Tarbat Ness Lighthouse

Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, Portmahomack: Hours, Address, Tarbat Ness Lighthouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Tarbat Ness Lighthouse
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Talia B
Winchester, UK73 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Stopped by here in the afternoon as a detour home from a different village.

You couldn’t actually go round the lighthouse, but it’s still quite cool to see from the outside.
The surrounding area was more of an interest to us, and we climbed down to the water and clambered over the rocks. We didn’t but you might be able to rock pool.

Would recommend a little detour to go here, the surrounding area has walking routes to other local villages and beaches. Such as the mermaid of the north statue 5km away, Celtic rocks and some nice pubs.

All in all would recommend
Written August 10, 2020
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ScotlandGuide
scotland148 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Always visit a few times when in area visiting family.So peaceful lovely walk from car park although not so sheltered after they cut back gorse a few years ago. Very cold winds this visit n sea pretty rough so no seals or dolphins .However still a lovely place and lots of memories of family picnics down at the beach which can be accessed down road before car park.
Written May 3, 2021
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Mad-on-Maldives
East Yorkshire462 contributions
Jul 2021
I have a strange lighthouse fascination..... this is a great example, immaculately decorated. It didn’t look real as it’s so perfect to look at. Lovely walks in various directions around the peninsula. Spectacular views all ways round. Free car parking.
Written July 16, 2021
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Simon W
West Haddon, UK108 contributions
Aug 2020
Well worth the drive along the single track to the tip of the peninsula. Good carpark with clear visitor signs recommending walks and wildlife observation opportunities. An easy walk from the carpark to the light house and waters edge ( flat terrain with minimal obstructions )
Written August 12, 2020
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whitwham
Elgin, UK182 contributions
May 2021
Arrived late so no tour, however views across water lovely. An area of scientific area, it was nice to see bird hangers on posts around. A nice peaceful spot but we were lucky with the weather, very warm day.
Written June 2, 2021
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Feinschmecker12014
Portmahomack, UK183 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
A brief glance at a map will show that this is an extraordinary location, the tip of the fertile Easter Ross peninsula, sticking right out into the North Sea.
It's an area rich in history -- the "Torfness" of the Orkneyinga Saga -- The Battle of Torfness (or Tarbatness) took place in c.1030. Jarl Thorfinn, the Mighty of Orkney, pursued and defeated the Scots army.
The local church traces its origins back to the 6th Century and there are burial sites in the vicinity dating back to the 3rd Century.
The area has something of a microclimate and is one of the driest places in the British Isles. The point at Tarbat Ness can, however, be extremely windy and the surrounding fields are enclosed by high walls to facilitate the growing of crops.
Sadly, the lighthouse, one of the highest on the British mainland, is now unmanned and cannot be accessed, the former keepers' cottages are privately owned and visitors are not welcomed. The views, however, are stunning and on occasion dolphins are seen around the point.
There is a good car park but do NOT drive down the road to the slipway -- turn off to the left opposite the lighthouse itself, following the sign to the car park.
Written August 20, 2018
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LeeBradbury
Milton Keynes, UK152 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We stayed at The Old Salmon Bothy, situated on Wilkhaven Pier, just round the corner from the lighthouse.
There is a car park situated near to the lighthouse but be careful, the road leading to it is single-tracked & there is at least one blind sharp corner....take it easy!
The walk from the car park to the lighthouse is pleasant, in the sun it was anyway, & there are plenty of birds of all sorts flitting amongst the bushes to get you reaching for your ornithology book.
The lighthouse is pretty much the same as a lot I’ve seen across the U.K. but if you’re into them then it’s worth the trip.
The views, just past the lighthouse, from the cliff top is spectacular, especially at sunset.

Note:
The car park is free.
There isn’t a toilet.
There aren’t any refreshments.
There is a gravel path so might be awkward, but not impossible, to push a wheelchair along it.
Written June 25, 2018
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A F
35 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Worth a visit, it was easy to find, short part of the road is single track though has ample passing places.
Car park at the end of the road, through the gate and a short walk up to the lights house.
You will need sturdy foot wear as the path is quite mucky. Great views we didn't spot the dolphins but it's a great place to see them.

Written October 23, 2017
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STMBW
74 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Stunning lighthouse with stunning scenery. You can see the property is well maintained and we managed to get some great photos. Quiet and beautiful place which should be visited if in the area.

Online most sites say to park in Portmahomack and it’s a 3 mile walk to the lighthouse. We just followed the signs to Tarbat and there is a carpark a short walk from the lighthouse.
Written September 3, 2019
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Morna B
Airdrie, UK22 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Love lighthouses & this didn’t disappoint. It’s privately owned so you can only look but what a beautiful piece of architecture. The grounds it sits on are immaculate. Lovely visit.
Written June 9, 2019
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