Unusual, Imaginative & Unique Places to Stay in the UK

If like me you are looking to try something that little bit different, there are some unusual, imaginative and unique places to stay in the UK. Here are some of my favourites you might like to try.

On The Road To Your Next Adventure
On The Road To Your Next Adventure ©MDHarding

Unusual, Imaginative and Unique Places To Stay In The UK


The Stevenson family originating in Edinburgh built the many lighthouses you can see, visit and even enjoy a unique stay here in Scotland.

The lighthouse legacy was built over 150 years, then from as early as 1894 an automation system was introduced and now all the lighthouses are controlled by the Northern Lighthouse Board based in Edinburgh.

There are several lighthouses you can visit but only a few have been converted into guest accommodation.  Maybe you too have been inspired by reading Kidnapped and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

We stayed at Rua Reidh Lighthouse in Wester Ross one of the most remote and dramatic peninsulas on the west coast of Scotland.

Rua Reidh Lighthouse ©MDHarding


Ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a Tipi (also tepee and teepee)? Experience Scotland Differently has created a unique Tipi dwelling in the North of Scotland. Enjoy toasted marshmallows around the campfire, while being snug in an authentic Tipi. Discover the local historical Pictish sites including the Fort in Burghead dating back to 400AD. Morayshire is also the heart of Whisky producing in Scotland.

Tipi or Not To Be ©MDHarding


The iconic windmills of Norfolk stand tall across the flat landscape. From the beautifully furnished rooms of the Cley Windmill enjoy the captivating views and sunsets. Located within a few minutes walking distance to the beach and RSPB site. When staying in this remarkable location don’t forget to book your evening meal in advance to avoid disappointment.  One not to be missed!

Cley Windmill ©MDHarding


I never imagined that a house boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads could be the most relaxing/stressful holiday. It is an experience I will never forget. The landscape is beautiful, with dramatic sunsets and home to many species of wildlife.  Did you know the Norfolk Broads waterways were a man made accident? Navigate your way through more than 125 miles of both rivers and lakes. The Norfolk Broads can be busy during high season. If a novice like me, I would recommend visiting out with this time to enjoy more of the places of interest and mooring spots.

Summer at the Norfolk Broads
Summer at the Norfolk Broads ©MDHarding

The easiest way to reach all the above locations is by car. If arriving into Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport why not pre-book your car hire to travel to the stunning area of Wester Ross and more while visiting Scotland. When taking a boating holiday, we discovered that Herbert woods had a large car park available.

Have you stayed at one of these beautiful locations? Or perhaps you have stayed at another?  We would love to hear from you. Please leave any comments/questions below.  Happy Travels:) x

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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