Short breaks available all year.

Late availability may be possible in either of our 2 cottages, please check our web-site.
  Assistant Lightkeeper's Cottage sleeps 1-4 in a king bed and two single beds.
  Principal Lightkeeper's Cottage sleeps 1-4 in a king bed and a double bed.

From our guest book
October 2014(Principal Cottage)"As Nadia's last guests, we are indeed privileged to have come here before she leaves to take up a new challenge.  Reading the other visitors' comments, we can only echo their sentiments and feel that this is a magical place to stay in fine or foul weather, each will have their charm.  Best wishes for the future Nadia." "We look across at Cantick each day and it was just another lighthouse, but being here, looking home, is like another, magical world.  Now we shall always remember our most enjoyable time here, so much to do and see and a home from home with everything you could need or wish for.  The beautiful weather was a bonus but we leave with so many good memories.  Thank you Nadia and best wishes always." Cindy, Herbert and Ingrid from St Margaret's Hope, Orkney
October 2014(Assistant Cottage)"Had a wonderful time, loads to see and do.  Hope to make it back soon.  Thanks." Colin and Ali from St Margaret's Hope, Orkney
August-September 2014(Principal Cottage)"It was a wonderful stay, here at the Cantick Head Lighthouse.  We truly felt like at home... warm feelings, inside and outside.  Thank you.  We enjoyed a lot this small island.  Yesterday, we went trekking in a wonderful shining sunny day and reached the top of the cuilags mountain... stunning landscapes in front of our eyes.  We truly wish to come back, one day... and explore some more!  Seals welcomed us and our Finnish and French friends, sleeping in the next door cottage, staring in our eyes... something we will never forget!  Thank you again."  Eli & Robi and Manu from Italy
August-September 2014(Assistant Cottage)"Fresh, cosy, beautiful, clean and well-equipped Cantick Head!  On the other part of the house our friends from Italy!  On the way to Orkney, then to Chatton Village, Northumberland.  Small international photographers (hobby) meeting on next week-end.  We enjoyed ourselves to walk to The Old Man of Hoy, some of us further, walk around Longhope, watch the seals and birds, take pictures, have good time together.  This is a wonderful place, interesting island.  We can recommend Cantick Head warmly to our friends and hope/wish we can return some day separately or together.  Best autumn, winter and future to you Nadia and your furry family!  Thanks very much". Fabien from France, and Marja-Leena & Aarno from Finland
August 2014(Assistant Cottage)"Thanks Nadia, perfect as usual.  Good luck with your new adventure". Sarah and her dog Jonah from Edinburgh
August 2014(Principal Cottage)"It was an amazing experience to stay here even if only for one night.  It will be our reserve of peace for the future.  Thank you for your kindness and hospitality.  We promise to come back one day". William and his friend from Italy
August 2014(Assistant Cottage)"This has been the most amazing surprise holiday for my 60th birthday.  We have walked and seen so much.  The views everywhere have been breathtaking and we will highly recommend a visit to stay in the lighthouse cottages and Hoy to all of our friends". Sarah & Geoff from Manchester
August 2014(Principal Cottage)"We received a fantastic asylum in this great cottage after a very wet day of hiking.  It was really a great place to stay, very spacious but still cosy, and, most importantly, warm!" Janka & Miro from Brighton
August 2014(Principal Cottage)"Had a great three nights at Cantick, fishing in the burns, great walks, very friendly place but the highlight must be the massive dragonfly at Rackwick.  Will definitely be back!" Susan & Kevin and their daughters Erin and Katie from South Ronaldsay, Orkney
August 2014(Assistant Cottage)"The most beautiful place I have seen... un luogo incantato dal fascino straordinario.  Thanks Nadia for this fantastic experience!" Katia and her friend from Italy
August 2014(Assistant Cottage)"Perfect, cute and cozy.  We had a wonderful time here and will tell our friends about it.  This place is awesome!  Thank you!" Lisa & her family from Edinburgh
August 2014(Assistant Cottage)"Exceeded all our expectations!  This is a wonderful, cosy, well-equipped cottage with the most outstanding views ever.  We have had a fantastic week with mostly warm, sunny weather (albeit rather windy at times) and some great walks.  We highly recommend walking the entire coastline of South Walls, although be mindful of the tides when walking on the coast around the Martello Tower.  Great walks and beach at Rackwick too.  We loved watching the seals and numerous birds, especially hen harriers, red throated divers, oyster catchers, artic skuas, great skuas, black guillemots, curlew.  Thank you Nadia for your warm welcome and great help.  We'd love to return and will highly recommend". Gail & David from Northampton
August 2014(Principal Cottage)"The cottage is very nice and fully equipped!  We had fantastic days.  It was almost sunny, only last day rainy.  The kids saw a grey seal twice and we loved all the birds around the lighthouse, with its fantastic views to the ocean..." Silke, Julian, Luca, Torsten and Alex from Germany
July-August 2014(Principal Cottage)"We had a fantastic time.  The cottage is beautiful, the hosts were friendly and helpful, the scenery is magnificent and we definitely want to come back.  Overall, a very peaceful and amazing week".  Paul & Carol and their daughters Sarah and Erin from Dundee
July 2014(Principal Cottage)" Thank you for such a fantastic yet too short stay!  The cottage was cosy, comfortable and the view was to die for!  We thoroughly enjoyed staying here and hope to return again soon!!" Andrea & Nicoletta and their daughter Angela from Rome, Italy
July 2014(Principal Cottage)" Thank you for our lovely short stay. The cottage, surroundings and landscape are magical. At night through the mist, an eerie sight along the coast. We hope to visit again some day, best of luck in your new adventure." Iain & Lynsey from Kilsyth, mainland Scotland.
July 2014(Assistant Cottage)" Like many, we've always dreamed of living in or by a lighthouse. Fantasy fulfilled, we regretfully take our leave. The nine-knot currents, soaring birds and fantastic scenery made the experience complete. It's a memory we will cherish. Thank you. P.S. Thanks for all the help Nadia and of course Clive for the internet!" Patricia & Ron from Los Angeles

July 2014(Principal Cottage)" We are grateful to have had two nights surrounded by the beauty of Cantick Head. The birds and the curious seals, and the slanting light are magical and wondrous. We hope to return!" Laura & David and Sandie & Richard from North Carolina, USA
July 2014(Assistant Cottage)" Great place, very lucky with the weather.  Double shower was a bonus, will have one fitted when I get home.  Will definitely be back again." Roger, Eileen and their son James from Orkney
July 2014(Assistant Cottage)"We enjoyed our one-night stay in this comfortable cottage with wonderful views (no wind).  Our daughter Anne brought us over here to see Hoy.  We would have loved to stay longer." Grace & Donald from Montrose, mainland Scotland and their daughter Anne from Eday, Orkney
June-July 2014(Principal Cottage)" Once again Cantick Head was spectacular.  Views to die for.  We enjoyed everything about this wonderful place.  Cottages authenticity was brilliant.  We will be back." Caroline & Hamish and their two dogs Rhogin and Josh from Moray
June 2014(Assistant Cottage)"Had a fab stay here at Cantick Head.  Ideal location.  You don't have to come far for a week-end break away.  Lovely cottage, everything you need is here".  Vincent & Gemma from Holm, Orkney
May 2014(Principal Cottage)"Lovely cottage in a wonderful place.  We loved the views.  A perfect place to spend a few days before cycling on.  Thanks!"  Emily & Philip
May 2014(Assistant Cottage)"Safe passage into Longhope has been for 106 years the purpose of Cantick Head, its house and people.  Safely we arrived and sadly we depart, in passing forth the light remains to guide all who venture through the night."  Glenn & Sally from Livingston, Montana, USA
May 2014(Principal Cottage)"Had a nice stay here, comfy house!  Due to the weather, read a lot.  Seen no whales or dolphins."  Henk & Herma from The Netherlands
May 2014(Principal Cottage)“Thank you Nadia.  The cottage was wonderful and fully equipped.  The view of the sea is too beautiful but we did not see dolphins.  Overall, the cottage was very neat and clean.  We have been made to feel very welcome and look forward to our return.  Thank you."  Biswajit & Shriparna and their family from Edinburgh
May 2014(Principal Cottage)“We had a lovely night away from home and enjoyed this homely accommodation.  Our boys loved it too and slept well in the comfy beds.  Hope to get back again in future.  Thank you."  Susan & her family from South Ronaldsay, Orkney
April 2014(Principal Cottage)“Despite the bad start due to our luggage loss, we have been able to enjoy our holidays thanks to your kindness that made us feel at home.  The place is fantastic, the cottage is fully equipped and we were also very lucky to find at least one day of wonderful sun so that we could admire the Old Man and relax up there.  We will never forget your hospitality: not that easy to find hosts who dress you with their own clothes!  We wish you all the very best for your future!"  Cristina & Stefania from Italy
April 2014(Principal Cottage)“In contrast to the blustery weather, which one accepts of course, the house is a real haven of peace and comfort.  This is a remarkable place, historic for its lighthouse and also for the whole area which has seen so much activity over the centuries.  We have been made to feel very welcome and look forward to our return.  Thank you Nadia for looking after us."  Ralph & Taletta from Brechin in Angus and their friend Neil from London
September 2013(Assistant Cottage)“Thank you for a wonderful few days in a beautiful setting in such a cosy, comfortable, well-equipped cottage.  We have had great weather to explore the island but almost wish we could have tucked ourselves away inside hiding from a storm.  Just made it to the Martello Tower on the last day of the season (terrific guide made it come alive).  Sorry we're not staying longer."  Penny & Pete and their two dogs Buddy and Del from Kinross
