The Noust ref: UK30407

St. Margaret’s Hope, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Sea View 
  • Romantic Getaways 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Open Plan 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Waterside Breaks 


The Noust really is a unique seaside cottage because its location is almost unbelievable. It sits right on the harbour side, at the end of the harbour wall, arguably the best spot of the harbour. Noust is a Scottish word that means boat-shaped hollow, sometimes with walls, where a boat is hauled up for winter storage. You won’t find any boats in the cottage, but the property has been used for this purpose by fishermen going back hundreds of years. Now it’s just a delightful cottage perfect for a couple. The property is a simple set-up with a kitchen/living/dining room downstairs, which is spacious and comfortable, and on the first floor there is a good sized, double bedroom and shower room.
Situated in St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney’s third largest settlement with 550 residents, after Kirkwall and Stromness, The Noust is only a couple of minutes from the ferry terminal that you will arrive at if crossing from Gills Bay, on the mainland of Scotland. St Margaret’s Hope is on the island of South Ronaldsay and is connected to the mainland of Orkney by the Churchill Barriers, a series of causeways originally built in the 1940s as naval defences to protect Scapa Flow, but now serve as the roadway to other parts of Orkney. The village of St Margaret’s Hope is believed to go back to either the 13th or 11th century, being named after respectively either Margaret Maid of Norway or Saint Margaret of Scotland, the wife of Malcolm III.
Other places to visit in Orkney are the Italian Chapel, which is en-route to Kirkwall, just after the Church Barriers. It was built by the Italian POWs during the Second World War whilst interned in Orkney. Scapa Flow of course is another place to see and explore, learning about its rich history of scuttling ships and naval exercises. Beyond Scapa Flow you will reach Kirkwall and its magnificent 10th century St Magnus Cathedral. It’s a lovely historic town with plenty to see, eat and drink, as well as having ferries to the smaller and northern islands. Only a short drive away towards Stromness are the world-famous Neolithic sites of the Stenness Standing Stones and the Ring of Brodgar. Perfect to be explored at sunrise.
Stomness is a lovely little harbour village well worth visiting, and in the summer you can catch a passenger ferry across to Hoy to explore The Old Man of Hoy and St John’s Head, which is the highest vertical sea cliff in the UK. Stromness is also close to the wild west coast of Orkney that gets bashed by the North Atlantic almost continuously. There are more cliffs and the walking at Yesnaby is world-class. It’s an outdoor and history lovers paradise, and being based at The Noust gives you the perfect bolt hole to plan and rest up in before and after explorations around Orkney. Beach 2 miles. Shop 15 miles, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
Open plan living space.
Living area:
With 32’’ Freeview TV and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
Dining area.
Kitchen area:
With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

First floor

Bedroom: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


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


Courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture (shared with public). On road parking. No smoking. Please note: The sea is 10 yards from the property.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    15 miles
  • Distance
    15 miles
  • Restaurant
    50 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    50 yards
  • Railway station distance
    35 miles
  • Lake
    15 miles

About the local area

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes that will make a lasting impression, from the remote rock-hewn wilderness of far north west Sutherland to the green rolling coastal lands by the Cromarty Firth. Wherever you travel you're surrounded by some of the most outstanding remote natural beauty in Scotland.

The Highlands is not only blessed with wonderful countryside, there are also miles of dramatic coastline, with quiet pristine sandy beaches, picturesque sea lochs and a scattering of pretty coastal villages close to clear turquoise waters. This is a place to really enjoy `The Great Outdoors', with plenty of activities from mountain climbing and white water rafting to gentle family walks and mountain biking for all abilities.

This part of the British Isles is also a great place to see wildlife; unsurprisingly wildlife flourishes in this great wilderness and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about on land and sea - take one of the many boat trips on offer for close encounters with seals, whales and dolphins or simply get out into the glens, hills and forests to see eagles, deer and maybe even the elusive pine martin to name but a few.

For a holiday at a more leisurely pace visit the region's many historical sites, ancient castles, stately homes and fascinating museums, learn about the Highlands rich history and culture, its clans and conflicts, the tragedy of the Highland Clearances and its role in the Jacobite risings.

Summer visitors to the Highlands (mostly July and August) may not want to miss the annual Highland Games, which are held across the Highlands and are a unique spectacle of athletic, dancing and piping events which should not be missed!

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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