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Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 2, North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Ferocious seas and windswept headlands give these remote Lighthousekeepers' Cottages their wonderful romantic feel. It's easy to imagine the kind of shipwrecks, treasure troves, rescues and skilful seamanship of Robert Louis Stevenson's tales while on North Ronaldsay, and indeed the Lighthouse adjacent to the cottages was designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson in 1854. Read More >
Inside you'll find it warm and welcoming with an open fire. The cottage is all on one level and designed to be comfortable and accessible for disabled visitors.

Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and cooker

  • Bathroom with bath only

  • Shared laundry

  • Open fires

  • Oil central heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Fully accessible toilet and shower

For larger groups Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 1 can also be booked.

About North Ronaldsay's Lighthouses
After a tragic shipwreck in 1740, North Ronaldsay was given one of the first four lighthouses in Scotland. The original Old Beacon was built and first lit in 1789, and shone until 1809 when it was considered redundant. After some years however it was decided that the island's perilous rocks did necessitate their own lighthouse. In 1852 Alan Stevenson recommended builder William Kinghorn of Leith to the Lighthouse Commissioners and the soaring red brick tower you see today was erected, the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles.

About the area
Further north than the southern tip of Norway, North Ronaldsay's remoteness has helped to preserve its traditional way of life. The Norn language survived longer here than on any other Orkney isle and you'll find many of the 60 locals have Orcadian surnames that go back for generations. Common grazing on the seashore is still the custom and the local lambs feed off seaweed, giving their meat a rare flavour highly prized by chefs. The vibrant local community (who made the restoration of the Stevenson lighthouse, cottages and Mill possible) will make guests extremely welcome and should your visit coincide with one of the many concerts, dances and social gatherings that take place there, it is not to be missed. Birdwatching tours, island tours and trips up the lighthouse can also be arranged.

Things to do

  • 20 metres away from the cottages, the Lighthousekeeper's Office is a great place to learn about North Ronaldsay's maritime history.

  • Dine out at the bird observatory and join in with the bird log that takes place every night. You might spot arctic terns, redthroats, red-backed shrikes and rosefinches.

  • Felted and knitted crafts are available from the island's mill, where wool from the local sheep is processed.

Getting there
The houses are open all year round. Fifteen minute flight three times a day from Kirkwall operated by Loganair or a 3-hour ferry trip again from Kirkwall operated by Orkney Ferries. The ferry runs on a Friday, and therefore both properties are available Friday to Friday, though short breaks in the winter will be flexible on arrival and departure days.

Please note, during the winter months, guests are advised to fly to the island as opposed to sail as sailings can be disrupted.

Food orders can be taken (please give us two weeks notice) and it will be delivered to your fridge for your arrival. This could include local lamb, as well as general groceries. < Hide

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Mol Mor, Torridon

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 10
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
Mol Mor, part of a converted farm steading at the head of Loch Torridon, provides good-quality basic accommodation for up to ten people. Read More >
Accommodation details:
The three rooms -two four bedded and one two-bedded - are fitted with bunk beds. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a comfortable lounge/dining room with a wood-burning stove and there are also showers and a laundry/bootroom. Services: oil-fired central heating, wood burning stove.
Additional information: Guests need to bring their own sleeping bags, but pillows and slips are provided. Please call 0131 458 0305 for enquiries and bookings.
Price: 20 per person per night, minimum charge per night of 100 for smaller groups of six and under.
About the area:
Torridon offers guests the chance to experience some of Scotland's finest scenery. A magnificent mountainous 16,000-acre estate, owned by the Trust, on the shores of Loch Torridon. Climbers will respond to the challenge of Liathach (3,456ft) and Beinn Alligin (3,232ft), and the nearby Countryside Centre will enhance your enjoyment of this wilderness area, perfect for all countryside pursuits.
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Shinness Lodge, Shinness Lodge

  • Dates available
  • None
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 12
  • 6
  • Dogs allowed
A perfect Highland escape needs a traditional Highland house and Shinness Lodge offers wild northern comfort at its best. Deep armchairs to sink into, roaring fires and a verandah from which to enjoy the clear night stars will help you to create a truly relaxing family break here. Read More >
The house was a much-loved family home and has kept its warm welcoming feel. Shinness's views overlook Loch Shin and wild peatlands lie on the doorstep.

Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys

  • Sleeps 12/14 - 3 doubles, 1 twin and 2 twins with linkable beds (for super king double potential) bedrooms, plus double sofa bed downstairs

  • Spacious living room with log fire

  • Study

  • Laundry room

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen with Aga

  • Library

  • 3 bathrooms (2 with bath and shower and 1 with bath only)

  • 2 Shower rooms

  • Verandah for outdoor eating

A cook and extra housekeeping can be arranged on request.
Please note that we are unable to show available dates via the website. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 or via e-mail holidays@nts.org.uk to check availability.

...Our guests said...
"House was perfect for our family from the 61 year old to the 3 year old. We could not have asked for anything better."
"Even with a group of 12 we never felt crowded. Very homey and comfortable."

About the area
Lairg is the closest town for amenities and stocking up, but the true beauty of this area is its unspoilt countryside, made up of peatlands, golden beaches and hill lochs full of wild brown trout.

Things to do

  • Take a drive down to Dornoch, a 17th century town famous not only for its dusky pink buildings and championship golf course but as the site of the last woman to be burned as a witch in Scotland, and for Madonna's lavish wedding in 2000.

  • For the energetic, Lairg is the starting point for miles of forest walks and mountain bike trails.

  • The nearby Falls of Shin are famous in the summertime for their salmon leaping. Swimming against the torrent of water the salmon have to clear a jump of several feet with their powerful tails.

Getting there
Shinness Lodge lies off the A838 that runs alongside Loch Shin.
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