Re­mote bunkhouse at bomb­ing range

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCALNEWS -

The most re­mote bunkhouse on main­land Bri­tain has opened – high above the sea and at a bomb­ing range.

The rooms with a view at Cape Wrath – the most north­west­erly point on main­land UK – are the work of the penin­sula’s only two res­i­dents.

John Ure and his daugh­ter An­gela have con­verted the old ma­chine room near Cape Wrath Light­house into a bunkhouse ca­pa­ble of tak­ing eight peo­ple. They hope to ex­pand it to take another two peo­ple later.

Al­ready scores of back­pack­ers have taken ad­van­tage of the £5-a-night fa­cil­ity.

The fam­ily has splashed out £12,000 on the de­vel­op­ment since Novem­ber.

Mr Ure runs the most re­mote cafe in the coun­try right next to the light­house and usu­ally serves around 6,000 peo­ple- a- year – con­cen­trated in the main sea­son – when the area is not be­ing used as a bomb­ing range by the MoD.

But get­ting to the Suther­land light­house, four miles from the 900ft high­est ver­ti­cal cliffs on main­land UK, is not easy.

It in­volves a sea­sonal ferry jour­ney across the nar­row Kyle of Dur­ness and an 11- mile trip up a bumpy road.

The only other route is an 11-mile walk from near Kin­lochbervie over rough, un­marked, but stun­ning ter­rain. But still a few thou­sand walk­ers and tourists head to the cape each year.

Mr Ure, 64, said: “The bunkhouse is open and boom­ing. We have had scores al­ready.

“It is a badly needed fa­cil­ity in the area and we plan to open all year around.”

He said he will also be of­fer­ing evening meals and break­fast, and a gro­cery shop in the cafe for walk­ers, as well as “among the best views on the planet”.

Pho­to­graph by Sandy McCook

Cape Wrath.

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