Noss Head, Wick
Self-catering for six people in a newly redecorated Lightkeeper's Cottage in the North of Scotland
- Recently redecorated and well-equipped
- Scottish Mainland
- Exclusive use of Keeper's Cottage
- Explore the far North of Scotland
- Stevenson Lighthouse
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 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.
Please take a 3D tour of the Cottage: take tour here.
The cottage was redecorated and re-eqipped throughout in 2018 and is full of light in the summer and warm and cosy in the winter.
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.
Number of double beds: 1
Number of single beds: 2
Number of sofa beds: 1
Heating / Cooling
Cycling / Mountain Biking
There are ruined castles and historic sites in the area. Visit local whisky and gin distilleries. Take a sea-tour for wildlife and cliffs or walk on our lovely beaches.
How to get there
If you are coming by car, the Sat Nav will find us when you put in our post-code.
We are about 2.5 hours north of Inverness (just over 100 miles). Some people fly to Inverness and hire a car; if you are coming up from London consider coming up by Sleeper train.
You can also fly to Wick John o'Groats Airport and take a taxi or hire are car. Or come all the way up to Wick by train on one of the world's most scenic railway journeys.
About the area
What do you want from a holiday?
If you love Scotland’s wildlife and landscapes you can go on wildlife tours on land or by boat and maybe see dolphins or orca, or visit the bird centre at Forsinard, or just go outside the cottage to see our wonderful sea-birds. There are also farms you can visit for a family day out.
Like visiting stately homes? Go to Dunrobin Castle or visit the Queen Mother’s home at the Castle of Mey. If you prefer ruined castles, explore Castle Sinclair Girnigoe on foot from the cottage or glimpse Keiss Castle across Sinclair Bay. If you like even more ancient sites, go to the Hill o’ Many Stanes and Camster Cairns and be sure to visit our brochs and find out more at the Broch Centre.
If you want to know how people used to live – maybe your family came from here – visit Whaligoe stepsand the heritage centres at Castletown, Thurso and Wick. The Dunbeath Heritage Centre houses the Sinclair Clan library which used to be here at Noss Head.
Food and drink? For Whisky, visit Old Pulteney Distillery in Wick, Wolfburn Distillery in Thurso, or drop into Clynelish or Glenmorangie in Sutherland on your way past. Gin lovers should be sure to visit Rock Rose gin in Dunnet Bay. Caithness has treats for foodies too with Caithness Chocolate, Caithness Summer Fruits (there’ll be a pot of their jam in the cottage for you when you arrive), and fine dining at Ackergill Tower and MacKays in Wick.
Caithness has lots of community events including the Halkirk Highland Games, Thurso Galaand Caithness County Show. There are also art exhibitions throughout the year.
The cottage is managed by Joy who lives locally and stayed at the lighthouse as a child. She will arrange to meet you and will answer any questions you may have and is your first point of contact if you have any problems.
1 Review - Noss Head, Wick
Mark R - Scotland
Our first stay in a lighthouse cottage
We had a lovely short break at Noss Head and will definitely be booking again. The cottage was just what we had hoped for and in a stunning location. Our two dogs loved it and especially their welcome pack!