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Cape Wrath, Durness
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Cape Wrath is a cape in the Durness parish of the county of Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland. It is the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain.The cape is separated from the rest of the mainland by the Kyle of Durness and consists of 107sqmi of moorland wilderness known as the Parph. The first road in the district was built in 1828 by the lighthouse commission across the Parph. This road is only accessible via the passenger ferry that crosses the Kyle of Durness.Much of the cape is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is used as a military training area, including as live firing range. Areas of it are also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Landscape Area.EtymologyThe name Cape Wrath is derived from Old Norse hvarf ("turning point"). In this context "Wrath" is pronounced (to rhyme with "math"), in contrast to the ordinary English word "wrath", usually pronounced in British English (to rhyme with "Goth"). Vikings are believed to have used the cape as a navigation point where they would turn their ships.Put Cape Wrath into our Durness vacation builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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My son and I were camping for a couple of days at Sandwood Bay. We were blessed with lovely sunny days (and very cold nights!). We walked up to Cape Wrath - a walk not to be under-estimated as there a... read more »
You cannot drive to the tip of Cape Wrath or any where near it. You would think you could because there is a signpost off the main road at Keoldale Green, but this is a cul-de-sac stopping at the ferr... read more »
Beautiful day in the sun at the end of the season. Excellent commentary on the history of Cape Wrath and the lighthouse by the bus service. Plenty of deer near the lighthouse. And the seals popped up ... read more »
After finishing the Cape Wrath Trail we finally arrived at the Cape in real bad weather. We were quite happy to find this cafe open even though it looks not highly welcoming from the outside (which might have been due to the weather....). However, inside it is lovely and the owner (I think) was really really friendly. He made our stay the perfect and of our trip and we enjoyed being there a lot. We stayed for about two hours and had delicious cacao and home made soup. Prices for such a remote place are more than reasonable and views from outside are great (might be even better in good weather). Thanks for the warm hospitality!
Stunning, Taken me 10 years to get there, ( boat didn't run due to the weather) and it didn't disappoint in any way at all, in fact it was better than I'd expected, Boat trip was fine,bus journey was top draw, witty and informative, Madeira cake and a brew at the lighthouse smashing, loved it!
An amazing trip to the lighthouse. The boat trip, and minibus were fabulous. The wildlife amazing , we saw common seals, red deer, grouse and two Golden eagles within the space of 2 hours. The lighthouse is beautiful, the scenery outstanding and the cafe a little jewel at the end of the journey. Go , you won't be disappointed.
Attended the John Ridgeway Survival School where we sea kayaked, mountaineered, sailed on the vessel he circumnavigated the globe in, twice, climbed Mount Foinaven, Arkle, and glanced at Ben Stack (some say it's the model mountain for the 'Paramount Pictures' logo -- not that I've ever confirmed it, but surely looks similar!). Have a deep nostalgia for the time I spent there, the heather, the crystal pure mountain water where you could just drink and not worry about pathogens. Truly a magical place and one the most beautiful experiences and serene places I've ever been!
Brilliant but a trek to get there. First ferry ride on a small boat seating 12 or so across the Kyle then an 12 mile ride on a mini bus on which the springs have seen better days. When I went over the ferry man kept saying "we should nay have come" as the sea state was terrible. I would ask for a life jacket before setting off because they weren't offered routinely. On arrival at the other side he said we may have to stay overnight if the sea state was no better. The four of us thought he was joking. He wasn't!!! Still we all got back safely if absolutely soaked by the sea on the return trip. An experience I will never forget. Absolutely magical and brilliant.
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