Getting here

We may be far away, but we are surprisingly easy to get to!

Noss Head is one of the few lighthouses you can visit without a car (Wick Airport is just 5 miles away by car or on foot). If you are a cyclist,  you can bring your bike on the train to Wick. From London, you can take the sleeper up to Inverness and come on to Wick by train or car.

We have ample parking if you come here by car:  click here for directions.

By car or bike on the North Coast 500:

We are three miles from the North Coast 500, Scotland’s new scenic route “full of fairy-tale castles, beaches and ruins” — and lighthouses!  Click here for directions.

By air to Wick or Inverness:

Fly weekdays or Sundays to Wick from Edinburgh and Aberdeen; flights fill up fast so be sure to book ahead. Remember to book a taxi or hire a car.

Or take a direct flight to Inverness airport from London or one of several English regional airports, then hire a car or take the Far North Line up to Wick.

Wick Airport
Wick Airport

By train:

The Caledonian Sleeper from London is our favourite way to travel – leave London in the evening and wake up for breakfast in Inverness. 

Or travel to Inverness from Edinburgh or Glasgow and continue on the  Far North Line on one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world.

You can also can hire a car in Inverness and enjoy the eastern section of the North Coast 500. 

By ferry:

If you are travelling from Orkney, come via Pentland Ferries (or “Banks’ Boat” for the family who run the service) and take a few days to to explore Caithness and Sutherland from Noss Head.

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Noss Head may be a long way, but we are surprisingly simple to get to!
Noss Head may be a long way, but we are surprisingly simple to get to!

Directions by car or bike:

Our post-code is KW1 4QT.

Driving North on the A99 through Wick: turn right at the first roundabout (towards the harbour) and left at the second roundabout (over the bridge). Turn right at the first T-junction, right again at the second T-junction, then go through Papigoe and Staxigoe. Follow the sign for Noss Head, turning right at the old cross-roads behind the airport and driving on up to the Lighthouse. Please shut the first gate behind you.

Driving South on the A882 from Thurso: turn left at the first cross roads onto “Bankhead” and go past Wick Railway station. Go straight over the roundabout towards the harbour and follow the directions above. If you miss the first crossroads, take the next left onto the A99 going north and follow the directions above.

Driving South on the A99 through Wick:  go past Tesco and look for signs pointing left for Papigoe and Staxigoe. Follow the signs for Papigoe, Staxigoe and Noss through residential Wick and pass through the villages of Papigoe and Staxigoe. Turn left at the sign for Noss Head, turn right at the old cross-roads behind the airport, then drive on up to the Lighthouse. Please shut the first gate behind you. If you miss the signs on the main road, turn left at the roundabout for the harbour, and follow the signs above.

Driving away from Noss Head, it’s best to use your sat nav – you can get quite lost in Wick!