During a two week trip around the Scottish Highlands, we stayed exclusively in Airbnb holiday homes. In this post, we’re delighted to share our favourite Airbnb holiday homes in Scotland with you, in a bid to encourage you to stay in them too.
Apart from a few exceptions, we have been using Airbnb for accommodation all over the world for several years now. It is always the first place we check when we’re planning a trip.
We love the uniqueness of the homes on offer, the great value rates and the opportunity to live like a local.
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How to book safely with Airbnb during the Covid-19 Pandemic
We understand that some readers may be wary of booking Airbnb’s during the pandemic. We get it, we’re wary too.
Thankfully, Airbnb has responded to traveller concern by introducing and Enhanced Cleaning protocol. In a nutshell, Airbnb have partnered with experts to create detailed guidelines for hosts to follow to ensure their properties are as clean as they possibly can be. This should help guests feel more at ease during this stressful time.
When searching for properties on Airbnb, you can now choose to only display properties that have adopted the Enhanced Cleaning protocols. If you are at all concerned about staying in an Airbnb during the COVID-19 pandemic, we would certainly encourage you to only stay in properties whose hosts are taking cleaning as seriously as they should.
Our Favourite Airbnb Holiday Homes in Scotland
Here are four of our favourite Airbnb holiday homes in Scotland. We’ve stayed in each of them and we can personally vouch for their high quality.
Dark Skye Cottage, Isle of Skye
If you’re looking for quite possibly the best Airbnb holiday home on the Isle of Skye, look no further.
Dark Skye Cottage, on the outskirts of Broadford, is an immaculate, truly luxurious home. Inside, you’ll discover modern decor, often unique and handcrafted using local materials. The oak sleigh bed is enormous, set in an open plan bedroom where you’ll also find a huge roll top bath tub.
While you might want to stay inside the cottage, we’d encourage you to explore the island. The cottage is ideally located for exploring, offering both convenience and seclusion.
We stayed here for our elopement and it is still one of the best Airbnb’s we’ve ever stayed in.
Stylish Central Apartment, Edinburgh
A funky, stylish space inside a traditional sandstone building within walking distance of Edinburgh’s major attractions. Marvellous Hollyrood Park, home of Arthur’s Seat, is literally behind the houses opposite.
The space itself is small but functional with lots of cool interior design touches. The bed was very comfortable indeed and we loved the breakfast bits that the host provided. A PDF guide is also provided, which points out all the best spots to eat and drink and there are bikes to help you get there a bit quicker.
We stayed here as part of the finale to our honeymoon trip around Scotland and couldn’t have been happier with our choice.
Stunning Cottage, Ballachulish
A warm and cosy cottage in a lovely setting alongside scenic mountains and Loch Leven. The home contains everything you might need for a great stay, including a comfy bed and a fully kitted-out kitchen. The decor feels traditional, yet contemporary and captures the mood of the Highlands very nicely.
The main reason why we chose this place was its proximity to some of Scotland’s best tourist attractions. Fort William and Glen Coe are just down the road.
If you don’t fancy cooking, a Coop supermarket is a short walk/drive away, as is a great pizza/fish and chips place. Ask your friendly and welcoming hosts for directions if you need help.
Nearby experiences: Find things to do near Ballachulish on GetYourGuide*.
Contemporary cabin, Farr
A cosy and comfortable larch-clad cabin, set in a lovely, convenient location. The cabin has everything you might need for a pleasant stay. The setting is peaceful and pretty within an easy drive of Inverness and Loch Ness. Further afield, but still within an easy drive is the Moray Firth.
Inside, you’ll find everything you’ll need (including fast Wifi) whilst outside, you’ll find a swing, from which you can soak in the serenity.
We hope you found our list of Airbnb holiday homes in Scotland useful. Please let us know in the comments below if you stayed in any of our suggested locations.