20 Aug Unusual places to stay self-catering in Scotland
Coming to Scotland then why not try some unusual self-catering accommodation to enhance your time here?
The enjoyment of being in Scotland doesn’t need to stop when you get back to accommodation. The accommodation itself can help continue the fun.
There is everything from a Boat berthed near Oban, an old railway Signal Box in Newtonmore, to a small old photographic studio on Calton Hill in Edinburgh.
St Hilda adventure in height of summer are normally at sea with small private groups showing off Scotlands rugged coastline.
However during Covid -19 lock down their boats are berthed at Dunstaffnage Marina, in an idyllic location, just three miles north of Oban. They can be rented out as self catering accommodation.
No sailing involved just the gentle lapping of the water against the hull to help you drift off to sleep.
The Newtonmore Signal box has been refurbished to a very high standard. It sits at the gateway to Speyside whisky trail. For those not interested in whisky there are walks for spotting the Scottish Wildcats, a nearby wild life park and also a chance to see some Ospreys.
If you want to be more in the heart of Speyside whisky country then you can have your own log cabin with ducks for neighbours. The Duck Nest log cabin even has a wood burning hot tub that you can hire out for private use at an extra charge.
Stoer Lighthouse if you want to get away from it all without leaving the main land then you won’t do better than a stay at the Stoer lighthouse. Some great coastal walks to take in with one of the highlights taking you to the Old Man of Stoer. There are some lovely places to eat in Lochinver, 12 miles away.
So far the places suggested are quirky but offer quite a bit of modern comfort.
A true self-catering Scottish experience is to be had in a Bothy.
Bothy is really just a building for hill walkers to use if they get stuck on the hills. Offering four walls and roof and nothing much else. You have to carry everything in with you and more importantly carry everything back out again, nothing to be left behind.
The term Bothy is more synonymous today for a small rustic cottage in the Highlands and do often come with all mod cons.
I have selected as an example something that falls in between. Bendamph Bothy has an outside toilet and no running water. But is tastefully laid out and has some fantastic views with great walking to be enjoyed. Ben Damph Estate is just North of Plockton on the West Coast of Scotland.
Everything suggested so far has quite a long journey time to reach, the next suggestions are ideal for people wanting to only travel into Central Scotland.
How about reliving your childhood fantasies and camp out in a Tree Howff (tree house). But maybe the adult in you want their home comfort. Well here you can have both. On a farm in Braco just North of Stirling . There are good walks nearby and day trips out to Stirling Castle or North to Crieff or Perth.
Just North of Braco is Comrie Croft, situated on the road from Crieff to Comrie. It offers a range of accommodation from a bunk house to bring your own tent. But up in the woods they have lovely bolt hole a Nordic Kata. It looks like a tent but feels like a small Scandinavian cabin. They have great mountain bike tracks on site with good but not too tiring hillwalking nearby. They have an onsite restaurant should you not wish to cook every night.
How do you fancy staying in a Pineapple, well technically under a Pineapple. Situated near Airth between Stirling and Falkirk this historical building is a folly to the Pineapple. Not far from this accommodation are the Kelpies and the Falkirk wheel, a canal boat lift built for the millennium celebrations.
You don’t always have to go into the countryside to find something a bit different. There are number of great places in our Towns and cities. In Edinburgh for example there is place with a unique view of Edinburgh while still allowing you to feel you are away from it all. Rock House photographer’s studio on Calton Hill. I suggest an early rise to see the sunrise over Edinburgh or a least early enough to enjoy breakfast at the lookout restaurant on Calton Hill (booking essential).
These are just a few of the quirky places to stay while in Scotland.
Just a word of warning the quirkier they are the harder they are to book, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment.