Coastline and Islands

For many of our guests, a holiday just isn't complete without the sea. If you are among them, this selection offers you a choice of delightful properties where the ocean is on your doorstep. Step out of Port Donnel Cottage on to your very own beach on the Solway Firth; experience a traditional way of life in Beaton's Croft House in the north of the Isle of Skye; or enjoy fabulous sea views at Craggan Cottage and Ferry Cottage at Balmacara.

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Halliman Skerry, Covesea Lighthouse

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
The Lighthouse accommodation at Covesea is under the ownership of Covesea Lighthouse Community Company Ltd. Halliman Skerry is a single-storey property in the Covesea Skerries lighthouse complex and is situated in the courtyard below the lighthouse tower. As the entire complex is fully enclosed, this accommodation is great for families with young children who wish to spend a special holiday by the sea.
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The lighthouse complex is situated on the mainland, just opposite the Halliman Skerries which are a reef of rocks that are covered at high tide. Visitors can also enjoy two superb beaches nearby. One, West Bay, stretches for three miles to the west, beyond the headland housing Covesea Lighthouse.

 

Accommodation details:

 

Sleeps 4/6. Accommodation comprises: sitting room; kitchen with dining room off; 2 twin bedrooms and 1 bedroom with bunk beds (can sleep adults); and bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. Services: electric central heating. EPC Rating: G14

 

Additional information:

 

Parking is available beside the accommodation.

 

If you are interested in a larger group/ family booking, additional accommodation is available at Covesea Skerry. The neighbouring cottage accommodates 4 guests.

 

About the property:

 

The Covesea Skerries form a group of small islands and rocks that lie off the Moray coast, 3 miles west of Lossiemouth and 1 mile west of Covesea.

 

Following the loss of 16 ships during a storm in the Moray Firth in November 1826, many applications were made for lighthouses to be established at Tarbat Ness (near Portmahomack on the Dornoch Firth) and Covesea Skerries to mark the wide entrance to the Firth and its confusing series of inlets.

 

Following a lengthy process, approval was finally received for the building of the lighthouse on Craighead and a beacon on the dangerous Halliman's Scars. Robert Stevenson's son, Alan, designed the new Covesea Skerries lighthouse and beacon. The iron beacon was completed in 1845 and the new lighthouse followed in 1846. Egyptian influences can be seen in the entrance to the tower, the chimneys of the cottages and the arches at the top of the lighthouse tower beneath the balcony.

 

Covesea Lighthouse was manned until 1984 when automation meant that the keepers were no longer required and the switching on and off of the lamp could be done remotely from the Northern Lighthouse Board headquarters in Edinburgh. With the advent of new technology, the addition of a North Cardinal Buoy next to the Halliman Skerries allowed the lamp to be switched off in 2012.

 

Covesea Lighthouse is open for pre-booked guided tours. For opening times and and bookings please contact info@covesealighthouse.co.uk or telephone 01343 810 664. Whilst groups will be welcome, access to the tower is limited to 8 people at a time.

 

About the area:

 

The coastal town of Lossiemouth is just over a mile away and can be reached by walking along the lovely beach. It offers the visitor a range of facilities including sea angling, stunning unspoilt beaches and wildlife , an excellent range of shopping and quality restaurants and cafes, all making the most of the plentiful supply of fresh seafood. The Silver Sands Holiday Park is just 5 minutes' walk from the lighthouse and here you will find a shop, cafe, bar and a play area for children. Lossiemouth also offers visitors a range of golfing opportunities with its two 18-hole golf courses. < Hide

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Lydia Cottage, Cromarty

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
This traditional Cromarty cottage was built around 1911 on the site of Cromarty's former fire station. Fully refurbished with modern creature comforts it provides a spacious base for two people to explore the wildlife and history at the heart of this Black Isle town.
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The cottage lies in Cromarty's Fishertown area, once populated by herring fishers and close enough to hear the waves lapping against the shores of the Cromarty Firth. An enclosed garden with a picnic table is perfect for summer barbeques.

 

Accommodation details



  • 2 storeys - detached cottage


  • Sleeps 2 - 1 twin bedroom


  • Sitting room


  • Kitchen with dining area


  • Shower room with double shower


  • Open fire


  • Electric storage heaters and electric immersion heater


  • Parking available at eastern gable end of cottage - not reserved but usually available


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: D64


  • The first floor is accessed by a spiral staircase and is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues




 

About the area

Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.

 

Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".

 

Things to do



  • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.


  • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.


  • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.




 

Getting there

Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty. < Hide

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Paye House, Cromarty

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
18th-century Paye House lies at the heart of Cromarty's historic conservation area, surrounded by cobbled lanes and listed buildings. Its first recorded owner was the keeper of the County Gaol who also ran an alehouse. In later years it served as one of the town's hubs as a general store, a doctors' surgery, a chip shop and a depot for antique toys.
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Enjoy the Cromarty sunsets from the garden patio, make the most of the area's fine local ingredients on the kitchen's Rayburn and come home to a roaring open fire after walks around town.

 

Accommodation details



  • 2 storeys


  • Sleeps 6 - 2 doubles, 1 twin


  • Sitting room with open fire


  • Kitchen


  • Dining room/study area


  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath


  • WC with wash basin


  • Garden with patio


  • Oil fired central heating


  • Free parking on Church Street, around the corner


  • EPC Rating: G20




 

About the area

Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.

 

Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".

 

Things to do



  • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.


  • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.


  • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.




 

Getting there

Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty.

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