Is Scotland's jaw-dropping countryside calling you with its thick forests, sweeping coastlines and gentle, rolling hills? If you're dreaming of a country getaway complete with somewhere a little bit magical to rest your head then you're in luck, because there are some incredible and unusual places to stay across the Scottish countryside that'll give you a special sense of being at one with nature, without compromising on your favourite luxuries.
If you're thinking treehouse holidays, quirky places to stay, unique Scottish retreats, woodland escapes or off-the-grid cabins in Scotland, you're in the right place.
Here are just 14 fantastic unique accommodation options that will tick all the right boxes of anyone wanting a truly memorable Scottish glamping or self-catering break.
1. Brockloch Eco Retreat Treehouse
Brockloch Eco Retreat Treehouse, Dumfries & Galloway © Julie Nicolson, Brockloch Farm
This imaginative build should be on the must do list for anyone who is even slightly design-conscious. The Brockloch Eco Retreat Treehouse, near Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway, is a breathtaking treetop hideaway which simultaneously looks other-worldly and harmonious to its woodland environment and, with no TV or Wi-Fi, it's perfect for those wanting a couple of days off the grid. Lose yourself in your thoughts as you take a long soak in the bathtub and watch the stars through the skylight at this quaint treehouse hideaway.
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2. Coastal Carriage
Coastal Carriage near Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire
Overlooking the Moray Firth on a family-run farm, this is one vintage rail carriage that you'll want to get on board with. The converted Coastal Carriage, near Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire, is a real labour of love; outside, it's a cheerful sight in letter box-red, with wood panels and a grassy roof. Inside, you'll find a welcoming and cosy space, with its woodburning stove and comfy double bed - perhaps the best place imaginable to snuggle down after a busy day exploring the Banffshire coast.
3. Skye Shepherd Huts
Skye Shepherd Huts near Broadford, Isle of Skye © SSH
The Isle of Skye never fails to leave a lasting impression, and we reckon you'll not be in a rush to forget the experience of staying at Skye Shepherd Huts near Broadford. These two beautifully fitted out huts are as cute as they are compact, with plenty of modern conveniences inside, and washing and drying facilities a short distance away. A tasty breakfast is provided each day and canine companions are also welcome to stay too - making the perfect country hideaway!
4. Brochs of Coigach
The Brochs of Coigach near Achiltibuie, Highlands © The Broch of Coigach Ltd
Be transported thousands of years back in time and stay in a broch. Modelled on traditional Iron Age dwellings, the Brochs of Coigach, near Achiltibuie in the Highlands, are two stunning builds of drystone walls and turf roofs. Inside, you can enjoy a completely contemporary experience, with luxurious finishes and local artwork adorning the walls. This quirky accommodation is tucked into a peaceful hillside overlooking the water and are perfect for some quiet contemplation (with dram of fine malt whisky in hand!).
5. Great Glen Yurts
Great Glen Yurts near Fort William, Highlands © Julie French / Great Glen Yurts
If it's a natural Scottish retreat at the foot of awe-inspiring mountains that you're after, then look no further than Great Glen Yurts near Fort William in the Highlands. Mongolian yurts are set in a beautiful wildflower meadow, with lush interiors of fluffy feather bedding, sheepskin rugs, lanterns and candles. There's even a family yurt which accommodates up to five, should you want to introduce wee ones to the joys of nature. When the evening begins to cool, light a fire and get cosy round the chiminea!
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6. Roulotte Retreat
Roulotte Retreat near Melrose, Scottish Borders © Helen Abraham Photography
Romantic souls will adore the traditional Romany-style caravans of Roulotte Retreat near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. A country hideaway set in grassy meadowland near the Eildon Hills, each of these dreamy wooden caravans has been exquisitely crafted inside and out. Step aboard to enjoy a splendid visual feast of opulent colour, quirky styling and bags of character. Two of the roulottes, Zenaya and Gitana, even have their own secret Japanese-like eco hot tubs!
7. Sumburgh Head Lighthouse
Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Sumburgh, Shetland Mainland © Frank Bradford, All rights reserved.
