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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 ››

Discover the talent across Scotland this year with YIAD 2016.

Looking for somewhere to stay that's a bit out-of-the-ordinary? These distinctive and unusual accommodation properties fit the bill. If you're looking to experience Scotland's amazing countryside, a great option is a high-quality B&B or self-catering accommodation on a working farm.

There are a wide range of properties available to suit every budget, style and itinerary, and many allow you to experience farm life at close quarters - always a winner for the kids!

Many of Scotland's historic castles have also been transformed into atmospheric hotels and self-catering properties.

Alternatively, for peace and quiet, and great views coming as standard, nothing beats staying in lighthouse.

Use the accommodation search to find unusual places to stay in Scotland.

Looking over gardens to Glengorm Castle, Isle of Mull

Castles and stately homes

Enjoy a stay in a castle in Scotland, the perfect country to experience something different from 5-star luxury to self-catering.

A church in the distance, past farmland and houses.


Book a room in a converted church or manse, an ideal alternative with tasteful spaces full of original and beautiful features.

A close up of a lighthouse.

Lighthouse keepers' cottages

Book a stay in a lighthouse keeper’s cottage and experience a very different but authentic side to Scotland on the coastline.

Looking over a gate to a field of cows on a farm.

Working farms

Experience the benefits and beauty of the Scottish countryside and book a break on a working farm with B&B or self-catering.

A traditional Mongolian yurt at Great Glen Yurts, Torlundy near Fort William, Highlands.


Sleep out in the heart of Scotland's wild beauty while enjoying all your creature comforts on a glamping break.

A broch at Scarista, Isle of Harris © Blue Reef Cottages, www.stay-hebrides.com


Modern recreations of ancient Scottish abodes, brochs provide a truly unique experience in Scotland's most stunning locations.

Barges tied up at the Linlithgow Canal Centre on the Union Canal.


Imagine waking in the morning to the sound of water lapping against the hull when you plan a Scottish break on a loch cruise or on your own canal boat in some spectacular locations around Scotland.

Lochbay Boat House, Isle of Skye


For spectacular waterside views and unforgettable wildlife watching, book a break in a unique, converted boathouse. With stunning, secluded locations around Scotland, you're sure to find somewhere that's perfect for your break.