Accommodation

The cottage is laid out on one floor with three bedrooms (a double with a superking bed, a bedroom with adult twin beds, and a bedroom with adult size bunks), one bathroom, a comfy living room, and a light family / dining room next to the kitchen.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage layout
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage is laid out on one floor

Facilities

Inside

  • 3 bedrooms (super-king / twin / adult sized bunks) – sleeps up to 6 people
  • 1 bathroom (toilet, bath with electric shower)
  • Living room
  • Family room / dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Travel cot available on request
We have adult size bunks that kids love too
We have adult size bunks that kids love too

Equipment

  • Electric oven with grill and hob
  • Electric kettle, microwave, liquidizer
  • Dishwasher, washing machine, separate tumble dryer
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Washing line
Our well-equipped kitchen
Our well-equipped kitchen

Wifi etc

  • Free Wifi
  • Smart TV with Netflix etc
  • DVD player, Chromecast
  • Selection of books, dvds, board games
  • Binoculars, walking guides, spotters guides, maps
  • Bike storage by arrangement

Comfort

  • Central heating
  • Organic bed linen and towels

Outside

  • Free off-road parking
  • External 13 amp / 3 pin socket – for car charging by arrangement
  • Rural location with sea views on both sides
  • Open areas of rough ground suitable for children’s play
  • Picnic tables, washing line
  • Notes
    • The compound can be busy during the day
    • Please supervise children and dogs outside – there are cliffs and a lochan (pond) immediately beyond the compound walls

Travel

  • On the NC500
  • 2½ hours from Inverness by car
  • Airport in Inverness, Railway stations in Inverness and Wick
  • 35 minutes to ferries to Orkney, leaving from John o’Groats, Gills Bay and Scrabster
You can eat outside on summer evenings
You can eat outside on summer evenings

On arrival

  • Welcome bag of local produce
  • Local newspaper
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free options available

Welcoming your dog

  • Water bowl
  • Doggie treats
  • Calming plug-in

Groceries

  • Tesco, Lidl, Co-op (in Wick)

Info Tablet

  • Online Information Pack
  • Aurora, weather and tide times apps
  • Local information guides
  • Recommended days out

Arriving and departing

Checking in

In the summer, check in is from 4:00pm on the day you arrive, in the winter it is from 2:00pm.

We will send you the key codes by email the week before you arrive.

Checking out

Before you go, we ask you to strip the beds, and take your rubbish and recycling to the wheelie bins. This is to keep our cleaners safe. We have extended our check-out time to 12:00 noon to give you plenty of time.

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About the Lighthouse

Noss Head is a working lighthouse and sadly it is not possible to go up it. The light was updated to LEDs in 2018 and they flash on and off every 20 seconds. You can find out more and see the Fresnel lens from Noss Head in Wick Heritage Centre. The cottage opposite the Lighthouse was home to the Clan Sinclair Study Centre and the books are now housed in the Dunbeath Heritage Centre in 2017.

Noss Head was designed by Alan Stevenson
Noss Head Lighthouse was designed by Alan Stevenson

The Northern Lights, short nights, dark skies

Northern lights

Stay with us in the the winter (from September to March) for your best chance of seeing the Northern lights. We can’t promise you’ll see them – it all depends on the Aurora’s activity and a clear sky. You may want to use an Aurora forecast website or app. We are not an official “Dark Skies” area, but on clear nights when there’s no Aurora, the stars are still magnificent and you will see the Milky Way.

In midsummer (late June) the sun rises at 3:00am and it is never fully dark so we have blackout blinds to help you sleep. At midwinter (late December) the sun rises at 9:00 am and sets at 15:20, though there’s an extra hour of twilight at each end of the day. The days may be short but our big skies mean they are bright.

You can check when the sun rises and sets during your visit.

Weather

On average we are a bit colder than most of the UK. Bring layers, a coat that is windproof and waterproof, and good footwear for walking on the beach.

The light in Caithness is always impressive - some days it is truly exceptional
The light in Caithness is always impressive – some days it is truly exceptional

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