sauna before retreating to the romantic master bedroom with its four-poster king-size bed and decorative fireplace, while you fall asleep to the sound of the river below.
Little Skye Bothy, Skye
This lovely couple on Skye is the perfect escape for any couple looking to explore all that the island has to offer while still having that cozy hideaway to return to at the end of the day.
Offering exceptional views of the loch and the mountains (directly from the comfortable ottoman double bed), this exciting little pod has plenty of modern amenities including a shower, small kitchen and wifi.
You can take in the panoramic views by sitting on the outside terrace with a delicious breakfast before getting ready to set off for another day of adventure.
Earth House, Islay
As you make your way to Scotland’s own whiskey island, Islay, you will find the astonishing Earth House.
Nestled on a hill overlooking the Laphroaig Distillery, this small, turf-roofed house offers stunning views of Kilnaughton Bay, Port Ellen, mainland Argyll and Ireland.
Don’t be fooled by the exterior, the interior of this incredible build is inspired by Scandinavian design and comes with an array of modern conveniences including a premium Miele oven, induction hob and Tapenyaki grill.
Luxurious Shepherd’s Hut with Hot Tub, Nedd
Taking advantage of its location on Scotland’s beautiful northwest coast, this fun little converted shepherd’s hut not only offers stunning views, but also a luxurious wood-burning outdoor hot tub to enjoy.
Named after the wildflowers that surround the hut, Iris is deceptively luxurious on the inside with a beautifully handcrafted interior with a fully equipped kitchen.
Expect oak wood surfaces and floors, an en-suite shower room with rainfall showerhead, and plenty of modern amenities, meaning you’ll have everything you need for a romantic weekend away.
The Alexandra Lifeboat, Cruan Ferry
Another of those wonderfully unique accommodation deals that are perfect for Instagram-style photoshoots, the Alexandra offers a unique opportunity to stay in a 110-year-old lifeboat on the shores of the Cuan Strait.
An unforgettable stay, the bright little boat on the rugged coast of Argyll is the perfect base camp for kayakers and hikers looking to explore this beautiful part of the country.
Seating up to six people, this unique little Airbnb is probably best suited for those looking for an outdoor experience rather than those who appreciate a more luxurious weekend.
The Open Book, Wigtown
A book lover’s dream, the Open Book is the perfect place to stay if you want the thrill of running your own bookstore.
Located in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town, this intriguing list offers the opportunity to play the role of a bookstore owner for a week or two, while enjoying living in the charming little apartment above the shop.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any retail experience, the Open Book offers the support of a team of friendly volunteers to make your trip as pleasant as possible.
Converted airship, Drimnin
This quirky-looking getaway offers more than just a place to stay.
The sustainably built AirShip 2 is truly unique accommodation near Oban that provides an unforgettable place to enjoy incredible views of the night sky and the Sound of Mull.
This insulated aluminum capsule was designed by Roderick James Architects and offers modern comfort in a remote setting, making it the perfect place to escape the mad rush.
Fall asleep admiring the views of the stars from the comfortable queen-size bed or explore the private four-acre site with its woodland walks and abundant wildlife.
Converted Doocot Cottage, Edinburgh
This spectacular 16th century Dovecot Cottage is an unusual retreat for those who like to get away from it all.
Located just a 15 minute walk from Edinburgh city center and surrounded by a beautiful garden, the chalet’s most striking feature is the converted doocot (dovecote) which once housed hundreds of messenger pigeons.
The stone cottage can accommodate up to four people and has a double bed in the tower. A mix of old and new, it offers a modern bathroom, underfloor heating and a cozy wood-burning stove.
Hobbit hideout, Moray
Transport yourself to the pages of the world’s favorite fantasy book with a stay in Scotland’s very own Hobbit Hideaway.
This gorgeous handmade earthen house in Moray is a rustic little slice of paradise.
A “natural house” built using locally sourced, renewable and recycled materials including straw bales, logs, stone, earth and clay, you will be forgiven for thinking that you have been transported to the Lord of the Rings set.
Ideal for four people, it even comes with its own garden to pick your own vegetables and herbs.
The whimsical list includes a talkative stream, with mini waterfalls and a fairy vale to enhance the magic of your stay.
Converted 125 year old railway signaling post, Rosehall
Those looking for unique accommodation that they won’t soon forget should look no further than this beautiful converted railway signal post near Loch Shin in the Highlands.
The Little House is another one designed to be ideal for those who are used to staying outdoors, with a more practical interior with a double sofa bed, wood-burning stove and microwave.
Owner Dave saved the signal box from being destroyed when it was no longer needed on the railroad and moved it 12 miles to his family home to create this unique stay.
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