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25 of the Best Waterside Scottish Stays

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Published 27/11/2020 25 of the Best Waterside Scottish Stays


Loch Ness is famous for its mythical monster, but did you know that Scotland is home to over 25,500 deep, sparkling lochs?

Combined with the country's rolling heather-strewn hills, whispering pines, and soaring mountains...

...well, let's just say we don't recommend leaving your camera at home!

Then there's rich heritage of Scotland's dramatic coastline, which stretches out for a glorious 10,000km.

To help you get acquainted with Scotland's water-wonders, we've prepared a list of some of our favourite stays - both lochside and seaside - for you to dip your toes into.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main Image: The Boathouse | Sutherland


Sound of Harris

Sound of Harris

Deluxe self-catering accommodation on the Isle of Harris with panoramic coastal views and mid-century interior design. At Sound of Harris, it really is possible to have it all... Deluxe self-catering accommodation. Stunning architecture blending tradition and innovation. Incredible mid-century interior design, celebrating the ‘best of British'. A commitment to…

Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm

Welcome to the unspoiled Aberdeen countryside and a family-run farm; a delightfully off-grid retreat that affords stunning views over sea and farmland from its unique accommodation options. Set atop the hilly coastline of North East Aberdeenshire, Down on the Farm is one of those rare spots that allows you to be both enviably removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday…

The White Tower

The White Tower

Enjoy a taste of traditional Scotland in this historic 5-star tower retreat surrounded by truly stunning Highland views. Guests at The White Tower at Taymouth Castle call it the ‘ultimate Scottish retreat', and you'll find it hard to disagree!  Surrounded by glorious Highland views, decorated in traditional Scottish style, this gorgeous hideaway will leave you feeling like the…

Loch Ken Eco Bothies and Glamping

Loch Ken Eco Bothies and Glamping

Off-grid lochside eco-retreat featuring beautiful bothies with private hot tubs, Mongolian yurts and more - plus a wide range of exciting on-site activities. For an off-grid holiday featuring maximum style and comfort, make your way to Loch Ken Eco Bothies. Set in the heart of Southwest Scotland, these beautifully crafted homes sit on the shores of Loch Ken, surrounded by…

The Brochs of Coigach

The Brochs of Coigach

The Brochs of Coigach are a pair of internationally acclaimed hideaways, yet still remain some of the best kept secrets of Northwest Scotland.  Eco-friendly, luxurious, and with breath-taking views across stunning landscape, these unique homes are waiting for you to discover. If you're not quite on top of your Scottish history, a broch is an Iron Age roundhouse built into…

Leannan Boathouse

Leannan Boathouse

When only the very best will do for that romantic break away, escape to the Leannan Boathouse - a beautifully converted former boathouse in the Angus countryside. The Leannan Boathouse offers luxurious self-catering accommodation for two on the shores of a tranquil fishing pond, tucked away deep in the country resort of Forbes of Kingennie. It's just one of the many beautiful lodges…

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel - illuminate your holiday with a stay in a beautifully unique Scottish coastal hotel that doubles up as a charming working lighthouse. The coast conjures up spectacular visions of waves crashing against the rocks as ships sail serenely by. With a stay in Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, a boutique hotel and restaurant steeped in charm and history, such visions will…

Eagle Brae Log Cabins

Eagle Brae Log Cabins

Take a well-earned break in a master-crafted luxury cabin, surrounded by the very best breathtaking scenery, tranquillity and adventure the Scottish Highlands can provide. Set amongst wild glens, grand mountains and lavish lochs, the idyllic 8,000-acre Struy Estate in Inverness-shire is your location for lavish outdoor luxury, Scottish Highlands-style. Struy Estate has been owned by the…

The Isle of Carna

The Isle of Carna

Cast yourself away to your very own private Scottish island, teeming with native wildlife and boasting 600 blissful acres of fresh, tranquil luxury. The Isle of Carna is a very special island indeed.  Family owned and run, grandly historic, blissfully private and with absolutely no digital distractions, there is simply no better place to escape to when the stresses of a life spent…

The Highland Club

The Highland Club

Prepare for a sensational Highland fling at The Highland Club - an exquisite former fort on the shores of Loch Ness, promising Gothic enchantment for romance, adventure or a fairytale wedding. If you love luxury, tradition and a little indulgence, you'll adore The Highland Club, whether you're dropping in for the weekend or staying longer. This historic beauty sits among 20 acres of…

Braidhaugh Park

Braidhaugh Park

Your Scottish riverside escape, complete with hot tub-equipped lodges and rustic wigwams for all to enjoy! Featuring outstanding scenery in all directions from its exquisite location on Perthshire's River Earn, a stay at Braidhaugh Holiday Park feels as though you're refreshingly far away from all the stresses of daily life. Yet for those who enjoy strolling around bustling market towns,…

Blue Cabin by the Sea

Blue Cabin by the Sea

A cosily creative hideaway, gloriously secluded in Scotland's refreshingly unspoilt Cove Harbour. Artists and writers (aspiring included!) will find plenty of inspiration in the dreamlike setting of Blue Cabin by the Sea. Blissfully hidden away in Cove Harbour, just 36 miles from Edinburgh's bustling city centre, yet infused with that magical feeling of being far away from anyone at…