August-September 2013(Principal Cottage)“A bad start with the weather on day 1 meant that my parents didn't get to see the full beauty and the reason I wanted to return to the island, having visited on a school expedition 14 years ago, aged 13.  However, the following days allowed lovely walks along the coasts, up to The Old Man, the reservoir, along the beaches (finding treasures! bones and teeth - whale maybe?)  After hours spent watching out of the dining room window, finally plenty of porpoise/dolphin sightings between 6-7 for two mornings in a row.  Last night, enjoyed a final supper of crabs and scallops both live from the green building at the end of the causeway (on the Lyness side) as you leave Longhope.  Thank you Nadia for a lovely cosy cottage, with everything you could need.  We wish you well on the next step of your journey and I hope that I can return to the lighthouse again one day."  Jenny and Ann & David from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire
August-September 2013(Assistant Cottage)“Thank you for a truly memorable stay here.  You own a little piece of paradise!  We hope to see you again soon, perhaps in Kirkwall!  Thanks again and good luck for the future."  John & Margaret and their daughters Emma and Rebecca from Perth, Australia
August 2013(Principal Cottage)“Nadia, once again, everything was perfect.  We so enjoyed the cool weather too knowing that everyone at home was sweltering.  Since it was John's first trip here, it was exciting to be with him at a place I love.  This will always be a special place, now, for both of us.  We'll be sure to contact you on the next trip to Hoy!" Mary & John from Texas, USA
August 2013(Principal Cottage)“Dear Nadia, we have been so looking forward to our stay at your lighthouse for a very long time.  It surpassed our best expectations.  The cottage is extremely comfortable and very well appointed.  The views are outstanding and the peacefulness of the area relaxes one immediately.  Our exploration of this beautiful island of Hoy was enriching and exceedingly beautiful.  A true paradise.  Thank you for your welcoming presence and for the great care you take to make and keep this cottage an excellent and extremely comfortable place to stay.  Take care."  Dawn & Steve from Virginia, USA
August 2013(Assistant Cottage)“Perfect again, thank you so much Nadia (hoping for that lottery win!) and a woof from J!"  Sarah and her dog Jonah from Edinburgh
August 2013(Principal Cottage)“Always dreamed of staying at a lighthouse and this was a cottage of excellent dreams.  We will recommend to friends who are in need of peace and a beautiful view."  Guinevere, Simon and Jonathan from Munich
August 2013(Principal Cottage)“Thank you for a wonderful few days.  We wish we could have stayed longer!  Mummy really enjoyed the dishwasher and the washing-machine!  We had glorious weather for our walk up to The Old Man of Hoy.  Mike at the Martello Tower was very nice.  He told us lots of interesting facts about the tower.  The view of the sea was brilliant!  We were very lucky and saw some seals, dolphins, porpoises and even two killer whales!  Thank you Nadia - and Cindy and Candy - for everything!" "And from us too - it's been so relaxing and the cottage is so cosy!"  Andy & Charlanne and their children Katherine and Daniel from Cambridge
August 2013(Principal Cottage)“Thank you for such a lovely stay!  Really enjoyed the beautiful cottage and wonderful views of the beach.  Thank you, also, for the great welcome (we loved the carrot cake and chocolate mousse).  We have enjoyed cycling around Hoy and swimming in the Orkney sea (although we were in our wet suits).  Another highlight was finding a caterpillar who we named after the island!  Thank you!!"  Jim and his children Kirsty, Eva and Douglas from Edinburgh
July-August 2013(Assistant Cottage)“We leave with fantastic memories of walks, swims, cycles, wildlife, quiet, views and weather (ranging from blistering sun to pelting rain!)  Hoy and Nadia's lighthouse cottage exceeded all expectations.  Thanks for being a great host Nadia.  Perhaps a highlight was a walk from Heldale to Little Rackwick Bay - not a soul in sight.  We will recommend Hoy & Cantick Lighthouse and will be back."  Mark & Hannah from London
July-August 2013(Principal Cottage)“Loved the house, the views, the quietness, walked to The Old Man of Hoy on the most perfect day.  Enjoyed learning about the war history and lighthouses.  Wonderful few days.  Thank you and all the best for your future Nadia."  Denis & Lois from Sydney, Australia
July 2013(Principal Cottage)“This is a very special place.  Where else could you find a view like this or sleep next to a lighthouse?  Sadly, we didn't see any whales or dolphins, but we really enjoyed our stay here.  Thanks Nadia for all your explanations.  We're gonna miss all the sheep and cows on the street.  Take care."  Sandy & Yeanne from Luxembourg
July 2013(Principal Cottage)“Thank you so much!  This is a wonderful place... incredibly beautiful scenery and such a cosy, nice house... one can feel the love put into it.  Being in such a place just makes me happy.  Thank you."  Nathalie & Kathrin from Switzerland
July 2013(Principal Cottage)“Du 20 au 22 juillet...deux nuits seulement, mais une grosse journée super ensoleillée à 27 degrés pour apprécier cette merveilleuse promenade à Rackwick et Old Man of Hoy : royal !  Ce phare du bout du monde mérite que l'on s'y arrête, d'autant plus que les logements sont spacieux - on s'y sent comme chez soi et l'accueil de Nadia extrêmement sympathique et prévenant.  Merci pour tout." Pascale & Michel from France, Cédric & Aude from Belgium and Kevin from Carlisle, UK
July 2013(Principal Cottage)“Fantastic place & most kind host.  In three days here the wood has started to separate from the trees.  Thank you."  Greg from Southsea, Hampshire
July 2013(Principal Cottage)“Nadia, this is a wonderful place.  Thank you so much for the thoughtful touches that make it special.  We have really enjoyed the views and the garden."  Rebecca, Howard and John from Manchester
July 2013(Assistant Cottage)“Had a lovely stay at Assistant Cottage.  Lovely views, host was brilliant & very helpful/friendly.  We will definitely be back.  Thanks very much."  Darren, Vicci, Keith and Kevin from Kirkwall
July 2013(Principal Cottage)“A fabulous location & a lovely comfy cottage!  One night stay just not quite long enough to appreciate all that's on offer here - would love to return one day!  Many thanks!"  Elaine & Neil and their two daughters Alison and Joanne from Alloa
June 2013(Principal Cottage)“Wonderful, extra special place with a perfect host who has thought of everything to make our stay super and will have lovely memories of our time here.  Don't want to go home."  PJ & John + family from Orkney and Nottingham
June 2013(Assistant Cottage)“Beautiful spot, so peaceful.  Loved the bird colony a hundred feet away - fab to be able to sit and watch them at dusk, with no one else around.  A privilege.  Beautiful house also, a pleasure to stay in.  Walked to the Old Man in glorious sunshine yesterday - not a soul around - cannot beat it.  Thanks." Liam, Catherine and their 8-month-old baby Callum from Bristol
June 2013(Principal Cottage)“Come and spend some time at the lighthouse such as this one, was Dikran's long-time dream - and it came true!  This place is simply gorgeous, with a fabulous view, beautiful cottage and lovely and so kind and gentle Nadia!  Dear Nadia, thank you for your hospitality and for all the help you provided us in organising this special vacation!  We got in love with this place, island, countryside, people and believe will come back one day, but this time together with our children, we are sure they will love it!  Nadia, we wish you from all our heart a positive new start of your life and to find peace and happiness, and of course we hope to meet you again some day!"  Dragana & Dikran from Milan, Italy
June 2013(Assistant Cottage)“Nadia - so lovely to return for our third visit!  This week flew by even faster than the others.  Thank you for your hospitality and for booking us in at the restaurant and at Melsetter House.  So glad that we may have seen and definitely heard whales!"  Leah, John, Evan and Jonathan from Texas, USA
June 2013(Principal Cottage)“This cottage has lived up to all our expectations and more.  It's in beautiful peaceful location with fabulous views.  Thank you Nadia for the welcome tray and it has inspired me to go home and try baking some bread."  Bruce & Trish from Cheshire
June 2013(Principal Cottage)“Thanks Nadia for your hospitality, the chocolate mousse and the oatcakes were lovely.  We simply love this fantastic stay that will leave us with beautiful memories forever.  How can we ever forget this beautiful place with such fine furnishing?  We love it all the way and hope to have a chance to come back again.  The view is simply amazing!!!" Mercy & Malcolm from Singapore
June 2013(Principal Cottage)“Wonderful place and Nadia is the best.  Thanks for everything." "The best place we ever stayed.  It's hard to beat a lighthouse, gorgeous apartment, and a charming hostess.  We love it here.  Hope to get back very soon!" Valerie & Mary from Texas, USA
June 2013(Assistant Cottage)“Dear Nadia, had a fabulous time.  It's a fantastic location and really cosy cottage!"  Dave from Cheshire
June 2013(Principal Cottage)“A truly fantastic cottage in an absolutely stunning location.  We had a lovely relaxing week-end with brilliant weather.  Jaimie, who's 5, thought the place was magical and we found it a great touch to find lots of games & toys for her to enjoy!  We will definitely be back!  Thanks Nadia for the yummy chocolate mousse!"  Mandy & Steven and their daughter Jaimie from Kirkwall
May 2013(Assistant Cottage)“Dear Nadia, thank you so much for the wonderful stay at Cantick Head.  We enjoyed every bit of our stay here.  Very best wishes."  Les, Francisca, their two children Daniel & Philip and Pepper the dog from Merseyside
May 2013(Assistant Cottage)“It was so good to be here, in another world, in the ever changing light on the edge of the flickering restless sea.  The cottage has been so comfortable.  Thank you so much for all your kind and thoughtful attention."  Ken & Elizabeth from Dunfermline
May 2013(Principal Cottage)“A nostalgic return visit staying in the Principal Lightkeeper's Cottage this time, where Pat's great-great-grandfather, Henry Wallace, lived with his family in 1878.  There is always so much to do on Hoy - we walked to The Old Man of Hoy, visited the Martello Tower and bought scallops from the green hut.  Nadia, as ever, made us very welcome and the cottage was spotless.  We were entertained by the painting of the lighthouse." Sue, Pat and Graham from Harpenden
May 2013(Assistant Cottage)“Thank you so much, Nadia - merci beaucoup!  We would love to return - have thoroughly enjoyed our stay - the peace & solitude, watching the changing moods of sea & sky!  We are so sorry about Tom - we are certain he is still here and we must believe that our loved ones never really leave - we wish you all the very best with the changes in your life.  If you ever think of coming to Australia, please contact us!  Take care." Chris & Sue from Brisbane, Australia
