Noss Head is a working lighthouse on the far north of the Scottish Mainland, much loved by local walkers and visting bird-watchers alike; you can stay in the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage which is one of several buildings in the compound.
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage has three bedrooms and up to six people can stay at any time of year.
Two of the bedrooms can be set up as doubles or twins, and the third bedroom has two 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 also have comfortable parking for two cars outside. The cottage has free wifi, a TV and Freeview. Dogs are welcome at an additional £20 per pet.
Look at our list of amenities to see what’s included.
Change-over days are Mondays and Fridays so you can book a long holiday, just a weekend or a midweek break.
- 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.
What’s the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage like?
The cottage was built about 60 years ago as a separate family home for the Principal Lightkeeper. It’s full of light in the summer and warm and cosy in the winter. The compound is also home to Noss Head lighthouse itself, an engine room, a stable block, our neighbours in the Occasional Keeper’s Cabin next door, and the 19th Century cottage by the Lighthouse.
Pictures of the inside are coming soon, in the meantime this is the floor plan.
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.
The living room and main bedroom have sunny views across the sea towards Elgin and the Cairngorms.
Our favourite seat in the Cottage is at the dining table looking at both views at once.
The cottage has WiFi but, like a lot of remote areas, our broadband is not up to gaming or streaming TV – so we have loads of boardgames and are always adding to our well-stocked library of books and DVDs.
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 and cattle and there is an abundance of local wildlife and visiting birds that can easily be disturbed.
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.
About the 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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