Depending on how you look at it, staying in a lighthouse could be either breathtakingly romantic or eerie as hell. Watching the sun set from the tower after
a long day walking along the beach – definitely romantic. Watching the fog roll in with no-one else around for miles – definitely B-movie material (try watching 1980's The Fog to get you in the mood*). We think these lighthouses fall into the hopelessly romantic category. Located in remote settings throughout Scotland, they are all available to rent through the
National Trust for Scotland.
The NTS works in partnership with the Northern Lighthouse Board, who own the properties, turning ex-lighthousekeepers' homes into simple, elegant rentals. They offer accommodation at Mull of Kintyre, Stoer Head, Covesea and Mull of Galloway. Covesea Skerries are a small group of islands that lie off the Moray Coast, and the lighthouse is located on the mainland looking out over the islands. The Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse is located on the island, up a very steep incline, while Stoer Head is 10 miles north of the pretty fishing village of Lochinver.
The Mull of Galloway lighthouse sounds the most appealing. The Mull itself is a precipitous headland on the southernmost tip of Scotland, and only 26 miles across the sea from Ireland (if you're feeling adventurous). The lighthouse there is surrounded by forests, mountains, sandy beaches, ruined castles and harbor villages – and it's actually located within a bird sanctuary too. So, once you've gotten over the amazing novelty of your home-from-home, you won't be short of things to do. See you there! * Set in Point Reyes Lighthouse, California