THE remotest bunkhouse on mainland Britain has opened – more than 300 feet above the sea and in a bombing range.
The rooms with a view at Cape Wrath – the most north-westerly point on mainland UK – has been constructed by the peninsula’s only two residents.
John Ure (64) and his daughter Angela have converted the old machine room near Cape Wrath Lighthouse into a bunkhouse capable of taking eight people.
And already scores of backpackers have taken advantage of the £5-a-night facility.
Before the season began Mr Ure had only seen 40 customers since November but has splashed out £12,000 on the development.
He runs the remotest café in the country right next to the lighthouse and usually serves around 6000 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 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.
"The bunkhouse is open and booming. We have had scores already," said Glaswegian Mr Ure a former engineer.
"It is a badly-needed facility in the area and we plan to open all year round.
"I am also be offering evening meals and breakfast and a grocery shop in the café for the walkers."