10 weird and wonderful places to stay in Scotland

Normal is boring, we all know that. So, add a touch of spice to your next trip with Quirky Accom, a company that prides itself on featuring hundreds of holiday options across the UK and around the world, all with a difference. Here are 10 of the most tempting to be found within Scotland...

1 The Castle Snug

1 The Castle Snug

This historic apartment, in the heart of Edinburgh just a few paces from the Royal Mile, dates back over 400 years and was once the home of writer James Boswell. The interior oozes charm and unusual features - a bed descends from the wall into the cosy living area and other double sleeping area on a mezzanine floor. Featuring the wrought iron ballustrade, stained glass window and a hanging tapestry of old whilst benefiting from modern additions such as cable TV, DVD and high speed broadband internet.

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2 Ecopod Boutique Retreat

Ecopod Boutique Retreat

Luxurious pods with vast panoramic views across Loch Linnhe, the mountains of Mull and Kingairloch coastline. There is no compromise on comfort or the environment here with stylish soft furnishings, high-end audio-visual equipment, kitchen, bathroom and comfy double bed plus wind and solar power and a wood pellet stove. A handmade Japanese cedar soaking hot tub is available for guests use.

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3 The Stonehouses Ullapool

The Stonehouses Ullapool

Gorgeous upmarket architect designed holiday homes with turf topped roofs and barely a straight wall in them. Spacious and light, yet cosy with under floor heating and wood burning stoves, the 2 unique properties have open views across Ullapool's harbour and the mountains beyond.

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4 The Hidden Mill

The Hidden Mill

A Category A listed historic and eco-energy watermill, transformed into an interesting stay for 10 guests near Castle Douglas. The mill stands on the edge of Galloway Forest Park, great for walkers and bikers alike, and is close to Loch Ken for a range of watersports. Treatments and trapeze workshops can be arranged too.

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5 Principal Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage

 Principal Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage

Adjacent to the lighthouse tower at Stathy Point, the cottage sleeps 6 in an unbeatable remote and rugged location in the very north of Scotland. The dramatic scenery of the North coast, accompanied by its playful seals, dolphins and even whales on their annual pilrimage, gives you caves and beaches to explore.

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6 Great Glen Yurts

Great Glen Yurts

Mongolian yurts and a shepherd's hut offer enchanting accommodation, from Spring to Autumn, on an organic farm at the foot of Ben Nevis, near Fort William. The farm is bordered by the River Lochy, famed for salmon fishing, and with secluded swimming spots to enjoy. A great base for discovering the local wilderness and doing outdoor activities.

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7 Fernie Castle Hotel & Treehouse Suite

Fernie Castle Hotel & Treehouse Suite

A 450 year old castle in 17 acres of woodland with its own loch. Fernie Castle is located in Fife, with St Andrews and 50+ other golf courses in a 45 mile radius. Have a wee dram in The Keep Bar which dates back to 1530. To stay in the treehouse set in lofty sycamores in the grounds would be an especially magical and romantic experience for 2. With its light festooned balcony, stained glass and specially designed furniture it feel like you are climbing into a fairytale.

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8 The Scriptorium Retreat

The Scriptorium Retreat

An interesting detached apartment for 2 at the restored Fort Augustus Abbey at Loch Ness. The history of this place goes back to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Enjoy the high vaulted ceiings, gothic archways, mighty stone pillars and stained glass windows. With bedroom, bathroom, lounge with integrated kitchen perfect for 2, this is a great place for few days away. The Highland Club, on site, allows guests to use the spa, lounge and sports facilities.

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9 The Lazy Duck Hostel & Ecohuts

The Lazy Duck Hostel & Ecohuts

Rustic and quirky cabins, and a colourful and snug bunkhouse for 8, set in the Cairngorms National Park. The Duck's Nest for 2 is perched on the edge of the waterfowl ponds giving guests a clear view. The Woodman's Cabin is romantic for 2. Rainwater is collected in whisky barrels and heated in copper kettles for the open-sky shower. Lie in the king-size box bed has a star-gazer window above it. ?An infa-red sauna with music and wood fired wooden hot tub are wonderful extras.

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10 Caley Cruisers

Caley Cruisers

Motor cruisers for self chartered adverture. Take in the spectacular scenery of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal from a luxury boat that sleep up to 5. There are 60 miles of one of Europe's most beautiful waterways to peruse. No previous boating experience needed as necessary training is given.

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