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The Scottish Highlands are one of the world’s most stunningly beautiful regions. A sparsely populated area, it’s renowned for its wild scenery that includes countless glistening lakes, cascading falls, soaring heather-covered mountains and rugged coastline with postcard-perfect beaches. No matter where you stay the views are guaranteed to take your breath away, but to make the most of it all, considering booking one of these top wish-listed Airbnbs.
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This unique lighthouse cottage sits on an island off the Isle of Skye, accessed by boat or on foot. You’ll have the whole island all to yourself immersed in the tranquility of nature. It sleeps up to seven comfortably in four bedrooms and includes a well-equipped kitchen with a jaw-dropping view looking out to Isle Ornsay. Enjoy beachcombing and just relaxing, gazing out at the waves, occasionally popping over to the traditional Highland pub across the shore.
The Bridge House is a very unique historic home that was built in 1881 on a bridge, which spans the River Ardle. It offers lots of charm and character with original features like stone spiral stairs, stone and pine flooring, traditional Scottish timber clad walls and even an outhouse that sits directly over the water below. The sitting room, which has a wood-burning stove also offers picturesque river views while the romantic master bedroom has a four-poster king-size bed where you can fall asleep to the sounds of the river.
Located in a remote and beautiful glen northwest of Edinburgh near Dundee, Balintore Castle was built in 1860. It was abandoned and left to ruin a century later, and for nearly 50 years it stood empty. Eventually, the kitchen wing was gorgeously restored and opened up for guests with the cost going towards the restoration of the rest of the castle. Many of the original Victorian-period features were kept yet you’ll find all the necessary modern amenities. There are three bedrooms sleeping up to six guests who enjoy direct access to hiking, mountain biking and bird-watching.
This former lighthouse keeper’s cottage is ideal for a couple seeking a romantic escape, sleeping up to two in one bedroom. It offers another very unique and luxurious stay with awe-inspiring views of both the lighthouse and the sea at Toward Point in Argyll. You’ll be able to unwind while gazing out at the water and the boats that pass by from the sunroom, all of which is just steps away when you want to enjoy it among the fresh salty air. Watch for the seals that like to lounge around on beach walks and enjoy hill walking among many other activities nearby too.
Blackcraig Castle was built in 1856 and while it’s just 70 miles from Edinburgh, it’s surrounded by miles of serene forests in the Highlands not far from St. Andrews and its legendary golf courses. You’ll stay in the two-bedroom, self-contained apartment which sleeps up to four, with a living room, kitchen and access to the beautiful gardens. Opportunities for hiking and fishing are nearby.
A traditional renovated old blackhouse with thick limewashed stone walls that’s more than 100 years old, the Blacksmith’s bothy offers a stay near the village of Elgol on Skye, with plenty of historic character that’s complemented by a modern kitchen and wood-burning stove. It also boasts a private, screened deck area and hot tub with sea views through a wooded glade, making it a fabulous place for a romantic retreat close to stunning cliff top walks and Spar cave.
This cottage is situated right inside Cairngorms National Park just a few miles north of Tomintoul, providing a remote location for up to seven guests in three bedrooms. Located on Glenlivet Estate you’ll be surrounded by picturesque natural beauty and wildlife while enjoying exclusive access to a hot tub, sauna and plunge pool. There’s a lake for fishing, extensive trails for mountain biking and hiking, an outside BBQ and a game room with a pool table and table tennis too.
The Alexandra is a 110-year-old lifeboat with an interesting history that offers a unique place to stay on the shores of Cuan Sound along the rugged coastline of Argyl. It’s the ideal spot for those who want to be among tranquil surroundings with easy access to hiking and kayaking. It sits alongside the bay and sleeps up to six with a galley that has a two ring hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge and a small sink with cold running water. Crockery, pans and cutlery are included while a toilet, shower, scullery and drying facilities are just 80 feet away in a uniquely designed timber cove.
This traditional highland croft house sits in the middle of a family farm with cattle and sheep, originally built in the 1800s. Recently refurbished, it sleeps up four in two bedrooms and provides guests with the chance to learn about the local wildlife, including beavers and raptors, as well as where food comes from. It’s also perfectly situated for day trips to Loch Ness, Fort William, the Isle of Skye and more.