Cantick Head Lighthouse
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Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage – steal away from civilisation, to an historic haven with dramatic sea views out towards the Pentland Firth
Perched on top of a 115-foot cliff, on the red sandstone Scottish island of South Walls, Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage is remote enough to make you feel as though you’ve been magically spirited away from everyday life.
Adjacent to the historic lighthouse tower itself, the cosy cottage sleeps four guests in two bedrooms; ideal for a true ‘get away from it all’ break for a small family or a group of close friends – including their well-behaved dogs.
Once the home of a Victorian lighthouse keeper (the lighthouse was built in 1856), you can expect timeless comfort in instantly charming surroundings. Everything you need for a relaxing break is here, including a well-equipped kitchen, a family bathroom, and a snug lounge that comes complete with a warming fireplace.
Oh, and if you can’t tear yourselves away from those mod cons, you’ll find there’s WiFi (vital for updating your Instagram account with magnificent sea views), a TV, and a gym for ensuring that essential workout routine doesn’t suffer while you’re away!
Better still, if you enjoy far-reaching sea views, you’re in for a genuine treat. Most of the rooms boast incredible scenery, and as you’re on top of a high cliff, those dramatic views will seem as though they stretch out forever.
Watch the huge, rolling waves as they lead your gaze out towards the Pentland Firth, or across the hills of Hoy – the highest you’ll see on the Orkney Islands. Watching that incredible, ever-changing vista is likely to become completely addictive, whether you’re taking in the sunrise with your morning coffee, or gathering together for sunset tipples.
Yet if you’re not one for staying in, you won’t have to! Light the firepit by evening for a sizzling al fresco supper cooked on the barbecue, while by day you can get up close and personal with those waves, with kayaks and paddle boards available to hire.
You can also hire a bike (or bring your own) and explore the surrounding area. Head for the Hill of White Hamars wildlife reserve for some incredible opportunities to spot nesting seabirds and grey seals, along with some gorgeous wildflowers during the summer months!
Wander towards Hoy if you’re more of a rambler, where you’ll spot the iconic Old Man (a 449-foot red sandstone sea stack that’s very popular with climbers) and immerse yourselves in famed Orkney myths and legends whilst spotting endless bird varieties.
Of course, you could simply stretch out on the sandy beach with a book, or head into nearby Longhope for some holiday supplies before heading back to the comfort of your lighthouse cottage. Simply and refreshingly, the choice is entirely yours.
Check in after 3pm, check out before 10am.