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The North Cottage at Strathy Point
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This remote (and rather spectacular) lighthouse in Scotland could be yours for just £140,000

The North Cottage at Strathy Point offers natural beauty, incredible views and bucketloads of privacy

Ed Cunningham
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If living in a busy, stuffy, loud city is all getting a bit too much, well, here we’ve got an ideal escape. A cottage near a lighthouse in Scotland is up for sale – and it’s in one of the UK’s most remote, private and naturally spectacular locations.

The cottage is in Strathy Point, a rocky headland around three miles out from the village of Strathy. It’s on Scotland’s north coast and, on a clear day, offers views all the way out to Orkney.

The 14-metre-tall lighthouse was built in 1958 and became automated in 1997, but was decommissioned in 2012. It looks distinctive because unlike most UK lighthouses, it isn’t tall and conical. In order to be better protected against northern Scotland’s ferocious winds, Strathy Point is low and square – albeit perched on some high land. 

To be absolutely clear: the actual lighthouse is definitely not for sale. Instead, you’re buying a cottage that was originally built for the lighthouse keeper and their family. Called the North Cottage, it is still actually part of the same structure as the lighthouse but crucially doesn’t include the tower bit itself. 

The house has three bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and living room. It’s got central heating and a sheltered courtyard (shared with other surrounding cottages). It’s being sold by Young, Robertson & Co. and it could be all yours for just £140,000 ($173,000). Here are a few more pics of the place.

The North Cottage at Strathy Point
Photograph: Zoopla
The North Cottage at Strathy Point
Photograph: Zoopla
The North Cottage at Strathy Point
Photograph: Zoopla

The North Cottage is certainly private, but you almost certainly won’t be alone. There are other cottages nearby, plus Strathy Point isn’t totally devoid of visitors. It’s actually a pretty popular wild camping and picnicking spot, and often gets visitors thanks to its sandy beaches, walking trails and generally stunning natural landscapes.

If you’re interested in finding out more, see the cottage’s Zoopla listing here.

While you’re here: did you see that this lifeboat house in Wales could be turned into a spectacular home?

Plus: you can buy the IRL antiques store that inspired ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’.

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