Cape Wrath Road

Cape Wrath Road, a scenic road to the Cape Wrath Lighthouse

Cape Wrath Road is a very scenic drive to the Cape Wrath Lighthouse, in the county of Sutherland, on the most north-westerly tip of the Scottish mainland.

The lighthouse was built by Robert Stevenson in 1828 and is located in one of the remotest places in the Scottish Highlands. The paved road runs through one of Scotland's last great wildernesses.  It is the most north-westerly point in the mainland United Kingdom.
The road to the lighthouse was built in 1828. It’s difficult and can be a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). It’s 11 miles (18 km) long and is only accessible via the passenger ferry that crosses the Kyle of Durness. The road is marked with milestones and crosses the Allt na Guaille and Kearvaig River on contemporary arched bridges. The rough road links the lighthouse with the Kyle of Durness which is crossed by a passenger ferry service operating between May and September. The road  uses a series of rock causeways to cross peat bogs and revetments to maintain a route along steep slopes. Materials for the road were quarried locally and there are a number of quarrying sites along it. 
Pic: Maurizio Giove


NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.