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.
A real 'Get Away From It All' destination Set amidst some of the most spectacular cliff top scenery in the United Kingdom this former home of the world famous author Sharma Krauskopt is the ultimate get away from it all holiday spot.
Stay at Rua Reidh Lighthouse, a unique place in a stunning location. Independent family-run hostel with excellent facilities and great value . Whales, dolphins, otters and sea eagles from the lighthouse wall. Advance booking essential.