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Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath is famous as the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain. The cape is a unique, isolated landscape area covering roughly 107 sq. miles of moorland known as the Parph. It is cut off from mainland Scotland by the Kyle of Durness, and the only access is a passenger ferry crossing the Kyle.

The only road through the Parph was built by the lighthouse commission in 1828 to access the Stephenson lighthouse that stands at the top of the Cape Wrath cliffs. Most of the Cape Wrath area is owned by the Ministry of Defence and used for military training and as a firing range. The Cape’s special habitat has resulted in it being declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) a Special Protection Area, a Special Landscape Area, and a Special Area of Conservation.

Significant landmarks include a sea stack known as The Cathedral or Stac Clo Kearvaig in Gaelic. The name comes from a pair of slender ‘spires’ and an opening like a window formed by erosion.


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