20 Best Airbnbs Scotland Has To Offer [Fresh For 2021]

Written by:
Cazzy Magennis
Last updated:
March 4, 2021
I've gone through and painstakingly picked out the best Airbnbs Scotland has to offer. Saving you time & stress, as well as guaranteeing a perfect stay!
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Scotland is home to many of the world’s quirkiest and most inspiring Airbnbs. 

In fact, there’s so many to choose from that it’s almost impossible making a choice! 

You have shepherds huts, cozy cottages, yurts, and even a spaceship! Don’t worry, more on that below.

In this post, I’m going to take you through 20 of the best Airbnbs in Scotland, and offer a few extra tips to help get the most out of your booking.

With that being said, first up ....

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. 

Also, if you’ve never used Airbnb before, then sign up using our referral code. That way you can save up to £50 (or currency equivalent) off your booking!

Before we delve in, I just wanted to say that all these Airbnbs in Scotland are Covid-friendly, with special measures in place. So you can book with greater peace of mind!

The 20 best Airbnbs in Scotland 

1. Unique and Secluded AirShip $$$ - BEST Airbnb Scotland has to offer

Unique and Secluded Airship Airbnb in Scotland

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! 

Special features:

  • It’s a spaceship 
  • Wood burning fire 
  • Outdoor patio area 

2. The Star Hut at Rannoch Station $ - Best budget Airbnb for couples

This super unique Airbnb is small but mighty. Located in Rannoch Moor (one of the Harry Potter film locations in Scotland) in the beautiful highlands of Scotland, this property offers a single-room glass-fronted hut in a silver birch wood on a small hill. 

Guests enjoy spectacular views and a lot of charm. There is no noise and no light pollution so offered the perfect spot for romantic stargazing whilst lying in bed. 

There is a local tea room offering drinks, snacks, and access to the toilet. When the tearoom is closed, a small fridge and microwave are included in the hut. A kettle, tea/coffee, and snack are provided free of charge.

Special features:

  • Breakfast and dinner can be delivered to the hut on request 
  • Stargazing at night 
  • Cosy atmosphere 

3. Loch Lomond Oval $$ - Best Airbnb in Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Oval

Loch Lomond Oval is a beautiful private two-person oval-shaped house that overlooks the garden. 

There is a beautiful outdoor area on a raised deck that features a cosy wood-burning stove. But what makes this one of the most unique Airbnbs in Scotland is the fact that there is an outdoor bath! 

Back inside, you’ll find a well-heated bedroom and you’re only a short distance from the shores of Loch Lomond

This Airbnb has everything you need including a microwave, small fridge, toaster, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and Nespresso facilities. There is also a private BBQ Area and log burner.  

Special features: 

4. Tobermory Yurt on a cheese farm $ - Best Airbnb on a farm

Tobermory Yurt on cheese farm

Do you fancy a yurt stay in Scotland? Why not, this is a super unique stay for you! 

Not only is staying in a yurt Airbnb pretty unique, but you’re also staying on a cheese farm. Which, personally, is my ideal combination. This is a perfect property for both animal and nature lovers. 

It’s located on a hillside that overlooks the beautiful Glassbarn Cafe. You can buy locally produced food from the shop just meters from the yurt. 

There is a cosy wood-burning stove in the room with a double bed. AND if that’s not enough, there is even an indoor swimming pool as well as a shower room. 

Special features:

  • Located on a cheese farm 
  • Wood burning stove 
  • Indoor swimming pool

5. Old Mill: modern, rustic bolthole $$ - Best unique Airbnb in the Scottish Borders

Old mill rustic cabin Airbnb

This is a super-luxurious Airbnb in Scotland. Perfect for two, the Old Mill is a cosy, modern conversion of the 1700s watermill near the Royal Burgh of Lauder in the Scottish Borders. 

This boathole is super romantic and relaxes you from your busy daily life. This property includes everything you need for a comfortable stay including a wonderful bath, rainforest shower complete with Meraki spa products. 

There’s a cosy wood-burning stove for romantic evenings, a Nespresso machine, and much more. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor dining area and you’re surrounded by nature. 

What a dreamy Airbnb! 

Special features:

  • Modern water mill design 
  • Wood burning stove 
  • Full-size freestanding bath 

6. The Hideaway $$ - Best Airbnb for couples 

The Hideaway Scotland Airbnb

The Hideaway is a beautiful Airbnb in Lochinver, comes with spectacular views overlooking the bay of Lochinver and the Assynt mountains. 

