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10 Unique Places to Stay in Scotland

Updated: Aug 21


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I've heard so much about Scotland and seen enough pictures to know how beautiful it is there! Traveling to that part of the UK is definitely on my bucket list. Here are 10 unique places to stay when you make your visit here. I definitely want to check them all out!


1. Arnprior Farm Glamping, Stirling.

Famous for creating unique interactive family farming days, Arnprior has a six-acre pumpkin patch that opens in the Autumn months and a lambing experience event every Spring.

In Summer 2019, Arnprior launched an eco-luxe "glamping" site, complete with a heated 10m private-hire indoor swimming pool. Their biomass is used to heat the farmhouse, and three other houses on the farm, as well as dry the 200 acres of grain that they grow. The biomass burns locally sourced wood chips to produce the heat. Due to the size of the biomass they have excess heat which heats up the swimming pool to a nice 32-33 degrees Celsius, which is around 90 degrees Fahrenheit! Perfect. The eco-luxe Glamping Pod site nestled within the roving hills on the Arnprior farm struts four luxury Glamping Pods that each sleep up to five people. They each have their own personality, with beautiful decor and interiors, offering a distinct luxury difference.


2. The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh, Old Town.

The Witchery by the Castle, located in Edinburgh’s Old Town, has only nine individually-designed rooms with walk-in dressing rooms, velvet-lined walls and free-standing baths. The suites are lavishly theatrical, its decadent hideaways, and its sensational food make this hotel one of the great places in the world to stay.


3. Brocklock Eco Retreat Treehouse, Castle Douglas.

Only two people can stay here at a time - it seems like the perfect place to go with your honey and get away from literally everything. There is no television or wifi offered here, so it's perfect if you love nature like I do. There is a kitchen and bathroom provided, so really you have everything you need. There's also a skylight above the bed to stargaze at night. Talk about romantic!


4. Roulotte Retreat, Eildon Hills.

Another unique place for a nature lover located on the border of Scotland. There's plants, animals, and natural ponds for you to enjoy. There are six different roulotte's you can choose to stay in; they're all different, so you can choose which one you like the best. A roulotte is a handcrafted wooden caravan, and they are beautiful!


5. The Drovers Inn, Inverarnan.

Established back in the 1700's, this seems like the place to stay if you want to know what a traditional Scottish getaway is like. Not only is it traditional, it's claimed to be haunted - the most haunted hotel in Britain! Rumor has it a young family froze to death centuries ago on their way to the Drovers Inn, and they're seen to this day haunting visitors. Seems very cool and unique if you're into that kind of stuff!


6. Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands.

I don't think I really need to say much about this place. You've undoubtedly heard of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster?! Well, she's here! Supposedly... stay at this lake and see if you can spot her. There are boat tours, trails to hike, and lots of other outdoorsy things you can do here. I think it would be so cool to visit such a famous lake at least once in my life!


7. The Isle of Arran off the coast of Scotland.

This isle seems like a very cool and unique place to stay. There is everything on this island - beaches, mountains and forests. There's villages, lots of historical sights, and traditional Scottish pubs to visit. Seems like this isle has something for everyone.

Photo by Mike Boyes

8. The Peat Inn, Cupar.

Now, this is a restaurant but it's also a place where you can book a room and stay overnight. It may seem a little backwards, but I think that is what makes this place so cool and unique. There is a lot of history in this building, and it's been a lot of things. It's currently a Michelin starred restaurant that offers rooms to stay in as well, and it's become a favorite of locals and travelers.


9. Colonsay Holiday Cottages, Isle of Colonsay.

Take yourself and the whole family to stay at here! There are beaches (supposedly the best in the world), golf, fishing, woods, and all the beautiful views you could want. It seems like the perfect place to take your family for a break from the busy life you live. I'd love to go there to see if the isle and beaches live up to the claim of being the best.


10. The Lodge on the Loch of Aboyne, Aboyne.

This is the last unique place to stay I found. It's a leisure and spa place that also offers golf, walking trails, scenery, a fitness room, and places to eat. It has everything you need to make it seem like you're living day-to-day life, but really you have no worries in the world because you're on vacation! Sounds like my kind of place.

*Disclaimer: photos are not mine and are linked to the sources*


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