It's a boating life: Unique Airbnb property lets you sleep on a retired RNLI Lifeboat

Wake up on the calm waterways with stunning highland views in this £50-a-night lifeboat

Love the coast? Then we have found your ideal Airbnb property - a moored RNLI lifeboat in the middle of the Scottish Hebrides.

For £50 a night, you and five friends could hunker down on the Alexandra Lifeboat and enjoy a peaceful stay on the waterfront - and not bump into a soul for miles.

lifeboat with dried plants around sea view

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Whilst the retired service boat has a celebrated history - being part of the rescue effort that saved a 65-ton ship off the coast of Norfolk - nowadays she's taking things a little easier and has set up home on the Cuan Sound, northwest Scotland.

After being bought and re-homed by the Fothergill family, the 6-berth boat underwent a slight transformation to make it more comfortable than in her working days.

lifeboat around coastal area

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The red and blue beauty, which sits prominently on the grassy landscape, is now fitted with a few essentials to make your stay comfortable, without losing her history or character.

kitchen with wooden door and open shelf

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A central table area has been fitted for everyone to huddle around after a long day of exploration, and a small kitchen fitted with fridge, microwave, kettle and hob provides everything you need to whip up a hearty Scottish meal.

The owners have also kitted out a nearby timber cove with a toilet and shower facilities.

lifeboat at coastal area with rocks around

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Outside, a stunning vista spoils guests with sights of the calm waterway that separates the jagged hills of Seil Island and the craggy mountaintops on Luing Island.

Sounds pretty idyllic to us.

Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.