More about the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage

The cottage is in the Lighthouse compound at Noss Head. It  was built about 60 years ago as a family home for the Principal Lightkeeper.  The compound includes Noss Head lighthouse itself, a 19th Century cottage for the other Lightkeepers, the Engine room and a stable block.

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

The cottage sleeps six in two bedrooms which can be set up as doubles or twins, and a third room which 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, a living room with a TV with Freeview channels. There is one bathroom with a toilet, bath and shower, and comfortable parking for two cars outside.

Look at our checklist for a full list of what’s included.

Change over days are Mondays and Fridays and are flexible, so you can book a long holiday, just a weekend or a midweek break.

  • 2018 prices for a week range from £359 to £719 – this includes a 10% early booking discount
  • 2019 prices for a week range from £399 to £799

Dogs are welcome at an additional £20 per pet.

Our bookings calendar calculates prices and applies your discount automatically, so what you see is what you will pay.

What’s the Cottage like?

Pictures of the inside are coming soon, in the meantime you can see that the cottage is laid out on one floor.

Floor plan of the Lightkeeper's Cottage
Floor plan of the Lightkeeper’s Cottage

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 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.

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

The cottage has WiFi but it’s not great (about 1Mb/s download) so it’s not up to gaming or streaming TV – but we have loads of board-games and are always adding to our well-stocked library of DVDs.

Children and well behaved dogs are very welcome, but you must supervise your children and keep dogs on a lead when they are outside.  We are near open water, cliffs and farm animals so this is for their own safety and to stop them upsetting our neighbour’s animals or disturbing our amazing wildlife.

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

The Light is managed remotely by the Northern Lighthouse board who 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 will be ready for our first guests in late summer 2018.

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