10 Quirky Stays in Scotland

10 Quirky Stays in Scotland - Jacks Alt Stays


We love quirky stays! It’s even in our name! And, in Scotland, we’re spoilt for choice!

With international holidaying looking unlikely at best for the foreseeable, why not take this chance to explore a little closer to home?

Staycations are absolutely booming in Scotland right now, and there’s no surprise why with all of the wonders it has to offer, right on our doorstep.

With all that exploring, you’re gonna need somewhere to rest your head. But why settle for a budget hotel, or some basic wooden hut glamping pod with shared bathroom facilities?

There are some pretty unique, alternative, and quirky stays in Scotland, from the weird to the downright wonderful.

Here are 10 Quirky Stays in Scotland;

1. Brochs of Coigach | Ullapool, Scottish Highlands

Brochs of Coigach
Brochs of Coigach

There are several ruined remnants in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The Brochs of Coigach are the real thing – but as cozy and luxurious and eco-friendly as any accommodation you could think of.

These guys are pretty much fully booked out for the 2021 season, so they must be doing something right!

2. The Dragons Den | Glenachulish valley

The Dragons Den - Jacks Alt Stays
The Dragons Den

You won’t find Deborah Meaden or Peter Jones here.

The cabin features a modern rustic interior that is unique, eclectic and playful and will appeal to children young and old!  Located midway between Nevis Range and Glencoe mountain, this one is certainly unique.

Adam actually had the pleasure of staying a few nights here recently. A highlight for him was the quirky welcome book with all sorts of entertaining stories from the owners! It’s definitely one of the most quirky stays he’s had in Scotland!

This one will set you back £150 a night.

3. Art House B&B | Broadford, Isle of Skye

Ever fancied an artistic retreat to get those creative juices flowing?

The Art House B&B is a little slice of love, craftsmanship and beauty nestled deep within the Isle of Skye. With spectacular views and spacious rooms, ‘Sandwood’ Art House is a beautiful place to relax and escape the pace of modern living.

Prices range from £90-£110 per night, bed and breakfast.

Thinking of taking an island retreat soon? Check out Scotland’s Most Accessible Islands!

4. Roulotte Retreat Gypsy Caravan Glamping | Melrose, Scottish Borders

Roulotte Retreat Gypsy Caravan Glamping - Jacks Alt-Stays
Roulotte Retreat Gypsy Caravan Glamping

Six French Roulottes nestle in a wildflower meadow, around a lochan in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Wonderful, but definitely a wee bit weird.

Roulotte Retreat creates a beautiful circle of colourful roulottes, each unique and offering a stylish and utterly different place to enjoy time and space out from everyday life.

You can stay here from £110 per night

5. AirShip 002 | Drimnin, Scottish Highlands

Unique Accommodation Airship 002
Airship 002

An Alt-Stay in an airship that’s out of this world! (See what I done there? 😉)

This insulated aluminium pod offers a secluded escape from everyday life, with breathtaking highland views through its dragonfly windows, in Drimmin.

This one will set you back £150 /night (excl. AirBnB service fee).

6. Jacks Alt-Stays [Coming Late 2021] | Isle of Cumbrae, North Ayrshire

Jack's Alt-Stays Alternative Eco-Cabin

Do you think I was gonna leave myself out?!

The Jacks Alt-Stays accommodation concept is going to be unlike any other in Scotland.  It’s at a crossroads where quirky design meets with eco-consciousness and stunningly scenic views, to create an unforgettable, alternative & eco accommodation experience.

We’ll be officially launching in December 2021, and we’re aiming for it to be the most quirky stay in Scotland!

Sound good?

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7. Glamness Shipping Containers | Inverness

Glamness Inverness

Shipping Containers?! – That’s right. Glamness have converted these big metal boxes, purposed for shipping goods around the world, into a quirky night’s stay.

They are set in 5 wonderful acres of tress and grounds complete with its own river. The Luxury Shipping Containers are for adults only, adding to the ambiance and escapism of modern life.

You can stay here from £29 a night

8. Shetland Lighthouses | Shetland Isles

Bressay Lighthouse
Bressay Lighthouse

Shetland Lighthouse Holidays offer the rare opportunity to stay in one of three historical and spectacularly situated lighthouses.

From the very tip of Shetland’s southernmost point in Sumburgh to the dramatic North West cliffs of Eshaness and the exposed outcrop of Bressay; each location offers a unique and unforgettable holiday destination.

You can stay in these lighthouses for around £784 per week.

9. Brockloch Treehouse | Brockloch, Dumfries & Galloway

Brockloch Treehouse - Jacks Alt-Stays
Brockloch Treehouse

This one’s definitely a favourite of mine. Relive your childhood by staying in amongst the trees, in this super-unique, eco treehouse. This one is undeniably one of Scotland’s quirkiest stays.

10. Glen Dye Cabins | Strachan

The Sawmill at Glen Dye - Jacks Alt-Stays
The Sawmill & 1955 Airstream Safari Caravan

The ultimate outdoors retreat. You will sleep in a giant bed in a fully refurbished 1955 Airstream Safari caravan nestling in a small pine wood beside the sawmill’s fast flowing lade and a few metres away from your kitchen, dining and sitting room in a wonderful 1800s wooden building.

There you have it – 10 Quirky stays in Scotland that you can visit on your next staycation adventure.

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