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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  • Surely the main reason to visit Cape Wrath is that it is the extreme north-west of the U.K, so it would be fair to compare with other places one might go for similar reasons e.g. John O'Groats and Lan...  more »
  • This trip is a brilliant adventure - the drive take over an hour to go eleven miles but with a great guide talking you through the wildlife and history of the place. The Cape has stunning views and th...  more »
  • Always wanted to see Cape Wrath. Was holidaying in the area so took the ferry + minibus trip (£19 adult, £10 child) from Keodale, south of Durness. The ferry is a short 5/10 minute trip, the bus journ...  more »
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  • A place to get away from it all ... as you'd expect from the most N.W. point in the UK. It's a wild and remote lighthouse so it is quite a journey to get there. You have to take a ferry across the Kyle of Durness and then a bumpy minibus ride. (Don't expect strict timetables, that's not how it works.) Our bus driver was a great guide too and very funny. You can't visit the lighthouse but there is a small cafe there with a friendly and helpful owner so you can have a coffee after a bracing walk on the cliffs.
  • 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 end of our trip and we enjoyed it a lot being there. 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 the views outside are great (might be even better in good weather). Thanks for the warm hospitality!
  • I did 4 weeks up there with the military escape and evasion and survival. A brutal place when its pissed off but a beautifull part of the world
  • The tour was alright but what really made it was John, the owner of the cafe, we had good food learned history and had some great banter with the man, I'll be back whenever I can.
  • A boat crossing and a mini bus takes you on a 11mile track to cape wrath lighthouse with stunning views and wild life

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Many visitors choose a well-positioned campsite to get great views of the coastline, while others stay in the local hostel, housed in refurbished military buildings. Some hotels with attached restaurants serve as welcoming places to stay for those with slightly bigger budgets.
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