Explore the lowlands of Scotland with these Airbnbs, including running your own bookstore and staying in a former watchmaking house

With city breaks in the Highlands generally being a priority for visitors to Scotland, a new Airbnb initiative seeks to shed light on the often overlooked stays and experiences the Lowlands have to offer, from independent distilleries to unique bookstores by the way. by a dark sky. observatory and captivating coasts.

Accommodation specialists have launched new campaign to advocate for Scotland’s Lowlands tourism offers and opportunities

One of Scotland’s most unexplored areas, there are plenty of reasons to look south to areas like Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders when it comes to booking a getaway with restrictions on domestic travel which should soften in the summer.

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A recent Scottish Parliament briefing found that tourism accounts for around 9% of all Scottish employment and that in the UK’s four countries, in percentage terms, the accommodation and food services sector in Scotland has been most affected by COVID-19.

To help lead the recovery, Airbnb Managing Director Northern Europe Amanda Cupples said: “With most of us taking a break in the UK this year, there is no better time to try something new.

“Through this campaign, we will show the opportunities that a stay in the Lowlands can offer and help spread the benefits of the resumption of tourism across Scotland. “

Here are some of the more exciting Airbnb listings on offer to make your trip even more special.

19th Century Clockhouse Cottage, Earlston, Borders



19th Century Clockhouse Cottage, Earlston, Borders

This cute little cottage is secluded enough for you to enjoy some free time, but not so far from the beautiful town of Melrose in the Borders that you can’t explore a bit if you want to.

Located near the village of Earlsston, it includes a kitchen, 2 bedrooms, a living room and a small wooded garden.

Find out more here.

Idyllic Shepherd’s Hut, Borders



Idyllic Shepherd's Hut, Borders
Idyllic Shepherd’s Hut, Borders

This romantic little one-bedroom shepherd’s hut features a wood-burning stove and is a comfortable way to escape the stress of city life.

Great for a laid back vacation, it’s perfect for wildlife lovers with regular visitors to the area including badgers, owls, and even buzzards.

Find out more here.

Pod 6-Luxury Lakeside Glamping Pod with hot tub, Moscow, Ayrshire



Pod 6-Luxury Lakeside Glamping Pod with hot tub, Moscow, Ayrshire
Pod 6-Luxury Lakeside Glamping Pod with hot tub, Moscow, Ayrshire

This little holiday pod which is close to a local trout fishery near Moscow (yes, you read that right) comes with its own hot tub and is located not far from the Ayrshire coast.

Completely self-contained, it also comes with a king size bed, kitchenette, wifi and even Netflix.

Find out more here.

Award-winning off-grid Shepherd’s Hut, South Ayrshire



Off-grid Shepherd's Hut, South Ayrshire
Off-grid Shepherd’s Hut, South Ayrshire

Those looking to get back to nature can get away from the network altogether by staying at this cozy little shepherd’s hut in the middle of the Ayrshire countryside.

Located in Europe’s second Dark Sky Park, this is the kind of place strgazers will love with stunning views of the night sky (weather permitting).

With plenty of walks, outdoor activities at the nearby Glentrool, and even wild swimming experiences, there is plenty to do here.

Find out more here.

Hazelnut Yurt, two miles from Loch Ken, Galloway



Hazelnut Yurt, two miles from Loch Ken, Galloway
Hazelnut Yurt, two miles from Loch Ken, Galloway

Located in beautiful rural Galloway, just 10 minutes from Loch Ken, Hazelnut Yurt is ideal for a family or couple looking to glamp in style.

The small rustic space is nestled in the middle of a hazelnut grove, near a small fire and is fully equipped with a wood stove, a campfire and cooking equipment.

Find out more here.

The Bus Stop – Luxury Double Decker, Haddington



The Bus Stop - Luxury Double Decker, Haddington
The Bus Stop – Luxury Double Decker, Haddington

One of the most unique adverts you’ll find, this converted double-decker bus definitely has the ‘Wow factor’.

Set on a working farm (with alpacas) with lovely panoramic views over the Lammermuir Hills, in the stunning East Lothian countryside, this luxury accommodation even has a glass roof for sleeping under the stars .

Find out more here.

Kendoon Hut, Dalry



Kendoon Hut, Dalry
Kendoon Hut, Dalry

This charming little eco-friendly capsule on the shores of Loch Kendoon, in the heart of Galloway Forest Park, is another great example of a rural getaway that offers plenty of peace and quiet.

Spacious and fully furnished, it includes a terrace for alfresco dining and even a wood-fired hot tub with spectacular views.

Find out more here.

The Open Book – Bookstore, Wigtown



The Open Book - Bookstore, Wigtown
The Open Book – Bookstore, Wigtown

Located in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town, this intriguing list offers the chance 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 has the support of a team of friendly volunteers to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.

Find out more here.

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