Scotland is home to all sorts of interesting, unique and unusual accommodation, but have you ever stayed on a farm? With miles upon miles of lush, green countryside, Scotland boasts hundreds of working farms and farm experiences you can enjoy, many of which offer quirky accommodation too.
Get back to nature and the outdoors with a stay on one of Scotland’s farms, featuring friendly cows and sheep as your next door neighbours, fresh homegrown produce to taste, and tours and experiences to get involved in on your stay too. It’s a great option if you’re looking for something different on your trip to Scotland.
Here are a few locations we think you’ll love:
1. Boutique Farm Bothies, Aberdeenshire
Set on glorious farmland in Aberdeenshire, Boutique Farm Bothies offers three unique bothy accommodation options; The Barley Bothy, The Sheep Shed and The Dairy at Denend, each boasting a cosy stay surrounded by beautiful rural countryside. The Barley Bothy is made from most sustainable and recycled materials, The Sheep Shed features its own private hot tub and The Dairy comprises a little bit of luxury in a traditional mobile milking parlour shape. Which one will you choose?
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2. Craigmaddie Muir, Glasgow
Relish in a romantic stay for two in a unique larch wood roundhouse at Craigmaddie Muir near Glasgow. Immerse yourself in this beautiful woodland setting for a back to nature feel that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Complete with a wood burning stove for a cosy night in, a bespoke floating kitchenette with all the utensils you need, and a luxury king-size bed for those lazy mornings, it has everything you need for a tranquil getaway. Outside you have your own hot tub with the most stunning views and is a great spot to do a bit of stargazing on a clear night.
Nearby there are dozens of things you can get up to, from Glengoyne Distillery, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and the Falkirk Wheel, to Stirling Castle and much more. Explore more things to do.
3. Guardswell Farm, Perthshire
Enjoy a guilt-free stay at this eco-friendly and locally sourced farm away from the busy bustle of city life. Guardswell Farm offers a breath of fresh air in the picturesque Perthshire countryside with a range of farmhouse and cosy cottage accommodation to suit everyone. Stay in the off-grid Kailyard with no electricity for a digital detox getaway, or relax in The Pendicle with stunning views and a cosy wood burning stove.
4. Tahuna Bothies, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire
Putting the quirk in quirky, Tahuna Bothies lets you bring your horse on holiday with you. Yes, you read that right. Located north of Aberdeen, only a gallop from Newburgh Beach, Tahuna Bothies offers unique bothy accommodation, as well as an onsite livery for your noble steed. There is also private direct access to the beautiful stretch of beach nearby, so you can enjoy endless gallops along the coast. Don’t forget to spoil yourself too! Choose you bothy and enjoy some quality time with friends, family, or even venture on a solo trip. With magnificent views and the opportunity for a much-needed escape from the busy city, how can you say no?!
5. The Hideaway Experience, Angus
Add a spark of romance to your trip with a stay at The Hideaway Experience. Just a 10-minute drive from Dundee, you’ll find yourself in this serene and secluded spot on the map, perfect for getting away from it all with your significant other. This 5-star romantic destination is ideal for a honeymoon, complete with hot tubs, saunas, a cocktail bar, a cosy log burner and much more, just waiting to make your trip unforgettable.
Set in a best-of-both-worlds location, you can uncover all the amazing things to see and do in Dundee, as well as exploring the delicious food & drink scene, then retreat back to the countryside to relax under the twinkling night sky.
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6. 3 Little Huts, Dumfries & Galloway
Head to the southern realms of Dumfries & Galloway to 3 Little Huts, nestled in only 5-minutes from the beach, everywhere you look, you’ll be surrounded by stunning coastal views. Just 5 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet, stay in Little Oak, Little Beech or Little Willow for a cosy self-catering retreat on the edge of the UK’s first Dark Sky Park. Boasting magnificent sea views, wood burning stove and pet-friendly for an extra cost, what’s not to love! The huts are also not far from the South West Coastal 300, which encompasses an array of scenic spots across the region.
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7. Luxury Lodges, St Andrews
Nestled on the east coast in the historic area of St Andrews, Luxury Lodges offers bespoke accommodation on Bonerbo Farm. This working farm is home to two stylish lodges boasting sea views across the Firth of Forth, a cosy log burning stove, as well as a large decking area with a private hot tub, dining area and under-cover lounge area complete with twinkly lights.
Venture along the nearby Fife Coastal Path where you can uncover dozens of beaches, hidden spots, historic attractions and much more.
8. Craig Duckie Shepherd Huts, Dunfermline
Elsewhere in Fife, Craig Duckie Shepherd Huts offer two accommodation options, Ewe View and Lamb Lookout, both of which overlook Loch Fitty as well as the stunning countryside surrounding them. Both huts sleep 2 adults and 2 children and feature everything you need to enjoy a cosy and action-packed holiday in Fife. Outside the hut, make use of the firepits to have your own BBQ and enjoy alfresco dining whilst gazing at the stars and toasting marshmallows.
Get to grips with what farm life is really like with touring experience around the working farm.
There’s plenty to do in the area too. Explore Dunfermline.
9. Lennox of Lomond, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Enjoy a stay at Lennox of Lomond in Luss where you can choose from cosy cottages or a back to nature escape with a spot of glamping. Originally used as functional shepherd’s cottages, relax into the tranquillity of country life in a self-catering cottage equipped with everything you need for a weekend away with the family, friends or significant other. Or if you like camping but with some added home comforts, immerse yourself in a luxury glamping experience, complete with a private hot tub, stunning views, a modern and stylish interior, and an incredible countryside to explore.
