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Scotland is a firm favourite destination with holidaymakers, and you can make your next trip an unforgettable one by choosing one of our more unusual and quirky places to stay in Scotland.

Who doesn’t want to spend a few nights in a remarkable castle? Or perhaps you’d prefer the seclusion of a quirky wooden lodge, nestled into the Cairngorms National Park? If you wish for something more contemporary, there’s a stunning, high-spec home, converted and crafted from an old church building.

We offer a portfolio of truly unique properties in Scotland, some of which have to be seen to be believed!

Read on to discover 9 unusual places to stay in Scotland… 


1. The Old Castle (Ref. 1016461), Stewarton – Magnificent castle conversion

The Old Castle

Live like kings and queens during your stay in this unusual Scottish abode; the Old Castle offers a taste of luxury, as well as being a unique, one-of-a-kind holiday property. What’s more unique than having your own castle as a base for your next holiday in Scotland?

This 12th century castle is a great blend of old and new; it still boasts many traditional features, like its stone staircase, whilst also undergoing a renovation project to bring the interior more up to date.

A short drive from the property will lead you to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, as well as the city of Glasgow, meaning you are well placed to discover some of Scotland’s best scenery.


2. The Orangery (Ref. 974069), Turriff – Filled with rustic charm

The Orangery

This property derives its name from the pretty orangery that can be found just in front of it, below a vaulted ceiling and surrounded by large windows and charming wooden decking.

A beautiful and unusual place to stay in Scotland, The Orangery is set within a courtyard and offers couples the chance for a romantic and unique Scottish getaway.

You even have access to a private hot tub, which allows you to sit back and soak up your surroundings. Located in the Moray area of Aberdeenshire, close to Scotland’s North East coast and within driving distance of the city of Aberdeen and the Cairngorms National Park, you won’t be short of things to do and places to visit during your stay.


3. Signal Box (Ref. 1304), Newtonmore – Phenomenal rural views

Signal Box

This quirky Scottish accommodation definitely offers something different from your average Scottish holiday cottage. This unusual, reverse-level accommodation was designed with you in mind, offering superb, panoramic views towards the Cairngorm Mountains and the River Spey from the spacious, open-plan living area.

Enjoy an element of luxury with the sauna that’s been built into the bathroom, while the sitting area has a cosy feel with its own woodburning stove you can curl up in front of during a chilly evening.

The cottage is right by the Wildcat Trail, which is a 7km route worth taking to explore your surroundings, while the Cairngorms National Park is within easy reach and is a great place to spot unusual Scottish animals and other fascinating wildlife.

Signal Box was also featured in The Times’ 50 best cottages, beach houses and rural retreats in 2013.


4.  The Bothy (Ref. 22711), Edzell – Charming and secluded property

The Bothy

Set in a secluded, rural location, on a working sheep farm in Glen Esk, The Bothy enjoys picturesque scenery of rolling green hills in the Perthshire region of Scotland.

This property is a great example of unusual Scottish accommodation and is ideal for a couple looking to retreat to this beautiful part of Scotland.

This charming property has a wonderful cosy feel to it, retaining many traditional features, like the ceiling beams and woodburning stove in the sitting room, whilst also being immaculately furnished with a light and bright colour scheme.

Within easy reach of the Grampian Mountains, you can embrace your surroundings and even take on the highest peak, Ben Nevis. You can also take the 15-mile road to Glen Esk, the longest of the Angus Glens, where you’ll find a folk museum, craft shop, tea room and plenty of hiking routes to enjoy.


5. Cummertrees Church (Ref.1022167), Annan – Converted 18th century church

Cummertrees Church

Cummertrees Church is a wonderfully converted 18th century building that offers a fascinating and unique place to stay in Scotland, on the outskirts of the thriving village of Annan, in the Ayrshire region of Scotland.

This former church building offers wonderful and spacious accommodation for up to 10 people, so perfect for enjoying a unique getaway with family or friends. Retaining many original features, like its beautiful arch windows, Cummertrees Church also provides contemporary touches with its furnishings.

Enjoy walks along the Solway Coast Heritage Trail, or if you prefer to go on two wheels, there are many routes suitable for biking. You can also take part in a range of watersport activities and observe the unique wildlife that this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer.


6. Church House (Ref. 1009500), Johnshaven – Contemporary penthouse suite

Church House

This wonderful duplex penthouse apartment resides within a 200-year-old Aberdeenshire church. This unusual Scottish property offers contemporary, high-quality holiday accommodation for up to four people.

Church House is packed with quirky and stylish features, like its floor-to-ceiling giant arched window in the living area that can be enjoyed from the unusual glass-fronted mezzanine bedroom. The window allows in plenty of light and gives the property a lovely spacious feel.

Church House boasts spectacular views over the rooftops, towards the harbour and seafront, as well as being in close proximity to the Cairngorms National Park and some of the most spectacular Scottish scenery you could hope to find. Golf enthusiasts will be happy to hear there are five world-class golf courses in the surrounding area.


7. Moorhen Lodge (Ref. 970080), North Kessock – Charming log cabin

Moorhen Lodge

This charming Canadian log cabin is an unusual Scottish property that makes for an idyllic winter retreat in the Northern Highlands.

Moorhen Lodge sleeps four and is one of two lodges that can be booked together, should you wish to share your unique Scottish accommodation with close family or friends. Enjoy a tranquil and secluded location, with both lodges accessed via a long country lane and surrounded by three hectares of private woodland.

Internally, this property has been decorated and furnished to a very high standard, with a woodburning stove acting as the focal point for the sitting room, framed by two full length feature windows, offering picturesque woodland views.

Outside you will find a spacious veranda for enjoying a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine, plus your own hot tub, adding that touch of luxury to your stay.

Just a few miles from both the city of Inverness and Moray Firth, you can enjoy the best of the coast and the bustling mainland, returning to your quirky Scottish accommodation at the end of each day of exploration.


8. Nutkin Lodge (Ref. 957327), Coldingham – Rural lodge retreat

Nutkin Lodge

This unusual wooden cabin fits in perfectly with its woodland surroundings, offering quirky and peaceful Scottish accommodation in a lovely rural setting.

This cosy cabin provides charming accommodation for up to four people and would make a lovely romantic retreat for a couple. The wooden flooring and wood panelled walls give off a rustic charm, while the woodburning stove in the sitting area adds an inviting warmth to the property.

Nutkin Lodge’s location along the Scottish Borders means you can access the picturesque city of Edinburgh, as well as Berwick-upon-Tweed if you cross over the border. The property is also adjacent to cycle route 76, where you can spot many of Scotland’s wildlife species along the way.

Nutkin Lodge was recognised during our 2019 Sykes Gem awards in the category of Best in Scotland.


9. Apartment 1 St Mary’s Church (Ref. 1007072), Moffat – Stunning apartment in former church building

Apartment 1 St Mary's Church

Another unusual Scottish property, built within a former church, Apartment 1 is just one of a family of apartments that have been converted from the former St Mary’s Church building in the town of Moffat, in the Ayrshire region of Southern Scotland.

These high-quality apartments have been able to retain many of the church’s original features, like the beautiful stained lead windows and supporting pillars, whilst renovation works have added a contemporary feel, with the open-plan living areas and modern furnishings.

The town of Moffatt offers plenty to see and do, including many unusual annual events, like its sheep race, while the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are accessible from the property. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the Annandale Valley, great for walkers and cyclists alike.


If an unusual and unique holiday in Scotland sounds like the perfect thing for you, then take a look through our collection of unusual holiday cottages and be sure to find something you’ll love. For more things to do in Scotland, browse our Scotland Travel Guide.

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