Cape Wrath

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Durness Beach

MONDAY:  DAY 25:  We were up at 8am and I had HAGGIS with Baked Beans & Porridge; what a combination! We met a couple from New Zealand & we talked to them about Lord of the Rings Movies & director Peter Jackson etc. We went to the TIC and a craft shop in Durness and got 11 pounds of petrol. We walked around the area & took pictures of DURNESS BAY & BEACH. We then drove to a parking lot to catch a small ferry boat to cross the KYLE OF DURNESS which took 15 minutes. Then we paid our fee & about 20 of us got on a  Mini-bus that took us to CAPE WRATH LIGHTHOUSE. The bus ride was 12 miles & was a VERY Bumpy ride on narrow, curvy roads of moorland that is called the PARPH.

Durness Beach
The bus also went across a narrow wooden bridge, which we found out the bus would frequently stall here & the passengers would have to help push the bus out! lol Also a large area of Cape Wrath is used by the MOD as a bombing & targeting range! There are restrictions on visits when these are taking place.  We got to the lighthouse & the bus driver gave us 45 minutes to explore. The lighthouse was built in 1828 by Robert Stevenson with a range of 24 miles & sits on 121 metres high cliffs hit by the Atlantic Ocean. It was a WILD, windy, raining and a cold setting and I loved it! There was also a long haired Sean Bean look-a-like on our excursion that added to the scenery. lol The CLO MOR SEA STACKS were also nearby. On our way down to the ferry sea we saw Common Seals basking on the sand.
Cape Wrath Lighthouse

After our excursion, the weather had cleared up & we then stopped at SMOO CAVE to explore it but then found out the pathway was collapsed by a storm & we couldn't go inside. We drove by LOCH ERIBOLL and it's name means "farm on a beach" and is about a mile wide. We stopped in TONGUE which the name comes from 'tunga" or tongue of land projecting into the loch. We shopped here & all I got were cookies. There was a ruined tower called CASTLE VARRICH that we saw from the road. We later stopped at a beach but I can't remember the name of it. We also stopped & looked at STRATHY POINT LIGHTHOUSE from a distance because we weren't sure if we were allowed to walk to it.

We drove to THURSO, the most northerly town in mainland Scotland, where we were staying for 2 nights at the ROYAL HOTEL and ate dinner here. I got chicken with spicy mustard, jalapeno peppers, and chips. I called home to let my parents know I was still alive and we got ready to go out, went back down & had a drink. Then we went to MAKAYS BAR and NEWMARKET. There were alot of young college guys here that included some more look-alike celebrities. lol We saw a fake Prince William (my favorite) and an Elijah Wood. lol We chatted to a man from FIFE who was friendly.

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Durness Beach
Durness Beach
Durness Beach
Durness Beach
Cape Wrath Lighthouse
Cape Wrath Lighthouse
Cliffs around the lighthouse
Cliffs around the lighthouse
You can barely see me in front of …
You can barely see me in front of…
Sea Cliffs toward Durness
Sea Cliffs toward Durness
Smoo Cave
Smoo Cave
Near Tongue
Near Tongue
Bettyhill
Bettyhill
Bettyhill
Bettyhill
Strathy Point Lighthouse in the di…
Strathy Point Lighthouse in the d…
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