Ever wanted to escape from it all and live at a lighthouse? Well now you can, after a couple have offered a double room for rent at a former keeper’s cottage.
And it comes in at £90-a-week, including all bills.
A room in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage – next door to one of the country’s most northerly lighthouses has been advertised with online an flat share company.
The room is next to a working lighthouse on the north Scottish coast.
Only 16 miles south of John O’Groats, with clifftop views of the headland and the North Sea, the nearest neighbour is more likely to be a seal or a puffin.
Describing the property, owner Stephen Makin, a university lecturer, said: ” We will have a vacancy for a lodger from end of March. We are a couple that works away during the week.
“Large double bedroom, and Shared use of the large kitchen. All furniture provided, including a TV.
“There are two bathrooms.
“We’re only a short drive from Wick – 10 minutes or so, although it seems remote.
“The rent includes WiFi, broadband, TV license, utilities and a cleaner every two weeks.”
Stephen and his wife Benedicta, an IT consultant working in Edinburgh, are based in the house but are away for work some of the time.
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And for adventurers there are plenty of things to do – an international surfing competition on the doorstep, ruined castles and an airfield.
The current lodger is working on a contract in Caithness, while previous inhabitants of the room include people working at the local hospital three miles away, someone working on undersea cables, and people contracted at the nearby windfarm.
The lighthouse, built by Alan Stevenson in 1849, is owned by Northern Lighthouse Board and is operational but was automated in 1987 when the cottages were first sold.
The couple also own a separate cottage on the site which they rent out as a holiday let.
The nearest pub, The Old Smiddy, is three miles away and larger supermarkets are around a 10-minute drive away in the nearby town of Wick.
There is a train station in Wick with trains taking just over four hours to Inverness, or it’s a six hour drive to Edinburgh, while there are regular local buses travelling north to Orkney, and south to Inverness, Glasgow and London.