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On the Map: Stay Amongst the Wild Beauty of the Scottish Highlands

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Published 25/01/2021 On the Map: Stay Amongst the Wild Beauty of the Scottish Highlands


"My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go," wrote Robert Burns, Scotland's ‘National Bard' back in 1789.  

Steeped in myth and legend, the Scottish Highlands lend themselves pleasingly well to verse, which is why the tradition of celebrating Burns Night has only grown stronger as the years have passed!

We know that Burns Night celebrations are going to be very different in 2021. But you can still pay tribute in style, by browsing our list of some of the most awe-inspiring Highland retreats, and planning a well-deserved trip to immerse yourselves in that unique Scottish culture.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Conch Cottage

The Stonehouses

The Stonehouses

Modern luxury, exceptional design and views to die for await at The Stonehouses - two truly unique holiday homes in the magnificent North West Highlands of Scotland. The Stonehouses - otherwise known as Curved Stone House and Treetop House - are a pair of 5-star holiday retreats just ten minutes walk from the centre of Ullapool.  Sculpted from stone, turf and grass, each…

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…

Knoydart Hide

Knoydart Hide

Take romantic luxury to new heights with an award-winning hideaway for two with hot tub and sauna, built for indulgence and blissfully secluded in the Scottish Highlands. If you want to give your romantic getaway the upgrade it deserves, arranging a stay at the winner of Lux Magazine's ‘Best Honeymoon and Romantic Getaways 2017' may well be a good place to start! Knoydart Hide,…

Jill Strawbale House

Jill Strawbale House

A luxury, eco-friendly holiday retreat created from 500 bales of straw, boasting spectacular Scottish Highland views. Privately nestled in the Highland village of Strontian, near Fort William, you can expect the most awe-inspiring views over the shimmering Loch Sunart from Jill Strawbale House, which faces south towards the Morvern Hills.   Created from 500 bales of straw and…

Signal Box

Signal Box

Come to a refreshing stop at the Scottish Highlands, in a beautiful wooden retreat that overlooks the Cairngorm mountain range. Featured in the Times' list of the best rural retreats, Signal Box is a stunning wooden cottage, adjacent to the railway station in the invigorating Scottish village of Newtonmore. The immaculate accommodation for four is upside-down, with the top-floor living…

57 Nord

57 Nord

A boutique hideaway in the wildland of the north, 57 Nord takes its name from its location on the 57th parallel nestled within the dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands just south of the Isle of Skye. This boutique hideaway for two has staggering views of Loch Duich, Eilean Donan Castle and the Kintail Mountains and provides the perfect setting to slow down, recharge and reconnect.…

Cairngorms Castle

Cairngorms Castle

This fairytale-turreted, 16th century tower house , ideal for extra-special group breaks, comes with outstanding Scottish Highland views.Perfect for family or small group breaks that demand something special, Cairngorms Castle is set within the stunning Cairngorms National Park - a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In other words, spectacular views are guaranteed.Steeped in ancient…

Conch Cottage

Conch Cottage

A luxurious, architect-designed haven with incredible views of Loch Sunart...and absolutely no other houses to be seen! If you're aching for a secluded and atmospheric escape with the one you love, Conch Cottage is the destination of your dreams. Inspired by the natural, curved beauty of a seashell, the architect-designed cottage is set on the wild west coast of Scotland, overlooking the…

AirShip 2

AirShip 2

View the Scottish Highlands at their most breathtaking, from the romantic comfort of a deliciously secluded, architect-designed pod. AirShip 2 was designed by the renowned firm of architects, Roderick James - whose philosophy is to create versatile living spaces with more than a touch of fun and informality! So you can rest assured that you won't be greeted by a traditional, square-roomed…

Cruinn Leum Round House

Cruinn Leum Round House

A light-flooded creative retreat with untamed rural views, blissfully secluded in a remote, semi-wild Scottish Highlands village. Originally intended to be an artist's retreat with a built-in recording studio, Cruinn Leum is a stunning eco-retreat for two, beautifully located on the Applecross peninsula in the North West Highlands. Elevated above the pier at Toscaig, you can enjoy spectacular…

RiverBeds Luxury Wee Lodges

RiverBeds Luxury Wee Lodges

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…

Am Falachan

Am Falachan

A bright and beautiful timber roundhouse with rolling hill-and- mountain views, nestled by the tranquil shores of Scotland's Loch Broom.An ideal base for a couple exploring the Scottish Highlands, Am Falachan (Scots Gaelic that means, simply, "the space") is a gorgeous timber roundhouse that promises exceptional comfort - not to mention exceptional views.Privately located by the shores of the…

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. …

Rathven Parish Church Hall

Rathven Parish Church Hall

A divine, award-winning & unique church conversion that showcases endless views over the dolphin-populated Moray Firth.The proud winner of ‘Best Conversion of an Old Building in the UK', Rathven Parish Church Hall makes the absolute most of its jaw-dropping scenery, with soaring ceilings and huge windows that showcase the sparkling Moray Firth.Sleeping up to six guests, you and your loved…

Black Isle Lodge

Black Isle Lodge

A soothing Scandinavian log cabin, nestled amongst birch woods and sweet-scented pines in a magical corner of the Scottish Highlands. Perfectly positioned amongst some of the most incredible scenery the Highlands have to offer, the Black Isle (which just for the record is neither an island, nor black!) is characterised by dense, fairytale woodland. It's amongst the wildlife-steeped birch wood…

SeaBeds

SeaBeds

A luxury, design-led ‘lookout' for couples and families, with an infinity hot tub and sweeping sea-and-mountain views of the Scottish Highlands. Nestled within a vast Glencoe estate, SeaBeds represent the rich heritage, fresh-air adventure, and dramatic natural luxury of the Scottish Highlands... all rolled into one perfect escape. Even before you've clapped eyes on your magical SeaBed, you're…

Pilot House

Pilot House

A unique aluminium cabin for two, architect designed and perfectly set in the remote Scottish Highlands, for spectacular views over the Sound of Mull. Occupying a remote, magical position on the north-eastern shore of the Sound of Mull, Drimnin could be described as one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. In other words, it's the perfect setting for an undisturbed, unbelievably scenic getaway. Rich…

Tigh Darach

Tigh Darach

An exquisite, architect designed ‘oak house' for soothing family getaways, secluded in nature and boasting glorious views of the Sound of Mull.Featuring direct, private access to the shoreline of the Sound of Mull and Drimnin Pier, Tigh Darach is a beautiful oak-framed family house (Tigh Darach is Gaelic for ‘oak house') designed and owned by the architect Roderick James, and his wife…

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