Nick Roves to Cape Wrath

Our roving reporter Nick Morrison goes roving across the water.

Cape Wrath

Photo Nick Morrison

Cape Wrath is a slightly difficult place to get to as a civilian non local. Not accessible at all during the winter months.  It is however worth the effort. There is a Bothy that sleeps up to 30 at a pinch right on a good looking beach. This beach is very close to a double Seastack known as “The Cathedral”.

The main and only access is by a small locally run ferry, unless you have your own boat and are prepared to walk several miles once landed. The local ferry connects with a Minibus on the peninsula which will take you the 11 miles to the Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse

Photo Nick Morrison

The lighthouse was built by Stevenson. He also built a stone bridge to allow access for building materials for the Lighthouse and supplies for the Lighthouse keepers ,their families and livestock.

Of the 35,000 acres of the peninsula the MOD own 25,000. The access road to the Lighthouse goes through the impact zone of the firing range and is subject to closure at any time by the MOD as is happening shortly without any by your leave or compensation to the local community who provide the services to tourists.

As we were leaving a party of  walkers were landing probably aiming for the Bothy.

Thoroughly recommended for a trip with a difference.

The lighthouse was automated in 1998 and the only permanent resident now is “John” who rents some of the original lighthouse buildings from The Lighthouse Board.

Cape Wrath

Photo Nick Morrison

Reporter: Nick Morrison

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  1. Walked from Sandwood bay up to Kervaig bothy ( Cape wrath trail) last September, and was ‘ rescued ‘ by John when stranded ( ferry cancelled at last minute). Memorable trip and well worth the effort to get to this beautiful place.

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