For a truly unusual place to stay, stopover in the oldest lighthouse in Shetland, Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, positioned on imposing sea cliffs at the southernmost point of the Mainland. Originally designed by Robert Stevenson and built in the 1820s, the cottage has been modernised to a high standard but still retains a number of original features. After a day out watching sea birds, you'll feel like a lighthouse keeper as you prepare meals on the traditional-style Aga stove before watching the sun sinking below the horizon.
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8. Safari Tents at Harvest Moon
Safari tent at Harvest Moon Holidays, near Dunbar, East Lothian © Harvest Moon Holidays
A tent it may be, but basic it is not! The Safari Tents at Harvest Moon, near Dunbar, East Lothian, don't skimp on luxury and space, so get your pals together for a memorable trip. Sleeping up to eight people, these tents are located on a farm beside a beautiful beach just 45 minutes from Edinburgh. It'll be a race to the shoreline to determine who sleeps in the gorgeous cupboard bed!
9. Treehouses at Harvest Moon
Treehouse at Harvest Moon Holidays near Dunbar, East Lothian © Harvest Moon Holidays
Harvest Moon also boast some rather wonderful accommodation for your treehouse holiday, which are every bit as luxurious as the safari tents. It's impossible not to have fun - each of the wooden Treehouses at Harvest Moon, near Dunbar, comes with its own set of swings! The sleeping part consists of two bedrooms and is linked to the octagonal living area by a covered walkway. From their elevated position, you'll be treated to beautiful panoramas of the beach.
10. Hebridean Huts
Hebridean Huts, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Set on a working croft (with alpacas!), Hebridean Huts, on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, are wooden eco-cabins which will make you go 'wow'. Inside, the compact space is packed with luxuries, including Harris Tweed soft furnishings and toiletries made from island botanicals. Take a seat on your own deck and watch white horses breaking on the shoreline, or see thousands of twinkling stars come out against the black of night. For a flame-grilled dinner to remember, book out the fantastic BBQ hut.
11. Tree Howf at Craighead Howf
Tree Howf at Craighead Howf near Dunblane, Perthshire
Step into your own fairy tale at the magical Tree Howf at Craighead Howf near Dunblane, Perthshire. This unique treetop masterpiece has been lovingly crafted by owner Ian Keir. Positioned in the branches of an ancient ash tree, it offers incredible uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside. Head inside and amidst the charmingly delightful interiors you'll find a wood burning stove, Belfast sink, shower, gas cooking hobs and - the perfect finishing touch - a stargazing window above the bed.
12. Summer Howf at Craighead Howf
Summer Howf at Craighead Howf near Dunblane, Perthshire
You might mistake Perthshire for Sweden when you arrive at the incredibly gorgeous Summer Howf at Craighead Howf near Dunblane. Nestled amongst a verdant, sheltered spot, it's a sweet little wooden glamping hut which really is as pretty as a picture. This garden retreat boasts its own private picnic area and gas stove, with kitchen and bathroom facilities nearby. Even if you are drawn to the serenity and seclusion of Summer Howf, you might fancy meeting the neighbours - who can resist ducks, miniature donkeys, and Highland cows, after all?!
13. Iona Campsite
Iona Campsite, Isle of Iona, Argyll © Zoe MacCullum / Iona Campsite
Does an island escape with an authentic camping experience sound like the ideal Scottish getaway? Nestled off the south west coast of the Isle of Mull, Iona is home to one small but perfectly formed campsite. Iona Campsite offers a stress-free camping option where they can provide (and pitch) tents, camping mats and sleeping bags - all you need to pack is some sausages for the fire pit and a swimming cossie, should you be feeling brave enough for a dip in Iona's beautiful blue waters!
14. Wooden Wigwams at Loch Tay Highland Lodges
Wigwams at Loch Tay Highland Lodges by Killin, Perthshire
Wooden wigwams are fairly commonplace these days, but you'll find that the Wigwams at Loch Tay Highland Lodges, by Killin, are a notch above your basic glamping experience whilst being great value. Not only do they have electricity, but in each you'll find a fridge, kettle, toaster, microwave and a TV! It's a superb choice for anyone wanting an active break in the great Scottish outdoors, with lots of activities available on site, or for those who want to soak up the natural beauty of Highland Perthshire.
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