Stay somewhere utterly unique - Stay in a lighthouse!
A keepers Cottage or a luxury lighthouse Bed and Breakfast from a bygone era - stay in a romantic 1912 Stevenson
lighthouse, perched high on a stunning cliff top, with spectacular sea
views and sunsets to make you swoon.
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.
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.
A wonderfully romantic self-catering apartment with outdoor sheltered terrace area which can accommodate up to 5 guests comfortably. 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.
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.
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.
ORCA Double/twin ensuite
GANNET Double ensuite
OTTER & PUFFIN Double/twin with private bathroom
OYSTER CATCHER Double/twin ensuite
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.