5 of Scotland's quirky getaways
Think Scottish getaway and the mind instantly wanders to the grand mansions peppered throughout the country, with turrets and gardens aplenty, and more capacious rooms than you can shake a stick at. There are some truly awesome castles and lodges. Novar's Ardtalla, featured in our current issue, is a prime example.
Dig a little deeper, however, and quirky gems can be unearthed. Where the classic Scottish atmosphere of large country houses is replaced with novelty and creativity, while still boasting the seclusion and romanticism of being amongst some of the world's finest scenery.
Here are five of Scotland's quirkiest getaways...
Rua Reidh Lighthouse
Rua Reidh Lighthouse stands at the entrance to Loch Ewe, at one of the most dramatic locations on the north-west coast of Scotland, with stunning views across the Minch to the Isle of Skye, the Shiant Isles and the Outer Hebrides.
Built in 1912 by the famous Stevenson family, Rua Reidh is still a working lighthouse, but the original Keepers' Quarters are now converted to a comfortable home and a three bedroom self-catering apartment sleeping 5.
From: Rua Reidh
The Stonehouses are luxuriously equipped retreats with panoramic views across Loch Broom and out to the Summer Isles. This is one of the most stunning scenic areas of Scotland with sandy secluded beaches and inlets, remote lochs, waterfalls and streams, mountain and moorland landscapes waiting to be explored.
They have unique architecture with hardly a straight wall and tuff roofs. The houses include spacious saunas, and luxury freestanding baths.
The three Trossachs yurts are a fusion of Kyrgyzstan design and local materials which create a homely, earthy feel. Thick rugs, felt wall-hangings and wood-burning stoves add touches of comfort to the traditional Kyrgyzstani dwellings. Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond yurts share the woodland just a little way on from Stuc a'Chroin yurt and the two together make a great family camp.?
From: Canopy and Stars
Fernie Castle treehouse
Perched in six lofty sycamores, this suite appears to grow out of the trees. Entry is via a flight of stairs to a fairy light-festooned balcony where double doors with striking stained glass lead you into the bedroom.
Climbing up what appears to be the inside of a hollow tree, one emerges into an octagonal bathroom with walls painted twilight blue and a frieze of fairies who flit among trees overhanging pools of water. The ceiling is awash with stars and a pale moon shines onto grazing unicorns, in the centre sits a huge slipper bath under a chandelier of leaves and flowers.
From: Fernie Castle
Set on an old Highland broch on an elevated ridge overlooking Strathglass, these log cabins offer luxury of a unique sort. Using the finest Western Red Cedar logs, each cabin has been hand-built by master craftsmen using authentic Norwegian techniques.
Spacious, yet cosy, the interior of each home is a work of art in itself. Log burning stoves, Scottish motifs, local artwork and period sporting paraphernalia blend with wooden furnishings carved in the Himalayas to create an ambience unlike any you may have experienced before.
From: Eagle Brae