Cape Wrath

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The lighthouse at Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath ( Scottish Gaelic : Am Parbh , An Carbh in Lewis) is a cape in Sutherland , Highland , in northern Scotland . The cape represents the northwesternmost point of the island of Great Britain .

The name Cape Wrath (also English for anger or rage) comes from the Old Norse word for "turning point". Vikings often returned to their homeland here.

Kyle of Durness

The cape can be reached either on foot from the south or by passenger ferry from Keoldale near Durness via the Kyle of Durness , with the second variant having to cover the last part on foot, by bike or in a minibus. The journey to the lighthouse of almost 18 kilometers takes the visitor through a lonely and practically uninhabited region. The area is used by the Royal Air Force as a military training area for bombing, which is why driving to the Cape is prohibited at certain times of the year. At the cape itself there is a lighthouse , which was built by Robert Stevenson in 1828 and was manned until 1998. The ruins of the Lloyd’s signal station, which were used to monitor shipping, can also be found.

Cape Wrath is the end point of the Cape Wrath Trail long distance hiking trail that begins in Fort William .

About 6.5 kilometers away are the cliffs of Clò Mór , the highest cliffs by the sea on the British main island.

Cape Wrath is one of only two places in Great Britain that have the word “Cape” in their name; the other is Cape Cornwall in Cornwall .

Web links

Commons : Cape Wrath  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Coordinates: 58 ° 37 '29.3 "  N , 5 ° 0' 5.4"  W.