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Wow. What a location. Sea Shore (since totally re-built ) in foreground with Sea Otter beyond

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Looking out north across sheltered Sinclair Bay towards Orkney and the Pentland Skerries lighthouse, this fully equipped, self-catering, semi-detached foreshore cottage has unforgettable sea views. As the tide comes in across the sheltered bay, you could be watching a living oil painting of the ocean surf. It might seem far north but is still south of all of Norway and is well worth the two hours scenic seaside journey on the road from lnverness. Orcas are regularly visible, seabirds and seals abound and guests even sometimes see our shy sea otter.

Two things which need to be noted. a) the main sitting room is small and only has easy room for 4 people (although more have been happy to squeeze in, and in summer most love to sit out on the decking anyway) and b) the two bedrooms with fantastic views of the sea can only be accessed up some very steep stairs.

Also occasionally during a severe winter storm the sea has been so noisy that guests have decided in the middle of the night to shift downstairs. Once sufficient guests have booked new wind-tight windows in Sea Otter are a priority expense and this should not be such a problem.

For those who enjoy eating out there are in Wick several excellent local hotels and even a gourmet French Restaurant & Italian restaurant. Don't miss the Guinness book of records "Shortest street in the world" at Mackays friendly hotel.

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 Gringoe / Sinclair castle ruins are well worth visits, while the hinterland is a major bird sanctuary. Thurso has a world class surfing beach. Wick has a regular sea boat/harbour festivals and sometimes even fly-ins for light aircraft. lf you love the sea and tranquillity this is the place for you to go for carefree and carfree shoreline walks, or relax while reading by an open fire. At high tide, with only the sea and the surf visible through the French doors; you could even be at sea without the seasickness. 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 at high tide being tinged with pink has to be seen to be believed. If despite all this beauty you still need the Internet, there is free WiFi.

On the beautiful shoreline of Ackergill, only 5 minutes drive from Wick town centre, and even less from a Tesco superstore (Britain's largest eco-friendly store) So close to the high tide that you easily can toss a pebble into the sea.

We appreciate how difficult it is for renal patients to find a holiday destination: if you are on dialysis, please contact us as we might be able to help put you in touch with suitable facilities.

Check out should be no later than 10AM. Check in should be after 4PM and door can be left unlocked for late arrivals.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach A Pebble Throw Away 10 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
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, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking

The Caithness and Sutherland region

Ackergill is a small village 2 miles north of Wick with stunning sunsets and a beautiful location for star gazers thanks to the very low light pollution.

The place to visit.. Breathtaking views.

Ideal stopover for travellers to or from Orkney

Fantastic place to unwind after Cycling Land's End to John o'Groats!


Places of interest Include The Castle of Mey, Camster Cairns, Waligoe Steps, Wick's refurbished Harbour, Hill of Many Stones, Old Pulteney Whisky Distillery, Sinclair Girnigoe Castle

Activities include Horse Riding, Archery, Target Shooting, Fishing, Paintball, Off-roading Experiences, Sea Kayaking, Surfing, Sea Angling, Bird watching, Rambling + More

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5 Jan 2015


"Heavenly solitude"

I stayed here with my cat and dog just before Christmas. It's the perfect place to remove yourself from the chaos of the city. The cottage is lovely and has everything you need including some ama… More

10 Nov 2014


"Amazing place to stay"

Sea Otter Cottage was well worth the 9 hour drive it took me to get there. The cottage is situated right on the beach and high tide was amazing every time! I could never tire of that view. The cottage… More

25 Jul 2014


"Superb location by the seas"

We a had a brilliant week at Sea Otter Cottage. The location is fantastic the sea couldn't be closer. Everything for a comfortable stay is provided. You feel back to nature yet Tesco and Wethersp… More

23 May 2014


"A comfortable base for touring northern Scotland, and living at the water's edge."

I'm a landlubber who lives most of the year in Mexico's hot and sunny Yucatan peninsula. I'd had the urge to spend the month of December in some "weather" at the edge of the w… More

20 Apr 2014


"Fantastic holiday"

We have spent a week in this gem of a place and it was amazing. Yes the cottage still needs some tlc but this does not detract from the charm of it. The setting is lovely and we saw pine martens and s… More

16 Mar 2014


"Ideal place to relax or explore"

The location of the cottage was amazing, waking up to sea views each morning pure bliss and so relaxing listening to the waves. The cottage was equipped with everything you could need, it needs a lit… More

6 Nov 2013


"A perfect base"

I found the cottage quite by accident buried deep in Trip Advisors faults, but I am so glad I kept digging around or I would most definitely have missed out.If you're the kind of person that like… More

Thank you greatly for providing so much feedback after just a short stay. Greatly appreciated.

