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6. Cape Wrath

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Cape Wrath

Pounded by one of the world's most ferocious seaways, Scotland's rugged northern shore is backed by barren mountains in the west, and in the east by lochs and open rolling grasslands. Between its far ends, mile upon mile of crumbling cliffs and sheer rocky headlands shelter bays whose perfect white beaches are nearly always deserted.
 
The village of Durness is a good starting point to explore Balnakiel beach - one of the area's most beautiful, and rugged Cape Wrath - the windswept promontory at Scotland's northwest tip, which has retained the end of the world mystique that has been lost at John O’Groats.
 
Cape Wrath takes its name from the Norse word hvarf, meaning turning place. The Vikings used to use this north westerly tip of land as a navigation point when carrying out raids on the Scottish coast. The English word “Wrath” now seems suited to describe the fierce waves and winds that can crash against the headland.

You can drive there, but a more interesting journey is to take a day return trip starting two miles south west of the village of Durness at Keoldale. A foot passenger ferry operates from here and crosses the spectacular Kyle of Durness estuary.  At the other side of the estuary you board a minibus that takes you the remaining 11 miles to Cape Wrath.
 
Garvie Island (An Garbh –eilean) is used by the MOD as a bombing range and the road to Cape Wrath is closed quite regularly, so its best to check with the MOD advisory line, +44 (0)800 833300 before setting off.

Cape Wrath Tourist Office and Visitor Centre Address:
Durness Tourist Office and Visitor Centre
Durness
Scotland, UK 
 
Cape Wrath Tourist Office and Visitor Centre Opening Times:
March to October, Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm
July and August also Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm
November to February Monday to Friday 10.00am to 1.30pm 
 
Ferry sailings
Daily -  
May, 11.00 am and 1.30 pm
June to August, 9.30 am, 11.00 am and 1.30 pm
September, 11.00 am and 1.30 pm
 
T +44 (0)1971 511376
 

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The Seafood Platter Restaurant, on the outskirts of the village towards Tongue

Puffin Cottage B&B (April – September)

SYHA Hostel
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