April 2013(Principal Cottage)“Had a lovely relaxing time and have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage.  The welcome pack was much appreciated and the lime pie was delicious.  All in all, it's been a great week-end and the weather's been lovely.  Thank you."  Alan & Marion and David & Irene from Stromness
March 2013(Principal Cottage)“When we first found this gorgeous place on the internet we thought it was too good to be true.  It had everything we loved: sea, lighthouses, peace and tranquillity.  We thought the ferries were going to be an issue but with Nadia's help and guidance they worked out and we made the long journey here.  Then we got here and what seemed too good to be true was actually excellent: the scenery stunning, the sea beautiful, all around tranquillity, the sun shining, on top of this the lovely cottage full of everything you could possibly need.  Well thought out and definitely a home from home with a big chocolate mousse to welcome us both to this place.  The mousse was delicious.  Even though it was March and the maximum temperature 5 and a wind chill that made it lower, we still enjoyed ourselves going to Rackwick beach, climbing up to The Old Man of Hoy, going outside at night and looking at the endless stars and the flashing lighthouses, all amazing and gave us the fantastic break we needed.  So thank you Nadia and Tom for having such a wonderful place, for helping us out from the day we booked, for the lovely welcome and chocolate mousse.  We wish we could buy this fantastic retreat."  Mark & Dawn from Kent
February 2013(Principal Cottage)“Tom and Nadia, thank you for another lovely few days at Cantick.  Everything (including the weather!) was perfect as always.  Very best wishes for everything.  You have been absolutely fabulous hosts."  Mike & Sonia from Nairn
January 2013(Principal Cottage)“Thanks so much - we had a wonderful few days here - we were really lucky with the weather + were guided home each evening by a big bright full moon.  The landscape was stunning + we couldn't have been made to feel more welcome - going to the Burns night celebrations was a fantastic finish to our stay here, everyone was so kind.  Thanks again, the cottage was great + so was the chocolate mousse!" Allen & Katherine from Oxford
December 2012(Assistant Cottage)“Fabulous little house!  Lovely old cottage feel and very relaxing.  Great place to have an uninterrupted break!  Weather being wild we were stuck inside for two days but were quite happy to be so.  Very friendly welcome!  Everything we could have needed.  We will definitely recommend!  Thank you very much!"  Jennifer, Morag and Nick from Kirkwall
October 2012(Principal Cottage)“Can we stay forever?!!  Absolutely wonderful stay here.  Spotlessly clean cottage.  And a fantastic host in Nadia who made everything magical for us.  Thank you so much.  Pearl-Jane & John from Harray
October 2012(Principal Cottage)“We had an absolutely incredible, magical stay at Cantick Head Lighthouse.  It was comfortable, warm and the perfect location to walk our dog and, most of all, enjoy our 6-year anniversary.  Thank you very much Nadia & Tom for making our stay a memorable one.  We will definitely be returning to this beautiful lighthouse, and breathtaking island.  All the best."  Dale & Rachel and their dog Gypsy from Devon and Alderney
October 2012(Principal Cottage)“What a fantastic place to spend our 10th wedding anniversary!  We would love to have stayed a little longer.  Hoy is a beautiful island and we will be back.  Thank you for the lovely chocolate mousse."  Paul and Fiona from Loughborough
September 2012(Principal Cottage)“Thank you so much Nadia & Tom for a wonderful, peaceful, homely and cosy haven to unwind and enjoy Orkney from.  It was our first visit and we felt very at home, especially Hercules & Jack!  The apple crumbles were delicious and we loved the sea views, the stars and the lighthouse shining over the land.  A perfect retreat, the weather was brilliant, much better than forecast and we loved going round the island, the museum at Lyness, Dwarfie Stane and the well organised ferry crossings to Houton.  Today, we enjoyed ancient neolithic Orkney, tomorrow Kirkwall and St Magnus Cathedral then home.  Wish we'd stayed longer, a beautiful place, lovely welcome and hospitality - will be back.  Thank you."  Hilary & Martin and their two dogs Hercules & Jack from the Highlands
September 2012(Assistant Cottage)“Thanks very much for a wonderful stay in a beautiful place.  The cottage is very cosy and has everything required, and the views of the sea and islands are just amazing.  Orkney is a special place for us and we would definitely like to come back and stay at Cantick Head again.  Best wishes.  P.S.: thanks for the lovely carrot cake!"  Paul & Annie from Surrey
September 2012(Assistant Cottage)“What a fantastic place!  This has been the highlight of our trip.  Too bad we didn't have more time.  Would love to come back.  Thanks also Nadia for the wonderful chocolate puddings."  Jan and her daughter Caroline from Toronto, Canada
September 2012(Principal Cottage)“We just enjoyed the trip to Hoy and saw The Old Man standing to the sea.  The weather could be nicer but not the apartment.  It's lovely furnished and has a great view to the ocean.  Thanks for the carrot cake, the champagne and the lovely welcome here at Cantick Head.  It was a nice place to be and we have enjoyed it very much.  Many thanks." Daniel & Natascha from Switzerland
September 2012(Assistant Cottage)“A week has gone by too quickly!  We did a lot of walking - especially enjoyed the guided archaeology walk.  We made friends with the seals in the bay and loved seeing their little heads popping out of the water."  Colin & Christina from Dundee
September 2012(Principal Cottage)“Fantastic location, amazing scenery and cozy cottage.  Thank you Nadia and Tom for allowing us to stay and the delicious chocolate mousse!  We would love to return for a longer visit.  Thanks again once more."  Carol & Steve from South Ronaldsay and Meg & Iain from the Scottish Borders + Kesha the dog
August 2012(Assistant Cottage)“Booked Cantick Head to get away from it all and in the end it turned out to be a much needed get away, even more than first expected.  I adore the Island of Arran but Hoy is a worthy rival for the place that makes me relax and feel at peace with the world.  Only sad it is so much further to come.  As a single traveller, Tom and Nadia take special care of me and make me feel so welcome - thank you so much for that.  I could happily spend all day staring at the sea in the hope of spotting a whale.  There is so much to do on Hoy itself and today we explored Graemsay which was a delight.  Mainland Orkney is only short hop away where we are headed to tomorrow.  The cottage is perfect.  Nothing missed you might need.  I hope not to leave it another two years before I come here again.  A wonderful spot with wonderful hosts.  Thank you!!"  Alison and her dog Ellie from Perth
August 2012(Assistant Cottage)“Just perfect!  Thanks so much Nadia and Tom for sharing this magical place and being such welcoming hosts.  See you next year!" Sarah and Jonah the dog from Edinburgh
August 2012(Principal Cottage)“This place exceeds expectations.  We have been well looked after and the accommodation is warm, clean and well appointed.  We've had every weather possible (other than snow) but that didn't stop us getting out every day.  Recommendations: 1. Walk along cliffs to bird sanctuary, watch gannets fishing 2. Walk to little beach and swim in sea - really! 3. Visit Martello Tower and allow at least 1 hour for Mike's stories 4. Cycle around South Walls in less than an hour, stopping off at Groat's 5. Borrow the fishing thing and catch crabs off Longhope pier (with bacon) 6. Stand by lighthouse and wait for a whale to come along - one did!  Wonderful.  Thank you Nadia and Tom.  And the carrot cake was lovely too."  Dave & Wendy and their children Iona, Jodie and Isaac + Rory the dog from Sheffield
August 2012(Assistant Cottage)“Thank you for a wonderful stay!  This is the cosiest cottage with the most amazing view.  We have felt at home and had everything we needed - thanks for the slow cooker!  We'd love to come back again!  Worth driving 3,000 kms from Austria - ein besonderer ort an einem ganz besonderer platz - wunderschön !"  Sally, Wolfgang and their two children Lisi and Alex from Vienna, Austria
August 2012(Assistant Cottage)“What a wonderful place to come and blow the cobwebs away - literally!  Stunning views from this comfortable and cosy wee house and clear weather too.  Many thanks, Tom and Nadia.  We'll see you again some time."  Ian & Chris from Wirral
August 2012(Principal Cottage)“The cottage is awesome, warm, homely with everything we needed.  Views are exceptional!  Our first night here, we saw seals playing in the firth, just amazing!  Scenery is breathtaking everywhere you look.  Hoping to return for longer next time.  The apple crumble was yummy!  Thank you for sharing."  Gail from Burray, Orkney and Kimmie from Virginia, USA
August 2012(Assistant Cottage)“Thank you so much!  We had a wonderful 3 nights!  Great views and comfy beds!  Parrafin Store was good, lots of good things for the beach & picnics!  Nadia and Tom made us feel very welcome!"  Iona, Ali and their children Evie & Lachlan from Glasgow
August 2012(Principal Cottage)“A splendidly peaceful spot - very comfortable and well-appointed accommodation, ideal for the grand-children.  It's 15 years since we were last in Hoy and not a lot has changed, we're glad to say!  We particularly enjoyed watching the various lights at night and the passing bird life during the day. Thank you!" Sheila & Ian from Birsay, Orkney
August 2012(Principal Cottage)“We had such a lovely stay in this gorgeous homely cottage and wish we could have stayed longer!  It is like my dream home in my mind, so cosy and beautifully decorated.  We loved being so close to the lighthouse and seeing the flashes shine out!  We hope to return for a longer stay.  Thank you very much.  We feel very relaxed from stressfull city life!"  Matthew & Vicky from Brighton
July-August 2012(Assistant Cottage)“Fabulous week, walked to Old Man of Hoy, visited Scapa Flow Visitor Centre.  Caught 2 fine pollacks off the rocks!  Many thanks Nadia & Tom (especially for fixing the old car!)  Hope to come back again."  Donald & Diane and their two children Merlin and Saxon from Dunbar
July-August 2012(Principal Cottage)“Sincere thanks to Nadia & Tom for providing us with such a comfortable and extremely well appointed cottage for our three-night stay - the apple crumbles were delicious on arrival.  We have had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay.  Thank you."  Davina & Kenny from Alness and Greta & Davie from Kirkwall
