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“Cape Wrath”
Review of Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Durness
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Northwest tip of Scotland.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Before yo begin your trip to Cape Wrath you have to get the Ferry across by Skipper John who is the accordian man of Durness. He can make the most boring day in Durness exciting , the first time that I met John was in the Smoo Cave enjoying a pint of Guiness and John walked over the table next to us and politely introduces himself and in a as sober voice as possible he turned round and toldthe table next ti us , I am sorry to inform you that you will never catch Kippers in Durness but we do have mackeral. However then you are entertained by an Englisman in a Kilt, who will keep you amused on the bus trip he is more Scottish then English, the midges do not bite him. Once at the light house you will be blown away with a spectacular view, and cliff drops.
A place to visist...

1  Thank Eli D
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Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

16£ per head and 3-4 hours of a ricketty van ride through a field of unexploded bombs to see a lighthouse. Please don't even bother.

2  Thank 88takeiteasy
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

I have trief to get there over the last 43 years. whenever I arrived before: wrong time of the year,
wrong time of the tide, wrong time for the ferryman.
therefore no real surprise that even after phoning john from the lighthouse cafe, who assured
me that the ferry and minibus are running during my planned schedule, the ferryman on the
wharf said: sorry! but bombardment-time, no trips to cape wrath.
but I wasn`t discouraged this easily and finally told by the ferryman to ring the military in charge.
they had a break just before three in the afternoon and we could go. but than the ferryman gave
the real reason: it wouldn`t be worth his while to ferry just two people and the same for the minibus-driver. so I upped the trip and offered to pay for four people and we had a deal.
- being in the watertaxibusiness myself in stewart island, new zealand, I have sympathy that
you have to make a living and need a minimum number, but that could have easily being agreed to before.
after we got to the other side, there was stuart waiting in the minibus. but he was keen to drop
a quick line and try for a fish before our departure and as it turned out: another visitor was coming.
then we took off under the most friendly, competent and entertaining guidance of stuart.
he told us about the houses and ruins we passed, about the history and nameÖ
it has nothing to do with `wrath`in the literally meaning, but was a bastardization of the gaelic word meaning `turning point`...
and then he told us about the bombardments in the past and the spectacle to be expected
on the offsh
ore island when it was bombed from 17thsd feet above: the plume, the delayed
acustic blast and the shockwave. we were in for a real performance and just made it in time
to the lighthouse: appr. 45 minutes.
it was spectacular, the vistas were first class and the weather outstanding.
we had a cuppa and a great salmon sandwich at the light house cafe hosted by john
and on our way back we saw a deer hind with a newborn foal just beside the road.
stuart told us also about the ghosts on sandwood beach and we did know our next
destination.
but as most things: the surprise happens in the endÖ
neither stuart nor the ferryman would take the agreed deal, but only charge for the two of us!
real highland spirits and hospitality. it might start grumpy, but the real McCoy wins.

6  Thank julius3-3
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Possibly best not to chose a day when the ranges are being used. We did and really enjoyed the excitement of both the ferry crossing and the minibus ride. Barriers across the road only being opened if it was safe to do so and timings to be kept so as to ensure safety. The Bus driver was trained as a blue light driver and demonstarted his expertise. Cape Wrath itself was an oasis of calm which funnily was also the name of the cafe in the deserted lighthouse buildings. £16 for this trip was far better vaule that anything at Alton Towers !!

3  Thank HappyChappy70
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We attended the ferry late in the day due to the distance we travelled. We were told to face disappointment as we were the only 2 wanting to travel on the boat and it was near the end of the day. However on seeing how desperate we were to get over and visit, the ferryman made a phone call and went out of his way to get us a bus ride. The bus driver, Stuart, entertained us for the journey, and made sure we got enough time to see the views and enjoy a cup of tea before the journey home. The scenery is amazing, and the lighthouse keeper offers tea, coffee and snacks as well as post cards and a small selection of souvenirs.
We would definitely recommend a visit to Cape Wrath, and intend on returning one day.

1  Thank Kirsty J
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