Remote mountain bothies, traditional ‘but an’ bens’, tiny houses, glamping pods, eco treehouses, luxurious woodsheds and rustic huts – the lure of getting off-grid and remote is a simple one. Read by candle light, explore the great outdoors, enjoy the peace and quiet, or just put your feet up… here are seven log cabins in Scotland which make a perfect retreat from the world.
Get off grid – 7 gorgeous log cabins in Scotland
Tree Lodge, Inverkeithing
Gimme Shelter might only be 20 minutes from Edinburgh but this campsite is a world away from the busy city. 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, choose from one of six brilliant handmade glamping huts and log cabins quietly situated across the site. My favourites are Tree House which sleeps up to six and the couples only shepherds hut – with its perfect balcony for sundowners.
Nearby: Inverkeithing is just a 15-minute walk away for supplies and Edinburgh & the Fife coast are accessible by train. Aberdour has a pretty castle and a lovely beach and you can jump on the Fife Coastal Path. If you have a car, head out to the pretty villages of the East Neuk and sample Fife’s foodie delights.
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On a hillside above Loch Kirkaig in remote Assynt sits Batbox, a luxury wooden hut with incredible views. With a comfy double bed, full kitchen and luxury bathroom, this is hutting in style. Just 10 minutes from the foodie village of Lochinver, the batbox gives you total seclusion in touching distance of an excellent meal. Be warned up on the hillside there is no internet or phone signal – you are truly remote from the world here – and if you can’t live without it, then owner’s other log cabin, the Lazy Bed cabin, closer to the wifi signal might be a better option.
Nearby: Lochinver is the perfect base to explore Assynt. Climb Suilven or Stac Pollaidh, two of Scotland’s most iconic mountains, or just head to Achmelvich or Clachtoll Beaches to relax on perfect white sand. Batbox is also well located for those doing the North Coast 500.
Wee Haven, Benbecula
Armadillo pods are popular right across Scotland, but it is rare to see one as well kitted out as Wee Haven on the Isle of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. Sleeping up to 4 (well, in a pinch) this micro lodge has a mini kitchen complete with a welcome pack, perfectly formed shower room, double bed and beautiful views across the island. Looking to make your retreat even more relaxing? Wee Haven also offers up on site complementary therapies and yoga in a purpose-built yurt… or just relax on the terrace and watch the sun go down over the croft.
Nearby: Connected by causeways to both North and South Uist, Benbecula is a good base for exploring the Outer Hebrides Island chain. Head to Hosta beach for those incredible white sands the Western Isles are known for, jump on a horse at North Uist Riding School or ferry hop to check out beautiful Barra.
The Woodsman’s Hut, Nethy Bridge
The Lazy Duck’s owners (and Django the spaniel who takes his guest manager duties very seriously) have been welcoming guests to their smallholding just outside Nethy Bridge near Aviemore for the last 40 years. The Woodsman Hut is 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. Book into the Lazy Duck’s hot tub to truly relax.
Nearby: The Cairngorms National Park is literally on your doorstep. Climb the mighty Bynack More and hike up to the beautiful An Lochan Uaine. Eat at the Mountain Cafe over in Aviemore and visit the Highland Wildlife Park to see the UK’s only baby polar bear, red pandas and wildcats.
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Osprey Boathouse, Loch Tay
‘Osprey’ and ‘Oyster’ are beautiful Scandinavian-style boat houses perched on the edge of Loch Tay. Hidden down a steep road this is seclusion at its very best – you will only have curious ducks, a greedy pheasant and my favourites, a pair of cheeky red squirrels who popped out from behind the trees for company. With your own lochside beach for a candle-lit bbq, I promise you won’t want to leave. Due to the remote location, you will need a 4×4 to get down the hill and there is no internet and who needs Instagram when you have it for real in right in front of you?
Nearby: Drive up to 3000 ft in a 4×4 with Highland Safaris and then back to feed red deer. Hike up to the falls at Acharn a series of dramatic waterfalls, located about two minutes drive from the boathouse or Bag Ben Lawers (the 10th highest mountain in Scotland) and explore the Ben Lawers Nature Reserve.
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Westside Woodshed, Edinburgh
In the hills just to the south of Edinburgh is the Westside Woodshed, an incredibly stylish Scandi-inspired log cabin for two hidden amongst the trees. The cottage sits in 3000 acres of the beautiful, rolling hills and valleys of the Pentland Hills Regional Park on a working free-range blackface sheep farm which has been in the Cowan family since 1850. With sleek retro style all that’s left to do is swing open the patio doors, pour yourself a gin & tonic and slip into the outdoor hot tub – bliss.
Nearby: the bright lights of Edinburgh are only 20 minutes away, and history buffs will love Rosslyn Chapel and the walk around Roslin Glen. From your doorstep, you can walk up into the Pentland – hike the Kips to Scald Law, or the Capital View Walk for incredible views across to the Forth Bridges – look out for pheasants, deer, highland coos and rare black grouse on the way.
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Eagle Brae, Beauly
Eagle Brae is a small and exclusive village of seven utterly beautiful self-catering cedar log cabins in Scotland surrounded by the business of Highland life; grouse moors, wandering red deer, wheeling birds of prey. Part of an 8000 acres estate, for those looking for unique Scottish Highland accommodation, Eagle Brae offers true luxury – an incredible sense of place in the landscape, wonderful peace and quiet, and a genuine warmth in welcome.
Nearby – Eagle Brae offers all the sporting estate activities a budding Highland laird could wish for – from camera stalking to husky racing and fly fishing. Visit Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar and Loch Ness where you can explore Urquhart Castle. Further afield is the Highland capital of Inverness – don’t miss the organic pizza & beer at the Black Isle Bar.
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Love, from Scotland x