Ever wanted to stay in a genuine stone Scottish blackhouse, a railway signalling house, an art gallery or a traditional broch? Dreaming about spending the night in a castle? Fancy hanging out in a yurt? This list of the best unusual accommodation in Scotland will inspire you!
1. Mongolian-style Yurts, near Loch Lomond:
This organic working farm in central Scotland has three traditional Yurts for a sustainable tourism experience in the midst of the beautiful Trossachs and Loch Lomond. Each Yurt sleeps 4, and the centre often has lots of activities and crafts for you to join in with.
Find out more and book: http://www.westmossside.com/
2. Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Isle Of Lewis, Hebrides, North Scotland.
Off the top left of Scotland, the Hebrides Islands sit waiting for you to discover them. What better way than whilst staying in a traditional longhouse (called a Blackhouse) with all the modern amenities, but with architecture that gives you an insight into how people lived in the Iron Age.
Find out more and book: http://www.gearrannan.com/
3. The Brochs of Coigach, Ross-shire, Highlands
Two iron age roundhouses in the North of Scotland, renovated and fully modernised, these are a truly luxurious way to explore a rugged and uninhabited corner of the world.
Find out more and book: http://www.achiltibuie.info/
4. Stay in a real lighthouse. Shetland Islands,
Make a trip to Shetland even more memorable by staying in a lighthouse on the main island. Just imagine what sort of views this lighthouse gets!
Find out more and book: http://www.shetlandlighthouse.com/eshaness-lighthouse
5. Holiday like a King in a castle, numerous locations across Scotland
Scotland has a huge selection of castles to accommodate those with a taste for luxury and something a bit different. With 41 castles to choose from, if one is booked, you can always try another.
Tulloch Castle Hotel
Find out more and book: http://www.celticcastles.com/castle-search/list/scotland/
6. Stay in a church on the shores of Loch Ness
Drumnadrochit is the town with the Loch Ness visitor centres, on the banks of the stunning Loch Ness, a huge glacial crevasse filled with water and famous for entertaining kids with its stories of the Loch Ness Monster.
Find out more and book: http://www.visitscotland.com/info/accommodation/glenkirk-bed-breakfast-p180831
7. Or how about staying in Europe’s smallest working Cathedral instead?
This fully functioning cathedral on the Isle of Cumbray in southern Scotland takes guests.
Find out more and book: http://www.visitscotland.com/info/accommodation/college-of-the-holy-spirit-millport-p212221
8. If that’s too formal, there’s always this delightful treehouse, in Skye:
Find out more and book: http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Fort-William-Isle-of-Skye-The-Western-Isles-Fort-WilliamAn-Gearasdan/Acorn-Lodge-18920.html
9. Stay in a first-class train, at a train station in Sutherland:
You can stay in a first class train, which has self catering accommodation. Each carriage sleeps two people. Sleeperzzz also offers a converted bus, and they’re all next to a working railway station – but don’t worry about losing sleep, after all, how many trains go to the north of Scotland each day?
Find out more and book: http://www.quirkyaccom.com/sleeperzzz
10. Or you could stay in a Signal Box, at Kyle of Lochalsh train station:
If you don’t want to stay in the train, how about the signalling box? At Kyle of Lochalsh station, you can pretend you’re the Station Master and re-live Thomas the Tank Engine. Just don’t start believing your life is being narrated by Ringo Starr…
Find out more and book: http://www.quirkyaccom.com/kyle-station-signal-box
11. An art gallery
The Arthouse in Glasgow… is it a hotel? Is it an art gallery? It’s both! And it has a restaurant.
Find out more and book: http://www.thearthouseglasgow.co.uk/
12. A working water mill
This listed 18th Century watermill offers accommodation in Bonar Bridge, Sutherland, Highlands.
Find out more and book: http://www.migdalewatermill.co.uk/
Which of these is your favourite? I want to stay in all of them!! Let me know which you love (or hate) in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe to Invoke Delight via WordPress or Bloglovin’ (links to the right).