Just a quick note before we continue, some of these links are not Airbnb. If they are booking.com links, then it's because the property is also on booking.com and we typically find that booking.com will be cheaper than Airbnb in this instance because there is no cleaning fee and/or service fee! Also we have Vrbo links too becuase they offer competitive pricing. Happy reading :)
How to find the perfect Airbnb in Scotland?
If you’ve never stayed in an Airbnb, then it can be overwhelming trying to choose the best one. Here are a few top tips based on our experience.
1. Try to find something quirky
Airbnbs are, by nature, a little different to hotels and hostels. Luckily, all of our picks below are quirky and unique in their own way, guaranteeing a pretty unforgettable stay!
2. Check the facilities carefully
Airbnbs are run by every day people like me and you, not experienced hotel managers; so they may sometimes lack the basics you would assume to get at a similarly priced hotel.
For example, they may lack things you consider essential: like towels, shower gel & shampoo, or WiFi. So read the property listing carefully before booking.
If you have any concerns, then just drop the owner a message; they are usually very helpful!
3. Stay longer and save!
What we really love about Airbnb is that there’s often an opportunity to save money. Lots of properties will offer a discount for the longer you choose to stay and these can be weekly or monthly.
Remember I mentioned you could stay in a spaceship!? Well, this is it!
This is one of the most unique Airbnbs in all of Scotland, and quite possibly, the UK as a whole!
It’s also VERY popular, so you’ll need to book in advance. Located on a 4-acre site (with only one other Airbnb, which we will talk about next), AirShip 2 is an iconic, insulated aluminum pod designed by Roderick James offering stunning views of the Sound of Mull from dragonfly style.
It’s quirky, cool and it’s got EVERYTHING you need for a fantastic stay.
Including, a cosy wood-burning fire, glass windows for amazing views, a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and cosy bedroom!
Located just back from the glorious Point Sands beach, picture a spot where you can lie in bed and listen to the waves with a lovely morning cup of tea or coffee.
And, you've got your own private & exclusive wood fired hot tub where you can sip champagne under the stars on the west coast of Scotland.
Feel those every day stresses slip away.
There is no noise and no light pollution so offered the perfect spot for romantic stargazing whilst chilling in the hot tub.
Your cabin includes a comfortable double bed, a bathroom with shower, and a small kitchen so you can whip up your own meals. Or if you prefer, you're only a short distance to "The BoatHouse" - a Michelin listed restaurant.
This Loch Lomond lodge is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery of the Loch Lomond with uninterrupted views down Loch Long and surrounded by the majestic Arrochar Alps.
This detached lodge is located in an elevated position in the hillside and offers a fabulous location for those wishing to relax and explore the local area. There is even a wonderful hot tub for relaxing in the evening with a glass of something sparkling! Now with new Hot Tub.
There are two bedrooms, so perfect for a couples getaway, and it's full of all the things you need, including en-suite bathroom, kitchen and even a decked terrace which is perfect for al fresco dining or on an evening watching the stars as this area has little light pollution.
You're only a short distance from the shores ofLoch Lomond.
This Airbnb has everything you need for a wonderful stay!
This is a super-unique Airbnb in Scotland. Perfect for two, and you can actually stay somewhere that Mary Queen of Scots stayed herself.
I'd say that's a pretty unique stay in Scotland!
This is perhaps the most romantic place to stay in the Scottish Borders. You will have the whole castle to yourself, complete with an antique four poster bed, deep roll top bath and open fire, all qualities of the period itself.
Don't worry though, you're still only a 10 minute walk to shops and cafes to explore.
Located in the fantastic location of the Trossachs National Park, this beautifully renovated 18th-century barn conversion offers you peaceful tranquility, combined with breathtaking views over Ben Lomond and the Menteith Hills.
You've got everything you need for a comfortable stay including, 4 bedrooms, which makes it the perfect spot for a family getaway. AND there is a ‘endless’ swimming-pool which provides optimal swimming conditions for a single swimmer and even without the current, it still makes a wonderfully sized pool for children to have a swim and have fun!