A brief scenario:
“One early sunny morning in 2006 out walking before going in to work, I heard from the man cutting the lawn
“Sale fallen through. Reduced fixed price in two weeks”

Too fantastic a location to become a private home, I took a major risk;
Far greater than I realised since the seller in retrospect was not a builder but a builder's labourer,
and the house survey had been incredibly superficial.
Bare wires in the bathroom floor, danger of door lintels collapsing, incredibly poor quality roofing etc., etc.

Seven years later, after 200 bookings, a third of whom have indicated their plans to return,
and after a complete 'back to the foundations' re-build
of what used to be a shabby annexe with minute windows and no proper sea views,
there is at last some light at the end of a long moneypit tunnel.
As finances slowly start to improve be assured
that fixing the badly installed upstairs windows
together with remaking a proper footpath down to the private beach are extremely high priorities.
Major rebuilding of the french doors has already allowed a dramatic reduction in the noise in the tiny sitting room
and we are sure the same quietness
will eventually stop it being necessary for some guests to move downstairs at 2 am because of the noise of the sea.

Other points.

TLC in progress as fast as possible, especially since our cleaner Leighanne
has moved back from Devon into her granny's house close by in Tower Square.

Her granny Carol, our beloved local jewel, whom many of our guests will remember for her spotless cleaning,
having sadly and suddenly joined her invalid husband.
We greatly miss her and hope to join her family in funding a bench just outside the cottages
so that anyone can sit and enjoy the unbeatable view.
Although the vast majority of our guests are couples, before the spring weather allows
more seats on the decking area will be provided.
In these austerity days “bits left behind” are usually used
so no-one should feel that everything must be thrown away at the time of departure.

Sea Otter is a holiday home not a hotel!

Sorry about the lack of a VHS player,
we have one that we will bring up to Scotland as soon as possible
otherwise we'll need to keep our eyes open in a local charity shop.

Sorry also about the dog hair, one of the problems of allowing guests with pets
but the location is so wonderful for dog walks that the risk seems worthwhile,
and a high proportion of our guests now have dogs.

In future Leighanne has assured me that she will be making quite sure that behind the sofa gets hoovered.

Thanks again for your comments.

Hope you will be back someday soon to enjoy the improvements.

5 Nov 2013


"Fantastic home from home ~ highly recommend ~ we will return"

''who goes to Scotland in Novemeber?'' my kept saying ~ME ~ fantastic location fantastic accomodation. OK there are a few ''wear and tare'' issues with the cott… More

Quite agree about “wear and tear” issues

See our comprehensive response to “A perfect base” feedback.

We will look out for an old VHS player (if there isn't already one stored in the shed.)

Sorry about the personally biased selection of books.

Hopefully guests will pick up and leave behind alternatives from local charity shops.

Looking forward to your return sometime.

27 Sep 2013


"Non-smokers beware"

Wonderful location on coast. Cottage is well-equipped although insufficent seating in sitting room for more than 4; the condition of the cottage is in need of some further attention. I think it should… More

Sadly these guests were preceded by the worst guest out of the 150 guests we have had over the past 7 years! Not only did he, despite all the notices, smoke heavily, but having claimed that he had two parrots which would be kept in cages, he allowed them mess all over the room and in his two days the coal bunker was mysteriously completely emptied. For many years we used to ask for a deposit which we returned but never had to keep itt and had finally decided that deposits were not worth the effort. We may now have think again. The final straw was a note from him to complain about the smell of smoke - which had in fact not been there when the house was cleaned before he arrived. Regarding the other comments these have not previously been a source of any complaints but we have now added a comment to the website concerning the steepness of the stairs and the relatively small size of the living room (not usually a problem in summer as most guests prefer to sit on the outside decking)

17 Aug 2013


"Wonderful setting"

Sea Otter cottage has a truly wonderful view over Sinclair Bay...the setting is perfect, being 5 yards from the seashore. The sunsets were lovely. It is well situated for trips to the Orkney Isles (40… More

Heartily agree "that Sea Otter needs some work on it". If only the Sea Otter annexe had been properly renovated in the past. Three years ago it was starting to collapse completely into a potential ruin. Matters were so bad that it has taken 3 times as long and cost three times as planned to make it habitable. However once it had been gutted right down to bare thick stone walls it has proved possible to totally re-build and re-equip what used to be the pokey one bedroom annexe with tiny windows into a very high standard new holiday cottage at the same fantastic location (Totally new floors and roof, bigger windows everywhere, roof height raised, two bedrooms, new kitchen, new shower & toilet, superb insulation etc) Once the re-mortgage is through funds will at last start to become available to bring Sea Otter up to the high standard the location requires. Watch this space. I promise you it will indeed "be unbeatable" again in the near future.

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