1. Step aboard a fishing boat on the River Clyde, Glasgow
Book a cabin and stay the night on the MV Reliant, a converted fishing boat situated on the river Clyde in Glasgow. Read about my stay here.
This week I'm having a staycation which when you live on a lovely Scottish Island feels a lot like you're on holiday anyway. However with the dark nights drawing in and some spare time on my hands it has given me the opportunity to start researching some ideas for Scottish travel adventures in 2015.
If you are a regular reader of my blog you have probably gathered that I like to search out places that are a wee bit unusual and wanted to share with you some of the quirky accommodation that I have come across during my internet trawling. From old fire trucks to trains to gypsy caravans, there is no shortage of fun choices of places to spend the night in Scotland. I should really have called this blog post 10 quirky places I want to stay in Scotland! I'm not sure my budget is big enough to sample them all next year but I hope to at least visit a few and review them for you on my blog.
So here is my guide to 10 quirky places you can spend the night in Scotland.
2. Enjoy a sleepover on a traditional railway carriage overlooking Loch Awe
This self catering converted railway carriage has stunning views over Loch Awe towards the historic Kilchurn Castle. Visit website
3. Let your stress melt away in this converted fire service truck in Aviemore
This converted Commer Q4 fire service truck was rescued from the Manston Fire Museum in Kent and is now situated in the grounds of inshriach House, Aviemore. Visit website
4. Smuggle yourself away to The Blue Cabin at Cove Harbour
This pretty blue cabin is situated at Cove harbour and is only accessible on foot through a smugglers’ tunnel and across the beach. Visit website
5. Spend a romantic night for two in a Gypsy Caravan near Stirling
This traditional Gypsy bowtop wagon is situated at Bramble Bield which is located in the grounds of Powis House, an 18th century mansion near Stirling. Visit website
6. Watch the trains go by from the Signal Box at Newtonmore Rail Station
A modern take on a railway signal box situated at Newtonmore Rail Station in the Cairngorms National Park. Catch the sleeper from London in time to relax in your own sauna before a hard days skiing or climbing or just put your feet up and watch the world steam by. Visit website
8. Look after donkeys in a Shepherds Hut on Skye
Set on a croft in Heaste, Isle of Skye, the huts are idyllic small space retreats, and unique to the island and the first donkey friendly accommodation i have found in Scotland! Visit website
7. Step back in time in a Celtic Iron Age roundhouse in Dumfries & Galloway
Stay at this authentic replica of a Celtic Iron Age Roundhouse complete with open fire situated in Mabie Forest, Dumfries & Galloway. Visit website
9. Enjoy a ringside view from a classic showman's wagon in Perthshire
Enjoy a loch view from this 1950's showman's wagon in Balquhidder, Perthshire next to the Mhor 84 Motel. Visit website
10. Let time stand still at a Blackhouse on the Isle of Lewis
Watch the Atlantic waves crashing from the comfort of a traditional Blackhouse in the village of Gearrannan on the Isle of Lewis. Visit website
Have you stayed at any of these quirky places or have you any other recommendation's that should be on my list?
If so please feel free to get in touch and share your experience or suggestions.
Please note all photographs have been taken from the official websites linked to each property and ownership belongs to them.
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