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  • The lighthouse perched on the cliffs near Kirkabister on the Isle of Bressay, Shetland.
    Lighthouse on the Isle of Bressay, Shetland
  • Looking over the coast from the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, by Kirkcolm, Dumfries & Galloway
    Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Looking over to the cliffs where the Eshaness Lighthouse stands on the coast of Shetland
    Eshaness Lighthouse, Shetland

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.

Browse the listings to plan your break.

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  1. Self Catering Foula


    Self Catering



    Self Catering cottage on the remote Scottish island of Foula.

  2. Bressay Lighthouse Cottages


    Self Catering


    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering


    Lighthouse keepers cottages with amazing views in a peaceful location.

  3. Steading Holiday Cottages


    Self Catering


    • 1-2 Self Catering
    1-2 Self Catering


    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...

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse Keepers Cottage 2 - Orkney.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast


    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.

  6. Gradings


    Welcome to Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Holiday Cottages - Kittiwake House, Puffin House and Lighthouse Keepers Cottage

  7. Rua Reidh Lighthouse


    Guest Accommodation



    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.

  8. The Nestings


    Self Catering



    Welcome to The Nestings 3 Self Catering Apartments overlooking the Marina

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse Keepers Cottage

  10. 4 Girdleness Lighthouse Cottages


    Serviced Apartment


    • 4 Serviced Apartments
    4 Serviced Apartments


    A stay at a lighthouse ... an original period Aberdeen lighthouse property. This is a beautifully furnished and comfortable two bedroom lighthouse cottage inside the historic Aberdeen Girdleness Lighthouse compound.


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