- Near the Sea
- Village / Rural
- Beach nearby
- Beach within walking distance
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Pet Friendly
- Sea View
Part of the Noss Head Lighthouse Compound, this cosy cottage (once the home of the Principal Lightkeeper) overlooking the sea in the Highlands of Scotland offers comfortable accommodation, stunning views in all directions and a truly unique setting.
Built about 60 years ago as the family home for the Principal Lightkeeper, the cottage has been recently refurbished and is now kitted out with light airy rooms, organic fairtrade linen and all the contemporary amenities you could need. There is plenty of space inside for eating, relaxing and playing games, there are views across Sinclair bay to Duncansby Head and Orkney on one side and towards Elgin and the Cairngorms on the other, and nearby there are walking routes, ancient sites and traditional distilleries. This is a magical corner of Scotland and there’s nothing quite like living right by a lighthouse.
Bird and wildlife lovers can tour on land or by boat and keen hikers will be in heaven. Stately homes like Dunrobin Castle and the Castle of Mey are within easy reach, and the ruined Castle Sinclair Girnigoe can be explored on foot from the cottage. Other ancient sites include the Hill O’Many Stanes and Camster Cairns, and historians will enjoy the heritage centres at Castletown, Thurso and Wick. And foodies should visit the distilleries in Wick and Thurso, Rock Rose Gin in Dunnet Bay and the various local food producers of Caithness.
By plan you can fly to Inverness or Wick via Edinburgh or Aberdeen, and Inverness/Wick are also the nearest train stations (there is a sleeper from London to Inverness). The drive from Inverness is about 2.5 hours and full directions can be provided. There are three ferries from Caithness to Orkney and the nearest bus stations are in Wick (5 miles) or Staxigoe (3 miles).
Inverness or Wick
Nearest Train Station:
A hidden sandy beach called Sandigoe is tucked between the lighthouse and the castle.
Wick or Caithness
The cottage has three bedrooms - a super king, a twin and a bunk - as well as a bathroom, a family room with dining table and a living room. WiFi and a TV with Freeview are provided, as are board games, books and DVDs for days when you want to hole in.
The compound is also home to Noss Head lighthouse itself, an engine room, a stable block, our neighbours in the Keeper’s Cabin next door, and the 19th Century cottage by the Lighthouse. There is a low sea wall between the compound and the cliffs and there is parking for two cars outside the cottage.
Conditions of Rental
Change-over days are Mondays and Fridays and the cottage is available all year round. Pets are welcome at an additional cost. There is a discount for longer stays. Please note there is no access to the lighthouse itself.