Strathy Point Lighthouse - South Keeper’s Cottage ref: UK30065

Strathy, near Thurso, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering

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  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Sea View 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Lighthouse 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Waterside Breaks 
  • Unique Cottages 

Description

Strathy Point Lighthouse is situated in a dramatic location on the end of a promontory on the stunning north coast of Scotland. South Keeper’s Cottage forms part of the main building and enjoys unbelievable and uninterrupted seascape views westward along the north coast. Overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean, the lighthouse is no longer in use, but the surrounding hills, lochs, cliffs and rocky outcrops provide a wonderful location for walking, sea fishing, wildlife watching and just enjoying the spectacular and ever-changing seascapes that this totally unspoilt, wild and dramatic landscape offers.

South Keeper’s Cottage is all one level and accessed via its own original entrance, which leads into a porch that’s perfect for muddy boots and hanging coats after exploring the clifftops and coves. The living room is beautifully finished with a comfy corner sofa. The large and spacious hallway leads to a corner off which the master bedroom is located. This bedroom has lots of space, is finished to a beautiful standard and enjoys possibly one of the best views a bedroom could ever have along the north coast of Scotland. The hallway continues towards the kitchen/dining room at the far end of the cottage, but before that there’s a spacious twin room and large double room, both spacious and cleverly decorated. The kitchen/dining room is a wonderful space with expertly chosen feature wallpaper really completing this light room with views across the grassy cliffs to the Atlantic Ocean.

The immediate surroundings are a haven for wildlife. Dolphins, whales, porpoises, seals and otters all frequent this shoreline. There are numerous seabirds and wonderful and rare wild flowers in the grassy slopes which have been cropped close by the local sheep. Nature lovers will be spoilt for choice. There is also a colony of puffins at nearby Melvich. The village of Strathy is just 2 miles away where you will find a pub, café and a beautiful sandy beach. The adjoining village of Melvich provides further facilities including a shop and small restaurant. The main coast road forms part of the renowned North Coast 500 route, which passes through some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in the UK. The thriving town of Thurso is just 20 minutes’ drive away with a very good selection of shops, pubs, restaurants and supermarkets. There are numerous places of interest in the vicinity, including historical sites, castles, stunning beaches and a wide variety of sports and pastimes, including kayaking, horse riding, sailing, golf and fishing (sea fishing is free, directly off the rocks down below the lighthouse). Beach 2 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

South Keeper’s Cottage can be booked together with Principal Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage (ref UK5621) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

40 steps to entrance.
All on the ground floor.
Living room: With 32’’ TV and DVD player (no TV reception- DVD use only).
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, wooden floor and door leading to garden.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds (one bed for flexible sleeping arrangements).
Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.
Separate toilet.
Maximum occupancy 5 guests.

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Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.

Miscellaneous

Enclosed courtyard garden (shared with other properties on-site). Natural unspoilt grounds (shared with other properties and public). Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There are unfenced cliffs, grassy slopes and the sea is 50 yards away making this location unsuitable for children under 8 years old.
  • Nearest town
    Thurso
  • Shops
    5 miles
  • Distance
    24 miles
  • Restaurant
    2 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Forsinard
  • Pub
    2 miles
  • Railway station distance
    20.0 miles
  • Lake
    50 yards (beach)

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About the local area

A wealth of sights to see and things to do greet holidaymakers to this area! Within Thurso itself, the Caithness Horizons Museum and Gallery houses a permanent collection that tells the story of Caithness from 416 million years ago to the present day. There is also a temporary exhibition gallery with a changing programme for visitors.
Spectacular beaches can be found all along the coast, including the famous Farr Bay at Bettyhill, 10 miles, and just a short half hour journey away, nature lovers can observe many species of plants and birds amongst the important blanket bog habitat that is Forsinard Flows Nature Reserve. Caithness Wildlife Tours offer another wonderful day out for nature lovers with puffin, birdwatching and wildlife tours available. Heading east from here and a few miles further on lies the coastal village of John O’Groats, the most northerly point of mainland Britain, where you can walk scenic coastal paths and even maybe spot seals, dolphins, and whales. The Stacks of Duncansby, which are massive rock formations, make for an awesome sight, and boat trips are also available to see the nesting birds on the sheer cliff face Duncansby Head. Trips to Orkney can be also arranged as day excursions to the heritage site of Skara Brae, the Churchill Barriers and the Standing Stones of Stenness.
Also worth seeing are the Whalligoe Steps, which can be reached in just over an hour from the property, and which descend down a cliff face to a harbour. Whilst there, why not take in the Cairn of Get, a well preserved chambered cairn? Travelling in the other direction from the property, Durness and Smoo Cave are about a 1½ hours away. This wonderful floodlit cave is set into the limestone and can be explored by boat or by the path from the car park on the cliffs.
Activities to enjoy whilst on holiday include golf, which can be found at Reay, 10 miles, and visiting one of the many Highland shows held throughout the area. For whisky lovers, several distilleries can be found around Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire, including the Glenmorangie Distillery, the Clynelish Distillery, Old Pulteney Distillery, whilst Dunnet Bay Distillery produces premium Scottish gin. These all offer tours where you can learn about production and sample a wee dram!

Things to do nearby

Displays about wildlife, history, geology and the cultural heritage of Assynt. Live pictures of a Herons nest and information on the North West Highlands Geopark. Tel: 01571 844194

Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park
Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park

Great if you love animals, birds and the countryside. Here you can feed the ducks, geese and swans around the ponds or visit the friendly goats, pigs and rare sheep. Tel: 01463 731656

Loch Ewe Distillery

Loch Ewe is the smallest distillery in Scotland reliving the romance of making Uisge Beatha in a case. Learn how to distill whisky using 18th century methods. Tel: 01445 731242

Dingwall Museum

Highland town museum showing history of Dingwall, outstanding military room, re-constructed kitchen and smiddy. Outdoor area and picnic tables. Free entry! Tel: 01349 865366

Brora Heritage Centre

Visitor centre with hands on guides to the rich heritage, archaeology and artefacts of the beautiful village of Brora. Tel: 01349 886606

Boats N Paddles

Safe and memorable outdoor experiences including hill walking, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and gorge walking. Tel: 0333 600 6008

Glen Ord Distillery Visitors Centre and Whisky Shop

Take a tour around the closest distillery to Inverness and have a dram of the Classic Highland Malt. There is also an excellent selection of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland. Tel: 01463 872004

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Dating back to 1400 this castle contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silver and family portraits. Informative falconry displays available every Monday and Saturday. Tel: 01408 633177

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Explore the nature reserve just one mile from Inverness! Take a walk, watch the herons fishing, birdlife on the mudflats and even Roe Deers or the Moray Firth Dolphins!? Tel: 07795 253 727

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Over 600 hectares of reserve home to a whole range of internationally important habitats and animal species.

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