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The best holiday lodges in Scotland

Jemima Kirkwood 09 November 2020

Holiday lodges come in all shapes and sizes, and the term ‘lodge’ can cover many types of accommodation, from quirky wooden log cabins to glorious big stone houses. Scotland has them all!

Traditionally in Scotland, the old-fashioned hunting lodge is what we all think of when the term is used. However, over the years the lodge has adapted many new forms, ranging from small and compact cabins to new-build bungalows, giving us a wide variety to pick from when it comes to choosing our holiday accommodation.

Scotland is the perfect backdrop for a lodge holiday in Scotland and with over 60 Scottish holiday lodges to pick from in our collection, you are bound to find a cosy nest that is perfect for you. Read on to discover lodges with log fires, lodges with hot tubs and lodges set in desirable areas.

Here are some of the best lodges in Scotland from our portfolio…

Small and quirky lodges in Scotland

If you are looking for somewhere to stay that is a little out of the ordinary, then our collection of small and quirky log cabins will be right up your street. Many seek unusual places to stay, whether it is for one-of-a-kind content on their Instagram feed or they just want to experience something new and exciting. Check out these lodges which would offer just that…

Writers Retreat 

This is a wonderful spot on the west coast of Scotland, located on a road which is listed as one of the top ten most scenic drives in the world!

As its name suggests, this is a great location for a break away or a place to come and work on your life projects, whether that be writing a novel or illustrating a book! The accommodation itself is cosy and welcoming with underfloor heating, open-plan living and a wood burner for those nights spent in. Next door, there is a shepherd’s hut which is where you will find a kitchen/diner set up, making mealtimes extra special. The hot tub in the garden is just the cherry on the cake!

Location: Poolewe


Birchbank Loch View Lodge 

Set in an elevated position with views out over Loch Goil and Loch Long, this cute duck-egg-blue cabin is the perfect romantic getaway for those looking to arrange quality time together.

Garelochhead is within easy reach with its varied amenities ranging from water sports to walking routes. In the all-in-one space you have a living area, a kitchenette and a double bed which is set to the far end of the cabin. The double doors open out onto a great decking area which is the perfect place to sit with your food and admire the wilderness views.

Location: Argyll and Bute


Modern lodges in Scotland with a contemporary vibe 

Whilst many seek the older and more traditional cottage for a Scottish break, there is often demand for the more modern type of accommodation which has been built specifically for the holidaymaker. With modern style comes trendy and contemporary touches which can often make your holiday feel more luxurious. Here are a couple of modern holiday lodges which we think you will love…

Penkill

Penkill is one of three modern lodges set on the Ayrshire coast here, and is the perfect place to retreat to; it's somewhere where you can unwind and relax with amazing views.

The lodge is newly built and modern, with a cool contemporary vibe which instils that feeling of luxury that we all desire from time to time. Inside, you have a compact space where everything is in one place, with the bed, living area and kitchen neatly set together. The double doors open onto a smart decking area where you will find a large bubbling hot tub which you can fully enjoy after long days out exploring.

Location: Ayrshire


Loch Earn Milestone Cabin

This contemporary log cabin ticks all the boxes for a unique experience holiday in the rural part of Perthshire in Scotland.

Enjoying magnificent views over Loch Earn, this charming holiday cottage is perfectly situated to get out and make the most of all this great area has to offer – walks, cycling, water sports and more. The raised decking offers up a lovely place to enjoy slow mornings and the sheltered hot tub area will provide hours of relaxation with amazing views. It is a beautifully furnished hidden gem.

Location: Perth and Kinross


Large lodges perfect for family and friend gatherings

During the term-time holidays, families often look to get away together to a location they either know really well, or a totally new spot where they can explore together. Our large lodges offer the perfect solution to extended family gatherings, because they often have a lot of bedrooms and large communal living spaces – providing plenty of space for everyone to enjoy a break together. Here are a couple of larger lodges perfect for gatherine family and friends. 

Kyles of Bute Lodge

This is an exquisite holiday home set in the quiet coastal village of Colintraive on the Cowal Peninsula, boasting lovely views out over the sea.

Get everyone together in this luxurious space and enjoy everything it has to offer – contemporary interiors, spacious living spaces, outdoor seating and comfortable furnishings. Guests have the choice of cooking in the well-equipped, modern kitchen, socialising at the table or relaxing in the lounge, whilst still enjoying each other’s company. Parents and children alike will love the enclosed garden which offers a safe place to play, and also a sophisticated area to cook BBQs and enjoy a tipple.

Location: Argyll and Bute


The Guillemot at Bonberbo

This is an outstanding detached lodge situated on a working farm with panoramic views across the Firth of Forth. Stylish, modern and welcoming, this lodge is the perfect spot for a family getaway – you can even bring the dog!

The open-plan living area consists of a comfortable living room, dining space and stylish kitchen. Your gang will enjoy dipping in and out whether you're cooking, relaxing and hot tubbing in this communal layout. The sliding doors open out onto a large, decked area where you will find an outdoor seating area and large hot tub. Lazy evenings can be spent here whilst stargazing and enjoying downtime after adventurous days out exploring. Both bedrooms are king size but can be split into a single set upon request.

Location: Fife

 

Traditional hunting lodges for the full Scottish experience

Traditionally, these hunting lodges are tied in with seasonal country sports like fishing, stalking and grouse shooting, and friends and family of the owners would be invited to get together and enjoy being in the remote countryside. Over time, these lodges have become more accessible due to more and more owners wanting to make them more commercial. In turn, these amazing lodges can offer the full Scottish experience where you can stay in a home-from-home filled with antiques and strong references to Scottish culture.

Shiness Lodge

This is a tremendous lodge dating back to the 1880s and is a wonderful retreat for families and friends looking for somewhere to get together. Sleeping 13, there is plenty of space for adventurers and home-dwellers alike!

With beautiful period features and contemporary creature comforts, this recently refurbished property ensures that guests enjoy a warm and comfortable stay in stylish surroundings with contemporary creature comforts. Expect stag heads, taxidermy, thoughtful decoration, family portraits and bold colours – your typical Scottish lodge! There is a lovely large open fire in the main sitting room, making it the perfect room to relax in together after full days out on adventures. The northern Highlands can offer up everything from hill walking to boat trips and the town of Lairg is 7 miles away where you will find a pub, shops, and local amenities.  

Location: Lairg


Letterewe Lodge

This is a hidden gem in the Highlands which are sharing with you; where else are you going to read about a Highland lodge which is only accessible by boat?

Letterewe Lodge is set past Achnasheen, on the shores of Loch Maree, and can be reached by a 10-minute boat trip over the loch on the private estate boat. Here, nature is your neighbour and your only other human company is from those who live and run the estate on this side of the loch. Well set up for sporting guests, you have the option of sporting if in season, but it is also an amazing base for those parties who are into hill walking, fishing, and birdwatching. The lodge itself has been luxuriously decorated and there is plenty of space for a group of 19 to get together to enjoy time as a group or apart. The garden is gorgeous and well-kept making it a lovely place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. You can even take your drink down to the loch’s edge, sit on the jetty and watch the trout on their evening rise.

Location: The Highlands


There you have it: a collection of wonderful lodges which are all there to help you enjoy a wonderful break in Scotland. View our full collection of lodges in Scotland to get an overview of what else we have available. 

If you are travelling as a couple and want some inspiration on where to go and what to see, discover some of our favourite romantic breaks in Scotland. And for those of you planning a big gathering, for when the time is right, check out our guide to the best party houses for celebrations.


Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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