Decisions, decisions. Yurts and tipis, or converted churches and distant lighthouses? Choosing your accommodation can be the trickiest part of planning a holiday, especially if you're looking for somewhere to stay that's a little bit out of the ordinary. 

You can rest easy. There are many distinctive and unusual accommodation properties dotted all across Scotland.

Eco-friendly sleeps

If you're conscious of your carbon footprint, you can stay somewhere that likes to think green. Eco camping pods are situated in some stunning locations, from the banks of lochs to the middle of forests. With a few added little extra comforts, such as hot tubs and saunas (we promise!), many of these affordable little retreats will bring you even closer to Scotland's natural world. 

Traditional stays

A little piece of history could be waiting for you inside the walls of somewhere that dates back centuries. These days, you can stay in an ancient broch, an abode once occupied by our prehistoric predecessors, and now fully modernised for a cosy night's slumber. Or, go a little grander with a castle stay. Many medieval fortresses now take overnight guests.

Browse 6 unique places to stay in Scotland.

Find a dreamboat

A night's sleep aboard a boat is another unique way to see Scotland. Wake up to the sounds of lapping water or eat al fresco on the deck, as you set sail on a yacht or see the countryside from a canal or barge. Experienced sailors can rent boats for hire, or you can choose one with a crew aboard or a vessel that doesn't require any previous boat-handling skills.  

Book a farm stay!

Check out farm listings, or visit FarmStay's website or GoRural Scotland's website for inspiration.

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