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The Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse - from the sea in autumn
Arriving at the Lighthouse
The house has a commanding view to the South

Overview
4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
7 guests
Minimum stay varies 
The minimum stay for this property changes depending on the dates selected
Holiday Rental House
Designed by multi-award winning Dualchas architects, the Lighthouse is a private and stylish home with perfect Highland views south over the sea to the Torridon mountains. The contemporary design has been finished to an exceptional standard providing a place for relaxation and tranquil contemplation or active family holidays. The Lighthouse was selected as the only UK finalist in the prestigious European Holiday Home Awards 2021 in the category Best Beach House Holiday Home. The house is pleased to hold certification under the international Safe Travels scheme and is awaiting grading for a Green Tourism Award. Set in a superb natural landscape, the house nonetheless provides every modern convenience, with excellent wifi, Miele appliances, underfloor heating and double glazing throughout...Designed by multi-award winning Dualchas architects, the Lighthouse is a private and stylish home with perfect Highland views south over the sea to the Torridon mountains. The contemporary design has been finished to an exceptional standard providing a place for relaxation and tranquil contemplation or active family holidays. The Lighthouse was selected as the only UK finalist in the prestigious European Holiday Home Awards 2021 in the category Best Beach House Holiday Home. The house is pleased to hold certification under the international Safe Travels scheme and is awaiting grading for a Green Tourism Award. Set in a superb natural landscape, the house nonetheless provides every modern convenience, with excellent wifi, Miele appliances, underfloor heating and double glazing throughout. Furnishings have been carefully sourced from the best British designers with Anta hand-woven fabrics, tables and lighting by Tom Raffield and Tala and curtains made from Scottish linen. The house is clad in larch and Douglas fir and has a striking zinc roof. Inside, it responds to the fabric of the geography with a focus on the natural - stone, oak, linen, wool, sheepskin and leather accents. On the ground floor, the house has four well-appointed, comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms, one en-suite and one a large shower room. There is a further spacious bathroom upstairs with a dramatic skylight over the bath and shower. The beautiful oak staircase was handmade. The heart of the house is the spectacular first floor open-plan living room with a large down-filled sofa, cosy sheepskin beanbags and a wood-burning stove. Huge windows overlook a south-facing balcony and large elevated dining deck (with teak table and chairs), so guests can enjoy the breathtaking views whatever the weather. The smart Italian kitchen, which will satisfy the demands of the most discerning cook, leads directly off the dining area of the living room. A beautiful oak-panelled study with satellite tv provides a perfect evening retreat, in warmth and comfort. The property is rented from a Friday to a Friday, with check out by 10am and no check in before 4pm. From the start of April through to the end of October, we only offer rentals of a minimum of seven nights duration. For the rest of the year we are happy to accept shorter rentals (a minimum stay of three nights). The Lighthouse has steep internal and external wooden staircases which end in stone floors and do not accommodate stairgates - for this reason it is not suitable for babies and very young children, so we are unable to accept bookings that include any children under the age of 5. Gairloch has been recognised as one of the loveliest place in Scotland for holidays since Queen Victoria's visit in 1877. The Lighthouse is set on the hillside overlooking the historic Gairloch pier with direct access onto the footpath leading to either the harbour, and its pub, restaurant and shop, or after a short walk over the headland to one of the most attractive white sand beaches in Wester Ross and the scenic golf course on the dunes. You really could park your car when you arrive and not need to drive again during your stay. Whether you seek a holiday focussed on beach and sea or walks in a wild landscape, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Lighthouse is equally suited to family holidays, a retreat from the modern world or highland adventures. Activities available locally include; golf, sea and fly fishing, pony trekking, walking, mountain biking, kayaking, whale watching, sailing and falconry. From the Lighthouse you can walk across to the Flowerdale estate and visit the arboretum or walk up to the dramatic Flowerdale waterfall and a short drive away are the famous gardens of Inverewe. Above all there are any number of beaches, paths and mountains to explore in some of Europe's most unspoilt country. EPC (20th May 2022); Energy Efficiency = B(81), Environmental Impact = C(78) Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: SCOTTISHSHORTTERMLETLICENCENUMBER:HI-10018-F
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
The house is unsuitable for babies and children under 5 as both the external and internal staircases are steep, wooden, ungated and end in a stone floor. Guests are not allowed to have barbecues or bonfires on the property because of the risk of the house (which is clad in wood) or the hillside catching fire.
Bedrooms
2 Kings3 Singles
Bathrooms
1 Full bath1 Attached (ensuite)1 Shower

