If you’re following Scotland’s UNESCO Trail and experiencing all the intriguing sights along the way, you’ll need warm and friendly places to stay and get a good night’s sleep before you continue your travels.
Keep reading for some of the most amazing and unusual places to stay around the trail. From waking up to stunning coastal scenery, and eco-friendly stays, to remote island cottages, Highland hotels and more, you can enjoy some of the best Scottish getaways.
1. Loch Ken Eco Bothies, Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere
Escape to the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere and enjoy an eco-friendly off-grid stay at Loch Ken Eco Bothies. Choose from four bothies, sleeping from 2 – 8 people, all of which are uniquely designed, beautifully furnished and guarantee a luxurious and tranquil stay. With each bothy featuring its own log burning hot tub and kayak, you’re in for a great wilderness retreat.
There is also plenty to do nearby, including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking, at Galloway Activity Centre, as well as many walking trails and cycle paths.
Book a stay at Loch Ken Eco Bothies and explore the south of Scotland.
2. Braewick Camping & Caravan Park, Shetland Geopark
Get back to nature with a stay at Braewick Camping & Caravan Park, situated at Eshaness, right on the west coast of Shetland. Wake up to magnificent views overlooking the shores of Braewick Bay before heading out to explore all the fantastic things on offer around this ancient island. As well as excellent toilet and shower facilities, the park also accommodates motorhomes with equipped pitches, and has four Wigwams to stay in if you fancy something different.
There is also a café onsite, serving up delicious homemade goods and dishes created using fresh, locally sourced produce.
Book a stay at Braewick Caravan Park and explore the northern islands of Scotland.
3. Kylesku Hotel, North West Highlands Geopark
Located in a stunning location in the north west Highlands, Kylesku Hotel is a charming place to stay which offers not only relaxing accommodation, but delicious local seafood and produce in their restaurant too. Unwind after a day uncovering Highland gems in the hotel’s boutique rooms which boast a modern and luxury feel, complete with all the essentials. You can even bring your pooch along to enjoy the tranquil surrounding of this award-winning hotel.
Book a stay at Kylesku Hotel.
4. Kinlochewe Hotel, Wester Ross Biosphere
Elsewhere in the Scottish Highlands, Kinlochewe Hotel boasts a warm and welcoming stay in the heart of the Torridon mountains. You’ll be surrounded by immense views as you snuggle into your cosy accommodation after a day exploring the awe-inspiring landscapes around you. It’s an ideal place to base yourself if you’re looking to venture around the area on foot or by bike, with hundreds of trails to follow and wildlife to spot along the way too.
Book a stay at Kinlochewe Hotel.
5. Newton Farm Holidays, Dundee
With alpacas, goats and more as your next-door neighbours, you don’t get a more unique stay than Newton Farm Holidays. Located just outside Dundee, this accommodation option is ideal if you’re looking for a city break with the tranquil atmosphere of the countryside mixed in. Choose from a farmhouse B&B or cosy cottage, both of which have been awarded 4 stars, to enjoy after a busy day exploring Dundee’s extraordinary attractions, sights and experiences.
You’ll be met with a warm welcome and quality service in the farmhouse, including free WiFi and a delicious Taste of Angus breakfast included too. Or book in for a self-catering holiday in the three-bedroom cottage, which is a great choice for families and pet-friendly with an enclosed garden.
Book a stay at Newton Farm Holidays.
6. The Place Hotel, Edinburgh
Offering contemporary style and comfort, this city hotel is perfect for exploring Edinburgh’s top attractions and experiences. The Place Hotel is 4-star stay on York Place, just a 10 minute walk from Edinburgh’s Princes Street, and boasts intricate Georgian architecture and design, with a modern feel and added luxuries. Indulge in the hotel’s restaurant and bar for succulent dishes, tastebud tingling cocktails, and a variety of drinks too.
Book a stay at The Place Hotel and explore the eastern gems of Scotland.
7. Auchengillan Outdoor Centre, Antonine Wall
Enjoy a camping trip with a stunning backdrop just north of Glasgow, and near Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. With a variety of camping styles available across 16 campsites, remote greenfield sites, hammock, bivvy spots and large sites close to amenities, it’s the ideal place to stay for family getaways, big groups or even a solo trip.