July 2012(Principal Cottage)“After 4 days visiting Scotland in the Royal Scotsman, we spent a wonderful 3 days here with the sun, peace and tranquility and lots of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, seagulls, cormorants, ringed plovers and seals.  People were very nice.  They took us to fish for lobsters and everything was fantastic.  Thanks and merci." Carlos and Angela from Spain
July 2012(Assistant Cottage)“A unique stay in the lightouse keeper's cottage where Pat's great-grand-father, Henry Wallace, was Assistant Keeper at Cantick Head.  The cottage is beautifully restored in the traditional style.  Nadia and Tom made us very welcome.  It is great that we could rent the cottage by the day (rather than week).  The natives are very friendly - we'll have to return!"  Pat, Sue and Graham from Hertfordshire
July 2012(Assistant Cottage)“We have had a very special time here, thank you.  So many wonderful wild flowers along the cliffs, nesting birds galore and even a minke whale seen from the kitchen window - there can't be many places where that's possible, can there?  Thanks to Nadia for helping us find out about things going on locally.  We had a great meal at Stromabank and loved going to the film night.  Also had a walk to the 'gloups' and spotted the Primula Scotica!  We found the cottage very comfortable, with everything we needed.  Very good to stay somewhere that recycles and has a compost heap too!  Very sad to be leaving, hope we'll be back someday.  P.S.: it was great to have the flask, what a useful set of things in the Paraffin Store!" Fiona, Maggie and Rowan from Bristol
July 2012(Principal Cottage)“We have had a wonderful holiday and a big thank you to Nadia & Tom, you have thought of everything.  The cottage was warm and comfortable and it was a pleasure to cook in a kitchen with proper equipment.  Nadia, your bread was amazing and a lovely warm welcome, thank you.  We managed to pack in a lot in our week with many of the historic sites Orkney has to offer (Maeshowe, the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae are a must!)  We also enjoyed the local cinema on Hoy, the museum and St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall and Julia's Cafe in Stromness.  It is our mission to come back and spot some whales!  With love" Ray from Cyprus and Nicki & John from Farnborough
July 2012(Principal Cottage)“Fantastic stay once again.  Beautiful house and views.  Weather has not put us off either.  Malachi loves your lighthouse and living so close to the sea.  We will be back!  Thank you for all your kindness and beautiful bread.  Enjoy the rest of the summer."  Kathleen, Donald and their son Malachi from Kirkwall, Orkney + Antonio & Maureen from Edinburgh and Aberdeen
July 2012(Assistant Cottage)“Just perfect!" Gabi, Stephan and their two children Matthias and Marlene from Austria
July 2012(Principal Cottage)“To sit and just watch the sea is what I set out to come and do here and did so, sat and watched.  Need no more, no more, no more."  Ian, Rie and their dog Barbarella from Scotland and their friends from Belgium
July 2012(Assistant Cottage)“This is truly a special place, our expectations have been well exceeded!  We have had a wonderful, short, sweet, one-night stay and we hope to be back again soon.  Thanks for a memorable time on Hoy, your help in planning and the chocolate mousse puddings Nadia - they were a delicious surprise.  Congratulations & all the best".  Fiona & Andrew and their two children Colin and Cameron, from Australia
July 2012(Assistant Cottage)“What a fantastic location!  A huge sweep of a view to a tangle of islands.  Lovely to wake up to silence.  Hoy is magic: Rackwick bay, Old Man of Hoy, Hackness Martello Tower, Scapa Flow Museum & beachcombing  galore.  Longhope lifeboat museum very interesting.  Saw porpoises and minke whales from the lighthouse.  The cottage was perfect.  Thank you to Nadia & Tom.  We will be back!"  Ian & Barbara + John & Mairi and their children Ishbel and Alastair from Glasgow
June 2012(Principal Cottage)“Although we haven't seen any whales we really love the place.  The views are unique and the accommodation is lovely and warm.  Thank you for your hospitality."  Georgina, Julio, Fafi, Isa and Nerea from Spain
June 2012(Assistant Cottage)“We have had a good time - weather mixed but later this delightful cottage to come back to - it has not been a problem.  Thank you Nadia for your welcome, not forgetting the bread baking and wine.  Would love to think we will return but the years are catching up with us.  Our thanks."  Veronica & Ted from Salisbury.
June 2012(Assistant Cottage)“We have had a simply wonderful time!  Thank you so much for your hospitality."  Brian & Marie from Wiltshire
June 2012(Principal Cottage)“Deux nuits mais que de souvenirs, promenade le long de la côte au Old Man, le temps s'y prêtant.  Un peu de cocoonery en étant douillement installés dans la maison, la vue sur la mer... merveilleux hébergement."  Sylvia & Jos from France and Luxembourg
June 2012(Principal Cottage)“What a wonderful place to stay!  Cottage beautifully appointed, hosts exceptionally thoughtful, weather brilliant, carrot cake splendid.  Leaving on a perfect Mediterranean morning after all too brief a stay.  Thank you.  Diolch yn fawr i chi, o'r fenni."  Bryn & Margot from Abergavenny
June 2012(Principal Cottage)“Such peace and tranquility with incomparable sea views!  It was a joy to spend a week in such a homely and well appointed cottage on an island steeped in such fascinating history.  Thank you Nadia and Tom for all your kindness, especially the tiramisu (hope spelling correct!)  Until next time... au revoir."  George & Jennie and their two boxer dogs Penny and Bonnie from Sutherland
June 2012(Assistant Cottage)“How lovely to return to Cantick Head!  The cottage is perfect for a relaxing stay.  The kitchen is perfectly supplied with everything needed to prepare meals (best equipped self-catering we've found!)  The Orkneys in general and Hoy/South Walls in particular have continued to cast their magical spell on us!  We are already planning walks for our next visit.  The full moon was lovely rising over Scapa Flow!  And last night we had fun spotting the bonfires lit for the Queen's Jubilee!  Nadia & Tom - thanks for providing a comfortable place to stay and for the welcome tray - you are lucky to live in such a beautiful place!"  Leah, John and Evan from San Antonio, Texas, USA
June 2012(Principal Cottage)“Thank you for your hospitality!  A gorgeous place - fantastic.  We'll be back!" Pip & Pru from Edinburgh
May 2012(Principal Cottage)“Thank you so much for all care and thoughtfulness, and especially the apple crumble - what a welcome sign that was.  Also great to see a 3-way rubbish disposal system in place - much appreciated.  We would love to have stayed for weeks, but in our two short days we experienced the beauty of peace and goodwill.  Kia ora, haere ra (thanks & goodbye)."  Eileen and her daughter Waverney from Auckland, New Zealand
May 2012(Principal Cottage)“What a fantastic place!  Looking out onto the sea as you're eating dinner!  Thank you so much for a great cottage.  Very clean and well equipped.  10.5 hour journey was worth it.  Seeing the dolphins (or whales) was fab!"  Emma, Mark and their 19-month-old daughter Ava from the Peak District
May 2012(Principal Cottage)“Thanks very much for a lovely break, the setting is terrific and the cottage was also excellent.  I look forward to adding my thoughts to both your website and Trip Advisor."  Gary & family from Aberdeen
May 2012(Assistant Cottage)“Thank you for the delicious crumbles - what a treat!"  Tim & family and their two dogs from Sanday, Orkney
May 2012(Assistant Cottage)“Thank you for making these wonderful accommodations available.  We had a very relaxing stay and would have liked to stay longer.  My husband was able to take some terrific photos around the island.  We explored most of the roads and were very touched by the beauty!"  Jodie & Mike from Alaska, USA
April 2012(Principal Cottage)“Thanks again Nadia & Tom.  See you soon."  John & Gill from Herefordshire
April 2012(Assistant Cottage)“We fancied a nice family break in Hoy for the Easter weekend and thought staying at a lighthouse would be a nice surprise for the children.  We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your lovely cottage.  It has been a fine blend of bracing the Orkney weather and enjoying a walk to The Old Man, time in the woods, looking for cockles and experiencing the Hoy pod.  The accommodation was perfect to return to to snuggle up and play family games and watch a nice selection of videos and DVDs provided in the Paraffin Store.  A special thank you also for the lovely homemade apple crumble that awaited us!  Thanks Nadia & Tom."  Ian & Fiona and their 3 children Oskar, Amelia and Harriet from Kirkwall
February 2012(Assistant Cottage)“We fancied a couple of days away, mother and daughter, just to be together and enjoy each other's company.  This cottage was perfect for us with its glorious clifftop views of the sea and islands, and the wind, sunshine and showers constantly changing the scenery.  We had a lovely stay - a real tonic!  Thank you, Nadia and Tom... we will return!" Imogen from Stromness
"So many friendly touches - a lovely stay, watched excellent TV which we'd brought as a treat to see together after the bracing weather.  Many thanks to both of you" Diana from Finstown
February 2012(Principal Cottage)“Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful lighthouse, so relaxing and away from the hustle and bussle, couldn't have asked for more, wonderful cottage with everything you could possibly need.  We will be back!" Shona & Bev from Caithness and Isobel from Essex
December 2011 - January 2012(Principal Cottage)“We had a wonderful time and a very special Hogmanay!  Thank you Nadia for all your support and the wonderful accommodation - perfect!  We certainly will come back!  We are sailors - so a lighthouse is very special to us."  Christel & Hans Peter from Bavaria, Germany
December 2011(Assistant Cottage)“Many thanks Tom and Nadia for making me feel welcome here.  The apple crumble was delicious.  This is an amazing spot and very homely.  I survived the worst storm in 15 years!  Currently marooned due to the causeway being damaged in the storm - great!  I'll be back... with my husband next time!!!"  Christine from Tullynessle, Scotland
December 2011(Principal Cottage)“Thank you Nadia for all you did for us.  We had a wonderful week at the lighthouse.  View is fantastic.  So romantic!  We saw many seals and birds of every kind.  Life at the lighthouse is something special: an experience to repeat.  Coming back to our regular life will be difficult.  Our stay was a dream which we will never forget.  Thank you again for your help and for your kindness... il vento, il mare, le isole... un regno: ritornerò??"  Simonetta & Carlo and their nephew Beppe from Torino, Italy
