Not your usual bed in Scotland

Want to sleep somewhere out of the ordinary in Scotland? These unusual places to stay will make your Scottish experience even more unique.

1) The Barrel B&B

Stay at the round wooden whisky Barrel B&B in the Spiritual Community of the Findhorn Foundation. Sleeps two, with each bed following the curvature of the wooden walls, making it unusual and cosy. An organic vegetarian breakfast is served in the morning and included in your stay. Less than a 10-minute stroll to Findhorn Beach and check the Universal Hall for an eclectic choice of events going on.

two huts at the The Barrel B&B in Findhorn Scotland

263 Pineridge, Findhorn

+44 (0)1309 691 841

2) The Four Sisters Boatel

Looking more in place in Amsterdam than in Edinburgh, this boatel is a fun and unique place to stay in the city. Floating on the Union Canal in the Fountain Bridge area, it’s a surprisingly handy and relatively central base to explore Edinburgh. It’s got everything you need for an easy stay with fully equipped kitchen, living room and outdoor seating. Space for up to four adults and two very small children. If you’re looking for something a bit quirky, basic, and different, then this is it.

The Four Sisters Boatel in Edingburgh

3) The Alexandra

This 110-year-old ex-lifeboat has been given a new lease of life and been turned into unusual accommodation. It’s situated at Argyll Kayakers Cove in Cuan Ferry on the Isle of Seil near Oban, where there is a small bridge connecting you to the mainland. This lifeboat has stories to tell. First stationed in Norfolk and used in the dramatic rescue of a 65-tonne boat called The Sepsy in 1933 she was brought north and now provides shelter again. Decked out with all the mod coms that you would need for a comfortable stay. Sleeps six.

Alexandra hotel at former lifeboat

at: Argyll Kayakers Cove, Cuan Ferry, Isle of Seil

4) Boris, the military pod

Once a military trailer ‘Boris’ now offers a unique glamping experience in Kylerhea in south-east Skye. The camouflage and tough exterior bear no resemblance of the cosy interior. Space for two people with two single beds, wee kitchen, shower and toilet is all you need. Get in the zone and do some army style hikes in the beautiful mountain surroundings. Don’t forget your smidge (midges repellent)!

Boris the military pod on the Isle of Skye

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