The novel re-use of shipping containers has included many cases of them being turned into holiday homes, with the latest instance set to provide new accommodation in Ayrshire.

Businessman William Kennedy is applying to South Ayrshire Council to convert a plot of land he owns into new glamping attraction with four pods made from converted shipping containers, the Daily Record reports.

Mr Kennedy is planning to plough as much as £100,000 into the scheme and does not expect to make a profit until the third year. However, he anticipates the project will be highly successful thereafter.

Architects LMA said in the planning statement: “With this proposal the applicant seeks to diversify the use of the site and provide rural enterprise through the provision of a rural tourism business within the unique setting in the countryside.”

The statement added that the plan would include new access from the unclassified road by the site and the provision of parking space. At present the plot contains just one hut and is used for breeding cattle.

Highlighting the unusual nature of the accommodation on offer, LMA noted: “Their vision is to be a market leader within Ayrshire for this unique type of accommodation, and to be marketed as a unique holiday experience in this context.”

While these may be unusual, it would not be accurate to call them unique, either in the UK as a whole or in Scotland. Indeed, anyone planning a trip who views the Visit Scotland website may read about facilities such as the Glamness Luxury Shipping Containers near Inverness. 

Featuring a range of high-quality facilities, these are located just south of the city near the northern end of Loch Ness and as such, they may or may not be proof that one is considerably more likely to encounter used shipping containers made into glamping pods than to see the Loch Ness Monster.  

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