Top 10 Unique Accommodations in Perthshire
1) Blair Castle Camping Pods
Description: Sometimes, the best way to appreciate nature is by staying as close to it as possible. Discover all that Highland Perthshire has to offer by staying in a delightful camping pod by the riverside, allowing you to experience all of the best aspects of camping while being inside a cosy structure with some additional home comforts!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 35 miles
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Situated in the Blair Castle Caravan Park, the camping pods are based near the riverside, ideal for those who want to camp but want the security of a solid structure and some heating at the same time. The area is one of the most beautiful in Perthshire and is often regarded as a haven for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers alike.
It’s the perfect place to base yourself for a weekend or week-long outdoor experience, in a place that has an abundance of wildlife taking habitat in the stunning Highland Perthshire surroundings. All of those staying in the camping pods have full access to the estate’s amenities, including 4×4 Land Rover Safaris, Segway Express, pony trekking, castle visits and tractor tours.
The pods are spacious and are 9ft 3 x 15ft 7 in size. They come with electric sockets, lighting and heating, so you won’t be chilly if the weather isn’t playing ball! The pods also have sofa beds which can sleep up to two people; any additional guests will need to sleep on the carpeted floor.
Guests will need to bring their own bedding, additional sleeping bags and any camping supplies. For those sleeping on the floor, an inflatable mattress is recommended but is not essential. The domed shamed of the pod make it extra spacious and they’ve become increasingly popular due to the unpredictability of the Scottish weather!
Each of the camping pods also has its own concrete area outside, ideal for placing your own BBQ or for having a nice picnic. They are placed in a quiet and private area of the Caravan Park, but are still just a short walk from the nearest shower block. The pods also have WiFi.
2) Comrie Croft
Description: From a cosy farmhouse to handmade Nordic Katas – Comrie Croft has accommodation to suit a variety of different tastes. With a wide range of fun activities to do on-site, be close to the beauty of Perthshire’s nature and enjoy stunning views and outdoor adventures in one of the region’s most scenic locations..
Distance from Perth City Centre: 22 miles
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Whether you are looking to camp in the beautiful Scottish countryside, or enjoy the country’s natural beauty from a cosier farmhouse or steading, then Comrie Croft has accommodation for you. They like to keep things eco-friendly and even offer a 10% sustainable travel discount for those who get to them via bus, bike or by walking!
If you’re looking for something unique and completely different for your stay in Perthshire, then Comrie Croft’s Nordic Katas may be the perfect choice for you. The katas are the ultimate wild camping experience – they’re all hand-crafted by staff and they also have toilet outhouses too. There’s wood burning stoves in the centre of the tent which enables you to keep cosy even when the snow is falling outside. Indeed Comrie Croft has even welcomed people to stay in the katas when it’s been as cold as -15C outside! That shows just how warm you can keep inside!
All of the katas are furnished with throws, cushions, solar powered lighting and all of the camping essentials that you need. The katas are perfect for families and there’s now a wheelchair accessible kata available too.
Alternatively, there’s an eco-camping option available with fantastic views out towards the hills or birch woods – rather than traditional campsites where your view is a row of caravans! Rather than wild-camping in katas, you have more facilities and hot showers on the campsite.
If you’d prefer something a little bit more like home, then there’s also the Farmhouse and Steading available too. The Farmhouse is cosier with a more intimate, homely feel and with three bedrooms it’s perfect for small groups and families.
The Steading is more spacious and sleeps up to 58 people – ideal for larger groups and stag or hen parties. There are six en-suite rooms, five rooms with separate bathrooms and then a large eight bed bunkroom too, so there’s something to suit everyone.
With a wide variety of accommodation options available to suit all, Comrie Croft is a fantastic place to stay in Perthshire for outdoor enthusiasts. With magnificent bike trails and walks right on your doorstep, there’s so much to see and do that you’ll want to go back time and time again!
