What do you look for in a break?
Being woken by the rising sun, and strolling out with the dog across the open clifftops, looking over the sea to Orkney?
A long, lazy lie-in with your loved one in a cosy cottage, followed by a day on some of Scotland’s most stunning beaches?
Or maybe it’s time with the kids, complete with a petting farm, a boat trip that takes in clowning puffins, or visiting majestic castles and mysterious caves?
Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here in our newly renovated Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage just outside of Wick.
Welcome to the cottage
Our cottage was built over 60 years ago for the Principal Lightkeeper and his family, making it perfect for a family break. It sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms. With a living room and a separate family/dining room, you can come home after a day exploring, and rustle up a family meal in our well equipped kitchen, play games at our large dining table, or curl up with family favourite DVDs in the living room.
Three comfortable bedrooms
If your group is a party of adults, we can split the main bedroom’s super-king bed into twins, and our twin beds and adult-sized bunks give you the flexibility to relax with family and friends, or to enjoy a little extra space on a romantic weekend.
Your base to explore Caithness
Blow the cobwebs away on Caithness's magnificent beaches, wait quietly to photograph puffins or seals, or walk the Yarrows Trail exploring Caithness's mysterious Neolithic sites. You can visit the Queen Mother's home at the Castle of Mey or find out how crofters and fisher-folk lived. Take a day trip to Orkney, or fit in a tour and a tipple at one of our distilleries. Take a snap by the sign at John o'Groats or visit Dunnet Head. If you like an adventure, take a sea tour, go surfing or kayaking, or even try some wild swimming.
Children and dogs more than welcome
We welcome adult dogs with no extra charge, though we ask you to keep your pet on a lead in case it's excited by being somewhere new. There’s a low sea wall between the lighthouse compound and cliffs, not to mention our neighbour's sheep and cattle, and baby birds in the spring and summer.
A home away from home
We have filled the cottage with the things we always hope to find whenever we go away. Plan your days out with the apps on our Info Tablet. Use our spotters guides and binoculars to help you tell the guillemots from the gulls. With books by local authors and books about local history, you can find out what life was like for lightkeepers and their families. You can round off the day with a big family meal, or just pop a pizza in the oven and open a bottle of wine.
Booking direct is quicker and simpler and there's no-one in the middle. If you are worried about booking direct, check our reviews. During the first lockdowns we found our standards of customer care are higher than many of the online travel-agents. Prices are better without booking fees or commission.
Prices, availability and booking
You won’t find any hidden charges here. A deposit secures your dates, and we ask you to pay the balance two months before your stay. A few days before you arrive we'll ask for a £150 cleaning and recycling deposit which we return two days after you leave.
Our secure online booking calendar shows the prices and availability. Book from Monday to Friday. Our prices range from £350 to £850 for four nights, or stay eleven nights to really relax and recharge.
We are 2½ hours north of Inverness, so almost all our guests come by car. If you fly or take the train to Inverness you can hire a car there and drive to us up the eastern stretch of the famous North Coast 500. In mid-winter, we suggest you stay overnight in Perth or Pitlochry on the way up.
Memberships, Awards and Reviews
We won the Route 66 Recommended Award for 2022 in our category, and were finalists in the Highland and Island Tourism Awards for our category in 2019.
We are also proud of our a Silver Award for Green Tourism and our commitment to quality is shown by our membership of the Association of Scottish Self-Caterers, and Visit Scotland.