Sea Shore Cottage
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This fully equipped, semi-detached, foreshore cottage has unforgettably close sea views. All the main windows look across Sinclair Bay towards Orkney and the Pentland Skerries lighthouse and as the tide comes in across the sheltered bay, you could be watching a living oil painting of ocean surf.
Downstairs Sea Shore Cottage has an open plan living room and kitchen. Upstairs both bedrooms overlook the sea to the north with a view of the two mile long open access sandy beach at Reiss visible just beyond the restored castle owned by a millionaire. Just one field (sometimes with cows) between you. (See the Ackergill Tower website to see how the 1% live! At about £1,000 per night!)
Sea Shore Cottage now has WiFi and If needed, an ink-jet printer/photocopier/scanner can be rented at low cost.
We appreciate how difficult it is for renal patients to find a holiday destination: if you are on dialysis, please contact us as we are able to put you in touch with suitable facilities.
Caithness might seem far north but is still south of all of Norway and is well worth the 100 miles, two hour scenic seaside journey up from Inverness. Being on the East coast, midges are virtually never a problem; yet, facing west, the view from the living room of the sun setting over the castle, with every wave of a high tide being tinged with pink has to be seen to be believed.
lf you love the sea and tranquillity this is the place for you to sit and unwind or to go for car free and carefree shoreline walks. At high tide, with only the sea and the surf visible through the windows, you could even be at sea without the seasickness. Orcas are regularly visible, seabirds and seals abound. Guests even sometimes see our shy sea otters.
If you have a dog who needs walking Ackergill Haven is ideal as it lies a the end of a mile long no through road down from the main A99 to the handful of houses and the small harbour. So there is no through traffic whatsoever. Walks along the coast in either direction are totally car free.
For those who enjoy eating out there are in Wick several excellent local hotels and even a gourmet French Restaurant. Don't miss the Guinness book of records "Shortest street in the world" at Mackays friendly hotel (Give my greeting to Murray). Wick regularly hosts a sea boat/harbour festival and sometimes has fly-ins for light aircraft.
Further afield in Scrabster (20 miles) both the Upper Deck and the distinctively ethical Captain's Galley ("Which" Best Fish Restaurant in the UK: 2008) are highly recommended - The Castle of Mey and the ruined Castle Sinclair Girnigoe are well worth visits, while the hinterland is a major bird sanctuary. Thurso has a world class surfing beach.
Sea Shore Cottage is virtually a total re-build of what used to be the Boathouse Annexe of next-door Sea Otter Cottage (also available to rent), and is now a completely self-contained dwelling. It was only ready for occupancy in July 2013 so do check what introductory offers and discounts might be available.
We welcome you to come and enjoy the first year in our newly renovated cottage. We guarantee that you are unlikely to be disappointed. Several guests plan to return as soon as they can. Their comments can be seen on the website.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||A pebble's throw 10 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Wick 2.6 km, Nearest railway: Wick 3.2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden|
The Scottish Highlands region
For full information about the region see www.caithness.org
Drive just out on the A99 towards John O'Groats, then turn right and drive straight towards the sea.
Ackergill Haven consists of a few houses with a small harbour only 2 miles from Wick town centre.
A beautiful location, right on the shoreline. Unlike Scotland's West coast never been problems with midges.
Breathtaking views of the ocean swell just outside the windows. At high tide it's hard to believe you aren't on a boat - with stunning evenings as the sun sets slowly over the distant restored Ackergill Tower (see their website to compare prices)
Wonderful for star gazers thanks to the very low light pollution.
Ideal stopover to unwind with friends after cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats
(reductions for sponsored charity adventurers)
or for travellers going to or from Orkney via the Gills Bay Ferry
Places of interest Include: Wick Heritage Museum, The Castle of Mey, Mary Ann's Cottage Museum, Camster Cairns, Waligoe Steps, Wick's refurbished Harbour, Hill of Many Stones, Old Pulteney Distillery, Dunnet Head, (Check the map for this true northmost cliff top, and far more impressive than the John O'Groats car park and tourist trap)
Activities include Horse Riding, Archery, Target Shooting, Fishing, Paintball, Off-roading Experiences, Sea Kayaking, Surfing, Sea Angling + More
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10 Jun 2014
"Had a great time and will be back asap"
I have already stayed in the next-door Sea Otter Cottage, which I thoroughly enjoyed. On this occasion I wanted to see what the recently-renovated Sea Shore Cottage was like. I was not disappointed. T… More
22 Apr 2014
"A simple and comfortable base for touring Caithness"
We stayed here whilst doing some family tree research. Sea shore is a bijou conversion of a boathouse. For us, it suited us down to the ground as the perfect base for exploring my husband's herit… More
12 Mar 2014
If you are looking for a beautiful location by the sea in the north of Scotland then this is the place! (I don't think you could get closer to the sea if you tried).This lovely cottage is right o… More
20 Jan 2014
"Peaceful location by the sea."
This is a prime location to view the ever changing seas and wildlife.The cottage is very comfortable with a very well equipped kitchen.Which ever window you look out of the views are amazing. The free… More
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Work continues to make sure Sea Shore Cottage
is, in every way, the very best location anywhere in Caithness!
26 Oct 2013
"Stunning location, fantastic clean cosy cottage, helpful welcoming owner."
We couldn't have been made more welcome. The cottage was clean, fresh, well supplied and in one of the most beautiful locations I have seen. The views from the windows were stunning. We saw otter… More
So glad you enjoyed Sea Shore Cottage. Looking forward to seeing you again
22 Aug 2013
"A haven of peace and quiet"
We recently stayed for 3 nights at Seashore cottage and had a wonderful time. The location is beautiful and incredibly quiet, the views are exceptional and very relaxing. The cottage itself is lovely … More
Working on some ideas for a place outside to make easier to enjoy the sunsets over the castle but without disturbing those in Sea Otter next door. For the present maybe some seats on the grass just outside the fence would do. Will see what is feasible when we come up next week to finish some outstanding work (e.g. Blinds downstairs, shaver socket in bathroom, check on progress repairing winter storm damage to the fence, and see what can be done to make it easier to get to the beach)
19 Aug 2013
I found this little gem of a property last minute. I wanted a self catering cottage for the weekend to visit my husband who is working in Wick as it was our first wedding anniversary and I have a dog… More
So glad you enjoyed our wonderful cottage.
Sorry about the scaffolding but we weren't expecting such a persuasive last minute guest. Roof is now finished and scaffolding removed!!
25 Jul 2013
"good place to chill (soon)"
we stayed at the newly renovated sea shore cottage, the cottage was new and everything was immaculate there was also nice touches, toiletries, tea, coffee, sugar etc, towels in the bathroom and bedrooms. There was a great view out to the water. The cottage had only just been renovated and this was evident by the the amount of rubble lying outside, drain pipe and part of the roof not finished (although this didn't make any difference to our stay) no blinds or curtains on the ground floor and nowhere to sit outside to enjoy the view, once these small things are finished it will be a fantastic place to go to chill out reading a book while watching the sea and wildlife, its also handy for Gills Bay which is an hours ferry ride to Orkney
Builders now finished (at last). Roof tiles etc now done (at last). Rubble removed (at last). Blinds due to be installed shortly.
Need accepted for an outside place to full appreciate the view. This is planned but will probably take until spring to achieve
18 Jul 2013
A wonderful experience. The most beautiful breathtaking views. Spectacular sunsets. Our host,Rupert,could not have been more helpful and informative. The cottage was spotlessly clean and very well equ… More
Won't be long before every one of our guests will be equally appreciative
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