The First Officer's Quarters
Rua Reidh Lighthouse, near GairlochGuest Rating
Those who enjoy holiday accommodation which is a little bit different and a little bit special, will certainly find it at Rua Reidh Lighthouse.
|Sleeps: 5||Bedrooms: 3|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
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.
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.
Local Events and Attractions
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.
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.
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
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). 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 and there is no mobile phone signal or WiFi available. For The First Officer’s Quarters, the tariff for 2 persons is based on one bedroom only being made available.
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).
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2||Sleeps 5|
|10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020||£595.00||£650.00|
|31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020||£495.00||£550.00|
|19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020||£750.00||£750.00|
|28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||£750.00||£750.00|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Feb 2021||£495.00||£550.00|
|06 Feb 2021 - 02 Apr 2021||£595.00||£650.00|
|03 Apr 2021 - 23 Apr 2021||£695.00||£750.00|
|24 Apr 2021 - 07 May 2021||£595.00||£650.00|
|08 May 2021 - 21 May 2021||£695.00||£750.00|
|22 May 2021 - 04 Jun 2021||£850.00||£850.00|
|05 Jun 2021 - 25 Jun 2021||£695.00||£750.00|
|26 Jun 2021 - 27 Aug 2021||£850.00||£850.00|
|28 Aug 2021 - 17 Sep 2021||£695.00||£750.00|
|18 Sep 2021 - 08 Oct 2021||£595.00||£650.00|
|09 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021||£695.00||£750.00|
|30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||£495.00||£550.00|
|18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||£850.00||£850.00|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||£850.00||£850.00|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking and where more than one tariff is shown, the number of bedrooms made available may vary. This is allows us to offer larger properties at lower rates for smaller parties. 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.
For The First Officer’s Quarters, the tariff for 2 persons is based on one bedroom only being made available.
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Very enjoyable stay. Thank you.
A very special location and a warm welcome from the hosts made this a memorable week.
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