The First Officer's Quarters

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Those who enjoy holiday accommodation which is a little bit different and a little bit special, will certainly find it at Rua Reidh Lighthouse.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
Overview

Built in 1910 by David Alan Stevenson, it has a truly spectacular situation on the headland, about 12 miles north of Gairloch in the north west of Scotland.

It is reached by an equally spectacular single-track road across the cliff tops, with amazing sea views. This becomes the private lighthouse road after you leave the tiny hamlet of Melvaig and there are then no further houses for 3 miles until you suddenly come upon the lighthouse below you. It really is the most dramatic approach!

The light is now fully automated, so guests have the opportunity to stay in what were once the First Officer's Quarters, a ground floor apartment now fully refurbished to make a comfortable holiday home. The owners stay on site and run guest accommodation from the rest of the building (evening meals available to guests). The lighthouse has a private wildlife hide for the use of guests.

A long corridor runs the length of the lighthouse wing where the apartment is situated and the rooms all open off this. All on one level the cosy sitting room has comfortable seating around the wood burning stove. The dining kitchen is smart and modern and there are three bedrooms, a double, a twin and a single room. The double bedroom has a king-size bed and a handy en suite shower room. A further shower room completes the indoor accommodation. Evening meals are available on request.

The dramatic rocky shoreline is just over the low wall which surrounds the complex. There is a terrace outside the apartment where it is possible to sit out and another more sheltered area within the central courtyard. The views from the lighthouse to the Isle of Skye, the Shiant Isles and the Western Isles are outstanding. There are clifftop walks and beaches to explore and fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities with whales, dolphins, otters and eagles all regularly seen from the lighthouse wall.

Please note: Due to weight and width restrictions on the approach to the property it is only accessible by car. Because of the location of the apartment, it is not recommended for children under 6.

Map & Local

The big attraction of this property is its peace and solitude, remoteness and the array of local wildlife.

This is the best place in Europe for whale and dolphin watching and the owners carry out a daily 'Shorewatch' survey for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity.

For practical needs Gairloch itself is a popular holiday destination that is only half an hour's drive away and offers shops, a hotel, restaurants, a golf course, pony trekking and boat trips. On the way, you pass sandy beaches (one aptly named Big Sand) and from the village you can tour to north and south.

Munro baggers can climb Slioch or An Teallach and a trip up to the little fishing port of Ullapool, with more tempting mountains just beyond, is another possibility.

While you are there, do not fail to visit the famous subtropical gardens at Inverewe. Back along the road to the south west, along Loch Maree, is the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve (just in case you feel like looking for even more wildlife!) where you are just about at the junction which leads off to Torridon. Even if you don’t want to tackle some of the legendary mountains there, it is a wonderful drive all the way up to Diabaig (if you are feeling really energetic you could then walk round the cliffs to Redpoint and go home that way.

Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.

Facilities

Accommodation

Single Storey

Sitting room with wood burning stove and TV/DVD.
Dining kitchen with gas hob and electric oven, fridge-freezer and microwave etc.
Double (king size) bedroom with en suite shower room with shower, WC and wash basin.
Twin bedroom with wash basin.
Single bedroom.
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Free
Linen (Single Bed)
Free
Sets of towels
Free

Available Extras

Pet
£20.00

Services

Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) and wood burning stove (1 basket of logs INCLUDED, extra logs available onsite). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking. Please note: Because of the location of the apartment, it is not recommended for children under 6.

Availability

Availability

The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available
2016
Price

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

  • 2 Week Discount (£25)
  • Save 15% - Christmas 2016 From 19/12/2016 to 27/12/2016
  • Save 10% - New Year! From 27/12/2016 to 03/01/2017

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 5
29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016 £345.00
20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016 £525.00
28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017 £695.00
05 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017 £365.00
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017 £450.00
18 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017 £365.00
04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017 £450.00
08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017 £550.00
22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017 £450.00
06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017 £550.00
27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017 £650.00
03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 £550.00
01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017 £650.00
02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017 £550.00
23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017 £450.00
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017 £550.00
28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 £365.00
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017 £650.00
28 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018 £695.00
06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 POA
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.

Reviews

Reviews
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Excellent
28-Oct-2016

Loved staying here. Would highly recommend.

Excellent
13-Oct-2016

Excellent

Excellent
15-Sep-2016

Very friendly welcome, very clean and well equipped. Nice owners and atmosphere

Excellent
16-Aug-2016

very clean, well equipped, very friendly...one of the best places...we will return

Good
28-Jul-2016

would have liked more information on access to the cottage as it is not for elderly or disabled thus we had to leave aft...

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