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Cape Wrath & Lighthouse

 

 

 

Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point and remotest place on the Scottish mainland 

To visit you will need to catch a little ferry from Keoldale, which is about a mile and a half south of Durness and takes about 10 minutes across the Kyle of Durness. Minimum number of passengers for the ferry is 4 which operates from April to October, costing £7.50 return - the boat can fit one or two bikes, but check first. Telephone +44 (0)7719 678 729 or +44 (0)1971 511 246

Then you can either walk, cycle or catch a minibus (which does not take bicycles), costing £13 return for the 11 mile ride, taking roughly an hour. Telephone +44 (0)7742 670 196 or +44 (0)1971 511 284 

Once you reach the Cape you will find vast cliffs and many seabirds. The lighthouse build by Robert Stevenson is still in use, though you are not allowed inside. To the east of the lighthouse is the pretty bay of Kearvaig. The Cape is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is also a live firing range for the military; public access is closed when the range is in use. 

Ozone Cafe. Telephone +44 (0)1971 511 314

The minibus returns after 50 minutes.

For those with energy and want to camp, trek into and/or out of the Cape Wrath area. You will certainly need hillwalking experience and the right equipment. This is rough and remote terrain and also make sure that you check there is no military activity planned on the range. MOD Freephone Telephone +44 (0)800 833 300

One walking route is at the head of the Kyle, leave the main road at Sarsgrum and walk along the west shore till you pick up the track. It is 18 miles each way, less when the tide is out and you can wade across the river.

Alternatively on the West Coast, a much longer walk is from Sandwood Bay.

 

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