Cape Wrath is derived from the Old Norse word for ‘turning point’, it was recognised as an important area by Viking explorers. With secluded beaches, a vast wilderness, an unspoiled landscape and its location at the north-western tip of the Scottish mainland, Cape Wrath is a place of outstanding natural beauty and a powerful and intriguing place to visit. Cape Wrath’s remote location and difficult terrain combined with the extreme nature of the weather make it a challenging environment. There are stunning views across the Atlantic ocean, with no landmass between here and the Arctic, while Orkney can be seen to the northeast and the Western Isles views to the southwest.
Cape Wrath is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, SSSI as well as a Special Protection Area for Birds.
Are mini-bus tours available to visit and explore Cape Wrath?
Access to Cape Wrath is challenging there is no direct road access! The first leg is a short ferry (foot passengers only) across the Kyle of Durness. Crossing the Kyle on Mr Morrison’s boat takes around 10 minutes. You will then meet your tour guide and driver. The service is run by James Mather and Stuart Ross. The track to Cape Wrath is 11 miles long, but never expect to go faster than 15mph! James or Stuart will provide an informative commentary and guide to the area. There is a café at the lighthouse with both cold and hot snacks
- The Cape Wrath tour takes around 3.5 hours
- The first leg is a short 10 min ferry across the Kyle of Durness
- The starting point for the ferry is the Keoldale jetty
- This service runs from May to September