3) Craighead Howf
Description: A quirky and unique place to stay in Perthshire with something to suit all budgets – Craighead Howf is a beautiful and traditional family-run steading. Opt for the five-star Muckle Howf or for the simpler, glamping howfs and enjoy some of the region’s best countryside.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 27 miles
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If you’re looking for something a little different and out of the ordinary for your stay in Perthshire, then Craighead Howf is the perfect place to base yourself. The tranquil country setting is surrounded by natural beauty, with stunning gardens, a lochan and woodland areas making for the perfect place to lose yourself from the stress of day-to-day life.
The beautiful five-star holiday cottage is ideal for those looking to stay in something close to nature but with the added luxuries that you wouldn’t get in one of Craighead’s glamping howfs. It’s perfectly located and in close proximity to the A9, which will take you to Perth City Centre and beyond into Highland Perthshire.
The Muckle Howf is Craighead’s five-star, luxury cottage where you can relax in privacy. It’s a traditional Scottish stone-built steading, converted into a holiday cottage with lots of additional specialities. There’s a sauna room which also contains an invigorating shower, and also an outdoor hot tub – perfect for relaxing with a nice glass of wine to watch the countryside unfold in front of your very eyes.
It also has a whisky lounge on the upper floor, a sitting room with its own wood-burning stove, and a private garden with a patio and a fire pit.
If you prefer to keep things a little simpler, then Craighead also offer some fabulous glamping howfs. The Wee Howf opened in 2014 and is the perfect romantic getaway for couples. It’s very secluded and it’s a very unique experience! Immerse yourself in your surroundings and enjoy a fully insulated howf with a log-burning stove and candle light – that’s right, no electricity! You will however be provided with everything you need to stay at any time of the year. Set among the trees and with a burn running right underneath, the Wee Howf is built on stilts and is truly breathtaking.
There’s also the Summer Howf and the Tree Howf – both offering something different in terms of a glamping experience. The Summer Howf has electricity and has been renovated from a summer house, giving you the glamping experience but with a garden feel. The Tree Howf is beautifully designed and built high in the branches of the trees, with incredible 360degree views over the Ochil Hills and beyond.
To stay somewhere completely different and to experience Perthshire’s from as close to nature as possible, Craighead Howf is an ideal location for couples to stay all year round.
Description: If you’re looking for somewhere to relax with some of Scotland’s finest scenery, or a base in which to explore Highland Perthshire and Perth City Centre, then Erigmore is the perfect location to do just that. With luxury lodges to cottage and apartments at Erigmore House, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 13 miles
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Based beside the picturesque village of Birnam near Dunkeld, Erigmore has fantastic facilities suitable for both couples and families and is located near the A9, making it easily accessible. Whether you want to stay at Erigmore to escape for a few days of peace and quiet, or whether you are basing yourself there to explore the rest of what Perthshire has to offer, it’s an ideal location to do both.
Luxurious spa lodges are available which are ideal for couples looking to spend some quality time together, relaxing with stunning surroundings. The spacious, open plan lodges are for over 21s only, and come equipped with modern kitchen facilities to suit those who love to cook! The rooms have 55” flat screen, 3D televisions and surround sound, so you can cosy up to watch your favourite box-sets and movies in style!
The spa lodges have king-size beds and an en-suite shower room, plus a private decking area out front with its own inviting hot tub to slip into. The spa lodges are not dog friendly so leave the canines at home if you are looking to book one.
For those who do want to bring their furry friends along to enjoy Perthshire with them, then one of Erigmore’s one, two or three bedroom lodges will suit you perfectly. All of the lodges have a cosy, home-like feel with ample room and beautiful outdoor areas in which to enjoy the area’s breathtaking natural beauty.
If a lodge isn’t your thing and you just want to use Erigmore as a base to explore Perthshire, then one of the cottages or apartments may be better suited. The Atholl and Wallace apartments provide comfortable and affordable accommodation for up to 14 people, and if you add-on the adjoining Factors Cottage that makes for up to 20 people – ideal for a big family get together! Each of the apartments and cottages can be booked individually too, and they are self-contained with modern kitchens and cosy bedrooms.
