Rua Reidh Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast
Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland
- Stay in an original Stevenson lighthouse for a unique Bed and Breakfast experience.
- The lighthouse has a private wildlife hide for the use of guests.
- Phenomenal wildlife with whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters, seals, sea eagles and thousands of seabirds all regularly seen fromthe lighthouse.
- Rua Reidh has a comfortable guest lounge with plenty of books to read. Guests are welcome to use the lounge and conservatory at all times during their stay.
- Unlimited complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate, herbal tea and home-made shortbread is available at all times in the conservatory for guests.
Good To Know
- Please kindly note Rua Reidh is adults-only.
- The perfect digital detox - please kindly note there is no mobile phone signal or WiFi available.
- The Lighthouse is not licenced however you are very welcome to bring your own wine if choosing to dine in.
- Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Rua Reidh and are permited to sleep in your room. A small pet supplement is applicable at time of booking.
- Book an Informal two-course evening meal of delicious home cooking, a set booking for 7pm. A daily set menu of a hearty main course served with salad or vegetables and locally-made speciality bread, followed by an indulgent home-made dessert.
- A breakfast buffet is full of home-made and locally sourced items and includes fresh bread baked overnight, Highland cheeses and cured meats, fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, porridge and eggs.
- For an evening out head to Gairloch (approx 12 miles) where there are several eateries.
- Walk along the cliffs to the stunning beach at Camus Mor, explore the lochans and ancient woodland at Loch an Draing and return over the moorland - teeming with wildlife and offering stunning views.
- Explore the rockpools and the tiny bays and crags immediately around the lighthouse, or look out from our hide or the lighthouse wall to spot otters, seals, eagles, whales, dolphins, porpoises and hundreds of seabirds.
- Take a boat trip or guided wildlife walk with Hebridean Whale Cruises (Minch & Shiant Isles) on a fast RIB, Gairloch Marine Wildlife Cruises on Loch Gairloch, Shellfish Safaris, a working creel boat or head out on a with Walking and Wildlife Adventures for guided wildlife walks.
- Driving south out of Gairloch, after a couple of miles you come to a road on the right taking you to the area known locally as the ‘overside'. This road passes through the scenic village of Badachro and on down to the wonderful beaches at Redpoint with spectacular views over to the Isle of Skye. At Badachro you can stop for a drink at the Badachro Inn with lovely views over the bay, or take a trip on a real working creel boat with a local fisherman.
Bed and Breakfast from a bygone era in a romantic 1912 Stevenson lighthouse - perched high on a stunning cliff top with spectacular sea views and sunsets to make you swoon.
A Stevenson Lighthouse
Built in 1912 by David A Stevenson, Rua Reidh Lighthouse, near Gairloch in Wester Ross stands at the entrance to Loch Ewe.
Rua Reidh translates to 'smooth point' in Gaelic and is inspired by the rock formations that occur around the headland where the rock slabs run down into the sea. It is one of the most dramatic and remote locations on the north-west coast of Scotland, with breath-taking views across the Minch to the Isle of Skye, the Shiant Isles and the Outer Hebrides.
Stay somewhere utterly unique
Where better to slow down, reconnect with each other and take in the majesty of the landscape than Rua Reidh lighthouse. Nature lovers seeking peace and tranquillity, plentiful walking opportunities and abundant wildlife can immerse themselves in a completely different rhythm of life for a very special stay. Stays for a minumum of two nights.
This beautiful historic and isolated Grade B listed building is at the end of a three-mile private access track with no light pollution and just the distant glimmer of lights from the Outer Hebrides on a clear night.
5 Beautifully appointed guest rooms with stunning sea views are available to book individually on a bed and breakfast basis with evening meals available for guests on request. To the west of the building, is the First Officer's Quarters a romantic self-catering apartment, which can be booked separately and accommodates up to 5.
