So you want to get away from it all, and stay somewhere completely different and off the tourist track in Scotland?

Take a look at these hideaways and landmark buildings, each with a distinct character and many with an unusual story. All of these add a different flavour of Accommodation in Scotland. Dogs are allowed in most of them, but follow the links to get details on each individual place.

1. The Shore Cottages No 1

Would you like to get to your holiday cottage by crossing a footbridge, and wake to the sound of seals and birds? Then Shore Cottages is for you. It’s part of a terrace of fishermen’s houses, built in the 1840s and overlooks a stunningly beautiful cove. It’s in Berriedale, near Wick in Caithness.

2. Glenmalloch Lodge

Described as a cottage from a fairy tale, Glenmalloch Lodge is situated in a glen that is both beautiful and wild. Originally it was a tiny schoolroom. Now it’s a wonderful retreat for two, or perhaps the place where you can bury yourself and really get on with a writing project. It’s reached by a track described as “bumpy” because it is located right in the middle of the glen. The Solway Firth is about a mile away and the lodge is located near Newton Stewart

3. The Mackintosh Building

Charles Rennie Macintosh is one of the most famous architects in Scotland but he didn’t just practise in the big cities. Here in Comrie, a highland village in Perthshire, is a Scottish baronial building built by Mackintosh. From the turret you can see the River Earn and the wooded hills that lie beyond it.

You can stay in the flat and walk out through the village, past the whitewashed church and square. There’s a pretty bridge over the river, and highland scenery all around. Loch Earn is nearby as are the towns of Stirling and Perth.

4. Cul-na-Shee

It’s called “Nook of Peace” in Gaelic, and that’s exactly what it is. This small, weather- boarded cottage is a special place of complete tranquillity. It’s set on the banks of Saddell Bay on the east coast of Kintyre, There are uninterrupted views across Kilbrannan Sound to where the Isle of Arran lies offshore.

5. The Pineapple

Dunmore, Central Scotland

Go to Dunmore, Central Scotland to find The Pineapple. One of the most eccentric summerhouses in Scotland, built in the shape of a pineapple in the eighteenth century.

6. Tangy Mill

Situated in Kintyre, Argyll and Bute, this is a 19th-century watermill with all its machinery still in place. It’s situated on the bank of a fast flowing stream on the Mull of Kintyre. =

7. Castle of Park

Situated in Glenluce, Dumfries and Galloway. Fancy living like a Jacobean laird? This is a beautiful Scottish tower house built in 1590. More cattle than people in this area.

8. Old Place Of Monreith


Built in 1600, this is a traditional fortified tower from which you can repel anyone threatening your peace – not that anyone will. Located in Portwilliam.

9. Ascog House

Ascog House is located on the east side of the Isle of Bute which is the sheltered side. Its rooms are elegant as they should be – it’s a laird’s house from the 17th century.

10. Saddell Castle

This is a complete, 16th-century tower house. It sits in an amazing location at Saddell Bay on the coast of Kintyre. It looks out across the sea to the Isle of Arran – stunning views and a spiral


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