Meet the host
Camilla G
Hosting since September 2018
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsThe house is owned by a family property company, which is run by William Gray Muir. The Lighthouse is managed by his wife Camilla and looked after by a local housekeeper. Contact details for her and for the owners are provided to guests upon confirmation of a booking. A detailed Information pack about the Lighthouse, activities and restaurants available locally is sent by email to guests with a copy of the rental agreement shortly after receipt of a confirmed booking. Arrival notes and directions to the property are sent to guests a couple of weeks in advance of their stay.

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Reviews (36)
Christian S
Christian S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A true lighthouse in many ways
The care provided by the hosts before and during the stay was exceptionally caring. We have hardly experienced a holiday home in which so much attention was paid to detail in the design and furnishings as in the Lighthouse. The w ay to the small harbor with a nice café and a good inn is short and the path to the beach alone is enchanting and worth the walk. We really enjoyed our time there.
Visited May 2024
Written 2 June 2024. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
GlobeTrotting821542
GlobeTrotting821542
We are so pleased that your family enjoyed your time at the Lighthouse. Our ambition when we rebuilt, designed and furnished the house was to create a place where other families and groups of friends could enjoy a perfect holiday in real comfort. Thank you for your very kind comments It gives us enormous pleasure to share the house with others and give them a chance to explore Gairloch. The aim of the detailed Information Booklet is to provide every guest with a full range of the opportunities so that they can make the most of their stay. We are delighted you found it helpful. Local knowledge allows us also to offer a unique insight and access to one-off events that might not be publicised and we were so pleased that you enjoyed watching the old ocean-going paddle steamer arrive for a rare visit to the harbour. It was a lovely glimpse into times past when all visitors to Gairloch arrived by sea. We hope you will return (by land or sea) soon
Written 9 June 2024. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chatrick
Chatrick
Guildford, United Kingdom5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Exquisite place
An exquisite place. Beautifully furnished and in an amazing location. Views from the living area of loch and mountains were fabulous and the comfiest of sofas and best equipped kitchen I’ve ever seen.
Visited May 2024
Written 13 May 2024. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
GlobeTrotting821542
GlobeTrotting821542
You are so kind to give the Lighthouse such a great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay there and hope you might be tempted to return before long.
Written 20 May 2024. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andy
Andy
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a find!
The lighthouse is amazing. The location, views, design and practicalities are outstanding. It’s one of the best places we’ve ever stayed - great family base from 9 year olds to grandma’s! Gairloch is a fab location - in my view the Scottish highlands are the most beautiful part of the UK (you don’t get a combination of big mountains and beautiful beaches and sea views like this anywhere else). Plenty to do locally from walking, to beaches, coasterring and kayaking with seals. Lots of good food and coffee to be had nearby too.
Visited April 2024
Written 1 May 2024. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
GlobeTrotting821542
GlobeTrotting821542
Thank you so much for posting such a kind review of the Lighthouse. We are delighted that it gave your family such an enjoyable holiday and that you made the most of the fun activities available in the harbour. We hope you will return to seek further adventures another time.
Written 5 May 2024. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Wilkojw
Wilkojw
Bournemouth, United Kingdom24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely stunning house with amazing views
Everything has been thought of in this amazing house, it has top of the range appliances in the kitchen, the bathrooms are beautiful with underfloor heating and luxury toiletries provided and the views from every window and balcony are spectacular. The constantly changing colours on the loch is fascinating , boats coming and going into the harbour are great for watching and of course the magnificent Deer who visited the garden most days were a beautiful sight. You can walk easily to Beach and Harbour and we made the most of also visiting local attractions such as Inverewe Gardens, Corrieshalloch Gorge and Badachro Distillery…there is so much to see but the house called us back quickly as it is magnificent!
Visited April 2024
Written 21 April 2024. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
GlobeTrotting821542
GlobeTrotting821542
Your generous and warm review is much appreciated. We are delight d that you and your family enjoyed your stay at the Lighthouse and made so much of your time there. We hope that the house will call you back to Gairloch before long as there is always more to explore.
Written 25 April 2024. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nick S
Nick S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great fit for our family!
The Lighthouse was a perfect fit for our family of 4! The view is incredible as well as the access to the local beach and hiking paths. Camilla & Heidi took great care of us. Highly recommend!
Visited March 2024
Written 31 March 2024. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
GlobeTrotting821542
GlobeTrotting821542
Thank you for your very kind comments. We are so pleased that your family enjoyed your stay at the Lighthouse and had fun exploring the area. We hope you will be inspired to return as there is always more to see and do.
Written 31 March 2024. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

