Sandwood Bay to Cape Wrath

This final stage climbs initially to give wonderful views back over Sandwood Bay before tackling the rough ground to head north through the Cape Wrath MoD firing range, turning away from the coast to pick up the road for the final jaunt to the dramatic end at the Cape Wrath lighthouse where it is often possible in the summer to take a bus and ferry back to near Durness.


Pathless, boggy in places, streams to cross and two fences to climb. Check that there is no firing on the Range before setting out and that the bus/ferry is running from Cape Wrath.

Public Transport

There is a private minibus and ferry service which links Cape Wrath to Keoldale (4km from Durness). The service is seasonal only and depends on MOD firing times and tide times. See text description.


Sandwood Bay (no road access). Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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