So, whether it’s a getaway for a lazy, luxurious time or simply a base to get out and explore, Erigmore has you covered. Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Perthshire, you’ll not be disappointed by what’s on offer here and in the nearby area.
5) Glen Derby
Description: Set in Scottish woodland with tranquil surroundings, Glen Derby is a three bedroom log house which is ideal for a quiet retreat away from the city or a base to enjoy some of Perthshire’s fantastic outdoor activities.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 30 miles
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With the village of Kirkmichael close by and Blairgowrie and Pitlochry both just 20 minutes away, this beautiful log house is secluded enough to escape without being too far away from the handiness of local amenities.
With three bedrooms, the log house is perfect for a quiet family vacation or for a group of couples looking to enjoy the Perthshire countryside. It’s within close proximity to the Glenshee ski resort, making it ideal for those looking to get some winter snow and hit the slopes! It’s also close to the Cateran Trail which runs along the valley which is just a ten minute walk from the house.
If it’s scenery and natural beauty you are here for, then the log house is not too far from Braemar and the Cairngorms, with the peaks of the Grampian Mountains visible from the area outside the house.
The house itself has a spacious master bedroom with a super king-size bed and en-suite bathroom. The bathroom boasts underfloor heating – fantastic during the winter – and there’s a living flame fire in the master bedroom adding to the pleasant atmosphere. The other two bedrooms are twin and bunk bed rooms, and there’s an additional pull-out bed in the bunk bed room too.
There are plenty of games and toys for the children to enjoy, and in the living room there’s an open log fire which keeps everyone nice and cosy during the colder months! There’s a Freeview TV and a DVD/Blue-Ray player for the adults to enjoy their favourites shows, and a wide range of books to enjoy whilst cosied around the fire.
It all looks out through large French windows onto a paved patio, which has a fire pit and log stools, where you will get great views of the open woodland and beyond.
To get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, Glen Derby log house is perfect for families or couples and can be enjoyed all year round.
6) Fingask Castle
Description: With the oldest part of Fingask Castle originating from the late 16th century, this beautiful country house offers beautiful gardens, fantastic accommodation for families and the ideal location for weddings and functions. Situated in the Braes of Carse, Fingask Castle overlooks the Carse of Gowrie and Firth of Tay.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 12 miles
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Fingask Castle has a long history of differing ownership since the 16th century. It was owned by the Bruce family before one of the Bruce daughters married Patrick Threipland – this was the first of the Threipland ownership of Fingask. Due to unwise political decisions and other oddities of life, the Threipland family have had to buy Fingask Castle four times over the past 400 years!
The castle fell under government rule during the Jacobite rebellion, and has had numerous other owners. Nowadays, the castle is renowned for its beautiful gardens and its parties, accommodation, and functions. The beautiful surroundings have given the castle the title of being “the jewel at the bottom of the glen.” It’s a Category B Listed building, and was once an explicably holy place – known as the ideal stopover between the abbeys of Scone and Falkirk.
In modern times, the castle has changed a lot. Now, it’s primarily used for functions and provides accommodation. There is a swimming pool, games room and tennis court – so there’s a lot to do for families or large groups alike. There are also fantastic walks around the grounds, and the infamous gardens are a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary.
The ancient garden includes some engaging but little-known examples of topiary. It also includes an overgrown but still envy-inducing jungle of a water garden, created in the early 20th century in a dell below the castle. Its picturesque focal point is St Peter’s Well – reputedly a stopping-point for medieval pilgrims.
One of the main attractions of the modern day Fingask Castle is the Fingask Follies – introduced in 1996 by the current Threipland owner, Andrew. He had a vision to reintroduce entertainment to the castle – something it was famous for in its earlier years. Each show has the same format: four professional singers, two actors and a piano but a different title, theme and content which are conceived annually at Fingask Castle. The Follies run in May and also tour other venues once the Fingask Castle dates have been completed.
So, for a modern castle, steeped in history and in beautiful Perthshire surroundings, make sure you pay a visit to Fingask Castle this summer. You won’t be short on things to do!