This open plan property features a super king-size bed, high-quality armchairs, a stylish kitchen, and a flat-screen TV. 

You can enjoy a brilliant balcony which contains seating with a wood-burning stove, and a BBQ, perfect for enjoying those views. 

Oh, and you’ve got your own private hot tub, perfect for enjoying a glass of bubbly in the evening whilst looking at the stars. 

Special features:

  • Private hot tub 
  • Outdoor dining decking area 
  • Surrounded by epic views

7. Assich Zen Lodge $$ - Best luxury Airbnb

Luxury self-catering log cabin at Assich Zen Lodge

This beautiful Airbnb in Scotland was designed as a playful cross between a highland hunting lodge and a Zen tea house. 

It’s a luxury log cabin complete with a Zen garden of an ancient ruined byre. It offers truly romantic and unique accommodation in beautiful, tranquil surroundings. You’ll be treated with panromantic views of the sea, mountains, forest, and castle. 

You’ll also have exclusive use of a large decked area, sauna, wood-fired hot tub, and fire pit. This is truly one of the coziest Airbnb I’ve seen in Scotland and it looks like you’ve been transported to Austria. 

Special features:

  • Private sauna 
  • Private hot tub 
  • Wood burning fire pit 

8. Eilean Sionnach Lighthouse Cottage $$$ - Best Scotland cottage rental

Lighthouse cottage Scotland

Fancy staying on your own private island just off the Isle of Skye?

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. 

Special features:

  • Your own private island 
  • Wood burning fire
  • Self-catering 

9. Rural luxury Cabin with spectacular views $ - Best Airbnb in the Scottish Highlands

Rural luxury Cabin with spectacular views in Scotland

Located above the banks of Loch Park, with views of the Cairngorms National Park, this beautiful luxury cabin sleeps two with a cosy bed, shower room, kitchen, and a balcony with amazing views over the loch! 

This cabin is off-grid but has USB charging points, external and internal lights and you will still get hot water via a bottled gas boiler. 

There’s also a beautiful log-burning stove, and logs are included with your stay! 

This is a perfect choice for those who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and just reconnect with nature. 

Special features: 

  • Log burning fire 
  • Outdoor decking area with seating 
  • Off-grid property 

10. Drumossie Bothy $$ - Best Airbnb in Inverness

Drumossie Bothy Scotland Airbnb

This cosy retreat offers amazing views across the fields and the ability to stargaze at night. There’s a fantastic wood-fired hot tub, perfect for relaxing evenings. 

They have everything you need for a perfect Scotland getaway. There’s a king size bed, private garden, outdoor and indoor dining areas. 

There’s also a well-equipped kitchen perfect for making delicious meals. You’re also only 10 minutes from Inverness airport. 

Plus, you’re not far from all the wonderful entertainment the city has to offer! And just a short drive from the breathtaking Loch Ness. 

For more info, check out my guide on best things to do in Inverness in one day.

Special features:

  • Private hot tub 
  • Light breakfast included 
  • Private parking 

11. The Bothy Barn $$ - Best bothy in Scotland

The Bothy cute converted barn for 1-4 guests

The Bothy at Dod Mill is a studio-style barn conversion that is perfect for 1 to 4 guests. It’s located in the Scottish Borders. 

The Bothy has its own walled-garden area with views to rivers, woodland, an orchard, and rare-breed sheep. There is a cosy wood-burning stove and it comes with unlimited logs. 

Relax by the fire and drink delicious coffee (Nespresso coffee maker included!), or cook in the well-established kitchen. 

It comes with a dishwasher, fan oven, hob, toaster, kettle, and microwave.

Special features:

  • Wood burning stove 
  • Nespresso maker
  • Open plan design 

12. Pilot House $$ - Best Airbnb in Mull

Pilot House a Unique Aluminium tiny home Highlands Scotland

This is created by the same people who produced the spaceship mentioned above. This one is becoming just as popular, so if you want to stay, book today! 

This unique one-bedroomed aluminum structure offers 360 degree views around the sound of Mull that wrap around the balcony, perfect for an evening of stargazing and wine. 

The building is over two floors and includes a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom, living area, complete with a wood-burning fire and a cosy bedroom. 

This is such a UNIQUE place to stay in Scotland and one of my favourite Airbnbs! 