November 2011(Assistant Cottage)“An awesome place and great hospitality.  Unfortunately the weather wasn't good.  We have to come back."  Cecilia from Rome, Italy
"The place is very beautiful and the view is amazing.  Nadia is a very kind person.  Unfortunately the weather is bad."  Fiorella from Milan, Italy
October 2011(Principal Cottage)“Thank you for making us welcome in your lovely cottage.  It has been a great place to stay while visiting out family and we really enjoyed your homemade bread."  Gill & John from Herefordshire
October 2011(Assistant Cottage)“A wonderful week-end break away in this wild and windy place.  Thoroughly enjoyed everything, and especially the glorious sun rise, waves, gunnets and lights over the sea at night.  The cottage is just fabulous.  We could not have wished for better!  Thanks Nadia and Tom for providing all the little extras to make our stay special and memorable.  We hope to return some day to stay a while.  All the very best."  Paul & Louise from Shapinsay
October 2011(Principal Cottage)“Thank you - Faultless accommodation, we didn't stay long enough so hope to be back soon.  Enjoyed your apple crumble.  Hope you like the cheese and homemade chutney."  Jan & Martin from Sutherland
October 2011(Assistant Cottage)“The stormy weather, the sunny days bring back my creativity... and the scenery... beautiful.  And the bread and cake... lovely!  Thanks."  Annemarieke from The Netherlands
October 2011(Principal Cottage)“What a great and wonderful place.  Thank you for the warm and friendly welcome.  We wish you all the best for the future."  Anton & Theresia from Munich, Germany
October 2011(Assistant Cottage)“A lifetime's ambition realised, if only for 24 hours, of lighthouse living!  Has exceeded all expectations, must come back to spot those orcas.  Endless thanks to dear friend who organised this astonishing surprise."  June and Isabel from Kilcreggan, Argyll and Bute
September 2011(Principal Cottage)“We enjoyed the spectacular view, the fabulous sun rise, the cosy atmosphere in our cottage and the stunning view at night (never seen so many stars before).  It was also very nice that Cindy took the time to come over to the cottage in the morning to say hello."  Stefan & Annette from Germany
September 2011(Assistant Cottage)“Nadia and Tom, thanks ever so much for making us feel so welcome - most especially for making the arrangements with Fran and the merry crowd that is Hoy choir (aka Stromabank Pub Choir).  From our own Stevenson lighthouse to yours we say "bonne chance".  Although described as 'smaller' the cottage is certainly roomy.  The crumble on a blustery afternoon was just the ticket after a morning spent painting and filming at Longhope.  A VERY thoughtful gesture for your guests.  We look forward to meeting again when we return to do more with Tony Trickett and the RNLI - until then, au revoir and keep well!  All warmest"  Eileen & Paul from Portmahomack, Tain
September 2011(Assistant Cottage)“Very comfortable and well-equipped cottage.  We loved our stay - despite (or because of?) the wild weather.  But if there wasn't wild weather there wouldn't be a lighthouse... and thanks for the lovely apple crumble."  Matthew from Australia & Rosemary from Vanuatu
August-September 2011(Principal Cottage)“Our first visit to the Orkneys and won't be our last.  Cantick Head is a perfect retreat to escape from stresses of work & BLOW the cobwebs away.  We were welcomed by gales and said good-bye today basking in sunshine at Rackwick Bay!  Old Man of Hoy is well worth the trek, walk around Cantick from lighthouse for great cliff-top views, Museum at Lyness is great for a few hours, drive up to Wee Fea for great views and stop at Lyrawa Hill near Betty Corigall grave for more views.  Doing all this and coming back to a lovely, warm, comfortable and spacious home has been perfect.  Thank you both for all your hard work!"  Steve & Zoe from Wolverhampton
August 2011(Assistant Cottage)“We managed to fit in many of the sights in our whistlestop tour of the island.  We were rewarded by great views on our hike to the Old Man of Hoy - well worth it!  Scapa Flow was really interesting.  Thank you for your hospitality."  Alex & Mike from Manchester
August 2011(Principal Cottage)“Thank you for another lovely week at Cantick.  A very special place that is always so difficult to leave.  The welcome tray was very much appreciated - it's these touches that make such a difference.  Thank you Nadia & Tom for all your hard work that has helped make our holiday so relaxing."  Mike & Sonia from Inverness and Jane & Chris from Nairn
August 2011(Assistant Cottage)“Nadia, thanks very much.  The cottage was very comfortable and very well stocked.  The views are wonderful - watching the passing sea birds and ferries or the lighthouses in the night - I don't know how you get any work done!  We had great walks at the White Hill of Hammar, a really interesting trip to the Martello Tower and really enjoyed the walk out to the Old Man of Hoy.  We were very lucky with the weather.  Thanks too for the delicious crumble."  Helen & David from Edinburgh
August 2011(Assistant Cottage)“Sadly we could only stay 3 days.  Will be back for longer we hope.  Wonderful, wild and stupendous seas on our last night... many thanks.  P.S. Nadia, the carrot cake was the best!  Can we have the recipe?" Gordon & Fiona from Yorkshire
August 2011(Principal Cottage)“My deepest and heartfelt thanks to you both.  I will be back."  William from London
August 2011(Principal Cottage)“Thank you for a lovely stay - the highlight of our holiday!"  Scott & Cheryl and their 15-month-old son Bill, from London
August 2011(Assistant Cottage)“We have been very happy at Cantick Head, clear or cloudy sky, rain or dry, stormy or quiet weather.  It is always beautiful, at night with all the stars, the moonlight and the lights of the lighthouses.  It is breathtaking.  The cottage is very cosy.  Tom and Nadia take good care of their guests.  We hope we will come back one day, maybe with our daughter Vibeke who misses us so much now (and we too).  Nadia, thanks for baking us delicious cakes.  Merci beaucoup et au revoir.  We hope you pass by us at Santpoort so we can take you to our windmill and show you all the sorts of flours they have."  Corine, Jan, Annie and Espen from Holland
August 2011(Principal Cottage)“A wonderful yet short 3 nights at the Principal Cottage.  Nadia & Tom have done a fantastic job in making this a very warm and cosy cottage that felt like home immediately.  The dogs have enjoyed their stay thoroughly.  Cantick Head Lighthouse is a fantastic spot for sea birds, great and arctic skuas, fulmar, kittiwake, puffin and black guillemot.  We also watched common dolphins and many of grey seals.  Thank you for a fabulous stay and the lovely cake and champagne, delicious!  Excellent fishing off rocks below lighthouse: 1 large pollack on third cast!"  Stephen & Amy and their two dogs Gill and Maisy from the Isle of Skye
August 2011(Assistant Cottage)“We had a great time.  Two weeks went away like nothing.  Thanks for all!"  Stephan and Georg from Cologne, Germany
August 2011(Principal Cottage)“Very tranquil location.  Peace on earth.  Cottage just perfect.  One night not long enough."  Caroline & Hamish and their two dogs Rogan and Josh from Moray in mainland Scotland
July-August 2011(Principal Cottage)“Simply the most extraordinary place we have found in 35 years of visiting Orkney.  Thank you SO much - and we'll very much hope to be back".  Nick and his two sons Alastair & Merryn from Oxford, England
July 2011(Principal Cottage)“Cantick Head is a unique place.  Such a wonderful location and such a nice cottage.  Thanks Nadia and Tom for your help and hospitality.  We enjoyed our stay.  Were not very successful with the fishing, but lucky with the weather.  The ever changing views on the sea from the kitchen table are something to remember!"  Judith and her husband & son from Amsterdam
July 2011(Principal Cottage)“From the lovely welcome tray (great home baking) to the best equipped cottage we have EVER been in, to the wonderful location... thank you Tom and Nadia for a fabulous holiday.  Stromness is delightful and a match for any European fishing village.  Family ticket for Maeshowe, Skara Brae, Brough of Gurness, etc. really worthwhile.  Scapa Flow Museum was very interesting and we're sorry we didn't have the 2-3 hours it deserves."  Ian & Liz and their son Euan + Mikey & Dino the dogs, from Edinburgh
July 2011(Assistant Cottage)“One week is not long enough!  Thank you Nadia for providing such a comfortable place for us!  Thank you for the lovely welcome tray and for arranging our ferries.  The Orkneys are magical, and Cantick Head Lighthouse is a perfect place to experience this magic.  I can't believe I waited over 30 years to return to Orkney!  I hope to return again." Leah & John and their son Evan from San Antonio, Texas (USA)
July 2011(Assistant Cottage)“We've all had such a wonderful time.  Whale watching, bull seals and lovely weather.  The crumble was beautiful... thank you!  Will be back soon."  Glen, daughter Trish and grand-daughter Jessica from Tankerness, Orkney mainland
July 2011(Assistant Cottage)“We have all had a wonderful 3 days at Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages.  The hosts were most welcoming and the cake was out of this world.  Thank you for a wonderful stay, the cottage is beautiful and we will be back!  Wonderful weather."  Donald & Kathleen and their 3-year old son Malachi from Kirkwall, Orkney mainland
"Beautiful place, full of spirit and true nature.  Loved my stay.  Thank you for all!"  Antonio & Sue from Glasgow
July 2011(Principal Cottage)“A lovely stay in such a well presented house.  The personal touches were great, we felt very comfortable and very much enjoyed the delicious cake.  Felt like we were much further away on holiday than the 30 mins boat journey it takes to get here.  Thank you, we hope to return."  David & Nicola and their children Isla and Katie from Harray, Orkney mainland
July 2011(Principal Cottage)“A lovely cottage and setting in a lovely part of the world.  Hope to come back some time.  Thank you for the crumble, it was lovely!"  Rachel & Liam and their dog Sam, Midlands
June-July 2011(Assistant Cottage)“Absolutely stunning location.  The light at midnight & peace and tranquillity of it is magical.  I really do hope to come again.  Such a beautiful island, why so few people here?  Well, it suits me that way.  Diolch yn fawr! (merci beaucoup!)"  Adrian, Pontrhydygroes, Wales
June 2011(Principal Cottage)“Vow!  What a spectacular place, and with such a warm welcome!  We all wished we were staying for more than one night!  Beautiful presented house, with such lovely personal touches - it made all the difference.  The dogs loved it too!  Brilliant fishing off Cantick Head rocks - 5 fish on two rods in an hour!  We will be back... for longer next time.  Thank you Nadia & Tom (the crumble was delicious!)" Katie, Leander and Raymond from North Yorkshire and their two dogs Stig & Jack
