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.
Sadly now "retired" and living near London due to continuing work on the Wisdam project. But as the feedback confirms I make sure that I interact with our guest very concientiously both by e-mails and even by international phone calls. Being "retired" I try to make sure that all our guests can phone me anytime between 8 am and 11 pm if they have any questions.
No smoking indoors.
Pets welcome but NOT upstairs
When you leave please: All Taps turned off, All Windows shut, Please leave useful left-over food up to their use by date for the next guests (Perishables in the Fridge and Freezer) Front door key please leave on the key rack in the hall, Front Door closed, Rubbish/Trash emptied into correct bins
Retired specialist in maternity care, gynaecology and medical ICT
Currently working flat out on the WISDAM Initiative
(With each Individual; Social Demographic And Medical)
The globally standardised Medical and Social welfare dataset and record system (always on paper ± electronic) a system which is totally complementary to thousands of incompatible government and commercial electronic systems, since the source data only exists as a unique record personally held by, owned by, checked by and updated by each one of us.
"Wisdam" for more information
Creator also of the Electronic Encyclopaedia of Perinatal Data
Try googling "Perinatal Data" or "Caesarean Proformas"
Daughters and grandchildren live in Vancouver and in New Zealand
Current Motto "Let's Build Bridges, NOT Walls.