Rua Reidh Lighthouse First Officer's Quarters

Rua Reidh Lighthouse First Officer's Quarters

Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland
from £345.00
per Week
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“A spectacular 1912 Stevenson lighthouse offers an adjoining romantic keepers cottage with stunning cliff top sea views, bracing fresh air, total relaxation and an array of wildlife on your doorstep.”
Sleeps: 5    Bedrooms: 3
Dog Friendly
Drying Room
DVD player
Family Friendly
Garden
Hairdryer
Highchair
Microwave
Open Fire/Woodburner
Sea views
TV Freeview/Freesat

Cool Features

  • Stay in an original Stevenson lighthouse keepers cottage, a grade B listed historic building.
  • Phenomenal wildlife with whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters, seals, sea eagles and thousands of seabirds all regularly seen from your cottage.
  • The lighthouse has a private wildlife hide for the use of guests.
  • Cosy wood burning stove (there is also oil central heating) with 1 basket of logs provided on arrival. Extra logs are available for a surcharge on request.
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Cool Features
Good To Know

Good To Know

  • Due to the cliff top location children First Officer's Quarters can only welcome children aged 6 and over.
  • Weekly bookings (Saturday changeover) on a self-catering basis sleeping up to five in three bedrooms.
  • A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 2 medium or 2 small).
  • The perfect digital detox - please kindly note there is no mobile phone signal or WiFi available.
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Eating

  • Delicious guest meals can be provided on request with a set meal time of 7pm. Please arrange with the owners of the lighthouse in advance of arrival. Vegetarians are also catered for on request. 
  • For an evening out head to Gairloch (approx 12 miles) where there are several eateries.
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Highlights

Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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.
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A spectacular 1912 Stevenson lighthouse offers an adjoining romantic keepers cottage with stunning cliff top sea views, bracing fresh air, total relaxation and an array of wildlife on your doorstep.

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 First Officer's Quarters, the Rua Reidh lighthouse keepers cottage. 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. Weekly stays only.

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.

Rua Reidh Lighthouse operates as a unique bed and breakfast and to the west of the building is the First Officer's Quarters, a wonderfully romantic self-catering apartment with outdoor sheltered terrace area which can accommodate up to 5 guests comfortably.

A long corridor runs the length of the lighthouse wing where the apartment is situated and the rooms all open off from this. All on one level the cosy sitting room has comfortable seating around a wood burning stove. The dining kitchen is fresh and modern and there are three bedrooms, a double, a twin and a single room. The double bedroom has a king-size bed with en suite shower room. A further shower room completes the indoor accommodation.

There is a terrace outside the apartment and another more sheltered area within the central courtyard. The views from the lighthouse to the Isle of Skye, the Shiant Isles and the Western Isles are outstanding. There are clifftop walks and beaches to explore and fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities with whales, dolphins, otters and eagles all regularly seen from the lighthouse wall.

Guests of First Officer's Quarters are welcome to book an evening meal at the lighthouse for dinner by prior arrangement with the hosts. 

Offering the perfect digital detox

You can relax undisturbed from modern day life (there's no mobile phone signal, wi-fi). 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.

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.

Stunning Scenery

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 opening to the public four days per year; 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.

First Officer's Quarters offers a unique holiday stay with a difference - nature at it's best, wildlife and dramatic scenery in one of Scotland's most dramatic locations.

RATES

27 Oct 2018 - 19 Dec 2018

£345.00

20 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018

£525.00

28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019

£695.00

06 Jan 2019 - 08 Feb 2019

£345.00

09 Feb 2019 - 05 Apr 2019

£425.00

06 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019

£525.00

27 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019

£425.00

11 May 2019 - 24 May 2019

£525.00

25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019

£625.00

01 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019

£525.00

29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019

£625.00

31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019

£525.00

21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019

£425.00

12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019

£525.00

02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019

£345.00

20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

£525.00

28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020

£695.00

06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021

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06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022

POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let your hosts know so they can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.

 

GUEST COMMENTS

"A truly unique and memorable place to stay, Rua Reidh Lighthouse is a holiday to remember. Clean, warm, well equipped and spacious, the First Officers Quarters are good for a couple or a family. The owners are extremely helpful and dog friendly. The bed, towel and treats for our puppy were much appreciated. Stunning area for walks and wildlife and on a clear night the stars are amazing. Highly recommended" 

"Really enjoyed our stay and the hosts were very welcoming, comfortable and warm and it was great to have the dog with us who was made very welcome."

"Very welcoming, warm and comfortable. Quiet and peaceful."

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