Unique places to stay in Scotland
Scotland is a country of magnificent beauty, from the isolation of the islands and the wildness of the rugged coastline to the splendour of the mountains and the vibrancy of the towns. With that in mind, it is no surprise that it is such a popular holiday destination, and there are lots of hotels and cottages that will provide a fairly standard base for your trip. But if you’d rather find unique places to stay in Scotland then dig a little deeper and you won’t be disappointed!
Probably the hardest part of the process will be deciding which region to focus on. If you want culture and nightlife then you’ll want to head for Edinburgh or St Andrews, if you don’t want to stray too far from the north of England then you’ll choose the Borders, and if you want golf courses and fishing lakes then Loch Lomond might be the place for you. But although there are lots of options, it’s easy to see why people keep coming back to one of the country’s most well-known regions: the Scottish Highlands. And if you’re looking for unique places to stay in Scotland then they don’t get much more unique than this: welcome to Treetop House. Perched on a wooded hillside this unique holiday retreat has panoramic views across Loch Broom and out to the Summer Isles and is truly out-of-the-ordinary accommodation in one of the most spectacular scenic parts of Scotland. The house backs onto the Ullapool Hill Path network so you can easily explore the wilderness on your doorstep, or you could go climbing and mountain walking in one of the numerous mountains and munros.
Another area which is a hotbed of unique places to stay in Scotland is the islands – from Orkney and the Shetlands to Skye and Harris (to name but a few). The shores of these isles are an idyllic setting for holiday houses and few properties are as beguiling as Lewis Longhouse, a luxuriously converted longhouse on the Isle of Lewis with stunning interiors, uninterrupted views and huge windows that bring the outdoors in. This is a very special place in which to escape and relax, any time of year.
On the other hand, if you’ve got a larger gathering in mind then why not rent a restored castle or a sprawling estate? Bursting with history, character and grandeur, these types of property take you back in time to the days of kings and lords, and as unique places to stay in Scotland go, you’d be hard pressed to find anything as magical or atmospheric. Nestled in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest and emanating history, character and atmosphere, Duchray Castle is a 500 year old tower house once linked with the infamous Rob Roy. Now newly renovated it offers luxury accommodation in a stunning secluded location.
And if you’re searching for unique places to stay in Scotland and you want a happy medium between a tiny cottage and a vast castle then how about Knoydart House, a luxurious 5 bedroom waterfront house on the remote Knoydart Peninsula. Castaway to Britain'`s last wilderness with floor to ceiling glass, vaulted ceilings, superking beds, running machine, bose, wifi, antiques, large open plan social area and feature stone fireplace. Wherever you end up, off the beaten track or in the heart of civilisation, Scotland is full of distinctive properties that will stay in your memory for a very long time.
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