AB
AB
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great house on the west coast of Scotland
We had a wonderful week at The Lighthouse in Gairloch. It is a fantastically beautiful house, fully equipped, luxurious and with a beautiful view over the harbor and the surrounding hills. You can take beautiful walks in the area, visit a nice small museum, a garden and explore part of the NC500 by car.
Visited November 2023
Written 11 November 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
GlobeTrotting821542
GlobeTrotting821542
We were so pleased that your family enjoyed your stay at the Lighthouse and made the most of your time on the West coast. It is a lovely place to visit in the autumn as the colours and the light are wonderful. We hope you may be tempted to return and see more of the area in future.
Written 12 November 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jacqueline K
Jacqueline K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Another great stay at The Lighthouse
We returned for our fourth stay in The Lighthouse at the beginning of August. We love this house with it’s perfect location, beautiful airy living space and panoramic views of Gairloch harbour and the surrounding mountains. The house is beautifully appointed with everything in immaculate condition. The owners and housekeeper are easy to contact and very helpful. We love this part of the country with it’s fantastic beaches and mountains and the lovely cafes in Gairloch. This year we had a thrilling trip with Hebridean Whale Cruises - we saw dolphins, Minke whales, Humpback whales and a Finn whale. We also stopped a few metres from a Basking Shark- fantastic.
Visited August 2023
Written 10 September 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
GlobeTrotting821542
GlobeTrotting821542
You and your family will always be welcome at the Lighthouse. Forever enthusiastic about Gairloch it is wonderful that even after so many visits you are still discovering new experiences. I am delighted that you enjoyed the whale watching trip. This year sightings were particularly good and I am so pleased you enjoyed it. We will look forward to your return if family commitments permit it.
Written 18 October 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Anja K
Anja K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect week in the Highlands
We were able to relax and enjoy our week at the end of July 2023 at the Lighthouse in Gairloch. Camilla had organised everything in advance and Heidi had prepared the house perfectly. Nothing is missing, the welcome package with the most important groceries also contributes to a good start. The house is in top condition, nothing is missing, so the three of us felt at home from the first minute. If something should happen during the stay or a question arises, Heidi is helpful within the shortest time. We will remember the beautiful view of the sea and the mountains for a long time. We agree that we will gladly come back again in the future. We can only warmly recommend the perfect overall package.
Visited July 2023
Written 10 August 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
GlobeTrotting821542
GlobeTrotting821542
Thank you for your very kind comments. We are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your visit to the Lighthouse and might wish to return. It has been wonderful to be able to welcome some visitors from further afield again this summer. We (and the stag in the garden) will hope to see you again soon.
Written 14 August 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Caspar H
Caspar H
Winterthur, Switzerland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A House full of light and delight
This is a lighthouse in the literal sense: it is flooded with light thanks to great architecture, large window fronts and sophisticated interior lighting. The furnishings and equipment are excellent, nothing is missing, and the location couldn't be better: You can be on the water and the mountains, at the Gairloch Museum or the Inverewe Garden in no time. We are a family with three teenage daughters, all with slightly different interests, and all five of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Visited July 2023
Written 9 August 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
GlobeTrotting821542
GlobeTrotting821542
You were so kind to take the time to review the Lighthouse and it is much appreciated. We are delighted that your family enjoyed your visit to Gairloch and managed to see and do so much while you were there.
Written 14 August 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

