Planning your trip to Scotland? Looking for fab places to stay for a luxury or unusual weekend away? From a family farm stay to a quirky tree lodge, here are Love From Scotland’s picks of the best places to stay in Scotland.
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The romantic bolt hole: Lochinshelloch Cottage
Where? Cawdor Estate, near Nairn
In the Highlands of Scotland, 12 miles from Inverness, and home to a castle dubiously connected to Shakespeare’s Scottish Play, Lochinshelloch Cottage on the Cawdor Estate is a remote rural hideaway really worth discovering. Make yourself at home on a 42-thousand acre, 700-year old Scottish Highlands estate surrounded by redwoods, roe deer and rambling paths which lead to you a rather nice country pub. If you can bear to share, Lochinshelloch Cottage sleeps six.
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The whisky retreat: Islay Cottages
Where? Bowmore, Isle of Islay
Immerse yourself fully in island life by stay in a cosy self-catering cottage on the Isle of Islay. Dundonald Cottage is located in Bowmore, Islay’s capital Bowmore’s right on the main square and just steps from the pretty harbour and the famous distillery. Dundonald Cottage has two bedrooms, a peat fire and the most wonderful view across Loch Indaal to the Paps of Jura, a view you could spend hours watching from the kitchen table. Spend your time touring the island’s eight whisky distilleries, walking on the Mull of Oa and spotting Dolphins in Port Ellen’s bay.
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Lochside luxury: Mains of Taymonth
Where? Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire
The Mains of Taymouth is a 160-acre family-owned luxury estate located on the banks of Loch Tay in the village of Kenmore in highland Perthshire. With five-star self-catering cottages and apartments of all shapes and sizes, a restaurant, bar, and shop on site, and a 5-minute walk to the loch and village centre it is the perfect place to base yourself for exploring. My top pick? Stay in the Bell Tower Cottage, a luxury ‘honeymoon’ bolt-hole for two with a four-poster bed hidden up in a bell tower.
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The Quirky Log Cabin: Tree Lodge, Gimme Shelter
Where? Inverkeithing, Fife
Gimme Shelter might only be 20 minutes from Edinburgh but this campsite is a world away from the busy city. Everything is handmade – from the fireside seats & signs, the huts housing the eco-loos, camping shacks made entirely of doors, to a new glamping hut made out of a world war II bomb shelter, Gimme Shelter offers up the most unique log cabins in Scotland. Completely off grid – there is no electricity or water, my favourite, the Tree Lodge sleeps up to six.
Read more: 7 gorgeous log cabins in Scotland.
The remote restaurant with rooms: The Three Chimneys and House Over By
Where? Loch Dunvegan Isle of Skye
With a six-hour drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow and three hours to the closest airport, you need to make an effort for your dinner at The Three Chimneys. However, on arrival at this string of tiny whitewashed croft cottages perched on the banks of Loch Dunvegan, your efforts are seriously rewarded. You truly have reached somewhere quite special. Suites in the House Over By have views over the loch, Scandinavian shabby chic style and a bathroom large enough to live in – and the 2018 UK restaurant of the year was just across the way…
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A foodie feast: The Fairmont St Andrews
Where? Overlooking St Andrews, Fife
Offering up two golf courses, a spa and six restaurants, The Fairmont St Andrews is something a little special. Perched up above St Andrews’ Bay, the Fairmont St Andrews was fully refurbished in 2017 with a warm, sleek, and masculine mid-century modern American style. The Fairmont St Andrews’ International Brunch takes place on the first Sunday of every month – it is unlike any buffet you will ever experience anywhere else. Check-in for (probably) Scotland’s best brunch.
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The idyllic cottage in the woods: Lazy Duck
Where? Nethy Bridge, the Cairngorms
If you dream retreating to a tiny log cabin in the woods, then I have the perfect spot for you. With an 8-bed hostel, a beautifully quiet 4-pitch campsite and three romantic eco huts, the Lazy Duck is a little piece of off-grid heaven. Check into the Woodman’s Hut, a tiny house for two made out of a 260-year-old Scots Pine, recycled from where it fell. With a little house on the prairie interior, complete with cabin bed (at a height perfect for viewing the hills), a skylight for stargazing at night, and two old, overstuffed armchairs in front of the fire – it instantly transports you back to a much simpler time.
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A hot tub with a view: The Hideaway Experience
Where? 10 minutes north of Dundee
Just 15-minutes outside the arty-cool city of Dundee and set in the rolling fields of a 650-acre barley, coo & sheep farm in the Sidlaw Hills are four luxury cabins, just for couples. With views across seemingly endless barley fields, choose between one of three ultra-modern lodges, the Dreamers, the Honeymooners, or the Lovers, or the cute and cosy (and dog-friendly) the Romantics cottage and settle into your own tiny piece of rural heaven. Each lodge has a hot tub – perfect for stargazing.
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For a weekend family stay: Newhill Farm Cottages
Where? Auchtermuchy, Fife
In the countryside of rural Fife but just two miles to the north of the village of Auchtermuchty (pronounced ‘och-ter-muck-t’ and famous for the BBC series Dr Finlays Casebook) is Newhill Farm. Offering up accommodation for fourteen across three self-catering cottages – the Old Stables, Horse Mill Cottage and the Old Cart House – Newhill Farm is more than a place to just rest your head after a long day exploring, with a swimming pool, hot tub(s), tennis court and games room and if you really need it, free wifi – it’s your own mini resort in the Scottish countryside!
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Coastal glamping: Catchpenny Safari Lodges
Where? East Neuk of Fife
Perched on the coast between Elie and St Monans is Catchpenny Safari Lodges – 8 luxury glamping tents. Sleeping up to six in three bedrooms (a double, a twin and a rather cute cabin bed) and decorated in a ‘safari meets luxury Scotland ‘style, The safari tents have everything you would wish for – including a nifty wood-burning oven which also doubles up as your heater. Sit out on your deck, light your fire pit and watch the sun go down over Elie Lighthouse and the Lady’s Tower… it’s glamping perfection! Read more: Catchpenny Safari Lodges.