This beautiful Airbnb in Scotland was built with comfort in mind as it even has an outdoor hot tub, perfect for taking in those amazing views.
There's a log burner fire too to keep you cozy in the evenings. A truly wonderful piece of accommodation in Scotland! It offers truly romantic and unique accommodation in beautiful, tranquil surroundings.
Well, it’s totally possible with a stay on the Eilean Sionnach Lighthouse cottage! Check out our full review here.
You’ll have your very own private island, with just the sheep to keep you company.
Oh, and you’ll have a massive lighthouse on the island too. This cottage has everything you need for cosy stay, including a wood-burning fire, a large, fully equipped kitchen (with underfloor heating), 4 bedrooms, so perfect for hosting a family!
There’s also a BBQ for outdoor use and a fire pit. We’ve stayed here ourselves, and it was amazing! A truly charming cottage for rent in Scotland.
Located deep in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, this beautiful luxury cottage sleeps six with 3 cosy bedrooms, bathooms, located in the magical woodland setting in the heart of the Glenmuick Estate and provides the perfect base from which to explore Royal Deeside.
This cottage has got everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a washing machine and dryer!
There’s also a beautiful cosy open fireplace, WiFi and a Digital TV with DVD player included with your stay for those evenings in.
This is a perfect choice for those who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and just reconnect with nature.
If you seek peace and tranquility, then this unique house boat in Glasgow is for you!
Just a 10 minute walk from Glasgow city centre, this houseboat is in the perfect position for exploring the city, but having all the home comforts you need for a comfortable stay!
It's got a very cosy vibe to it, and you're on the water so you'll have unique views from the window. I think this is an excellent choice for families, because it's unique, but equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.
How about a stay in a tower? Well, how about a tower that Mary Queen of Sctos once stayed in? Now, that’s a pretty unique Airbnb experience!
If you can’t afford to rent out an entire castle in Scotland, then the next best thing is to rent a room within a castle, in the tower section!
These rooms are in a refurbished historic defensive tower (dating from 1574) providing a mini castle experience.
Enter via a large stone entrance, into an inner paneled entrance hall, and through a private door up a narrow and ancient staircase to your very own room. You’ll have a shower room, a small living area, and of course a secluded upper chamber which reveals the bedroom.
As well as a working stove, stone floors with underfloor heating, and a bookcase full of books.
This is one of the cutest tiny homes I’ve seen in Scotland and it’s bloody beautiful!
Located in the Aberdeenshire coast, this bespoke larch clad bothy takes in a panoramic view over the Ythan estuary.
The floor to ceiling window looking out over the coastal view allows you magnificent views as you sit back and relax in the living area. You’ll also have a kitchen area, fully equipped with everything you need, including a fridge, microwave, and kettle.
In the evenings you can sink into your super king-sized mattress in the mezzanine bunk area that sits above the living area.
Nestled in a private silver birch woodland, perched on a hillside, this beautiful Airbnb in Scotland offers a hand-crafted truly unique wooden roundhouse with a 180 degrees floor to ceiling glass front offering epic views.
This property features a main, cozy living area with a wood-burning stove (with logs included), a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, and outside you can enjoy a romantic soak in the wood-burning hot tub which sits on a decking area adjoining the house.
There is also an outside deck which houses a table and chairs, perfect for Alfresco dining. This property is powered by solar panels, so an eco-friendly option in Scotland.
Complimentary chilled prosecco will be waiting on arrival
This beautiful house is designed by local award winning architects to create an amazing eco friendly cottage which offers wonderful views and a deck which opens the living areas out to make the most of the sea air from sunrise to sunset.
It's equipped with every modern amenities you'd need for a comfortable stay including, two bedrooms, bathrooms, high tech gadgets, oven, microwave/oven, induction hob, large fridge and freezer plus a dishwasher so there’s no time wasted washing up.
The Backrest has been built to incorporate the latest Eco-technology - hot water and heating is provided by an air source heat pump powering the underfloor heating and there is a log burning stove for creating a cosy atmosphere.
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