Tasked with guiding ships at sea past rocky shoals and hazardous coastlines, lighthouses in Scotland now a secondary role as a great place to stay. Experience the thrill of spending the night at a working lighthouse on some of the country’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring stretches of coastline.
Once beacons of safety or landmarks for sailors returning home, lighthouses have dominated rocky headlands, cliffs and outcrops around the world for the centuries. Manned by a single keeper who kept the lamps burning bright, most of Scotland’s lighthouses are now automated making manpower redundant.
As new technology keeps vessels safe at sea, the lighthouse buildings themselves have found a new use as hotels, hostels and self-catering accommodation. Where the keeper and his family would have lived in the shadow of the white-washed tower, you’ll find comfortable cottages refurbished with everything you’ll need for your break along some of Scotland's most remote and spectacular coastlines.
Many are very child friendly, with inner courtyards and fenced areas for optimum safety while your children play. What child could resist the magic of staying in a real working lighthouse? Not only that, most accommodation has on its doorstep, or within easy reach ofn it, miles of sandy beaches for kite-flying and sand castle making.
Given their position high on cliff tops, some lighthouses are in fact in the middle of RSPB reserves and an ideal spot for bird lovers. With puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and gulls nesting in the craggy cliff faces, your stay will be memorable one for more than one reason.
Offering superb sea views of the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man, this B&B is the ultimate rural retreat and a ideal base for walking, cycling, bird and wildlife watching, sea fishing/rock fishing, walk to the beaches.
Traditional Scottish Holiday Cottages, set in one of the most beautiful and stunning parts of the country. From the sea, to the castles; from the islands, to the mountains, there is so much to explore...
Stay at a real,working lighthouse; unique accommodation in a stunning location. Choose from our comfortable guesthouse or our cosy self-catering apartment. Whales, dolphins, otters and sea eagles from the lighthouse wall. Minimum booking 2 nights.
You have a unique opportunity to stay in an original 1833 lighthouse property. This is a beautifully furnished 3 bedroom lighthouse cottage inside the Aberdeen Girdleness Lighthouse compound. Golf links in walking distance and only 2 miles to Aberdee