Our family of four stayed for three nights in the Principal Lighthousekeeper's Cottage.
The views out over the sea are amazing, the waters from Scapa Flow and the Pentland Firth playing out an endless back-and-forth battle under the cliff. We were really hoping to see lots of wildlife, and weren't disappointed - on our second day we saw two Orcas coming into Scapa Flow in the morning, and others (the same two?) leaving that night. The next morning we saw a pod of harbour porpoises in the sea beneath the lighthouse, and of course there were seals and seabirds galore. The kids really enjoyed watching the wildlife and going beachcombing on the rocky shore nearby (lots of sea urchins to be found!).
The cottage was unbelievably warm and cosy (they certainly knew how to build them back then...), and the kitchen was very well kitted out. Our host (Nadia) was very welcoming, and we all enjoyed the rhubarb crumble left for us on arrival!
The rest of the world felt a million miles away whilst we were on Hoy, and it would be wonderful to go back, for longer next time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You have a choice of two self-catering cottages: our Principal Cottage sleeps 4 people and our Assistant Cottage sleeps 4 people. Short breaks are welcome all year. Pets are welcome. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages Hoy, Orkney Islands