Special features:

  • Wood burning fire 
  • Wrap around balcony with 360 views
  •  Aluminum tiny home 

13. Cosy unique quirky Romantic getaway with hot tub $ - Best budget Airbnb in Glasgow

Cosy unique quirky Romantic Scotland getaway with hot tub

If you seek peace and tranquility, then this romantic shepherd’s hut is perfect for you. 

This hut is located next to the water, in a perfect location for morning or evening strolls along the waterside. 

It also comes with all the comforts you need for a relaxing stay, including, a shower, toilet, small kitchen, fridge, double bed, TV, and a wood-burning stove for those cosy nights. There is even your own private hot tub to enjoy, which will be perfect for relaxing evenings. 

You’re also only a 15-minute walk to the nearest train station which gives you direct, fast links to many of Scotland’s best places to visit, including both Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

Special features:

  • Perfect base for exploring both Edinburgh and Glasgow 
  • Wood burning fire 
  • Hot tub 

14. Woodland Hut $ - Best tenting Airbnb in Scotland

Woodland hut for nature lovers near Speyside Way

Located near to the Speyside Way, this woodland hut is PERFECT for nature lovers. It’s a little back to the basics, but this makes it a super unique Airbnb in Scotland. 

This wooden-frame hut is set in the beautiful woodlands and a perfect place to rejuvenate the soul. Get cosy around the campfire then snuggle up in this fully insulated hut. 

There are lots of walking and cycling routes nearby, so it’s a perfect place if you enjoy outdoor activities. 

The huts also include a decking area with outdoor seating and a canopy in case the rain decides to visit. 

Special features:

  • Back to nature experience 
  • Logs included for fire 
  • Sleeping bags and essentials can be rented 

15. 16th Century Scottish Borders Tower $$ - Best for history lovers

16th Century Scottish Borders Tower, by Earlston

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. 

Special features:

  • Stay in a castle 
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • Fun fact: Mary Queen of Scots has stayed here 

16. The Beekeeper's Bothy $ - Best tiny home Airbnb

The Beekeeper's Bothy Scotland Airbnb

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. 

Special features:

  • Floor to ceiling window 
  • Sea views 
  • Open plan design 

17. Heilan Coo Glamping Pod $ - Best Airbnb for families

Located just off the famous North Coast 500 road trip, this glamping pod is the perfect tiny home accommodation in north Scotland. 

This property offers a cosy stay for couples or families wishing to visit the Highlands of Scotland. It offers amazing views out to the islands 

With spectacular views out to the islands at the entrance to the Kyle Of Tongue.

The pod can accommodate up to a family of 4 with 1 large king-size bed and double sofa bed.

Extra charges will apply if extra bedding is required.

Special features:

  • Glamping style accommodation
  • Stargazing possible (possible Northern lights sightings)
  • Outdoor decking & seating area 

18. The Roundhouse $$$ - Best remote Airbnb Scotland has to offer

Roundhouse and Hot Tub Airbnb in Scotland

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. 

Special features:

  • Complimentary chilled prosecco will be waiting on arrival 
  • Outdoor hot tub 
  • Wood burning fireplace inside 

19. The Little Skye Bothy $ - Best Airbnb on the Isle of Skye

The Little Skye Bothy Airbnb in Scotland

Enter your own piece of tranquility in the Little Skye Bothy, with outstanding views of the mountains and the loch. 

The pod is small but has everything you need for a comfortable place to stay on the Isle of Skye including kitchen facilities, tea, coffee, and sugar are provided. 

There is a double bed and a sofa bed and a shower. Heating is provided, and a TV and Wifi!

Special features:

  • Located in nature 
  • Private decking area 
  • Self-catering 

20. Romantic Medieval castle $$ - Best Airbnb castle in Scotland

Romantic Medieval Castle Scotland

Looking for an affordable castle stay in Scotland? Well, this is it! 

This charming castle is small but full of charm! Located on the River Tweed, you’re in the perfect position to explore the Scottish borders. 

This mini medieval castle with roaring log fires comes with all the modern facilities you would expect with a royal stay! 

There’s a luxurious double bed, cosy living area, and fully equipped kitchen for making delicious meals. 

Special features:

  • The chance to stay in a castle 
  • Wood log fire 
  • Possible to arrange a private visit to Neidpath Castle 

So there you have it, my guide to the most unique and best Airbnbs Scotland has to offer!

Now comes the hard part … choosing which one you want to stay in.

For more help finding unique properties, check out my guide on best places to stay on the west coast of Scotland.

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