Scotland has so much to offer visitors from its amazing scenery, historic castles and vibrant cities. But sometimes, you want to go somewhere and find unusual places to stay in Scotland that aren’t the typical hotel, camping ground or vacation homes. But that’s no problem because Scotland has plenty of there and here are a few amazing examples.
The Pineapple, Falkirk
The Pineapple is an iconic building near Falkirk that even warranted being made into a Lilliput Lane cottage. It is a summer house that was a belated wedding present to the Earl of Dunmore’s wife back in 1761 and has been carefully restored to its most glorious. It has two storeys with a double and twin bedroom that were the original sleeping quarters accessed from the outside. The ground level has a private garden and leads to an amazing octagonal room in the pineapple section.
Fernie Castle Treehouse, St Andrews
This location proves that treehouses aren’t just for kids and are very definitely not unsteady structures prone to collapsing in the wind! Fernie Castle Treehouse is a perfect romantic getaway that sits in six sycamore trees located on the ground of the 14th century Fernie Castle. While only a few metres from the castle, it feels like you are deep in the woods and the roof is covered with fairy lights while there are stained glass windows in the doors for a truly magical entrance. It even has a proper staircase to enter so no concerns about unsteady rope ladders in sight.
Brochs of Coigach, Highlands
The Brochs are two properties that started out as Iron Age roundhouses and have been modernised to offer visitors a unique experience. One has one bedroom and the other two so are perfect for couples or small families to try something different. While the heritage may be Iron Age, the Brochs offer the best modern features including a sauna in Scal’s Broch. Both are even finished with local artwork and have amazing views across the valley. The Brochs are located two hours from Inverness so you do need your own transport to enjoy this location – the lead up is a single track road!
Sumburgh Lighthouse, Shetland Isles
Lighthouses are common sights around Scotland’s coastal areas, many of which are still in use. Sumburgh Lighthouse has been restored into a stunning guest accommodation while still retaining all the original features. The lighthouse itself is 91 metres tall on a sheer cliff to the southern end of the mainland Shetland. Intriguing features include the main entrance being on the first floor while it has three bedrooms to easily accommodate the whole family.
Comrie Croft Nordic Kata Tents, Crieff
Camping has diversified in recent years with the rise of glamping – glamorous camping. A perfect example of the changing face of the camping holiday can be seen at Comrie Croft with the Nordic Kata tents that it offers. This is a site with a big emphasis on environmentally friendly materials and approaches and is a great place for some wildlife spotting without giving up the best of modern convenience. Each tent is six metres in diameter with a wood burning stove, Alpine-style beds and even a hammock or two.
The White Tower, Kenmore
The White Tower began life as a watch tower for Taymouth Castle and therefore boasts a stunning view of the surrounding countryside. The tower is ideal for groups of four or less and has all the modern comforts in a classic, 14th century building. The tower has played host to the likes of Queen Victoria and has been renovated to make it a very modern and comfortable place to stay.