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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  • We got the 1st ferry one morning and then the minibus to the lighthouse.The road is not as bumpy as we thought it would be. The journey on the bus was livened up by the driver's commentary and jokes.....  more »
  • This is simply unmissable. It is exciting and unexpected. I went along to the ferry terminal not knowing what the deal was. The place was deserted. I wandered along just as a van arrived and a bloke.....  more »

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