Remote - the last mile is down a track - and on a windswept promontory north of Stranraer, this is a listed, 200-year old working lighthouse. The tower itself isn't part of the hotel, but the structure at its foot, the former lighthouse keeper's dwelling, houses the restaurant, public areas and some of the rooms. Other accommodation, including the suites, are in separate buildings, none more than three minutes from the hub.
Visitors come here for a unique and romantic experience, the generally light rooms and dramatic seascapes, but not for style. It's done out comfortably, but in a conventional, unpretentious way - you could hardly be anywhere else but a hotel. Some of the smaller rooms may not please perfectionists - but bear in mind it's an old building.
The food ('tremendous' says a reporter) wins almost universal approval. The meals are award wnning, service is thoughtful and the welcome personal. 'Truly magical' says one reporter of their experience there. 'Nothing beats going out after dinner to walk the shore and hear the waves exploding on the rocks' says another. Highland cattle graze the grounds whilst seals can be seen off the coast. To climb the lighthouse tower you need permission in writing from the Northern Lighthouse Board.