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Cape Wrath lighthouse
Cape Wrath lighthouse

Cape Wrath (Scottish Gaelic: Am Parbh (An Carbh in Lewis) is a cape in Sutherland, Highland, in northern Scotland. It is the most northwesterly point on the island of Great Britain. Image File history File links Cape_Wrath_lighthouse. ... Image File history File links Cape_Wrath_lighthouse. ... Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. ... Bay redirects here. ... Sutherland (Cataibh in Gaelic) is a committee area of the Highland Council, Scotland, a registration county, and a lieutenancy area. ... The Highland council area (Roinn na Gàidhealtachd[1] in Gaelic) is a local government area in the Scottish Highlands and the largest local government area in Scotland. ... This article is about the country. ...


The name Cape Wrath, though perhaps apt when taken in context of its remote and forbidding landscape, is actually derived from the Old Norse for "turning point". Vikings would often turn their ships for home at Cape Wrath. Old Norse is the Germanic language spoken by the inhabitants of Scandinavia and their overseas settlements during the Viking Age, until about 1300. ... The name Viking is a loan from the native Scandinavian term for the Norse seafaring warriors who raided the coasts of Scandinavia, Europe and the British Isles from the late 8th century to the 11th century, the period of European history referred to as the Viking Age. ...

Kyle of Durness.
Kyle of Durness.

The Cape can be reached only on foot from the south, or by taking a passenger ferry from Keoldale near Durness across the Kyle of Durness, and then walking, cycling or taking a minibus. The journey of around 11 miles to the lighthouse takes the visitor through a desolate and virtually uninhabited region. The area is used as a military bombardment range by the Royal Air Force; hence travel to the Cape is restricted at certain times of year. There is a lighthouse at the cape, built in 1828 by Robert Stevenson, which was manned until 1998. Overlooking the Cape are the ruins of the Lloyd's signal station which was used to monitor shipping. Image File history File linksMetadata Kyle_of_Durness. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Kyle_of_Durness. ... The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, circa 1945. ... Durness with Smoo Cave, the youth-hostel is up on the right side. ... Volkswagen minibus A minibus is a motor vehicle that is designed to carry fewer people than a full-size bus. ... RAF redirects here. ... Eddystone Lighthouse, one of the first wavewashed lighthouses For other uses, see Lighthouse (disambiguation). ... Year 1828 (MDCCCXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Bust of Robert Stevenson by Samuel Joseph, commissioned 19th July 1824 by the Northern Lighthouse Board to be placed in the library of the Bell Rock Lighthouse in testimony of his distinguished talent and indefatigable zeal in the erection of that lighthouse. ... It has been suggested that Council of Lloyds be merged into this article or section. ...


Four miles east of the cape lie the Clò Mór cliffs, the highest sea cliffs on the British mainland.


Cape Wrath is one of only two places prefixed with the name "Cape" in Great Britain, the other being Cape Cornwall in Cornwall. Cape Cornwall, Englands only cape Cape Cornwall is a small headland in Cornwall, England, four miles north of Lands End near the village St Just. ... For other uses, see Cornwall (disambiguation). ...


In 2007, Cape Wrath is rumoured to be used as a scene in the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore search for one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.[1] Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, released on July 16, 2005, is the sixth of seven novels in J.K. Rowlings popular Harry Potter series. ... Harry James Potter is the title character and the main protagonist of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter fantasy series. ... Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character within the Harry Potter series written by British author J. K. Rowling. ... Lord Voldemort (born c. ...


Cape Wrath is also the turning point (11 miles out to the lighthouse and 11 back to the ferry dock on the Cape side) for the Cape Wrath Marathon, which is billed as the 'Toughest Marathon in the UK', due to its unrelenting and continuously undulating terrain. The final leg of the race (4 miles) is run from the mainland side from the ferry dock and finishes at Durness Community Centre. The marathon is held each year as the final event in a week of races and challenges billed as 'The Cape Wrath Challenges'.

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Shipwrecks

On September 27, 1915, while sailing for Scapa Flow, the HMS Caribbean (previously known as the RMS Dunottar Castle) foundered off Cape Wrath in bad weather. A tow by HMS Birkenhead was unsuccessful; 15 were lost.[2] An inquiry later blamed the ship's carpenter for being insufficiently familiar with the ship and for failing to shut all the scuttles -- like most of the crew, he had joined the ship just 10 days earlier.[2] The ship served in various capacities during World War I, but she was best known for reducing the voyage time from Southampton, England to Cape Town, South Africa by half in the 1890s, and for transporting many famous warriors to and from the Cape Colony during the Second Boer War. The wreck was found in 2004, 35 miles off Cape Wrath, undisturbed except for fishing nets.[3] is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday[1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... It has been suggested that Gutter Sound be merged into this article or section. ... For the castle in Aberdeenshire, see Dunnottar Castle. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... This page discusses the English city of Southampton. ... Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope Cape Town (Afrikaans, Dutch: Kaapstad; Xhosa: eKapa or SaseKapa), is one of South Africas three capital cities serving as the legislative capital (executive capital and Bloemfontein the judicial capital). ... Anthem: God Save the Queen Cape Colony Capital Cape Town Language(s) English and Dutch1 Religion Dutch Reformed Church, Anglican Government Constitutional monarchy Last Monarch King George VI Last Prime Minister  - 1908 – 1910 John X. Merriman Last Governor  - 1901 - 1910 Walter Hely-Hutchinson Historical era 19th century  - Dutch East India... Combatants British Empire Orange Free State South African Republic Commanders Sir Redvers Buller Lord Kitchener Lord Roberts Paul Kruger Louis Botha Koos de la Rey Martinus Steyn Christiaan de Wet Casualties 6,000 - 7,000 (A further ~14,000 from disease) 6,000 - 8,000 (Unknown number from disease) Civilians... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Military

Cape Wrath is used by NATO as a live ammunition training range, the only place in the nothern hemisphere where troups for the USA, Germany and the UK can take part in combined exercise with the terrestrial army, the navy and the air forces. It is also the only place in Britain where live 1000 pounds bombs are dropped. Such exercises take place three times a year.


See also

This is a list of the extreme points of the United Kingdom: the points that are farther north, south, east or west than any other location. ...

External links

  • http://www.nlb.org.uk/ourlights/history/capewrath.htm History of Cape Wrath Lighthouse
  • trekkingvisions Information about the Cape Wrath Trek
  • Cape Wrath is at coordinates 58°37′29″N 5°00′05″W / 58.6248, -5.0015 (Cape Wrath)Coordinates: 58°37′29″N 5°00′05″W / 58.6248, -5.0015 (Cape Wrath)

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References

  1. ^ Macleod, Murdo. "Cape Wrath casts its spell on Harry Potter film-makers", The Scotsman, 2007-05-27. Retrieved on 2007-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b Red Duster Merchant Navy Maratime Archive (html). brief. Retrieved on 2007-08-02.
  3. ^ Robinson, Andrew (16 June 2004). "Yorkshire diver first to see wreck for nearly 90 years". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved on 2007-08-06. 
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Cape Wrath (58°37′36″N, 04°59′54″W) is a cape in Sutherland, Highland, in northern Scotland.
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Cape Wrath is one of only two places prefixed with the name "Cape" in Great Britain, the other being Cape Cornwall in south-western England.
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