Journey to the Edge of the World: Cape Wrath, Scotland

3

The northwest corner of Europe, Cape Wrath in Scotland. In medieval times, this was the untamed and inhospitable boundary of man's knowledge of Earth. The Edge of The World. Today, it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet...on a good day.

Cape Wrath is the most north-westerly outpost of mainland UK. As the name suggests, this is a wet, windy, and wild place but actually the name ‘Wrath’ means ‘turning point’ in Norse and has nothing to do with God’s fury.

I’ve traveled the world extensively, and seen some amazing places, but I’m lucky enough to be a Highlander and live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I live on the east coast, a land of little fishing villages and green fields but to the west lies unspoilt wilderness of mountains, lochs, and a coastline that takes your breath away.

Many tourists head for the hot spot of Skye and yes, it is fabulous, but there are hidden jewels further north that are even more impressive.

One of these jewels is Sandwood Bay, north of the fishing village, Kinlochbervie. A mundane, four-mile walk across moor-land is like walking in some baron lunar landscape but instead of dust and rocks, it is dotted with wild orchids, cotton grass, and heather. In the late summer, this heather blooms and turns the Highlands a deep shade of purple.

Just as you feel you’ve had enough, climb a hill, and turn a corner, and the ocean opens up before you. A pristine yellow sandy beach cushions the land from the roar of the North Atlantic. Nothing between you and the Labrador Coast of northern Canada.

In the summer, it might just be you on this beach, any other time of the year, you are guaranteed your own private piece of windblown heaven. On a good day, you could be mistaken for being in tropical climbs. On a bad day, make sure you tell your lodgings where you have gone…you might just need to be airlifted back!

Walk back along the cliffs to get a closer look and stand right above Am Buachaille, a massive sea stack. Walk along the top of the highest cliffs in Britain (not too close to the edge as one gust of wind, and we’ll be a few Lomographers down).

Credits: blanches_nickelodeon

Blanches Nickelodeon

written by blanches_nickelodeon on 2012-09-11 in #world #locations

3 Comments

  1. davidobryan
    davidobryan ·

    Great pics! I'm going to Scotland next summer and Cape Wrath just made my must visit list. Thanks!

  2. alex34
    alex34 ·

    Sutherland is probably my favourite part of Scotland.

  3. blanches_nickelodeon
    blanches_nickelodeon ·

    @alex34 Absolutely.....love it there.....childhood visits.....now going back as an adult...the now is no let down of the memories.

More Interesting Articles

  • Kleinerkaries and her Weapon of Choice: Lomography Belair X6-12 Jetsetter

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-09-25 in #lifestyle
    Kleinerkaries and her Weapon of Choice: Lomography Belair X6-12 Jetsetter

    The Lomography Belair X 6-12 brought kleinerkaries closer not only to the most picturesque places in the world but to its beautiful people as well. A good conversation piece, it helped her discover hidden tourist spots and even restaurants that serve the best local food. Find out more about kleinerkaries and her Weapon of Choice after the jump!

    2
  • Photo of the Day by gotoarizona

    written by cheeo on 2014-04-03 in #news
    Photo of the Day by gotoarizona

    We, Lomographers, are notorious for finding beauty in the most obscure places. This photograph by gotoarizona is a hauntingly beautiful proof of that! Congratulations for having our Photo of the Day!

  • Fresh From the Lab: Take Off Your Socks and Shoes - It's Summertime!

    written by sirio174 on 2014-06-20 in #lifestyle
    Fresh From the Lab: Take Off Your Socks and Shoes - It's Summertime!

    Every year, just a few weeks before summer, I dedicate a series of photos to the joy of living outdoors in this good season. One of the most common pleasures is taking one's socks and shoes off to feel the first warm rays of sun on our pale feet, which were prisoners inside shoes throughout the long winter season. So, it's time to take off your socks and shoes and relax barefoot! Where? Of course, on the walls surrounding the beautiful lake! Take a look!