7) Loch Tay Highland Lodges
Description: With stunning views over Loch Tay and a warm, cosy feel – Loch Tay Highland Lodges is the ideal base to explore Perthshire’s natural beauty. Close to the village of Killin and the Falls of Dochart, it’s perfectly located making it a great place to stay while you travel around and see everything that the magnificent area has to offer.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 49 miles
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Choose from luxurious lodges or quirky, glamping alternatives such as wigwams or one of their fantastic new GeoDomes – when you stay at Loch Tay Highland Lodges you are guaranteed stunning views and warm hospitality.
The lodges are fully equipped with everything you need to feel at home during your stay in Perthshire. They’re all maintained to an excellent standard, with modern décor throughout and sleeping up to a maximum of four people. The open plan living and dining space is spacious, and each lodge has a patio with private outdoor seating and a BBQ space.
As well as the lodges, there are a variety of other self-catering options at Loch Tay Highland Lodges. The characteristic Loch Tay House and Ivy Tree Cottage allow residents to enjoy plenty of their usual home comforts, with breathtakingly beautiful views of the loch and Ben Lawers. The octagonal Woodland Cabins have multiple sleeping arrangements available to suit all; they are versatile and can accommodate most holiday needs.
Looking for something even more unique? Loch Tay Highland Lodges also offer fantastic glamping options, for those who prefer to be a little bit closer to nature but still retain some of their home comforts. They recently won the award for Best Scottish Glamping Site 2016, and offer everything from wigwams and geodesic domes, to bunkhouse style accommodation.
The location is perfect for those looking to enjoy some of the finest outdoor activities the region has to offer. There is a great range of walks in the nearby area to work up an appetite, before dining in the Italian Bistro on the Tay. Being based on Loch Tay is certainly a bonus for those watersports enthusiasts, with boat trips, kayaking and fishing just some of the activities on offer. If water isn’t your thing, there’s plenty to do on dry land too with archery, disc golf, mini golf and more, all available to residents at Loch Tay Highland Lodges.
For accommodation in one of Perthshire’s most desirable areas, enjoy jaw-dropping scenery and outdoor activities at Loch Tay Highland Lodges!
8) Newmill Farm Wigwams
Description: With a variety of accommodation options within six miles of the city centre, Newmill Farm is a great place for families or couples to base themselves while staying in Perthshire. Close to the village of Stanley just off the A9, you can visit the local pubs there or venture further into the city centre to sample the Perth nightlife.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 6 miles
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The family run, 300 acre farm offers self-catering accommodation in its farmhouse or adjacent cottage, as well as a unique style of glamping in their Newmill Wigwams. The perfect base, it’s location near the A9 mean that every area of Perthshire is easily accessible from the scenic beauty of the Highlands to the rich history and heritage of Loch Leven on the southern boundary.
The welcoming farmhouse is a fully functioning bed and breakfast, with a range of different rooms to suit all. The large family room is ideal if you are travelling with the little ones and has its own private bathroom. Other alternatives in the B&B include a twin en-suite room and double en-suite rooms too. The farmhouse is centrally heated and is perfect for those travelling but not looking to cook for themselves. The local village of Stanley has food and drink or a short trip to Perth or Dunkeld provides even more options.
Separate from the farmhouse is the modern cottage which offers self-catering accommodation. It’s a three-bedroomed cottage with a master en-suite bedroom. The fully fitted kitchen means you can cook to your hearts content, and the utility room contains a washing machine and tumble dryer. There’s an open coal fire in the lounge to add to the central heating throughout, meaning you’ll never be chilly no matter what the weather! It also has a small private garden with seating, so in the warmer months you can sit out and enjoy the sunshine.
If you’re after something a little bit more unique, then Newmill also offer their own variation on glamping with their wigwams! Situated in the farm orchard, the seven wigwams are the modern alternative to camping in a tent. They Wigwam Cabins are heated, comfy and contain an electrical socket too. It allows you to enjoy camping but with some additional home comforts, making the experience perfect even in the unpredictable Scottish weather! There are toilet facilities and a shower block adjacent to the wigwam site too.
