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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.
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  • We hiked the Cape Wrath Trail starting in Fort William. On the last day of hiking we arrived at Cape Wrath some time before noon - and were warmly greeted by the kind owner of the Ozone CafĂ©. We spent...  more »
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Little boat across the Kyle - only 4 at a time then on the minibus for the 11 miles to the light house ( bumpy hour journey). The guide was great, friendly and interesting...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Unparraleled views from here with a nice cafe that is open 24hrs a day 365 days a year and he has never turned down a hiker when they wanted something at any time of the day. The lighthouse is a small one and you cannot get in but can walk around it. The journey down is rough becuase it was pathed a long time ago and will not be pathed anytime soon, the journey you could walk or take the minibus which does cost but takes less time and you get a little bit of information about the area. Going down you go through an active military training zone which you will have to stop at if there are training exersises there but if not then you can go straight through. Overall a place you must go to in life
  • Drove up from Ullapool once a few years back whilst camping. You can't help but be blown away by the scenery. The cafe wasn't there when I visited but the grounds are well worth visiting for the views alone.
  • 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.
  • 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!