Old Mill

Old Mill

A sumptuously stylish water mill conversion in the Scottish Borders, for a romantic break that's rich in design-led chic. When everyday life gets too much, spirit your loved one away to the flourishing beauty of the Scottish Borders, and to Old Mill, a breathtaking conversion of an 18th century water mill. Captivating and unique, Old Mill perfectly blends old and new, with all the…

The Birdwatchers' Cabin

The Birdwatchers' Cabin

Take in the vast natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands, from a luxury cabin with wildlife, lake, and mountain views. You simply couldn't imagine a more picture-perfect setting from which to enjoy the Scottish Highlands, than The Birdwatchers' Cabin. Nestled on the shores of the tidal Loch Fleet, in a secluded corner of the wild, mountainous Balblair Woods, this is the place to experience…

The Hillside Hideaway

The Hillside Hideaway

View the Isle of Skye at its most dramatic and beautiful, from the chic comfort of a private, scenery-showcasing retreat for two. Secluded directly in the hillside, and looking out over the tranquil, shimmering Loch Harport, The Hillside Hideaway promises to take your breath away. Ideal for a couple in need of a break from hectic everyday life, you'll feel as though you've cast yourselves away…

RiverBeds

RiverBeds

Luxury Wee Lodges, complete with bubbling hot tub and built to resemble a ‘castle in a cabin', nestled at the entrance to the great Glencoe Valley. Discover the romantic RiverBeds nestled amongst soothing woodland in the Scottish Highlands. Ideal for couples seeking both relaxation and adventure, you'll be staying on the great Dragon's Tooth Golf Course, right at the entrance to the…

Lewis Longhouse

Lewis Longhouse

An award-winning, eco-friendly haven that's rich in home comforts and attention to detail, with breathtaking views of the Hebridean Isle of Lewis. There's something special about the Lewis Longhouse, and it promises to soothe your weary souls just as soon as you arrive on this other-worldly, breathtakingly beautiful Hebridean island. Ideally positioned low on a hillside, just above a sandy…

Dry Island

Dry Island

Scotland's best-kept secret - until now - a blissfully remote, relaxing and windswept island, steeped in wildlife and history.Nestled in the soothing waters of Gair Loch and circled by the breathtaking Torridon mountain range, you will discover the spectacular Dry Island. Just 90 minutes from Inverness, you'll be astonished by that blissful feeling of total seclusion as soon as you arrive. …

Inverlonan

Inverlonan

Two off-grid, architect-designed bothies, rich in fine Scottish style and hidden amongst ancient oaks, in an idyllic setting that overlooks Loch Nell. Taking a well-deserved break at Inverlonan is to immerse yourselves in the very best of Scotland... from the finest craftsmanship, to breathtaking natural scenery. Accommodation comprises two remote, off-grid bothies (named Uisge and Beatha -…

Ava Rose

Ava Rose

A quirky, uniquely converted oil rig rescue pod-for-two, gently moored close to Glasgow City Centre, with easy onward access to the Highlands.Grab your loved one and make a literal escape, to a cosily converted oil rig rescue pod moored on the historic Forth and Clyde Canal!Boasting easy access to Glasgow City Centre, the brightly coloured craft has been finished to an impressively high standard,…

The Treehouses at Lanrick

The Treehouses at Lanrick

Five sumptuous, eco-friendly tree-treats with idyllic riverside views, magically nestled on the borders of the Trossachs National Park. You'll find The Treehouses at Lanrick in a fairytale setting; amongst private woodland on the banks of the shimmering River Teith, with the Trossachs National Park a mere five-minute drive away. Designer-owners Simon and Louisa felt so passionate about sharing…

St Hilda Sea Adventures

St Hilda Sea Adventures

Relax and unwind aboard a quirky small ship with self-catering facilities, moored on Scotland's breath-taking west coast. Friendly, family-run, and characterised by a genuine passion for the sea, the Guardian once named St. Hilda Sea Adventures one of its ‘ten best small ship cruises in the world'. Now, you and your loved ones have an exclusive opportunity to experience life on board one of…

Neidpath Castle

Neidpath Castle

A luxuriously romantic royal suite in a medieval castle on the unspoilt Scottish Borders, with the River Tweed rushing gently below. Bursting with historic tales, Neidpath Castle dates back many centuries, and its rugged stone walls remain as soothingly unchanged as the majestic, rolling views of the Scottish Borders beyond.   The beautifully preserved castle can boast an array of…

The Beekeeper's Bothy

The Beekeeper's Bothy

A relaxing retreat on the windswept, nature-infused Aberdeenshire coast, with sweeping panoramic views of the Ythan Estuary. You'll discover the bespoke, larch-clad Beekeeper's Bothy - one of three - perfectly positioned in the village of Newburgh, on the atmospheric Aberdeenshire coast. Surrounded by wild, unspoilt nature, and sleeping up to four guests, you can gaze at  the Ythan Estuary…

The Boathouse

The Boathouse

A romantic, handcrafted retreat with glorious ‘big sky' island views, remotely nestled right on the beach in a historic Isle of Arran village. Boasting exceptional views of the huge, ever-changing Scottish skies, across the sea to the islands of Ailsa Craig and Pladda, The Boathouse is a magical retreat for two dreamily romantic souls. Lovingly designed and crafted by friendly owners Max and…

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