June 2011(Principal Cottage)“Such a wonderful and tranquil place to escape from the everyday stresses of our working lives.  We have enjoyed Hoy in general, and Cantick Head in particular, immensely and will be recommending it to all our friends and family.  Thank you! (very curious to know what the winter solstice here is like!)" Alastair from Berlin, Germany and Jožka from Prague, Czech Republic
June 2011(Assistant Cottage)“Stunning and tranquil.  The island is beautiful and full of nature for any hiker or trekker to enjoy.  A perfect location and Nadia & Tom were excellent and welcoming hosts.  The cottage was very welcoming and comfortable, could have stayed much longer.  Would love to come back and share this amazing area with some friends who would love it.  Enjoyed hiking to the Old Man, St John's Head and around the coast by the lighthouse.  Spent 4 nights in St Margaret's Hope and Kirkwall prior to 4 nights in Hoy.  All were amazing and just what I needed on holiday.  Cheers."  Sue, La Habra, California (USA)
June 2011(Assistant Cottage)“Arrived soaking wet and wind blown after exploring on foot Knap of Trowieglen.  However, a warm shower and a good night rest revived us sufficiently to ascend cullags and Ward Hill.  We were rewarded with warm sunshine and excellent views.  What a lovely island!!  Some of us may be tempted to return despite being harassed by bonxies protecting their nests!  With no more Marilyns to conquer we will be leaving tomorrow after visiting the 'Old Man'.  Tested both tea shops in true CRC style.  Thank you for your welcome and enabling us to have a most comfortable stay."  Jane, Alison, Alan and George - Gloucestershire & Hampshire
June 2011(Principal Cottage)“Another fantastic week at Cantick.  The beauty of this place is breathtaking.  Already planning next year.  Thank you to Nadia & Tom.  See you next year."  Dot & John, Fife
June 2011(Assistant Cottage)“We enjoyed every bit of our stay here and that's mostly because of this place.  Hoy is a beautiful island, the lighthouse is ideally situated at the end of everything and for a moment you can forget about modern life... will be back for a longer stay.  Merci encore et à bientôt!!".  Matthieu & Sabrina, Toulouse (France)
June 2011(Principal Cottage)“Thank you, thank you for the beautiful accommodation on Hoy island!  Waking up in the morning with the sun streaming in with the spectacular view from every window - it was well worth the effort even for 1 day!  Since my maiden name is Hoy, I always wanted to find the island of Hoy.  I would love to come back with family to explore more".  Pat, Canada
"A 'glorious' memory this will be!  I loved the 'purity' of the sea, air and wind - a beauty so clearly felt and viewed with my 'Scottish heart'!  I shall return.  Thank you Nadia - thank you!"  Karrie, Canada
May-June 2011(Assistant Cottage)“Merci pour votre accueil et pour ce gîte si sympathique.  Notre séjour fut très agréable avec des balades superbes à la découverte de ces îles peu connues.  La vue imprenable sur la mer nous a enchantés, et de nos fenêtres nous avons même aperçu des petits groupes d’orques faisant les petits fous !  Les 2 jours de beau temps, sans vent, au cours de ce séjour, nous ont ravis.  Bref, séjour bien sympa !” Marylène & Claude (France)
“Nous avons passé un agréable séjour dans une région d’un pays que je ne connaissais pas et qui me rappelle la Bretagne (Pornic) mais surtout du côté de Brest avec vos falaises.  C’est magnifique.  A bientôt peut-être.” Dominique & Lisabet (France)
May 2011(Principal Cottage)"Staying at Cantick Head has been a unique and wonderful experience, enhanced by a gale force 8 storm: we were fascinated and awed by the wild sea, the heaving ferries, the rattling bolted green storm doors ("let me in!"), the thundering of the chimneys and the "gloup-gloup" of the kitchen sink made restless by the storm.  We felt warm and comfortable in the charming, spacious and very well equipped Principal lighthouse keeper's cottage, with the reassuring wink of the lighthouse - the great eye above.  Lovely bed and cosy duvet.  Even in a storm, this place is peaceful.  A week full of exploration, the final day of which was climbing to the top of Ward Hill and taking in the jigsaw puzzle of islands in the sea.  Nadia and Tom were a real pleasure and so helpful.  Thank you!  P.S. The homemade bread and welcome tray were much appreciated!" Brian & Monica, Toronto (Canada)
May 2011(Assistant Cottage)"We have enjoyed our stay and have been very comfortable.  [Watching through] the window is addictive.  Have spent time watching sea birds' flying display through some exciting gales & rough seas.  Thank you very much."  David & Sheila, Devon
May 2011(Principal Cottage)"We've had a super week.  Cottage exceeded expectations: so well appointed.  There was everything we needed, it was warm, comfortable and welcoming.  We'll have no hesitation in recommending this to our friends & neighbours down South.  The Cantick loaf will be baked on return to our homes.  Brilliant walk from the cottage, over the cliff tops to the gloups - not to be missed.  We'll have to return to complete the "to do" list that we'd compiled.  So much to see!  Thank you".  Paul & Carol from Yorkshire and Dennis & Ann from Derbyshire + George the boxer dog
May 2011(Assistant Cottage)"Thank you for one calm and quiet night at Cantick Head.  The cake was fantastic (so was the weather!)"  Miriam & Daniel, Germany
May 2011(Assistant Cottage)"Thanks for a wonderful short stay, wish it could have been for longer, the views blew us away and a lighthouse on the doorstep, the house was so comfortable to stay in, it has everything and the shower room to die for.  Lovely welcome from a lovely couple - great rhubarb crumble!  And thanks for the chance to take the photo for the community paper - anyone wanting to see it: 'westword' web-site (org uk) after mid-June."  Richard & Ann, Arisaig, Inverness-shire
May 2011(Principal Cottage)"Thank you for your kindness!  The house is very comfortable and the place is wonderful, one of the most beautiful that we have seen in our life!  This travel in Scotland is a fantastic honeymoon!  We hope to see you again for more days!"  Gianluca & Carla, Bergamo, Italy
April-May 2011(Assistant Cottage)"Many thanks Nadia, we have had an absolutely wonderful fortnight here and wish we could linger for another week or two.  A perfect break from the stress of everyday life, we will return home completely relaxed.  Magical weather - two weeks of unbroken sunshine.  We saw a pod of 5 orcas cross the bay on 3rd May.  We can recommend the tour of Martello Tower, the Scapa Flow Museum, dinner at Stromabank and the walks to Rackwick, Old Man and best of all from here along the cliffs.  Most of all though we recommend just sitting on the bench watching the sea, birds and boats!"  Kirsty & Steve, Harwich (Essex)
April 2011(Principal Cottage)"For Orcadians who look over to this view everyday, it has been an enjoyable revelation, seeing it up close.  A completely different perspective, with the bonus of lovely weather.  Thank you for your attention to detail in this well-equipped cottage.  We've had a thoroughly enjoyable break."  Donald & Marlene from Holm, Orkney and Anna & Aury from Edinburgh
April 2011(Principal Cottage)"We've enjoyed the luxury of the cottage and the wonderful welcome.  Lovely and warm and cosy in the fog when we arrived.  The views from here were even more special when we saw them for the first time the following day.  Not enough time to do everything but the highlights were a wonderful personal tour of the Martello Tower & Battery, the welcome and introduction to the Scapa Flow Museum and an afternoon on Rackwick beach (including the Crows Nest Museum).  A good time had by all."  Sue, Chris and their children Robert & Rosie (Walsall, West Midlands)
April 2011(Principal Cottage)"A wild and windy place - a memorable few days - re-track the last voyage of the Longhope lifeboat on the O.S. map and visit the memorial - a fitting tribute to brave men and their families.  Walk out to the Old Man - says 3 hours on the sign but not as long as this - more like 2.  Thank you Nadia and Tom - when we need to feel the elements and escape the rat race, we'll return to feel the power of wind and sea."  Richard & Pierette and their children Ben, Henry and Lara - Glenfarg, Perthshire
March 2011(Assistant Cottage)"Had a wonderful time, wild days and wonderful times at Rackwick.  Came looking for the light and found myself surrounded by it.  Thank you for a safe resting place."  Carol, Hampshire
January 2011(Assistant Cottage)"A truly wonderful cottage in fantastic surroundings.  We wish we had more time to explore, but I am sure that there will come another time to be here again.  On Thursday, the Stromabank Pub Choir was amazing.  On Friday, we had a lovely meal - very much enjoyed our great evening with Nadia & Tom.  Many, many thanks."  Gloria & John, Stromness
Christmas 2010(Principal Cottage)"Words cannot describe how amazing our time at Cantick Head was.  Our time in your lovely cottage was so incredibly memorable we had great experiences and made memories to last a life time.  Our trip to the local pub with all the music (including Remy on guitar and Jaime on vocals) was such a wonderful time.  Thank you also to Mike at Martello Tower who opened the tower when it was closed for the season, and gave us a personal tour.  We also loved the 2-hour walk/hike on Boxing Day!  Great fun!  We will be back in the summer!!  See you soon." Gareth & Nicole and Remy & Jaime, London
November-December 2010(Principal Cottage)"Another fabulous week at Cantick.  First time we've seen the island under a blanket of snow, and the freezing weather didn't prevent us enjoying ourselves - as we were so cosy in the cottage.  Thank you Nadia and Tom for letting us come at this time of the year.  A really relaxing week."  Mike & Sonia, Nairn
November 2010(Principal Cottage)"The reception from Nadia & Tom upon arrival was warm, welcoming and the tray of "goodies" upon arrival was wonderful.  The people here are all friendly and so incredibly generous.  Opening up the museum at the lifeboat of Longhope and the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre despite them both being closed for the season was very gratefully received and went beyond our expectations, adding to the magic of our holiday.  Fish & chips from Keith's van on Thursday night were delicious and the array of fresh goods from the Longhope shop made for a great meal every day we were here.  The cottage is well equipped and the five of us were very comfortable during our stay.  To top it all the weather has been incredibly kind to us considering the time of year we came to visit, we were in awe last night (Thursday) when we were lucky enough to catch the "Aurora Borealis" over the hills at the back.  So fantastic and beautiful.  The night skys have been exquisite, even on the cloudiest of nights we have enjoyed a stroll around the outside of the cottages and looked up to see a glorious assortment of stars sparkling in the dark.  This is a magnificent location for a holiday "away from it all".  We will be singing its praises from the highest of high for a long long time to come.  Beautiful landscapes, interesting wildlife and fascinating history, what more can we say."  Jo & Dave, Ken, Steve and Janet + Bella the dog, Middlesbrough
