Stay in a Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage

Stay in a former Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage at Noss Head in the North of Scotland. Noss Head is a working lighthouse, much loved by local walkers and visting bird-watchers alike.

Noss Head Compound – click for full size

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage is in the Lighthouse compound. It was  built about 60 years ago as a separate family home for the Principal Lightkeeper. It is self-contained with parking outside.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.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage and Noss Head Lighthouse
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage and Noss Head Lighthouse

The cottage was redecorated and re-equipped throughout in 2018 and is full of light in the summer and warm and cosy in the winter. Our list of amenities details what’s included.

The cottage has three bedrooms; up to six people can stay at any time of year. Bedroom 1 has a superking bed or can be set up with twin beds, Bedroom 2 has two large twin beds, Bedroom 3 has large bunks for children or adults.

There’s a well-equipped kitchen, a family room with large table for eating or playing games, and a living room. There is one bathroom with a toilet, bath and shower. We have comfortable parking for two cars outside.

The cottage has free wifi, a TV and Freeview and loads of boardgames; we are always adding to our shelves of DVDs and we have a well stocked library of books, many of them about lighthouses.

Floorplan of the Lighthouse Keeper's Cotttage
Floorplan of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cotttage

When can we visit?

You can stay at any time of year.  Change-over days are Mondays and Fridays so you can book a long holiday, just a weekend or a midweek break. Dogs are welcome at an additional £20 per pet.

  • 2018 prices for a week range from £359 to £719
  • 2019 prices for a week range from £399 to £799
  • Prices for weekends and midweek breaks are lower
  • There is a discount for longer stays

Put your dates into our bookings calendar to find the total price for the dates you are thinking of – you won’t be charged until you confirm your booking.


The kitchen and two of the bedrooms enjoy stunning views across Sinclair bay to Duncansby Head and Orkney. If you stay between September and March you may see the Northern Lights.

Sinclair Bay and Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
Looking north across Sinclair Bay to Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

The living room and main bedroom have sunny views towards Elgin and the Cairngorms.
Our favourite seat in the Cottage is at the dining table looking at both views at once.

Looking South to the Cairngorms, the sun lights up the sea
Looking South to the Cairngorms, the sun lights up the sea

Children and well-behaved dogs are welcome, but please supervise your children and keep dogs on a lead when they are outside as there is a low sea wall between the compound and the cliffs. Our neighbour’s farm has sheep, cattle and sometimes lambs and calves which can be distressed by dogs, and the wildlife and nesting birds can easily be disturbed.

Noss Head Lighthouse is perched high the cliffs and surrounded by sea-stacks
Noss Head Lighthouse is perched high on cliffs and surrounded by sea-stacks

They sold the buildings in the compound in 1987 and for a while the buildings were the centre for the Clan Sinclair. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage was sold again in 2017 and it is now ready for guests.

Noss Head Lighthouse

There is no access to the Lighthouse itself which is managed remotely by the Northern Lighthouse board.

The lamp flashes on and off rather than sweeping round: the successors of Fresnel and the Stevensons are just as passionate about efficiency and effectiveness.  The Fresnel lens from Noss Head is in Wick Heritage Centre.

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