Spirit of Scotland

Unusual places to stay in Scotland

Man stat gazing near a lighthouse in Scotland
Bright idea: many lighthouses offer self-catering or hotel holidays

Unique and unusual accommodation puts Scotland on the must-go map. Take a look at this diverse list of places to stay.

Scotland is closer than you think and packed with amazing things to see and do and quirky places to stay. With beaches as blue as the Caribbean, a packed programme of exciting cultural events, a record number of Michelin stars and new flights from all over the world, Scotland is one of the hottest destinations right now.

From the islands to the Highlands, there are more unusual places to stay than ever. Churches are being turned into B&Bs; thatched Scottish blackhouses are taking on a contemporary edge, and domes and camping pods – such as Strathfillan’s wooden wigwams – are popping up with all the bells and whistles of hotels.

The country’s easy-to-access corners are playgrounds for adventurous travellers whose idea of a great holiday means staying in a simple bothy. On the dramatic coastline, converted lighthouses make unique seaside getaways. Try a stay at the Mull of Galloway lighthouse keepers’ cottages. And next-generation brochs (drystone towers) are a brilliant way to experience a slice of Scottish history.

The country’s easy-to-access corners are playgrounds for adventurous travellers

There’s something for every taste and budget. You can treat yourself to a fairytale castle such as 17th-century Aldourie on the shore of Loch Ness or kick back in a log cabin, where nature provides all the comfort you need in some of the most enchanting forests in Scotland.

With so much to see, you can take it at your own pace: get close to ancient ruins while exploring the waterways on a fully crewed barge, stopping when you please, or get a taste of island life hopping around the Hebrides.

Wherever you go, going green is easy – from staying in an eco-friendly lodge on a Shetland farm or on the shores of Loch Tay in Perthshire, to renting an ultramodern and energy-efficient cottage on the Isle of Lewis.

Time for Scotland

The spirit of Scotland has a quality unlike anywhere else on the planet that moves visitors with its energy and vibrancy. 

Whether you're after stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, beautiful beaches, epic drives, idyllic islands or an active break, Scotland has it all. 

To discover more on accommodation in Scotland download the VisitScotland Accommodation ebook or join the conversation on the Unusual Sleeps thread.