So, whether it’s bed and breakfast, a self-catering cottage or glamping in style in one of the wigwams, Newmill Farm offers something to suit all tastes!
9) The Townhouse
Description: Just a short walk from the city centre and overlooking the gorgeous South Inch Park, The Townhouse is a fantastic place for a brief overnight stay or a longer visit to Perthshire. With rooms available to suit all budgets and Perth’s nightlife just minutes away, it’s an ideal base for exploring everything the region has to offer.
Distance from Perth City Centre: Less than 1 mile
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The Townhouse is a traditional Georgian terraced property which opened in 2012 and looks out over Perth’s South Inch. All of the rooms are furnished to reflect a Georgian style with a mix of antique and traditional furnishings and more modern amenities such as WiFi, flat screen televisions and luxury bathroom fittings.
The Deluxe Park View rooms are all south facing, looking out onto the lush green parklands providing a stunning view to wake up to every morning. The rooms are thirty-metres-squared in size and include gorgeous antique furnishings, offering total comfort for everyone who stays.
Slightly smaller than the deluxe rooms are The Townhouse’s Traditional Rooms, which offer a quiet and relaxing stay without the view over the South Inch. The Traditional Rooms have more contemporary furnishings and are located at the back of the property, with one room at the top of the house. The room at the top has the possibility of an additional person or child being accommodated, albeit at a cost. With twenty-four-metres-squared of space in the room, there’s ample room for couples to unwind after a day of exploring Perthshire.
The third option is the comfortable and cosy King Bedded room which is situated at the top and rear of The Townhouse and offers more privacy in a smaller setting of fourteen-metres-squared. It includes all of the same amenities of the Traditional Rooms but is slightly smaller. There’s free parking available on-site for all guests, and pets are welcome as long as the reservation is made via their website rather than through a third-party. Pets are welcomed apart from in the breakfast room, but you will need to provide your own bedding and towels for your furry friends!
A beautiful place to stay and base yourself while in Perthshire, The Townhouse is ideal for couples looking to explore everything that the region has to offer while staying in a cosy, comfortable and central location.
10) Wild Gatherings Tipi
Description: A truly unique accommodation experience in Perthshire, Wild Gatherings Tipi is something different and perfect for those who just love the outdoors! The off-grid eco-campsite is located near Comrie and provides a warm and dry place to find shelter from the Scottish outdoors.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 23 miles
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The centre piece of Wild Gathering’s eco campsite is the tipi, which is a whopping 23ft in diameter! Normally associated with the Native Americans across the pond, it’s an unusual site in Scotland and definitely stands out from its surroundings!
The tipi itself sleeps up to seven people comfortably on camp beds, but you can also pitch tents around it and use the tipi as an event space instead. Up to 25 people can be in the tipi if it’s being used as a party point.
It’s excellent for family camping groups or any group for that matter, and there’s a fire alter in the tipi which can be used with a little training. There’s also a fire pit just outside the tipi too.
There’s some fantastic outdoor activities provided by Do it Outdoors onsite too, including bushcraft, archery and fishing, making it the perfect location for stag and hen parties, team building days and other groups looking for an outdoor adventure in Perthshire. The campsite is also just a five minute walk from Auchingarrich Wildlife Park which is a fantastic day out for the whole family.
The facilities are exactly what you’d expect from an eco-campsite and you’ll be completely off-grid during your stay. You’ll be supplied by gas for a cooker and lights, and given wood for fires. There are composting toilets, plus water, cooking and washing facilities including hot water for a shower. There’s also a BBQ and pizza oven available to use too.
For something completely different during your visit to Perthshire and an outdoor experience like no other, the eco-campsite and tipi at Wild Gatherings is definitely worth a visit!
Over to you!
Now you know where our favourite unique accommodations in Perthshire are, it’s time to get out and explore! In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all the accommodations mentioned above.