Cape Wrath, Durness

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Cape Wrath (Scottish Gaelic: Am Parbh, known as An Carbh in Lewis) 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 107 square miles (280 square kilometres) of moorland wilderness known as the Parph. The first road was built in 1828 by the lighthouse commission across the Parph/Durness. This road connects a passenger ferry that crosses the Kyle of Durness with the buildings on the peninsula.

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.

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  • It's quite a trek to reach Cape Wrath but well worth the effort - just be sure to go equipped for the changeable weather - and midges!  more »
  • Just some feedback. When planning my NC500 adventure I spent a lot of time contemplating whether or not to do the trip to Cape Wrath, for you can’t drive there yourself. As you will probably know...  more »

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