Prior to the automation of Covesea Lighthouse in 1984, a Principal Lightkeeper and an Assistant, with their families, lived at the lighthouse. The families were almost self-sufficient, and would have kept sheep and cows at the station. These would have been housed in the Old Steading adjacent to the lighthouse. Lightkeeping was a remote, lonely and hardy existence.
You can imagine being a lighthouse keeper by staying in the Covesea or Halliman Cottages, which are available for rent as a self-catering holiday home throughout the year. The cottages were built at the same time as the lighthouse, but were modernised in 2002 and offer a unique holiday experience.
The lighthouse and cottages are now owned by the Covesea Lighthouse Community Company Limited who are delighted to be able to make them available to rent. This accommodation is ideal for families with small children and situated within the courtyard below the Lighthouse Tower with a superb sandy beach practically on the doorstep. The beach is accessible via a gate from the lighthouse courtyard. There is a fence surrounding the lighthouse which makes this area safe for young children.
Covesea Cottage is a two bedroom cottage that sleeps 4. It has 1 twin and 1 double bedroom, an open-plan fully equipped kitchen/sitting room with breakfast bar, and a bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle.
Halliman Cottage is a three bedroom cottage that sleeps 6. It has two twin bedded rooms and the 3rd bedroom has adult sized bunk beds. Halliman has a separate sitting room and dining room with a fully equipped galley kitchen. It also has a bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle.
Both cottages are equipped with Flat Screen TV’s with freeview and DVD players.
Wi-Fi is available
Parking is available beside the accommodation.
Cottages can be booked through the National Trust for Scotland website www.nts.org.uk/Holidays
From Our Guest Book ....
“A wonderful stay in a cottage by the seaside. Lots of things to do in the area, good weather too. We strongly advise future visitors to try the local pub food. Only negative is that we only stayed a week”
“We have been here many times and it never disappoints. A truly relaxing holiday with good weather, empty beaches, happy dogs and happy people. A trip up the Lighthouse was brilliant, we’ll be back”
“Had a brilliant time as always. Such a lovely place with nice weather. Saw plenty activity at the RAF base. Typhoons and Tornados filled the skies. Always enjoy. See you next year”
"We had a lovely week. The weather as lovely and we had many great walks and morning runs along the beach. We loved Hill99 trail at Culbin Forest, and visited lots of castles, Brodie, Craigievar, Castle Fraser, and Leith Hall as well as Culloden and Loch Ness. The coast is lovely especially Portknockie and Buckie. It was amazing to have a Lighthouse tour. It made it even better.”
“Had a lovely time in good weather. Enjoyed the views from the top of the Lighthouse. Visited Baxters Factory in Fochabers, Knockando Wool Mill, Elgin, Fraserburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness Highland Games”
“Absolutely superb holiday, the cottage was perfect for us and we had lovely weather body boarding most days. We were even lucky enough to catch the first Aurora of the season. Watching the Northern lights dance around the skies surrounding the Lighthouse, priceless. Thank you for a great holiday”
“Despite the wet and windy weather we all had a marvelous week. Fantastic sandy empty beaches. Great access to the Cairngorms where we went white water rafting down the river Spey. Findhorn was beautiful with good pub for bar food. Excellent breakfast at the Covesea café “
The coastal town of Lossiemouth is just over a mile away and can be reached by walking along the lovely beach. It offers the visitor a range of facilities including sea angling, two 18-hole golf courses, stunning unspoilt beaches and wildlife, an excellent range of shopping and quality restaurants and cafes, all making the most of the plentiful supply of fresh seafood.
The Aroma Cafe just five minutes' walk to the west of the Lighthouse serves wonderful breakfasts and the freshest of food for lunches and afternoon tea.
The Silver Sands Holiday Park to the east of the Lighthouse also has a shop,cafe,bar and a play area for the children.