If you’re planning a big getaway with lots of friends and family, the Campsie Cabins may be for you. A step up from camping, these cosy cabins can sleep up to 22 people and boast a large BBQ and stunning views of the Campsie Hills. The surrounding area is also a beauty to explore, with lush green landscapes, plenty of onsite outdoor activities to enjoy, walking and cycling trails, and more.
Book a stay at Auchengillan Outdoor Centre.
8. Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Head to Glasgow for a glamourous city centre stay at the Grand Central Hotel. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is situated in an historic and impressive building which has seen a colourful array of guests stay here through the years, including politicians such as Winston Churchill and Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra.
Offering a range of rooms to suit everyone, with luxury bedding, welcoming essentials, comfortable furnishing and added extras, you can indulge in a city stay with hundreds of award-winning attractions and things to see on your doorstep.
Book a stay at Grand Central Hotel and explore the western city of Scotland.
9. Dene Cottage, Heart of Neolithic Orkney
Relax into an eco-friendly stay at Dene Cottage on the incredible Orkney Isles. Travel with a clear conscience as you enjoy a tranquil retreat with breathtaking views, located just a short walk from the village of Dounby. Powered by a wind turbine and solar panels, the cottage has earned a Gold Green Tourism award for its dedicated eco credentials. Cosy into the double or twin rooms, with all the essentials, fully equipped kitchen, and a sunroom with patio doors to the garden too.
Dene Cottage is a great location to base yourself for a trip exploring all of Orkney’s hidden gems and mesmerising landscapes. With Skaill Bay, the Standing Stones of Stenness, Maeshowe, and Ring of Brodgar nearby, you’ll have plenty to see and do on your holiday.
Book a stay at Dene Cottage.
10. New Lanark Mill Hotel and Self-Catering, New Lanark
Located in the heart of the New Lanark World Heritage Site, this charming 18th century restored cotton mill village is a unique place to stay. Located less than an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, choose from the 4-star New Lanark Mill Hotel, Waterhouse self-catering cottages or Wee Row Hostel, all in an ideal location for exploring the many amazing things to see and do in the area.
The hotel offers 38 bedrooms, all with fantastic views of the River Clyde, and has great facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool and spa treatments. Cosy into the self-catering cottages for a romantic stay on the banks of the River Clyde, or stay in the hostel for a quality, yet budget-friendly, accommodation option.
Book a stay at New Lanark Mill Hotel.
11. Ten Hill Place Hotel, Old & New Towns of Edinburgh
This stylish 4-star hotel will make you feel right at home! Located in the Old Town by Surgeon’s Hall, each room is unique and comfortable, luxurious and welcoming, with modern furnishings, a contemporary design and all the essentials you need for your stay. You can even choose by which type of mattress you prefer!
Enjoy a delicious meal or drink in the hotel’s restaurant with a spot of fine dining. Or venture out into the city where you’ll be met by incredible architecture, a delectable array of food and drink options, as well as hundreds of award-winning attractions and things to do.
Book a stay at Ten Hill Place Hotel.
12. Blue Reef Cottages, St Kilda
Truly escape from it all with a getaway at the luxurious Blue Reef self-catering cottages on the stunning Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Set in the magnificent village of Scarista, you can enjoy panoramic coastal views out to sea and across the island as you relax in your private jacuzzi and sauna. Perfect for a romantic getaway, these cottages are remote but close enough to local amenities and things to do.
Recharge your batteries as you watch the sun set (or rise!) over the bay, with plenty of vantage points to find, places to walk and cycle, beach day locations, and more, making it the ideal place for a couple’s retreat.
Book a stay at Blue Reef Cottage.
13. Glampotel at Dundas Castle, The Forth Bridge
Have you ever camped out in the grounds of a Scottish castle? At Dundas Castle in South Queensferry you can delve into a glamping retreat with a stay in sizable luxury tents. With a kitchen, a BBQ grill, comfy beds, a full shower, a fire place and more, you’ll feel right at home here.
With plenty on your doorstep to keep you busy too, including The Forth Bridge, Port Edgar, Deep Sea World, Edinburgh city attractions, and more, it’s an ideal spot for a family holiday.
Book a stay at Dundas Castle.