7 of the most unusual Airbnb listings in Scotland

From running your own bookstore to flying – sleeping well in – your own secluded airship, Scotland has some truly unique places to stay.

Hosting site Airbnb has thousands of listings across the country, allowing Scots to share their incredible spaces with millions of people around the world.

With the country reopening after the lockdown and with many of us deciding to stay and explore all that Scotland has to offer instead of going abroad, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most intriguing sites to inspire you for your next trip.

Ranging from cozy country pods and secluded loch-side retreats to opulent chalet suites and unique huts, each of these incredible locations is the perfect place to serve as a home from home.

Piping duck and nest, Lake Menteith, Stirling



The Widgeon offers incredible views.

This gorgeous waterfront lodge in Stirling is the very definition of a chic, modern space – it even includes its own hot tub and sauna.

Offering panoramic lake views towards Ben Lomond and the Menteith Hills, the Widgeon comes with its own Bannockburn-Whin stone patio which sits right by the lake and is perfect for an al fresco meal or a late drink in the night.

Seating six to eight people, it also has an incredible additional storage room – The Nest.

Clad in larch and mirror-polished stainless steel, the distinctive two-story annex features a queen-size bed, sofa, and unique lake views, making it perfect for a romantic getaway.

The Open Book, Wigtown



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Manage your own bookstore with a stay at the Open Book

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.

Do not worry if you have no experience, the Open Book offers support by a team of friendly volunteers to make your trip as pleasant as possible.

Hobbit hideout, Moray



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Transport yourself to the pages of the world’s favorite fantasy book with a stay in Scotland’s very own Hobbit Hideaway.

This gorgeous handcrafted earthen house in Moray is a rustic little slice of heaven.

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, complete with mini waterfalls and a fairy vale to enhance the magic of your stay.

Converted airship, Drimnin



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The living room in the airship.

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.

The bus stop, Gifford



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The converted bus.

Described as a ‘holiday experience with a difference’, these beautifully converted buses and upcycled accommodation are located on a working farm with panoramic views of the Lammermuir Hills, in the heart of the East Lothian countryside.

Offering both luxury and rustic buses, the whole family (including dogs) can enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside and even their own hot tub.

Each bus comes with a wood-burning stove and bespoke furnishings, while an on-site converted stable block offers a small farmhouse pantry, providing essentials like wine, beer, and even ice cream. .

The Cowshed Boutique Bunkhouse Pods, Uig, Isle of Skye



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Unique stable pods.

These distinctive little glamping pods offer all the fun of camping – with a few extra luxuries, including a double bed and a small en-suite bathroom.

Located on the northwest coast of the island, with incredible views of the bay, each pod is pet-friendly and comes with its own ‘kitchenette’.

There is a lot to explore, from the village of Uig itself to the thundering Rha Falls and the famous Fairy Glen.

Better yet, if you go at the right time of year – and if you’re very lucky – you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Converted Doocot Cottage, Edinburgh



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The artfully converted doocot.

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 log burner.

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