We stayed for four nights in order to explore Hoy and mainland Orkney. The cottages were spotlessly clean and although the decor is dated it only adds to the charm of the place. We stayed in the Assistant Keepers Cottage and although the kitchen is compact it contains absolutely everything you could possibly need! Traci, who manages the cottages,greeted us on arrival and informed us about key aspects of the property and also places we could go on Hoy. She ensured we knew how to contact her should we require, which we didn't, and popped back in at the end of our stay to check everything had been ok.
The cottages have recently been bought over and Traci is moving on at the end of this summer season which is a real shame. We would certainly visit again it is an idyllic place.
We spent three nights here at the end of our our stay in Orkney. A fabulous finale in a spectacular location. One can sit and watch the changing moods of the sea and scan the waters for wildlife with the comfort of the Principal Keeper's cottage a few short steps away. We were blessed with fine weather and the sight of a pod of Orcas amongst many of the usual suspects, including Puffin, Black Guillemot etc. It's a short hop to Lyness and not too long a journey to go and see the Old Man of Hoy. How lucky we were.
Following in the steps of my great great grandfather who was lighthouse keeper here in the 1880's, and my grandmother who was born here, we didn't quite know what to expect. The photos of the cottages on the site aren't brilliant but we knew we were there for the history and the natural beauty of the location.
This is a great place to stay. Spacious and well run, and with breath-taking views across the sea. The cottages are nice and cosy with good facilities. A great location from which to explore Hoy. Thanks so much - we'll be back!
Spectacular doesn't really come close to describing the setting for this place. As you approach along a bumpy track you round the corner to see this beautiful pristine white lighthouse rising above you, with it's little collection of cottages clustered in the walled compound that surrounds it. On the day we arrived the sky was blue, the wind was up, and all around were the sounds of the sea - with South Ronaldsay to the east and the Scottish mainland to the south across the Pentland Firth. This place has wow-factor is spades.
The cottage itself (we were in the principle lighthouse-keeper's cottage) was really nice. Clean and tidy, well-equipped kitchen, good bathroom, comfortable beds, wooden shutters. Yes the decor is a bit dated, but that all adds to the charm. Don't be put off by the rather basic website and old-school email-based booking system - the truth is that this place is an absolute gem - and very very good value for money.
Once it gets dark (pretty late, given how far north we are), you can stand outside and look out across the Pentland Firth to see lighthouses on headlands and islands all around. I think I counted 7 in total. It's really quite magical.
If you want a truly unique holiday let - in the most spectacular surroundings - I struggle to see how you could do much better than this place. Would have been worth it at double the price.
Don't be put off by the
We stayed in the Principle Cottage and it was comfortable, warm and with every home comfort. We felt relaxed immediately.
We felt lucky to be able to watch gannets diving right outside the window while eating our breakfast, added to which we saw a group of three orcas cruising in the bay heading round to Scapa Flow. It took our breath away.
We took a trip to the Old Man of Hoy on the north of the Island, although that was a long treck, it was worth every minute. There are amazing seabird colonies that we saw easily too. There is a beach a short walk away which was popular with our kids.
The owner Marius, lives next door and was kind and helpful. He didn't intrude, so we felt totally alone and secluded. He did let us use his wifi which was great. The cottage has a television but we didn't turn it on all week - we wanted to get away from that!
It rained a bit, but it is Scotland and the clouds were fantastic over the Pentland Firth. We also had some lovely calm days during our week. You can also see round into Scap Flow easily, so the lighthouse cottages are in a really great place, right on the tip of the south of the island.
The Islanders were really very friendly and the Stromabank Hotel is the place to go for a drink.
We stocked up with food on the way over but did visit the general store in Longhope that seems to have everything!
I would advise bringing a car to get around and to be able to see round the island.
In the smaller cottage a woman was using the peace and quiet to write some of her book!
This is going to be our regular annual holiday destination and worth every minute!
We stayed a few days over new year and found the assistants cottage very well appointed, very clean and tidy and perfect for a quiet break. The owner Marius was helpful and friendly and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. If you are hoping to do some of the more touristy things on the island ie the museum's and cafe everything seems to be closed during the winter, opening in March. we still found plenty to do, visiting rackwick, the old man, the dwarfie stane, and Betty Corrigals grave along with numerous walks and looking at some of the countless wartime buildings.
Decent shop on the island, no need to bring much.
Fantastic place to stay and great views.