Ariel view over Cantick Head Lighthouse and the sea beyond on Orkney in Scotland

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Cantick Head Lighthouse

Scotland | 58.78°North
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Built in 1856, Cantick Head Lighthouse was once the home of a Victorian lighthouse keeper’s family. Today its original charm remains intact, perched atop the red sandstone Scottish island of South Walls, Hoy, overlooking the far-reaching sea. A tranquil getaway whose views both stun and calm, the property is home to a comfortable cottage with a private white sandy beach that gives way to Orkney’s stunning landscapes.

The view of Cantick Head Lighthouse from the sea in Orkney in Scotland
A double bedroom at Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages in Orkney, Scotland
A twin bedroom at Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages in Orkney in Scotland
Cantick Head Lighthouse fireplace
The sauna at Cantick Head Lighthouse on Orkney in Scotland
The kitchen at Cantick Head Lighthouse cottages in Orkney, Scotland
Living area around the fireplace at Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages in Orkney, Scotland

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Resting beside the towering lighthouse is a cottage that has been transformed into a quaint yet modern stay. The two-bedroom cottage sleeps 4-5 guests and is entirely self-catering – an ideal situation for independent travellers or those seeking utmost privacy. With added bonuses including a fully-equipped kitchen, living room and warming fireplace, the cottages are also dog friendly – a true home away from home.

Thoughtful, subdued décor includes leather sofas and quilted rugs, telescopes and rocking chairs to make every guest feel like they’ve arrived at an oasis that’s been personally tailored. Browse your eclectic DVD library, wander the expansive property or enjoy a barbequed dinner by your personal firepit and the setting sun – no matter your preference, Cantick Head is sure to meet your expectations.

For those seeking adventure, the property offers kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes for hire. Hit the trails, or enjoy the sea views these incredible surroundings boast. Home to some of the Orkney Islands’ biggest waves, South Walls, Hoy is an ever-changing vista of colour and wildlife that Cantick Head takes full
advantage of with its proximity to the Hill of White Hamars reserve, where wildlife roams freely and the lucky guest may spot nesting seabirds and grey seals. At once immersive and cosy, Cantick Head is sure to dazzle you into planning your return.

"Cantick Head cottage is a magical location with its iconic Victorian lighthouse and stunning sea views, the cottage is now complemented with a traditional Finnish wood-fired hot tub or sauna! The perfect escape.”

Alan Mackinnon | Owner of Cantick Head

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Cantick Head Lighthouse | Orkney | Scotland

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