Offering the perfect digital detox
You can relax undisturbed from modern day life (there's no mobile phone signal, wi-fi or TV's) and the owners have provided a super comfy guests lounge and conservatory for quiet reading, drawing and conversation and the lighthouse even has a private wildlife hide which offers a rare chance to observe the many seabirds and local wildlife in their natural habitat.
The wildlife around the lighthouse is phenomenal, with whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters, seals, sea eagles and thousands of seabirds all regularly seen. There are blissful walking opportunities from the lighthouse along spectacular cliffs and deserted beaches. Catch a glimpse of the Milky Way, a shooting star or on clear nights you may even spot the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the crisp autumn and winter dark skies.
The dramatic rocky shoreline is just over the low wall which surrounds the lighthouse perimeter and the views from the lighthouse to the Isle of Skye, the Shiant Isles and the Western Isles are simply stunning.
Declared one of the best places in Europe for whale and dolphin watching you can take one of various boat trips locally to observe orcas, whales on their annual migration paths and coastal birdlife up close. The owners carry out a daily 'Shorewatch' survey for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity and are always happy to share their knowledge with guests interested in the area.
Gairloch is approximately a half hour's drive from your accommodation and offers shops, a hotel, restaurants, a golf course, pony trekking and various boat trips. Allow time to photograph the scenery and stop off at the local sandy beaches. Munro baggers can climb Slioch or An Teallach and a trip up to the little fishing port of Ullapool and the more challenging mountains beyond.
You'll be spoiled for choice to fill your days. Visit the spectacular gardens at Inverewe or the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve. Journey to the Assynt visitor centre or stop off at the Dundonnell House which has a wonderful garden which is open to the public for four days anually ; if you happen to be lucky enough to be there on an open day it is well worth a visit. Travel over the high plateau known as the ‘fain' until you reach Braemore Junction where you can stop to view the spectacular Corrishalloch Gorge. An impressive waterfall plunges nearly 50m into the gorge and you can view it from a suspension bridge or viewing platform.
At Slattadale by the edge of Loch Maree, you can visit the famous Victoria Falls. When Queen Victoria herself visited, the rivers above the falls were diverted to ensure that the waterfall would be spectacular enough for Her Majesty. Six miles north of Gairloch is Loch Ewe, famous as the base for the Arctic Convoys in World War 2. You can see WW2 remains around the loch, the memorial at Cove and visit the Arctic Convoy exhibition at Aultbea.
Visit Poolewe and there is also the famous garden at Inverewe which always has something in bloom. The main house is open to the public. Head to Mellon Charles and you will find Scotland's only working perfumery, the Perfume Studio and cafe.
UNIQUE ROOM SELECTION
ORCA Double/twin ensuite
First floor with stunning sea views towards the Outer Hebrides. The Orca and Gannet rooms have the best views in the house. Sleeps 2 in a super-kingsize double. The bed can be split to two singles if preferred. The bathroom is directly connected to the bedroom.
First floor with stunning sea views towards the Outer Hebrides. The Orca and Gannet rooms have the best views in the house. Sleeps 2 in a super-kingsize double. The bathroom is directly connected to the bedroom.
OTTER & PUFFIN Double/twin with private bathroom
First floor with a beautiful outlook across the cliffs and a side sea view to Skye, Raasay and Rona.Otter sleeps 2 in a super-kingsize double or twin, with a separate private bathroom across the landing. Puffin sleeps 2 in a twin and shares the bathroom with Otter. The rooms are suitable for four people travelling together. If you are just two people booking the Otter & Puffin rooms, you can choose between a double, twin or two single rooms.
A comfortable ground floor room looking onto the courtyard, with a glimpse of the sea beyond. Sleeps 2 in a super-kingsize double. The bed can be split to two singles if required. The bathroom is directly connected to the bedroom.
Prices start at £45 per person night including breakfast, depending on the date, occupancy and length of stay (2 nights minimum stay) in Otter and Puffin and from £55 in the Orca, Gannet or Oystercatcher rooms.