Scotland is going green for accommodation! Today, many of us are saying goodbye to our old habits and making better use of our resources to live a more sustainable life; from recycling products to conserving energy and water. These simple changes that we make not only help to reduce our carbon footprint but ultimately make Scotland an eco-friendlier place to live and visit.
During your next visit to Scotland, make yourself and the environment happy by booking an eco-friendly place to stay. Boasting unique sustainable features all at an affordable price, it’s a great way to take care of the environment while on holiday. Here are just some of our top recommendations to help kickstart your next adventure!
1. The Treehouses at Lanrick, Perthshire
Who said luxury can’t be eco-friendly? With each treehouse individually designed, featuring special hand-crafted tables, upcycled furniture and luxury fabrics, The Treehouses at Lanrick really puts out all the stops when it comes to sustainable accommodation. If you’re looking to enjoy a few nights away from the kitchen, relax and let the chefs do the cooking. Enjoy freshly prepared meals from the local farm shop when you book your stay, that are delivered straight to your treehouse when you arrive. During the winter months, keep warm with the air sourced heating and wood burning stoves which create a cosy ambience.
2. Kinlochlaich Treehouse, Argyll
Going the extra mile to shrink their carbon footprint is Kinlochlaich Treehouse in Argyll. This accommodation offers luxurious comfort while incorporating lots of eco-friendly features. From its insulated walls filled with eco-friendly Warmcel insulation to its wood burner using timber from the grounds, its cosy atmosphere is the perfect excuse to book a romantic getaway. There’s a double bedroom with a comfy king-size bed with lots of storage space including an oak chest of drawers and hand-crafted Elm cupboard. Freshen up in the morning with its excellent bathroom and shower facilities and at night, coorie in by the wood burning stove while watching your favourite film, or head out onto the decking area and make use of the brand-new BBQ.
3. Fernie Castle Treehouse, Fife
Make your dreams come true by booking a fairytale stay at Fernie Castle Treehouse. Perched up among six lofty sycamores with three balconies and set in its own magical woodland, it is a truly unforgettable stay for loved-up couples. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a welcome hamper of champagne, beers, chocolate and much more. A stay in the treehouse suite also includes a 4-course dinner and full Scottish breakfast served in Fernie Castle, just 500 yards away.
You’ll be blown away with its interior design. The bathroom walls are twilight blue with hand painted fairies fleeting across the scene, and the ceiling is filled with constellations and unicorns. In the centre sits a free-standing bath under a chandelier of leaves and flowers, perfect for an early morning or late-night soak. If you wish to venture out into the woods, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the private gardens which lead to Fernie burn.
4. Brockloch Treehouse, Dumfries & Galloway
Another eco-friendly stay to add to the bucket list is Brockloch Treehouse in Dumfries & Galloway. The treehouse includes a double bed, bathroom and a small kitchen area that is complete with a 2-ring gas hob and a fridge. The bedroom also has a skylight window where you can watch the night sky come to life in the comfort of your own bed. For those chilly nights, make sure to keep warm with the Hobbit log burning stove where the wood provided will be included in the price of your stay. With no TV or Wi-Fi available, it’s a great way to reconnect with nature and unplug from social media.
Nearby, there are lots of places to visit and soak up the great outdoors. Get on your bike at Kirroughtree 7Stanes, see exotic plants and flowers at Logan Botanic Garden or enjoy a day of watersports at Galloway Activity Centre.
5. Wildflower Eco Lodges, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
Exquisite architecture, fabulous eco-credentials and glorious views of Aberdeenshire. The Wildflower Eco Lodges gets a big green thumbs up from us! With two lodges to choose from, both the Harrier and Peregrine Lodges sleeps 4 people, perfect for a family staycation no matter what time of year. Throughout the lodges, you’ll find a cosy lounge area with a wood burning stove, Smart TV and sofa bed. If you’re looking to cook up a family feast while on holiday, the kitchen area has all the essentials including a kettle, toaster, hob, fridge/freezer and oven. The ensuite bathroom is even equipped with an electric shower, a great sustainable feature to help do your bit for the environment.
Aberdeenshire is filled to the brim with things to do, sights to see and experiences to be had. Explore ruined castles, caves and historic sites including Aberdour Cave, Bullers of Buchan and Slains Castle, the inspiration behind Bram Stokers Dracula. Did you know Loch of Strathberg is Britain’s largest dune loch? The loch is just a short walking distance from the lodges and is teeming with wildlife. You can expect to see different species of birds, moths, butterflies and much more.
6. Inverlonan Bothies, near Oban
Very often, it’s those little gems hidden in remote locations that surprise us the most, especially when you want to escape and recharge the batteries. If you’re longing to wake up to stunning lochside views, indulge in local produce and enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities, Inverlonan Bothies might just be the ticket. Located just 6 miles from Oban by Loch Nell, this unique accommodation can only be accessed by boat, foot or buggy with sustainability being the beating heart of Inverlonan. With two bothies to choose from including ‘Uisge’ and ‘Beatha’ which means ‘Water of Life’ in Gaelic, each have a private deck, outdoor wood-fired pizza oven and an open fire pit, perfect for a late-night rendezvous. Other eco-friendly features include an outdoor toilet and outdoor shower if you fancy a bit of forest bathing.
Start the day off right and enjoy a taste of Argyll with a freshly prepared breakfast. Once you’re fed and watered, try paddleboarding on Loch Nell and feel like you’re walking on water or brave the chilly temperatures with a wild swim. If you’re willing to take things up a notch on your romantic break, surprise your partner to a Private Dining Experience. You’ll both be whisked off to a mystery location as you tuck into a delicious 8 course set menu while the sun sets. Simply bliss!
7. An Caisteal Lodge, Portnellan, Stirlingshire
Planning a break to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond this year? Enjoy an eco-friendly stay at An Caisteal Lodge. This three bedroom lodge which sleeps up to six people is the perfect family getaway where you will be treated to mesmerising views over Loch Lomond, the River Falloch and the surrounding landscape. Lots of sustainable features can be found in your lodge too. All floors downstairs are heated with thermostat controls allowing guests to adjust the perfect temperature whatever time of year you decide to stay. The central heating and hot water system are also supplied by an air source heat pump controlled by a digital thermostat. Alongside its cool eco-friendly features, you’ll find a spacious living room and dining area with a wall mounted TV and a selection of DVDs, a great way to spend a rainy day indoors. Washer/dryer facilities and storage for outdoor clothing and footwear is also available which will come handy for those muddy adventures at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
8. Ardtornish Estate, Argyll & Bute
Comfort is key when it comes to choosing the right accommodation. During your next trip to Scotland, make sure to book a stay at Ardtornish Estate. With 11 self-catering properties to choose from including five Victorian apartments and six stone-built lodges, you’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to holidaying on the west coast of Scotland. Each property is individually designed and boasts excellent views of the local area’s dramatic scenery as well as roaring log fires to help keep you warm on those chilly nights. When it comes to sustainability, Ardtornish Estate ticks all the boxes. Electricity is generated using hydropower and guests are encouraged to live like a local by purchasing fine cuts of meat from the estate’s farm, available to buy from the Gift Shop or Information Centre. The friendly and knowledgeable staff onsite will also be happy to give you recipe ideas.
Of course, the area is renowned for its outdoor pursuits. Capture your best shot with a photography workshop, take a walk along the Rahoy Hills or go kayaking and canoeing with Otter Adventures, you might be lucky enough to spot a friendly seal during your time out on water.