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14 unusual B&Bs and guesthouses in Scotland

Looking for an unusual B&B or guesthouse in Scotland for that extra special stay? Read on to find the perfect bed & breakfast accommodation with gorgeous buildings, flowers and secluded countryside for a well-deserved break in Scotland.

Blervie House, Moray Speyside

Enjoy a historic and luxury break in Moray at Blervie House, with 5-star bed and breakfast accommodation in a comfortable country house.

Explore the 300-acre private estate and enjoy a BBQ and a game of croquet before heading inside for snooker on the full-size billiard table, and your stay in one of the 12 stately bedrooms.

Hayhoull Bed & Breakfast, Shetland

This pretty bed & breakfast gives you wonderful views of Shetland’s St Ninian’s Isle, from the west of South Mainland.

Enjoy breakfast (and evening meals on request) at Hayhoull made from local, organic ingredients, and relax in the guest lounge – where you’ll find a piano, guitar and a mandolin for cosy winter nights!

Burnside Farm Bed & Breakfast, Orkney

Book a break at this former dairy farm in Orkney which has been refurbished and decorated to reflect the 1940s era when the house was originally built.

Enjoy breakfast in the porch, with panoramic views down into Stromness, across to Hoy and over Scapa Flow.

The Auld Kirk, Ballater

Auld Kirk Hotel © @the.auld.kirk

Stay in an early Victorian church building constructed with local granite, all in the heart of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park.

The Auld Kirk is a 4-star B&B with seven rooms and a coffee lounge, serving lunch, pastries and afternoon tea.

You’ll find it on the western edge of Ballater on the road to Braemar, looking onto Craigendarroch.

Glengarry Bed and Breakfast, Kingussie

Head up to the picturesque Badenoch region, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park with a stay at Glengarry, a 4-Star Gold Award Victorian villa overlooking the Spey Valley and the nearby mountains.

As the perfect base for walking in the summer and snowsports in the winter, you can make use of the drying facilities, storage and even a workshop for those emergency repairs.

Nithbank Country Estate, Dumfries & Galloway

Looking up at the building of the Nithbank Country Estate, Thornhill set in gardens

Nithbank Country Estate, Thornhill © VisitScotland / PRImaging

Book a break at this exclusive and luxury 5-Star Gold country house B&B near Thornhill. This beautiful building dates back to the 1790s, when it was constructed using the same pink sandstone as nearby impressive Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries & Galloway.

There are 5 acres of formal gardens, woodland glen, cascading ponds, walled garden and a tennis court to explore and enjoy. The estate is also based within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere and has a Gold Award for Green Tourism.

Cuil-an-Duin, Perthshire

Originally built as the private residence for the 9th Duke of Atholl, Cuil-an-Duin is a stylish Edwardian country house set amongst 20 acres of secluded grounds.

Choose from three beautiful guest rooms all which enjoy access to the main drawing room, with a Yamaha grand piano and a roaring log fire.

Cuil-an-Duin sits just south of Pitlochry in the heart of Highland Perthshire.

Stonewater House, Isle of Arran

Stonewater House is Arran’s first plant-based/vegan bed & breakfast. Enjoy delicious plant-based breakfasts as you gaze out across the harbour of Lamlash pier and Holy Isle from this modern house.

Choose between twin, double and king-sized bedrooms with access to a drying cabinet for wet outdoor gear and a lockable shed for bikes.

The Old Schoolhouse, Fife

Stay at the Old Schoolhouse, which sits on a cobbled street right next door to the Palace of Culross in Fife. This village is one of the best-preserved 17th and 18th century villages in Scotland, and one of the filming locations of the TV series, Outlander.

Choose between the Jacobean or Arts and Crafts rooms, enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast and book dinner for more local Scottish produce.

Carradale Guest House

Set in a Victorian home and manse, Carradales is Kintyre’s only 5-star guest house with high-end rooms and delicious breakfasts.

Set in a semi-rural and quiet spot, it’s a great base for exploring the Kintyre peninsula with walking, wildlife, golf, watersports and whisky distilleries to visit.

Sample their selection of local gins and whiskies, and book the optional evening meal for locally sourced ingredients with the aim of supporting local farmers and reducing the carbon footprint.

15Glasgow, Glasgow

Stay in a traditional 19th century terrace home in Glasgow, with original fireplaces, wooden shutters and all the modern facilities you could want.

Choose from five themed rooms, the Tartan, Thistle or Heather double bedrooms or the CRM or Blue suites. Enjoy access to the private garden opposite or explore the city within your reach.

Crookston House, Midlothian

Crookston House © @crookstonhouseandhuts

Book this grand 19th century house set amongst 47 secluded acres, just a short drive from Edinburgh in Midlothian, on the edge of the Scottish Borders.

Crookston House is a grand building with an intimate welcome, where you can have tea by a roaring fire. Enjoy fresh eggs for breakfast with homemade jams, wander through the gardens to spot wildlife, or arrange a light supper before heading to the spacious and comfortable bedrooms.

Garleton Lodge, East Lothian

Book a stay at this luxury B&B near Haddington, which sits on a hilltop with panoramic views of the surrounding East Lothian countryside and coast.

There are eight en-suite rooms with facilities including a BBQ hut, spa/treatment room, and even a hot tub.

This is a great spot for golfers, with club storage, drying room, practice bunker and putting green.

Fauhope Country House, Scottish Borders

This secluded and award-winning B&B sits near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. It’s an amazing example of Arts and Crafts architecture, originally designed by Scottish architect, Sydney Mitchell.

Enjoy the beauty and smell of fresh floral displays across the entrance hall, take a hearty Borders-inspired breakfast and then head out to explore the Fauhope gardens and beautiful bluebells.

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