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • December 21st Advent Offer: It’s time for a last minute treat! (Online Code: CRACKLINGCAMERAS)

    written by jacobs on 2014-12-21 in #news
    December 21st Advent Offer: It’s time for a last minute treat! (Online Code: CRACKLINGCAMERAS)

    Do you know a really awesome way to make someone extremely happy this holiday season? We do and we're here to tell you about it with today's incredible Advent deal of the day! Put a smile on someone's face by gifting them with a beautiful analogue camera and save 15% by doing it today. Check out our wide selection in the Online Shop!

  • Inspiring Pinhole Photography Reads for World Pinhole Photography Day!

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-04-27 in #lifestyle
    Inspiring Pinhole Photography Reads for World Pinhole Photography Day!

    In celebration of World Pinhole Photography Day today, we've decided to make a compilation of all the amazing pinhole-related stuff we've seen, written, and read here in the Lomography website through the years. We're sure many of you will be out to take pinhole snaps throughout the day in celebration of the occasion, but in case you're itching for some more inspiring reads on pinhole photography, you might as well read on and check out our compilation!

  • In Retrospect: Oscar de la Renta's Timeless Designs

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-10-22 in #lifestyle
    In Retrospect: Oscar de la Renta's Timeless Designs

    The fashion industry mourns the loss of iconic designer Oscar de la Renta, who died on October 20 at 82 years old from complications due to cancer. From being an art student in Madrid, an apprentice for renowned Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga to designing for Lanvin and Balmain, eventually launching his own fashion label and dressing up some of the world's most famous and beautiful women, de la Renta's legacy echoes through his timeless, feminine, and elegant designs.

  • Shop News

    Change the View in an Instant

    Change the View in an Instant

    Extend the Borders of Instant Photography with the World’s Most Creative Instant Camera System Packed With Fun Features and say hello to the Lomo'Instant Camera! The Lomo'Instant is the perfectly sized Instant Camera to take wherever you go! It’s the most creative way to shoot fantastic photos which you can share anywhere and with everyone in an instant.

  • Meet the Innovators: Cat Ong

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-02-28 in #people #lifestyle
    Meet the Innovators: Cat Ong

    Coinciding with the relaunch of the Lomography community website is the debut of one of the Magazine's newest series, Meet the Innovators. Here, we'll be talking to some of the game changers in the field of photography to get a closer look on what they do as well as find out their personal insights. For our opening salvo we proudly introduce Cat Ong, Lomography's very own Head of Optic Product Development who counts the research and development of the LC-A family, Russar and Petzval Art Lenses, Diana F+, and Lomo'Instant, among many others, as some of his projects.

    8
  • 'Magnum - Contact Sheets' Opens in Istanbul

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-02-28 in #people #events
    'Magnum - Contact Sheets' Opens in Istanbul

    An ongoing exhibit in Istanbul, Turkey sheds light on the creative process behind some of the world's iconic photographs from the prestigious Magnum Photos.

    1
  • Photo of the Day by gaz

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-02-28 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by gaz

    Have you ever dreamed of hugging a sky filled with fluffy clouds? Turn it into reality using double exposure!

  • Shop News

    A quick guide to Inkodye

    A quick guide to Inkodye

    Shake well and apply to fabric. Blot out excess using a paper towel. Create your design using Inkofilm or anything that casts a shadow. Expose to sunlight or bright UV light for 10-20 minutes or until color reaches full saturation. Machine wash using Inkowash to remove unexposed dye. Double your exposure time in overcast weather. Enjoy the "wow" result!

  • Community Picks: LC-A Family

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-02-28 in #gear #news
    Community Picks: LC-A Family

    The people have spoken: the royal LC-A family continues to rule the Lomography community!

  • Trending LomoHomes of February 2015

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-02-27 in #world #news
    Trending LomoHomes of February 2015

    So, what does it take to have a "trending" LomoHome?

    5
  • Trending Photos of February 2015

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-02-27 in #world #news
    Trending Photos of February 2015

    These lomographs were the talked of the town this month of love. Have a look and see if your favorites made it to the list!

    2