As part of my pre-trip planning I had obtained the phone number of the Tourist shuttle bus that runs out of Durness to Cape Wrath. We had made reservations to ride the bus back to Durness from the Cape, departing at 1300 hours on Friday. Since it was 6 or 7 very rough untracked miles from Sandwood Bay to the lighthouse, we started our day about 0600. The walk is slow and fairly hilly with bogs and lochans to get around and through. At two points there are large gullies around which you must walk quite far inland. We wanted to walk as close to the ocean side cliff as we could, but due to irregularities in the terrain we found ourselves weaving back and forth to get through.
Cape Wrath has quite a large Naval and Air bombardment range belonging to the MOD (Ministry of Defence). During live firing exercises you cannot (legally or safely) hike from Sandwood to the Cape. Up until the day we arrived at Cape Wrath they had been having NATO live fire exercises. When we reached the big fence with the red flags and warning signs, we had a few misgivings about climbing over and entering the range but did so anyway.
The signs and flags were still up, but we assumed that since the exercises had just ended that they just hadn't gotten around to taking them down. We hoped!
|Looking back at Sandwood Bay|
|Approaching the Bombing Range|
|Danger - Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)|
|Ahem, the flags are still up|
|North to the Cape|
|Cape Wrath Light - peeking above the terrain|
|Cape Wrath Lighthouse|
|Information board at the ferry landing|
|The ferry arriving to pick us up|
|Waiting for the bus to Inverness & Fort William|
|The "North to the Cape" route from my GPS|
|My GPS route profile|