Unusual places to stay in Scotland

When it comes to unusual places to stay in Scotland, the Scottish Highlands and Islands have plenty of quirky holiday homes to rent. Here’s our pick of unusual accommodation for a special holiday whether you want a hot tub and sauna, a unique historical hideaway or a coastal home.

Strathy Point Lighthouse, near Thurso


Principal Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Strathy Point near Thurso - view of lighthouse

Enjoy a break in an old lighthouse with uninterrupted views over the North Atlantic Ocean. Strathy Point Lighthouse is situated in a dramatic location on the end of a promontory on the stunning north coast of Scotland near Thurso.

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Lighthouse keeper’s cottage – Gavin Maxwell Cottage, Eilean Ban, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye

Gavin Maxwell Cottage Eilean Ban -Kyleakin Isle of Skye - view

How does a holiday cottage on a private island sound? Did you know you can rent the former home of Gavin Maxwell, author of the classic book “Ring of Bright Water”? This former lighthouse keeper’s cottage is on the small island of Eilean Ban situated between Kyleakin on Skye and the Kyle of Lochalsh, on the Scottish mainland. A great place to rent for wildlife spotters and those looking for seclusion.

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Jill Strawbale House, Strontian, near Fort William


Jill Strawbale House Strontian - unusual places to stay in Scotland

Jill Strawbale House is a unique, elevated, cruck-frame strawbale house with southerly views over Loch Sunart which you can enjoy from the hot tub on the spacious deck. The eco-friendly holiday cottage has received a Green Tourism Gold Award and it’s design makes it one of the most unusual places to stay in Scotland.

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Portree Bay House, Portree, Skye


Portree Bay House Skye - Beach-front garden with telephone box - unique places to stay in Scotland

The holiday house is set on the edge of Portree bay with a unique beachfront garden with the most photographed phone box in Scotland. You will have your own private access to the beach which is the perfect place to watch the incredible sunsets. Portree Bay House is a listed three storey stone house with panoramic views over the bay, the isle of Raasay and the Cuillin Mountains.

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Signal Box Newtonmore, Cairngorms


Signal Box Newtonmore Cairngorms exterior

The Signal Box is a quirky holiday cottage in the Cairngorms National Park. This detached wooden building was built in 2004 next to the train station in the village of Newtonmore. In 2013 it was selected to appear in The Times’ list of ’50 best cottages, beach houses and rural retreats’.

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Station House, Golspie


Station House, Golspie - exterior

The historic Station House at Golspie is another unusual place to stay in Scotland which is ideal for  railway enthusiasts. Scottish architect, William Fowler, designed the station house for the 2nd Duke of Sutherland and it was built in 1868. Station House has been converted into a superb four bedroomed holiday cottage whilst retaining many original features including a distinctive round window which once housed the station clock.

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Sea Yonder, Buckie, near Cullen


Sea Yonder - Outdoor decking sun lounger space with unobstructed, panoramic sea views 800-600 ED

Looking for a quirky holiday cottage by the sea? You can’t really get much closer to the ocean than the unique garden at Sea Yonder. Walk through the patio doors to the decking area with hot tub and be amazed by these sea views.

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Beach Bay Cottage, Isle of Lewis


Beach Bay Cottage Uig Bay Lewis

Beach Bay Cottage has to be one of the most unusal places to stay in Scotland. This unique holiday cottage with it’s natural stone walls and turfed roof is perched above the stunning Uig Bay with it’s dazzling white sands and turquoise sea.

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Kinlochmoidart House near Lochailort


Kinlochmoidart House near Lochailort

Large groups of family and friends looking for a quirky accomodation in Scotland will love to rent one of the residences within the Scottish Baronial mansion of Kinlochmoidart House. This grand house was designed by William Leiper in 1884 and offers open fires and a billiard room in a scenic location only half a mile from the coast and 4 miles from the beach at Glenuig.

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Lochside Cabin, Outer Hebrides

Lochside Cabin North Uist

When it comes to unusual places to stay in Scotland, how does a turf-roofed holiday cabin for two sound? Set on the shores of Loch Hosta with beautiful views and a stunning beach just a short walk away. A great place to enjoy the amazing scenery and wildlife on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

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Mountain Bear Lodge, Nethy Bridge, near Aviemore


This wooden lodge is one of the most quirky places to stay with a hot tub in Scotland. It offers you peace and privacy on the edge of the ancient Scottish Caledonian Forest near Aviemore. The surrounding woods and mountains provide stunning views and lots of wildlife spotting opportunities. You will also have a private hot tub and sauna for a truly relaxing holiday. Inside the lodge is decorated with North American Native memorabilia making it a truly unique place to stay.

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Rowan Glenbrittle Cottage, Isle of Skye


Rowan Glenbrittle Cottage Skye view to Cuillin Mountains

This holiday cottage on the Isle of Skye is in a unique location where you walk over a wooden footbridge with wonderful views of the towering Cuillins which you can also see from the garden and conservatory.

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Want more holiday accommodation options?

Hopefully, you enjoyed our selection of unusual places to stay in Scotland. For more great holiday homes to rent, see our directory for holiday accommodation in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

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