October 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Everything that you could want and more... we will return to Cantick Head for sure..." Ros & Tim, Wales
October 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Peace and tranquility what more can one ask.  This dwelling is certainly up to the task.  Our thanks to Tom & Nadia for letting us stay.  We will definitely return one day.  Your welcoming gift a wonderful touch which we devoured and enjoyed very much."  Doug & Chris and their dog Ellie, Cornwall
October 2010"We've had an amazing time!  Enjoyed exploring the island & the weather has been perfect!  Wish we didn't have to leave.  I love the fact that what seems like the ends of the earth to me... we have found this amazing little cottage, it has made a real impact on me and I'll remember it for a long time to come.  Thanks Nadia."  Lyndsay & Russell, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire
October 2010(Assistant Cottage)"The perfect place to find tranquility and serenity, a oneness with this wonderful cottage and beautiful surroundings.  Nadia's cake is great too!" Darren & Katarina, Bratislava, Slovakia
August-September 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Many thanks for your hospitality and the opportunity to stay here in this remarkable place.  As others have said, it really does relax you.  The walk from Round Hill to Rackwick at this time of year is stupendous, about an hour each way.  Scapa Flow museum very interesting - Longhope memorial and war graves very moving.  Best wishes."  Paul & Barbara, London
August-September 2010(Principal Cottage)"Wonderful to watch the school of dolphins (2 days running!) from our doorstep.  We've loved it here.  Accommodation is first class and it's really well equipped.  Thanks so much for the apple tart - delicious!  Found the fish shop and feasted on fresh crab, clams, queenies and prawns.  Rackwick beach wonderful - more dolphins and seals!  Walks from here along cliff tops are excellent and stunning at night in the dark watching the lights from ours and the lighthouses is fantastic.  I'm sure we'll be back, this was too short a visit!"  Kath & Bill, Edinburgh
August 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Dear Nadia and Tom, thank you so much for a lovely stay and a fun night at the Stromabank Hotel.  This is a truly magnificent spot and we will endeavour to get back here some time.  Lovely to see you again Nadia and to meet you Tom."  Johnny & Alice, London
August 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Many thanks for the welcome and comfortable accommodation.  We have had a splendid time - and we saw the whales." Martin & Allison, Abergavenny
August 2010(Principal Cottage)"A week here on Hoy at the Cantick Head Lighthouse is not enough.  There is so much to see and do.  We definitely would like to come back some time soon.  It was great to see you both again Nadia and Tom.  You are doing a fantastic job at the Cantick Head Lighthouse.  The Principal Cottage we stayed in is very comfortable.  The Orkney Islands are a hidden treasure.  Once again, many thanks for everything."  Colin & Janet and Mary & John, London
August 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Best cliff and wave combo ever.  This was an extremely relaxing weekend away from the stressful world of Edinburgh.  We didn't get out much, but really enjoyed exploring the surrounding cliffs and coves.  We hope to come back again one day for another amazing weekend.  Thank you!" Ian & Brittany, Edinburgh
August 2010(Principal Cottage)"Quite literally the best cottage we have ever stayed at, in the most idyllic location.  Our 10-day family holiday here was the best ever, many days we did not leave Cantick Head!!  The weather was kind to us, and Nadia & Tom make great hosts.  We recommend the lobster, crab and scallops from the fish house at Brims road end, and make sure you leave time for the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre, it is excellent.  Our trip to Stronsay Firth whale spotting with Kenny at Sea Orkney added an extra dimension as the kids caught mackerel and were allowed to drive the boat.  We will certainly be back to this very special place.  Even the border terriers will be sad to head home." Ian, Sophie + 9-year-old Rachel and 8-year-old Thomas, Cumbria
August 2010(Assistant Cottage)"The perfect antidote to modern life - intermittent signals on phone (and TV), no 3G so the iPad vested just Radio 3, and yesterday's papers arrive tomorrow.  Lobster from the fish house, porpoise, seals and whales to watch for + quality time with family - perfect."  Geoff & Janet, Cumbria
August 2010(Assistant Cottage)"What a fantastic place!  You can watch the tides & currents all day - porpoises, dolphins, minke whale + a whole range of birds over the island.  Bonxies are great!!!  I'd strongly recommend the Hoy Hotel for lunch or dinner - the chief is very enthusiastic, hospitable and cares about the food.  We had to persuade him to let us pay at one point!  Go for a beer at lunchtime & try escaping - worth the effort.  Stromabank Hotel food is good too, also carefully prepared.  Steaks were fantastic, cooked exactly as requested, wonderfully tender and full of flavour.  Try Sea Orkney for a boat trip, Kenny is great!  Thanks Nadia & Tom for being so kind and friendly - you're very lucky to live here!" Pete & Luca, The Netherlands
August 2010(Principal Cottage)"A fabulous three days and much too short!  Cottage, location, locals, Tom & Nadia have all provided happy memories.  The scenery is breathtaking and can be taken in more easily because of all the distractions of modern life that are not a problem here: traffic, mobile phones, constant interruptions etc.  My father was here during the 2nd World War, on a destroyer protecting the arctic convoys (and later D-day etc).  He would be thrilled that the suffering of his generation (on both sides) has been replaced by the happy times that we can enjoy.  Thank you Tom & Nadia for the opportunity to enjoy all of this."  Richard and Angela, Hampshire
August 2010(Assistant Cottage)"We had a lovely time here at Cantick Head in surroundings which could scarcely be bettered.  Spent hours gazing out over the famous Scapa Flow, watching the ever changing waters and catching a glimpse of the odd seal.  Managed to take in most of Hoy's most celebrated attractions including The Old Man and the awe-inspiring sea cliffs of St John's Head, Rackwick Bay and the RSPB reserve, which will stay in the memory.  Recommend a visit to Scapa Flow Visitor Centre which is a thoroughly absorbing and moving experience.  Thanks to our hosts Nadia and Tom who were very kind, welcoming and informative.  The cottage itself is extremely well-equipped and we had a most comfortable time of it here.  If you get the chance, you can buy scallops, crabs and lobsters at a little place on the right not long past the turn-off to the shop at Longhope.  Hope to return some day."  David, Angelika and 9-year old Henry, Stonehaven
July 2010(Principal Cottage)"Bientot viendra le moment de dire au revoir a Cantick Lighthouse et ce sera avec regret que nous embarquerons sur le ferry qui nous amenera vers Orkney Mainland.  Cantick Lighthouse a ete notre "home" pour 12 jours et nous ne l'oublierons jamais : sa situation unique au bout du monde, ses vues splendides et surtout ses proprietaires sympathiques, Tom et Nadia.  L'ile de Hoy est un vrai tresor et nous avons passe nos journees a l'explorer : ses superbes sentiers cotiers, ses paysages de montagne et de bruyere, ses petites plages abritees, ses falaises sauvages, sa flore et sa faune ("the bonxies").  Il y aura de quoi remplir tout un album photo.  Merci pour tout, Nadia et Tom !" Thierry, Joelle and their son Pierre + Leila the dog, Luxembourg
July 2010(Assistant Cottage)"This is an enchanting cottage with a lot of atmosphere, easily better than expected.  We wish we had booked for longer but have had two glorious days walking, especially the circuit from Rackwick to Cuilags via the Old Man.  We will most definitely recommend Cantick Head Lighthouse to our friends and wish you all best success with your venture here.  Very many thanks!" Juliet, Neville and Huw, London
July 2010(Principal Cottage)"We had a totally excellent family vacation in the Orkneys and are grateful we found your listing because Cantick Head cottages are great.  Coming back to the cottage each evening from the other islands or just walking along the cliffs was something to look forward to - especially when tired and damp.  You have seen to all the conveniences yet maintained a period look and feel.  We loved our time here and are sad to be leaving.  Thank you for everything."  Bruce, Cherie (Chicago, USA) and Shana (London, UK)
July 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Our second year for a holiday at Cantick Head - fantastic.  Everything you could wish for on your doorstep except the elusive whales.  Fishing on the rocks, photographing the birds, the beautiful walks not to mention the delicious food at the Stromabank Hotel, who would want to go anywhere else.  Will be back, just wish it could be sooner than next year.  Tom & Nadia, terrific hosts.  See you next year."  Dot & John, Fife
July 2010"Thank you for the excellent stay - we were only here a night and wished we'd planned more.  A wonderful storm was laid on to increase the atmosphere and we felt very protected.  Love Hoy.  Have had a lovely walk and a great cafe Beneth'hill in Hoy.  Would love to return one day - you've made a lovely place here."  Norman and Sarah, Bath
July 2010(Assistant Cottage)"First trip to Orkney and won't be my last.  What a perfect spot and a lovely welcome from Tom and Nadia for whom nothing was too much trouble.  Had some busy days exploring Hoy itself and Mainland.  Walk to Old Man of Hoy was fun and Waulkmill Bay near Kirkwall most beautiful beach I've seen.  Also enjoyed time just sitting at cottage enjoying the view and the tranquility and also very much enjoyed chats with Tom.  A wonderful place to come alone and cottage very well equipped and comfortable.  Do not want to go home in spite of the storm raging outside - all the more reason to stay!  Weather has been excellent mostly, I'll email you some of my pics Nadia.  Thank you for making my 40th so memorable.  Best wishes.  Ali & the girls"  Alison, Perthshire
