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Arriving by air and renting a car locally. Then possibly your first view of AckergillAnd what a location! Sea Otter before the annexe was totally re-built as Sea Shore Cottage
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So close to the waves it's awesome


So close to the waves it's awesome

4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
Great check-in experience92% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.
Self check-inEasily check yourself in with the keypad.
Great location92% of recent guests gave this home’s location a 5-star rating.

The space

Sea Otter Cottage when purchased in 2006 had a small, very poorly built annexe. Following a storm in 2015, this collapsed so badly that it had to be totally rebuilt from the foundation upwards. In the short term this proved to be extremely expensive such that major debts are still outstanding. However the final result is a magnificent new build holiday cottage following the latest regulations.
Looking north towards Orkney and the Pentland Skerries lighthouse, this wonderful holiday location is now a fully equipped, foreshore cottage with quite unforgettable sea views. As the tide comes in across the sheltered bay, you could be watching a living oil painting of the ocean surf. The kitchen and living room windows are so close to the high tide that it's hard to believe and the upstairs bedrooms have the same fabulous views across the bay as Sea Otter Cottage next door.

Orcas are regularly visible, seabirds and seals abound.

It might seem far north but it is still south of all of Norway and is well worth the two hour scenic seaside journey on the road up from Inverness Don't miss the Store House restaurant (M-Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5) just 12 miles north of the Kessock bridge, or Dunrobin Castle near Golspie. Alternatively one can enjoy 4 hours of relaxation on the Far North Railway. (If aged over 50 making use of the special Scotrail concessions)

For those who enjoy eating out there are in Wick several excellent local hotels and even a well established gourmet French restaurant (greetings to Andre). McKays friendly hotel (give Rupert's personal greetings to Murray) holds the Guinness book record for the "Shortest street in the world"

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, the Gringoe castle ruin and the Sinclair clan museum are worth visits while the hinterland is a major bird sanctuary. Light aircraft can easily land at the airfield where the Spitfire which found the Tirpitz re-fueled on it's way take it's pictures back to London, and Wick also has a regular sea boat and harbour festival. Thurso has a world class surfing beach.

lf you love the sea and tranquillity this is the place for you to watch the ocean surf, to sit reading while listening to the waves, or to go for carefree and carfree walks along the shore in either direction. At high tide, with only the sea and the surf visible; you could even be at sea without the seasickness. Being east coast Scotland midges are virtually never a problem, yet paradoxically facing west, the view of the sun setting over "Ackergill Towers"restored castle (try googling it and compare the prices) with every wave of a high tide being tinged with pink has to be seen to be believed.

lf you in the light of all this beauty you still need the internet, there is free Wi-Fi. So far sadly, as in all of Caithness, not always reliable.

Stop Press: Wi-Fi situation.
We have had Wi-F in both Sea Shore and Sea Otter Cottages for many years and until recently it has been working reasonably well.

Unfortunately we are now sorry to report that this BT service for which we continue to pay, has been getting steadily worse, presumably because more and more people in Ackergill are trying to use the Internet at the same time. We are promised that fast fibre optic cables “soon” but no definite dates so far. Hopefully you will find enough enjoyment of the location for this not to be too big a problem, and for some even an advantage.

If messages are essential good Wi-Fi access is available in Weatherspoons resraurant in the centre of town, or in the foyer of McKays or the Norseman hotels.

If needed, an ink-jet printer/photocopier/scanner can be rented at low cost.

Travel: Direct by air to Wick from Aberdeen or Edinburgh and hire a car from Richard's friendly local garage. Alternatively fly to Inverness (direct, low cost flights from Luton, Gatwick, Heathrow, Liverpool, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle), or else travel more sedately up to Wick by coach or on the comfortable scenic train.


Free parking on premises
Laptop friendly workspace

House Rules

No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in time is 4PM - 2AM (next day)
Check out by 10AM
Self check-in with keypad


Step-free access to the home’s entrance
Step-free access to common space


36 Reviews

Ronald User Profile
October 2017
I highly recommend "Sea Shore" cottage near Wick, Caithness. Nice, tidy, clean, comfortable. What more could you want? Good value for the money. Any closer to the sea and you'd need a life jacket. Can hear waves. Very pleasant sounds. Quite private. Big supermarket a mile…
Joseph User Profile
August 2017
Location, location, location. This property has it in spades! As long as you are OK with a cozy space (read: fairly tight for four) this will work fine. A few improvements could be made on the property, but the location is great.
Derek User Profile
December 2016
The location is magnificent and the cottage superb This is the best place that I have ever stayed in 40 years of travel around the world
Garrett User Profile
July 2015
Rupert's cottage was fabulous. The description says it all really, my wife and I were truly amazed at how close we were to the waves. Ackergill is a beautifully situated little Scottish village about 2 miles outside of Wick, nestled between Ackergill Tower and Girnigoe Castle. Du…
Lance User Profile
December 2014
The description of the cottage really says it all. I already miss hearing the sound of the waves crashing. Rupert was a great communicator and he made sure that I felt welcome. The location really is beautiful and serene. And it's close to Wick in case you fancy a visit to to…
Rupert User Profile
Response from Rupert:
So glad to hear you had a good time. Welcome back anytime. Great rates in the off season as we hate to leave the place empty
December 2014
Thomas User Profile
June 2018
Lovely cottage, great location and views
William User Profile
May 2018
Very quiet location with great views. A good base for exploring the area.

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