10 quirky places to stay in North-east Scotland

Fancy a stay in a colourful upcycled bothy? A cottage on a private island? Or even the home of a famous Scot? Here are just 10 quirky places you’ve got to stay in when you visit Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire:

1. Boutique Farm Bothies

Wake up to the feeling of sheer tranquillity as you look out onto views of rolling hills without even leaving your bed. The Boutique Farm Bothies are two colourful, upcycled havens that scream rustic glamour. Spend an evening star gazing from your very own wood fired hot tub as you sip on a glass of bubbly and listen to the log fire crackling in the background.



2. Glen Dye Cabins & Cottages

What do you get when you cross luxury with glamping? A stay at Glen Dye Cabins & Cottages of course! Surrounded by woodland forests and moorland, you’ll find everything that you require for a rejuvenating stay in the great outdoors. Personally I can’t get enough of the abandoned sawmill which has been converted into a truly unique outdoor shower complete with fairy lights.



3. Down on the Farm

Whether you’d prefer to sleep in cosy wooden glamping pods, a hut where farm workers once resided or a converted vintage rail carriage, Down on the Farm offers a fun, quirky stay overlooking the Aberdeenshire coastline. This is your chance to get off-grid and experience a wellness break in North-east Scotland. If you love nature, you’ll be excited to hear that your neighbours during your stay are Highland Cows, sheep, hens and even peacocks.



4. Buchan Ness Lighthouse Holidays

Imagine waking up to the smell of the fresh, salty sea air, listening to the gentle encore of the waves crashing against the craggy coastline and see the sunlight teetering through the curtains. You’ll get to experience what it’s like to stay on your own private island during your stay at the lighthouse-keeper’s cottages at the foot of Buchan Ness Lighthouse.



5. Howe of Torbeg

Glamping pods – check. Fire bowls – check. Hammocks overlooking the lush scenery of the Cairngorms National Park – check. Spend your days reconnecting with nature and exploring the woodland trails in Glen Gairn. The Howe of Torbeg also has a selection of games and books available for guests and Ballater is only 5 minutes drive away.



6. The Lily Pod

Now I’m not sure if glamping gets much cuter that The Lily Pod – the name itself is adorable and that’s before you get a glimpse of the quirky caravan. There’s even a pizza oven and a hot tub! Absolute bliss. For those travelling with pets there is also a dog pod.



7. Candacraig

Did you ever think you’d say that you’ve stayed in the home of one of Scotland’s most accomplished comedians and actors? Candacraig in Strathdon, was previously the home of Billy Connolly before being turned into an exclusive use retreat in the Cairngorms National Park. With turrets and a glorious Victorian walled garden, Candacraig is blessed to be both elegant and quirky.



8. The Sweetheart Cottage

This one is perfect for a touch of romance in the Scottish Highlands. Exposed stone walls, an open fire and an outdoor hot tub and love shack. The Sweetheart Cottage is ideally situated for romantic walks by the river and around Strathdon and a visit to the residential pack ponies, Romeo, Tinkerbell, Candyfloss and Bugalug.



9. The Beach Apartment

Quirky décor in a stylish open plan apartment where the sea practically touches your toes. The Beach Apartment overlooks Stonehaven beach and has plenty of artistic flair. Not forgetting the fact that The Beach Apartment is located above two of North-east Scotland’s most famous eateries (Aunty Betty’s and The Bay Fish & Chips).



10. The Fife Arms

If you ever thought of crossing quirky with luxury, then The Fife Arms is most likely what you’ve come to imagine and has even been named “Scotland’s Hottest Hotel” by The Financial Times.  Each of the 46 guest rooms have been individually decorated in keeping with its specific theme and you can even admire an original Picasso!




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