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And to the right, Girnigoe castle and Noss PointNot you're not on a boat. There's a strong seawall between you and the ocean.
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Sea Otter Cottage - Unforgettable

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Sea Otter Cottage - Unforgettable

6 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
6 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
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Great check-in experience94% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.

The space

Looking out north across sheltered Sinclair Bay towards Orkney and the Pentland Skerries lighthouse, this fully equipped, foreshore cottage has unforgetable sea views. As the tide comes in across the sheftered bay, you could be watching a living oil painting of the ocean surf.

Orcas are regularly visible, seabirds and seals abound and guests do sometimes even see our shy sea otter.

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 up from lnverness. 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.

For those who enjoy eating out there are in Wick several excellent local hotels and even a 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 and Gringoe / Sinclair castle are well worth visits while the hinterland is a major bird sanctuary. Thurso has a world class surfing beach. Wick has regular sea boat/harbour festival and fly-ins for light aircraft. lf you love the sea and tranquillity this is the place for you to sit reading by a traditional open fire or to go for shoreline walks. At high tide, with only the sea and the surf visible through the French doors; you could even be at sea without seasickness. Being East coast midges are virtually never a problem, yet facing west, the view from the kitchen of the sun setting over "Ackergill Towers" (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.

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 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 lnverness airpoft (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 by the comfortable scenic train.

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Wifi
TV
Indoor fireplace
Dryer

House Rules

Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 10AM

Accessibility

Flat path to front door
Handheld shower head

Availability

68 Reviews

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Davida
June 2018
Fantastic location, great house and a perfect stopover on the NC500 or if joining an event at Ackergill Tower.
Shannon User Profile
Shannon
July 2017
Pictures do not even give a glimpse of what this place has to offer. The cottage was very comfortable and cozy, with plenty of space. The view is breath taking. Rupert was very helpful. My children are planning our next trip back.
Alyssa User Profile
Alyssa
June 2017
Unique location with a castle view.
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Chaundell
May 2017
The views from this house are as advertised. It is truly breathtaking to be right on the water. My kids enjoyed walking down to the private beach looking for seashells and playing by the water. Unfortunately we didn't see any animals, but we still enjoyed the ambiance. The sunset…
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Chris
January 2017
A wonderful home by the sea and a most gracious host. When we missed a connecting flight, delaying our arrival by 24 hours, Rupert was kind enough to offer us an additional night since he had no bookings the day after our check-out date. The house was inviting, and the setting w…
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Betsy
July 2016
Sea Otter Cottage was a magical experience, the view alone was a rare opportunity. The cottage was cozy and charming and a perfect place from which to explore the beauty of Scotland. Rupert was a gracious and attentive host - we couldn't have asked for more and would love to go b…
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Harper
July 2016
We stayed for a week and loved it. The location is amazing and the house is very well appointed. It felt like staying at an old friends house.

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