Durness has at least 3 or 4 great beaches, and because Durness is miles up North, the beaches are net very crowdy (the day we were there, we had one all to ourselves!) There's a couple that are seemingly impossible to get to, but generally access to them is by tarred road.
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I saw nothing about that, if I remember, but it is said that signs of human existence in the area are visible inside the cavern, and that they date back to 6000 years ago.
I can only imagine how harsh the life should have been during those ancient times.
This picture is taken in the main hall. Some torches light corners of the cave in an unusual manner.
The tour inside the cave lasts for about 20 minutes, by the way...
The inner end of the cave
creating a waterwall that may block the entrance to the inner section of the cave.
The geologist, who was able to speak a number of languages, including incredibly italian, lead us to the far end, until we reached this strange place.
The picture shows some sort of petrified fall, created by water in ancient times when that area was open, before some telluric movement closed it.
Sailing the Smoo Cave
At the entrance there was a polite girl who told us that a visit was possible under payment of three pounds.
After having paid the fee, she started telling about the story of the cave, and after a few minutes a curious-looking geologist came, made us wear helmets and lead us to a small boat to go inside the cavern.
This is the first chamber.
At the far end the sunlight is visible, sometimes water falls down
The Smoo Cave
Second visit that morning, before taking our way to Scrabster and the long awaited Orkney Islands: the Smoo Cave.
The Smoo Cave is located on the eastern end of the village of Durness.
Take care while looking for it because it is not clearly signalled along the road.
Entrance is from a shore reachable through a long stairway leading down from the village level.
This picture shows the first sight of the entrance.
on the way back
After dark weather and even a couple of showers, sunshine popped out of the cloud on our way back to the boat.
Too bad, but no anger, we were in Scotland, not at the Bahamas.
The rock in the distance is called "the cathedral" for obvious reasons.
Wonderful, but too far away to enjoy it properly.
...this made me think that probably tours take place even on training days...
The lighthouse in this picture, this journey may have been a paradise for member piccolina, who declares herself "mad at lighthouses".
It was cold, isn't it clear?
I read it on my map, but I gave no importance to it, because it will not be me who will be driving there.
The bus driver, happily, told us the reason for those words on the map.
The Cape Wrath is one of the places where the Royal Navy trains from time to time, not so often, just about one hundred days every year, "but today it should be safe" he said...
I can absolutely ensure you that the scenery for above those gigantic cliffs was terrifying. No picture can ever hold it in its completeness, because it was BIG!
Sight wanders into vast distances and the atmosphere of solitude was so clear that nobody was running or talking loud, almost fearing to break that moment.
A place to visit, and to feel, regardless the price or the time to spend.
Arrived at Cape Wrath
After fourty minutes drive on an incredible road, we reached the Cape Wrath.
It is, as I told before, the most isolated point in the UK and possibly in the western Europe.
The cliffs here are enormous and the landscape itself absolutely amazing.
The wind was very fierce also, temperature very low, and so our staying there has been short.
Off the beaten path? More like out of this world!
Eclipse watching. The last annular eclipse over Britain, in 1921, was also over the far north of Scotland. Only one problem with these eclipses, there just aren't enough of them. But hey, what do we tour the world for if not to see what you can't see at home? Next Durness eclipse? Try the total one in 2133, or better still tell your grandchildren.
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