Five sustainable places to stay in Scotland for summer 2022

With Global Warming a real problem, more and more people are turning to greener holidays.

Looking to minimize their impacts on the planet whilst travelling, a recent report by highlighted that 83% of individuals felt that it was important, or very important, for sustainability travel.

According to the Expedia Traveler Value Index 2022, 59% of people are willing to pay more for a sustainable trip, showing that being environmentally conscious is at the top of their list of priorities for their next holiday. And one way of immediately making an impact is to remove flights from the process and opt for a staycation.

Thankfully, Scotland is home to some brilliant options when it comes to environmentally-conscious stays, and specialist rental property providers Independent Cottages have picked out five of the best.

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Glaic Cottage, Isle of North Uist

Glaic Cottage

Glaic cottage is a traditional Grade B listed Hebridean thatched blackhouse that has been transformed into a beautiful holiday cottage without any of the distractions of daily life.

The property offers spectacular views of rural North Uist, with an abundance of local wildlife which you can see depending on the time of year you stay, including sea otters, red deer, golden eagles and seals.

The cottage is off-grid, offers energy-efficient heating and parking with an EV charging point, making it an environmentally-conscious option for a staycation.

It sleeps 2 and is available at the end of September for a late summer staycation, prices from £475 for 7-nights.

You can find more info here.

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Glenuaig Lodge, Strathcarron, Highlands

Glenuaig Lodge
Glenuaig Lodge

The ideal staycation to get away from it all and be at one with nature, Glenuaig Lodge offers a peaceful stay immersed in the natural beauty of the highlands with no other habitation for thousands in all directions.

The lodge is completely self-contained and has its own renewable energy supply (with a generator for backup) as well as log burners to stay cozy during colder weather and on an evening (the hydro-electricity, logs and coal are all included in the price during a stay).

Sleeping up to 10 guests and is available on select dates in July and August starting from £830 for 7-nights.

You can find more info here.

Hardgatehead Cottage, Peeblesshire, Scottish Borders

Hardgatehead Cottage
Hardgatehead Cottage

A high-standard eco-friendly holiday accommodation offering a peaceful retreat in the Peeblesshire countryside. The property has a number of eco-credentials.

As it sits in a site of special scientific interest, the property was built incorporating eco-friendly principles, and the daily running of the cottage follows these principles, offering eco-friendly facilities, including: recycling and composting, low-efficiency appliances, wood burning stove and a wood-pellet boiler for heating and electricity.

Sleeps up to 6 and is available for the first 3 weeks of July with prices starting from £650 for 7-nights. Please find more information here

You can find more info here.

Cairnsmore Stable Cottage, Dumfries and Galloway

Cairnsmore Stable Cottage
Cairnsmore Stable Cottage

Sitting in a courtyard and stable block setting, as it was formerly part of a shooting estate, Cairnsmore Stable Cottages offers a tranquil stay to discover this beautiful area of ​​Scotland.

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The property offers its own electric vehicle charging point, and the property prides itself on its geothermal underfloor central heating system and flagstone flooring that runs throughout the main living areas to create an eco-conscious and comfortable stay for its guests.

Sleeps 4 guests and is available on select dates in July and August and prices start from £675 for 7-nights during these dates.

You can find more info here.

The Sheiling Skye, Isle of Skye

The Sheiling
The Sheiling

Unplug from daily life with an eco-friendly, off-grid stay at The Sheiling Skye. Nestled in a remote part of the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Islands, this amazing property overlooks the Cuillin Mountains and is on the edge of Loch Dunvegan, making for a perfect secluded escape from the outside world.

Expect an incredibly peaceful experience during your stay, with no neighbors and only the pristine Scottish wilderness to keep you company. At night you can bear witness to a sky full of stars free of light pollution, and – if you’re lucky – even witness the spectacular Northern lights!

Free of any modern-day distractions, you can cozy up to the wood-burning log fire on an evening and venture out into the landscape to explore the abundant wildlife during the day – including spotting seals, sea eagles, and even whales and dolphins.

The Sheiling Skye can host up to 2 guests and is available in July and August on select dates from £735 for a 7-night stay.

You can find more info here.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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