Smoo Cave (The Scottish Highlands)
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In this 'you may also like' section we attempt to answer what else can I do? Here you have a list by order of being the closest some more beaches, things to see and do, places to eat and upcoming events.
- Founded in 722 by St. Maelrubha, the present building dates from 1619. The tomb built into the niche on the south wall of the church is said to be the last resting-place of a famous local villain, Donald MacMurdo, known as Domhnull MacMhurchaidh, responsible for at least eighteen murders. There are a number of interesting 18th and 19th century gravestones, notably the large stone to the Anderson’s of Keoldale. A raised area to the south is the massed grave of the victims of the “Canton”, an emigrant ship which sank with the loss of all lives off Faraid Head in 1849. A monument is in memory of Rob Donn Calder or Mackay, a noted Gaelic poet.
- Balnakeil Bay, white sandy beach is wide and backed by a large area of tall sand dunes covered in marram grass. To the north is Faraid Head, home to military installations connected with the naval gunnery ranges towards Cape Wrath. The walk to the end of Faraid Head and back is a magnificent one. This is definitely a beach for those looking for unspoilt beauty at a cost of no facilities. As you return to Durness from Balnakeil Bay you have the old military buildings that have for many years housed the Balnakeil Craft Village. The village is home and workplace for a number of artists and craftspeople and has shops and food outlets.
- Kearvaig Bay is a spectacular white sandy beach located just over a mile from Cape Wrath, backed by sea stacks and rocks. The bay is to the west of Cape Wrath and what are the highest cliffs on the UK mainland. The location makes this a great place to visit and just observe the Scottish coastline and wildlife at its best. No facilities and the beach can only be reached by a long walk or by catching a ferry.
- The Lloyds Buildings were a signalling station established by Lloyd’s of London, the Mairne and Commercial Insurers. Used to monitor passing ships, tracking their cargos, ports of departure and destination along with estimated arrival times. The complex is located by the Cape Wrath lighthouse and consists of three single storey buildings, with a signal hut, cottages for staff accommodation and an outbuilding.
- Cape Wrath is the most North-Westerly point on the British mainland. Durness is the closest village some 10 miles (16km) to the south-east The sea cliffs around the cape rise to 281 metres (922 ft) above sea level and include the highest sea cliffs on the British mainland to the east of the headland. The headland also has many spectacular sea stacks. A large part of the cape is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is used as a military training area, including as live firing range. Areas of it are also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Landscape Area.
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