New to Host Unusual: hillside brochs, eco bothies, glamping and a historic tower.
2017 is still the year of #ScotSpirit and there is so much in the way of history, folklore, mystery and scenery to celebrate, so we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to introduce four very different new properties to you. From contemporary brochs built into the hillside to unique kata tents, eco-friendly log cabin style 'bothies' and a beautifully renovated tower in the Scottish Borders, there's no better time to explore!
Brochs are part of Scotland's architectural heritage; these
Iron Age circular stone towers are found in the northern reaches and islands,
now just remnants of the past. The Brochs of Coigach are modelled on these
historic buildings albeit with far more swish and luxurious finishings and an
eco-friendly focus. The two brochs are spacious wilderness getaways which even
feature their own saunas, and being set into the hillside they enjoy
breathtaking views of the Northwest Highlands, with deserted beaches, wildlife
and rugged terrain all ready to explore from your doorstep.
Enjoy a taste of the Nordics in Perthshire, with a stay at
Comrie Croft in their unique Kata Tents. Located just an hour from Edinburgh
and Glasgow, here you will experience an environmentally friendly eco-idyll in
a stunning woodland setting. The handmade tipi-style Nordic kata tents
each come with wood burning stove and can sleep up to 6 guests, with a hammock
to enjoy the sounds of the trees and the twinkling stars above, plus a fire pit
to complete your woodland experience, along with activities such as archery,
bushcraft and Loch exploring by boat - a perfect adventure.
Go off-grid, banish phones, TV and all the usual trappings
and fully appreciate your gorgeous Scottish surroundings at this lochside
eco-retreat, resting on the shores of beautiful Loch Ken in Dumfries &
Galloway. Here you'll have three 'bothies' to choose from (small huts once used
as farm/mountain refuges). Otter Bothy has a unique living grass roof,
Red Kite is the largest, sleeping up to 6 with a gorgeous outdoor seating area
and Red Squirrel, with its own kayak. Not forgetting that each bothy is
equipped with its own wood-fired hot tub. There are also hand-crafted
yurts for those who prefer a more secluded experience in this natural
With a truly medieval look and feel, Aikwood Tower from the outside evokes its historic background as a tower dating back to 1540s, infused with old tales and intrigue. The inside, however, could not be more surprisingly luxurious and opulent! Featuring 5 ensuite individually named and appointed rooms, plus gorgeous receptions rooms such as The Great Hall with vaulted ceilings and a roaring fire, dining room, study and a Kerry-handed spiral staircase, you'll find the endearing quirks of this magnificent building just grow and grow on you.