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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  • I went to Cape Wrath on a tour in the north of Scotland. A beautiful adventure! Unspoiled nature and wild infinite horizon is a beautiful lighthouse!! If you go to Scotland you have to go ! But you have to see when there's a chance to go because it's a military site and they do drills.
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  • Ferry trip across Kyle of Durness is only a short crossing (depending on tide) - but ferry times vary...sometimes purely at the discretion / rules of the ferryman...which don't always need a just reas...  more »
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