June-July 2010(Principal Cottage)"Thank you, Nadia and Tom, for everything.  We slotted in here and lived a life as if we were at home - so there was everything here we needed, and most of what we wanted, too.  Absolute luxury, total bliss.  We loved the books on lighthouses here - we seem to be working our way round them without planning to do so.  On the fine days we zipped around the island being tourists and getting sunburnt.  We enjoyed the wild wind and the whipped-up sea and the rain stinging the skin on our faces for a couple of hours, then returned here for some comfort, a good read and to enjoy the tennis.  We saw lots of wildlife and got boxxied to our knees on the moors - they were just saying "this close and no closer", they meant no harm, and we observed their warnings.  Hoy is a great island, Cantick Head is a beautiful part of it, and we loved it here.  Thanks again, and very best wishes to you both."  Richard and Gill, Northamptonshire
June 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Fantastic outlook.  Spent ages looking for that 'tell tale' fin but no luck.  Very comfortable accommodation - howling gales outside.  Hope to come back."  Geri, Alan and Sandra, Norfolk
June 2010(Principal Cottage)"This is our second visit to Cantick Head.  There are some places on earth where God blesses you with peace and grace.  Cantick Head is one of these places.  With incredible views and natural beauty all around, and warmth and comfort in this cottage, we felt rested, renewed... and very, very sad to leave, even though we know we will be back!  Crossing over from Gill's Bay, the best sight we see is our first view of Cantick Head Lighthouse.  Then we know we are in reach of our peaceful haven.  Special thanks to Nadia and Tom for this quiet care and welcome tray.  You are wonderful hosts!  We had a special, beautiful 3rd anniversary."  Stacey & Ian, Sutherland
June 2010(Principal Cottage)"We had everything we could want in this well-equipped cosy cottage - a really comfortable place to stay.  Walks along the cliff tops saw a hooded crow's nest, peregrines, puffins and hundreds of fulmars.  Thank you Nadia and Tom.  P.S.: The homemade bread was wonderful!"  Chris and Jill, Cumbria
May-June 2010(Principal Cottage)"Fantastic holiday.  Boys really enjoyed it.  Wonderful weather - all sunkissed.  Beautiful quality of light.  Some great walks with the South Isles Ranger: Philip Weiss (and, yes, he is related!)  Saw puffins and heard seals singing.  Want to explore more but it's time to go back to the Forest of Dean (Glos).  Hope to come again again.  Lovely cosy cottage, which felt like home.  Thank you."  Paul & Zoe Weiss and their 4 children: Thomas (9), Samuel (8), William (7), Joseph (5), Gloucestershire
May 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Glorious views, a warm welcome, comfortable bed (seven hours sleep is exceptional).  Perfection - even down to the audio system being pre-set to Radio 3.  Our return is already in the planning stages.  Many thanks."  Stephen and Mary, Spaldington, East Yorkshire
May 2010(Assistant Cottage)"We had a really nice time here at the lighthouse.  The view from the kitchen is wonderful.  Even the weather was good as we walked to the Old Man of Hoy and to St John's Head.  Thank you."  Christian & Yvonne, Berlin, Germany
May 2010(Principal Cottage)"Fantastic holiday, the scenery and wildlife spectacular.  The cottage was excellent, and the owners Tom and Nadia very kind and generous.  We all agree we will be returning in the future."  Sam, Lisa, Mavis and Ray, England
May 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Our second visit (first was after refurbishment in 2005), and we have spent 3 very relaxing days here.  We enjoyed lots of sunny walks along the shore in the company of a seal and the diving birds, and went every day to a (previously) unspoiled beach to dig holes... on our first evening after tea we saw what I believe were 2 or 3 minke, lounging just beyond the wall.  We'd love to return - when Peter is quite a lot older, as the wall in front of the light is so low.  Thank you for such a lovely retreat!" Richard, Elizabeth and Peter (21 months old), Tain
May 2010(Principal Cottage)"We endorse all the complimentary remarks of the previous writers here.  Tom and Nadia have to be congratulated in building on the efforts of their predecessors to make Cantick Head a special place both on account of its location, and also because of the comfort and luxury of the cottages.  If anyone comes here to relive the life of a 20th century lighthouse keeper, then they have made the wrong decision!" James & Betty, Colorado, USA, and Norman & Jean, Inverness, UK
May 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Our third time back here in three years and still discovering lots of new places on the island!  The weather was great which let us get out on our bikes every day - I'm sure Hoy must be cycling heaven.  Cycling back from Rackwick one day I only saw 3 cars in 25 miles and 2 hours and it doesn't get much better than that!!  We also took the bikes over to Flotta one day and were surprised how much there was to see there - a lot more than just the oil terminal.  As usual the cottage was warm and welcoming and what a view from the table.  We hope everyone enjoys their time here as much as we do."  Calum & Alison, Edinburgh
May 2010(Principal Cottage)"Emotional trip down memory lane after leaving here in 1977 aged 7.  It was good to come back to show my husband where I spent part of my childhood.  Brought back some good memories.  Thank you very much."  Valerie & Brian, Caithness
April 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Loved my stay at Cantick Head living the life of an Assistant Lighthouse Keeper!  We will miss our daily walks along the shore & the wildlife & the peace and quiet... thank you." Andrew and Ailsa (West Highland terrier), Scotland
April 2010(Principal Cottage)"What a fabulous stay!  We couldn't have wanted more - both from the cottage and the view outside the window.  We felt very treated indeed and wish we could have stayed much longer - thank you SO much!" Jon, Caroline and their 3 children: Eliza, Noah, Flora (Devon)
March 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Finally made it to The Old Man of Hoy in a gale & rain, found it hard to stand and had to lie on cliff top to see the stack.  Previous day, gave up as we had a blizzard most of the day!  Cottage wonderfully cosy to come back to.  2 jigsaw puzzles & reading.  Wonderful packed lunch from Nadia + cooked breakfast on Gilly's birthday.  Thank you!" Jane and Gilly, Winchester, Hants
March 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Merci pour votre accueil chaleureux, dans ce cadre hors du monde, ou plutôt au-dessus du monde. Il est un émerveillement de chaque instant qui a enchanté nos courtes vacances. Bravo et merci, aussi, pour ce logement superbe, raffiné et très confortable. Nous n'avons qu'une envie : revenir vous voir !" Marie-Pierre et Jean-Denis, Paris, France
February 2010(Assistant Cottage)"The minute we arrived we wished we could stay longer.  The cottage is beautiful and the lighthouse and view were like something from a dream.  Thank you to Nadia and Tom for helping us get here.  The apple tart was superlative!  Walking to The Old Man of Hoy in a foot of snow was an expedition I'll never forget.  Keep your eyes peeled for Arctic hares!  A part of me will never leave this island." Sophie and Leah, Nottingham and Accrington
January 2010(Assistant Cottage)"Had a splendid time again at Cantick Head.  Nadia and Tom, thank you very much for your hospitality!  Because of the lovely homemade bread and the bottle of champagne (Valentine!), I will come back again" Ina, The Netherlands
October 2009(Assistant Cottage)"A perfect port in a storm!  Only stayed one night at very short notice.  Lovely cottage, great service from Nadia - wish we could have been here longer.  Thank you very much." Anne and Mark, Kirkwall
October 2009(Assistant Cottage)"Fantastic, relaxing week.  Weather quite mixed but watching the sea is amazing whatever the weather.  No doubt we'll see you again soon." Sonia and Mike, Nairn
October 2009(Principal Cottage)"We were both extremely pleased with our choice of honeymoon location and had a terrific week both in and out.  A wet and wild day did not make a trip to Kirwall less magical.  Skara Brae is incredible.  There's so much to see on the mainland, the information centre was a  brilliant help.  We had a good lunch in a pub called Helgies overlooking the harbour.  Hoy is breathtaking with an abundance of wildlife - we recommend looking out for local walks with the new South Isles ranger, he'll take you to lesser known areas of the island and has a wealth of knowledge.  The Hill of White Hamars is on the doorstep and is a great walk.  We enjoyed a very windy walk to The Old Man of Hoy which was thrilling!  Thank you to Nadia and Tom who have been very thoughtful and pleasant hosts." Fiona & Andrew, London
October 2009(Assistant Cottage)"Another fantastic time on the island.  Some spectacular weather at times.  Hope all future visitors enjoy their time here as much as we do." Calum and Alison, Edinburgh
September 2009"We had a wonderful week in this glorious place.  The accommodation is of a very high standard which added enormously to the holiday - and Nadia was extremely helpful when she was being phoned & e-mailed from London as we had no picture of what to expect.  Thank you Cantick Head for a memorable week - the week of no rain & three days of sunshine was a bonus!" Ken and Lou, London
August 2009"We've had a very enjoyable & relaxing holiday.  Accommodation excellent and very cosy.  Weather mixed but overall good.  Spent a lovely dayon Graemsay - well worth a visit.  Thank you for the welcome tray, the bread was absolutely delicious.  Good luck to Tom and Nadia in your new venture."  Gillian & Gerry
August 2009(Assistant Cottage)"We've had a fantastic week.  Lovely to arrive to freshly baked bread and warm cosy house.  Two fantastic days of sunshine and even a day with no wind!  Abundance of seals and porpoises.  Wild, wet walks.  Lots of time to crochet and fish.  Heaven.  This is a magical place and we feel very lucky to have found it.  Thank you both for being fantastic hosts, we are very envious of your new lifestyle as we head back to the big smoke."  Marigold & Richard, Surrey
August 2009(Principal Cottage)"We have had a wonderful holiday - the cottage is comfortable and well equipped and Hoy is a beautiful island.  Would love to return.  As Tom and Nadia's first guests, we would like to say well done to them for making us feel so welcome, especially as they only arrived the day before us!  Best wishes for the future to you both."  Vivienne and Lindsey, Oxfordshire

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