9 Stunning Stays in Scotland

Mairi Scobie ·November 17, 2022Reading time: 6 minutes

When it comes to accommodation in Scotland, you’re never short of choices! Whether you fancy a luxury spa hotel, a back-to-nature glamping getaway, or a cosy self-catering cabin, Scotland doesn’t disappoint.

We think staying somewhere with a beautiful view is an important part of your holiday in Scotland, so we’ve done our research and gathered a list of places with stunning surroundings for you to peruse.

  1. Portavadie Loch Fyne

    The pretty fishing village of Tarbert.

    A stay at Portavadie is unmatched and you’ll find plenty of choices here. With luxury apartments, studio apartments, berthing docks, 2-bedroom cottages, The Lodge, motorhome spaces, and couples’ hideaways, there’s a range of options to suit everyone.

    Perched on the banks of Loch Fyne itself, you can pair your luxury stay with breath-taking views across the loch and the surrounding Argyll landscapes. It’s the perfect setting for a quiet getaway, with onsite activities, including golf, fishing, cycling and kayaking, as well as relaxing or if you’re feeling adventurous there are more challenging walking trails to explore.

  2. Lorien Lodge Isle of Skye

    Broadford Bay

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

    Located on the Isle of Skye and with a name that sounds like it was plucked from a Lord of the Rings book, you can bet the scenery will be nothing short of magical! Situated in Upper Breakish on Skye, this rustic yet modern two bedroom self-catering lodge boasts unparalleled views across to Beinn na Caillich and Broadford Bay. Treat yourself to a spot of luxury and relaxation with a Scottish island getaway, complete with only native wildlife and ancient landscapes as your neighbours.

    You won’t be short of things to do on Skye if you can peel yourself away from the stunning views from your lodge. From coastal walks and watersports, to whisky tasting and tucking into delectable fresh local produce, the Isle of Skye has a spectacular array of island culture to explore.

  3. The Tabernacle Aberfeldy

    The Tabernacle @ Highland Spaces

    Have you ever stayed in a church? Well, The Tabernacle in Perthshire doesn’t disappoint. This renovated church is a real sight to see, with an emerald green and detailed exterior, a rustic wooden interior, a wood burner to keep you cosy, and floor to ceiling alter windows offering great views whatever the weather may be.

    Surrounding you on your stay is endless walks and landscapes to explore. Perthshire is known as ‘Big Tree Country’, so you’ll be met by towering trees, crisp forest wanders, leafy strolls and more.

    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • Pets Welcome
    • WiFi
  4. The Cart Shed Aberdeenshire

    A couple exploring Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeenshire

    © VisitScotland / Luigi Di Pasquale

    For something a little different, immerse yourself in the Aberdeenshire countryside and enjoy a stay in a newly converted, old stone steading – The Cart Shed. Cosy into the spacious, open-plan living area with floor to ceiling windows that boast immaculate views of the uninterrupted countryside.

    With a contemporary industrial interior, under floor heating and a hand-made steel staircase created by local boat builders, you’re in for a real treat with a stay in The Cart Shed.

    Book a stay with friends, or your partner for a romantic getaway and enjoy all that Aberdeenshire has to offer. Did you know there are over 260 castles, fortresses, ruins and stately homes in the region? Follow the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail to explore the very best of Scotland’s castles.

  5. Woodmill Arches Fife


    How about a stay in a barn? This barn conversion is a unique addition to Fife and is located in Lindores near Cupar. These beautiful creations sleep 2 – perfect for a romantic winter getaway – and boast a real sense of space and peace away from the bustling cities. Instantly relax and settle into this tranquil and unique experience.

    Nearby, you can find plenty of options for golfers, cyclists, walkers, wedding guests and weekenders wanting somewhere a bit different to stay.

  6. Orlege End (Crosswoodhill Farm Cottages) West Calder near Edinburgh

    Exterior of 5 STAR Orlege

    This accessible 5-star place to stay is a gorgeous choice located just 45-minutes from Edinburgh’s city centre – perfect if you’re looking for a city break with a countryside stay.

    This contemporary conversion features everything you need for a cosy self-catering getaway, with a relaxing open-plan space, a range of toys and games that the kids will love, a play area in the woods behind the cottage, the nearby farm’s livestock, and a variety of activities and things to do close by.

    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Level Access
    • WiFi
  7. Bracken Treehouse St Andrews

    Bracken Treehouse @ Airdit

    Have you ever fancied staying in a treehouse? Well, in Scotland you can! Surround yourself in 30 acres of woodland at Bracken Treehouse in St Andrews, boasting a unique stay perched up above in the treetops.

    This cosy getaway for two features a stargazing window, so you can literally sleep amongst the stars, as well as all the modern conveniences you need, including a full kitchen, a bathroom with a flushing toilet and shower, full length window facing into the canopy, and it even has an outside bath, so you can really get back to nature!

  8. 23 Mayfield Edinburgh

    23 Mayfield

    This Victorian style guesthouse adds a new meaning to the word stunning! 23 Mayfield is an independent luxury boutique guesthouse located near the heart of Scotland’s capital. An ideal choice for a romantic getaway, business trip, or a holiday with friends, each room is carefully crafted with a Victorian style décor and atmosphere.

    On your doorstep, Edinburgh won’t disappoint when it comes to sights to see, attractions to visit or events to get involved in!

    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • WiFi
    • Breakfast Available
  9. Cathedral House Hotel Glasgow

    Cathedral House

    Head to the historic city of Glasgow for a stay in this 19th-century baronial-style independent hotel. Cathedral House is an iconic spot in the city and is paired with the Italian-inspired restaurant, Celantano’s, so you can enjoy a comfortable stay with delectable dishes only a few steps away.

    This 1896 renovated Scottish Baronial style house features 8 unique bedrooms, each with its own design and character and many of the rooms boast unparalleled views of Glasgow Cathedral and the stunning Necropolis too. It’s a great location to base yourself if you want to explore all the stunning Glasgow city highlights too!

That was just a taste of all the stunning places you can stay in Scotland! Where will you book for your next trip to Scotland?

Other things you might like