Forget about standard holiday accommodation…
Airbnb has become the place to search for unusual holiday accommodations and here in Scotland, there are some amazing places to stay. Go off the beaten track and stay on your own private island in a lighthouse keepers cottage, spend the night in a converted bus or go full on luxury in a one of Scotland’s most beautiful castle B&B’s. The choice is yours with this pick of unusual Scottish Airbnbs to visit.
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Unusual Scottish Airbnbs You Can Stay In
A dovecot is a building which would once have housed doves but this one has had a serious upgrade. This rustic self catering accommodation in Edinburgh features a bedroom nestled in the tower among the ancient nesting boxes which now illuminate. It also contains a wood burning stove and a beautiful private garden which you can enjoy. So serene, you may even forget you are in a city!
The Converted bus
One ticket to a great nights sleep please! This converted bus in Gifford, East Lothian may look quirky from the outside, but inside it’s luxe and seriously comfy. Sleeping two in one luxurious king size bed, the accommodation also comes with an outdoor hot tub and wood burning stove so you can cosy in and look over the views of the rolling countryside.
Take in views of the Sound of Mull from your own AirShip! Sit on the decking of this incredible structure in Drimnin and watch the stars twinkle in the sky at night. Inside, the property sleeps two in cosy surroundings.
The Hobbit Hideaway
This award winning Airbnb in Moray is all about sustainability. It was built using renewable and recycled materials and furnished with pre loved pieces. It sleeps four in two bedrooms (one with the cosiest bunk beds we’ve ever seen) plus two futons in the living room meaning it can accommodate a family of six. There’s even a kitchen garden you can venture to to pick your own fruit and vegetables for dinner. Go off grid here and you will not regret it.
Ever fancied spending the night in a castle? Kilmartin Castle, which dates back to 1550, has been completely refurbished by owners Stef and Simon (with moral support from Frank the cat) into a design led luxury B&B with cool interiors and delicious breakfasts.
The Private Island
Situated on its own private island in Skye, this lighthouse keepers cottage is the ultimate escape from it all. You’ll arrive by boat for the experience but exploring the rest of Skye is possible as you can cross by foot when the tide is out. This one of a kind gem sleeps eight guests in four bedrooms, so it’s perfect for an adventurous family getaway.
The Beach Bothy
If waking up right on one of Scotland’s most incredible beaches sounds good to you, then this is your ideal Airbnb! At Durness in the north west Highlands, Balnakeil Beach Bothy faces onto white sands and is just a stones throw away from the sea where you can watch dolphins, seals and puffins in tranquil surroundings. Sleeping just two people, we reckon it’s the perfect romantic getaway spot for beach lovers.