thomonds
thomonds
Edinburgh, United Kingdom85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Special break in a fantastic house
We spent a fantastic week staying in the Lighhouse, what a fantastic property, located in glorous Gairloch. We had never been to this area and to stay in this property was the ultimate treat. The properyy has 4 excellent bedrroms and ample family space for a party of 6, which we had. The finish and extras in this house and top class and it is obvious that the owners are very invested in this special property. We walked to the locsl beach & golf club most days and house is perfectly located to wlak into Gairloch & Strath, with nice coffee shops & decent local supermarkets. We had a Morrisons delivery to the local Morrisons store, which worked a treat, for larger ticket items. All in all thanks to for a special week and we will be back soon !!
Visited June 2023
Written 30 June 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
GlobeTrotting821542
GlobeTrotting821542
Thank you for your very kind review of your stay. We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at the Lighthouse - Gairloch has been central to our family life for generations and we are delighted that the house enables others to enjoy holidays there too.
Written 1 July 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Kitchen and dining
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Golf course (within 15 min walk)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Ocean views
  • Waterfront views
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Parking
  • Parking available
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Services
  • Housekeeping included
Location features
  • Waterfront location

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Map
Getting there
Inverness Airport
99.3 km

Stornoway Airport
67.8 km
Restaurants
Links Cafe
6 min

Black Pearl Creole Kitchen
6 min

Bridge Cottage Art Cafe
7.5 km

Coast Coffee Company
2 min
Attractions
Gairloch Museum
19 minHistory Museums

Shieldaig Falconry
2.9 kmNature & Wildlife Areas

Gairloch Sitooterie
2 minGardens

Flowerdale Waterfall
4 minWaterfalls
About the neighbourhood
The Lighthouse is on a headland facing south over the Gairloch towards the Torridon hills. The scenery is spectacular and unspoilt - very few other houses can be seen from the large windows in the living room. Gairloch is a relatively small highland town, which does get busier in the summer months, but is extremely quiet in the winter. There is, however, plenty to do in the area throughout the year and guests are provided with a detailed Information Pack with descriptions of beaches, walks and other local activities (and booking information where necessary.)
Getting around
From the Lighthouse, you can walk down to the busy Gairloch pier and watch the fishermen come and go. There is a small cafe, gallery and a useful shop at the pier. A short walk round the bay the local pub and restaurant sits by the old stone bridge. If you walk the other way over the headland you will arrive at the Gairloch beach and the nine hole golf course on the dunes. There are a good local butcher, a farm shop, a general store, a community and tourist information centre, cafes and restaurants, a bank and a garage about a mile way along the road in Gairloch centre.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
The Lighthouse is approximately five hours' drive north of Edinburgh. The nearest airport to the Lighthouse is in Inverness about 75 miles away (about an hour and a half by car.) Guests are advised to either rent a car or to bring their own as local transport links are poor. The nearest train station is in Achnasheen 20 miles away but the bus service between Gairloch and other towns is infrequent. Once at the Lighthouse, you may not need to use your car again for the duration of your stay, though there are lovely beaches and walks a short drive away and the centre of Gairloch is worth a visit.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Golf course (within 15 min walk)Horse riding facilitiesWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 5 pm Check out by 10 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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