Embark on a quad bike trailer tour around the farm where you can see lambs and sheep up close, explore the picturesque reservoir and ask any questions you have and your guide Bobby will have all the answers. Learn more about the resident lambs with Lambing on Loch Lomond, find out more about farming and what a Day in the Life of a Farmer is like and more await you.
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10. Craighead Howff, Perthshire
If you’re looking for something a little bit more unusual, why not stay in a hobbit house or treehouse? Craighead Howff is a quirky place to stay and offers a true nature escape in the Perthshire countryside. Choose from an array of accommodation, from Bagend, Tree Howff and The Burrow, to Whisky Howff, Muckle Howff and more, there’s plenty of choice for you to enjoy. Surrounded by wildlife and lush greenery, it’s the perfect spot for a farm getaway from the busy bustle of city life.
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11. Harvest Moon Holidays, East Lothian
Another quirky treehouse getaway, Harvest Moon Holidays in Dunbar offer a spectacular beach-side location for your farm stay. Choose from treehouses, beach cabins or cosy cottages, each of which is kitted out will all the essential utensils you need, as well as a traditional Italian log-burning stove.
Make use of all the great activities and things to see and do in the area, including stunning beach walks, horse riding on the beach, fishing, watersports, bike hire and more.
Also in East Lothian, why not enjoy an unusual stay in a converted bus? The Bus Stop, near Haddington, boasts recycled, hand-crafted accommodation on a working farm which overlooks the stunning Lammermuir Hills.
12. Mains Farm Helicopter, Stirling
This will definitely be one you haven’t heard of before! Mains Farm in Stirling offers the ultimate quirky stay in an ZA127, an award-winning SeaKing Helicopter. Yes, helicopter! Sleeping 2 adults or up to a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children), it features a double bed, a single bed in the tail, and a seating area which converts into a double bed. The helicopter also has a mini kitchen, bathroom and a cockpit seating area where you can enjoy spectacular views over the Forth Valley. This really is one you don’t want to miss out on!
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13. Creeside Escape Shepherds Huts, Ayrshire
Head to South Ayrshire for an eco-friendly stay at Creeside Escape Shepherds Huts. Enjoy a breath of fresh air on this glorious working farm in South West Scotland. Offering deceptively roomy ‘tardis’ (huts) each sleeps 2 in a comfy double bed with there is space for a travel cot or single blow up bed., complete with an en-suite toilet. There is no Wi-Fi, and patchy mobile phone signal so you can experience a true off-grid experience and a much-needed digital detox.
Ayrshire is one of the best spots on the map for stargazing, so make sure you look up on a clear night!
14. Trossachs Yurts at West Mosside Organic Farm, Stirlingshire
How does a stay in an authentic yurt sound? Head to Trossachs Yurts set in the woodland around West Mosside Organic Farm for a unique trip just an hour away from Glasgow city centre. Based as closely as possible the original construction of a Kyrgyk design, but Scottish weather-proof, cosy up in yurts Stu a’Chroin, Ben Lomond or Ben Ledi. Each are equipped with everything you need for a self-catering, off-grid stay, and also feature a wood-burning stove, creating the atmosphere of a traditional Kyrgyk circular dwelling.
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15. Comrie Croft, Perthshire
With various accommodation options to suit you and your family, Comrie Croft is the idea farm location for a stay in Scotland. Enjoy a guilt-free trip with the eco-friendly Farmhouse, Steading, and Gavelmore House, or try a spot of eco camping or stay in unique Nordic Katas for the ultimate wild camping experience. There is plenty to do at the croft and nearby too, including bike hire and biking experiences, or choose from 43 Munros in the surrounding area to climb. Make sure you stop by the Tea Garden and Farm Shop too for a relaxing afternoon after a day of exploring.
16. Brockloch Bothy Eco Retreat, Dumfries & Galloway
Snuggle into the contemporary and modern Brockloch Bothy that is eco-friendly and provides the perfect setting for a farm escape. Surrounded by nature and with red kites, red squirrels, deer and badgers as your next door neighbours, immerse yourself in this off-grid location for a digital detox. Relax under the starry night sky and see which constellations you can spot from the outdoor deck and seating, complete with a fire bowl to keep you warm and toast marshmallows on.
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17. Airhouses, Scottish Borders
Add a touch of eco luxury to your trip with a stay at Airhouses in the Scottish Borders. These 5-star luxury self-catering lodges are the perfect choice for a family reunion or getaway in the Scottish outdoors. Or if you’re looking for a romantic retreat for two, stay in The Rowan Pod; a unique and cosy place to stay complete with a private hot tub and BBQ hut. Airhouses is also a proud owner of a Green Tourism Award, meaning they have gone above and beyond to be eco-friendly and sustainable.
Located just south of Edinburgh, near Lauder, it is the ideal location for exploring all the city gems whilst relaxing in the beautiful and tranquil Scottish countryside.
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18. The Loft, Moray Speyside
If you’re looking for the ultimate glamping experience, head to The Loft in Moray Speyside where you’ll find scenic beaches and historic sites on your doorstep to explore. Enjoy cabins with hot tubs, dog-friendly cabins, en-suite wigwams, family-sized wigwams, a lazy camper pod and more, all complete with a serene Highland surrounding and bags of adventure to get stuck into. Many of the accommodation options offered here are accessible too – if you have any questions or queries, please get in touch directly.
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