Kyle Of Durness To Cape Wrath Lighthouse
Site Name Kyle Of Durness To Cape Wrath Lighthouse
Alternative Name(s) 'Lighthouse Road'
Canmore ID 296087
Site Number NC36NW 18
NGR NC 33477 69099
NGR Description NC 31983 69999 to NC 34999 68278
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
- Council Highland
- Parish Durness
- Former Region Highland
- Former District Sutherland
- Former County Sutherland
NC36NW 18 31983 69999 to 34999 68278
This road was constructed from 1828 to link a slipway on the Kyle of Durness (NC 3708 6603) with the newly-constructed lighthouse (NC27SE 3.00) at Cape Wrath. It went some way to ensuring that personnel and goods could be transported to the latter when the slipway at Clais Charnach (NC27SE 4) could not be used, though neither slipway was accessible in very bad weather. The road enters the southern part of mapsheet on the steep S flank of Beinn an Duibhe and passes the site of missing milestone 8 (NC36NW 6) and crosses a broad peat-filled basin before reaching milestone 7 (NC36NW 5). Here, the road turns NW and traverses the foot of the S flank of Sgribhis-bheinn, crossing the Allt na Guaille by way of a small, single arch bridge (NC36NW 17).
The method by which the road has been constructed has been determined to a large extent by the topography but more than anything else by the extensive cover of peat across the Cape. On low-lying blanket bog the road-makers have had no alternative but to lay down a causeway and this probably explains the presence of a number of sizeable quarries along the route. Where the road has been able to contour along a slope, it has been constructed on a levelled terrace, where necessary, supported on its lower side by a stone revetment. At numerous points along the route there are culverts (CWTC08 69–92, 94–5, 147–54) and small quarries. The former are generally very well-built with drystone risers and stone slab lintels. Many of the quarries are likely to have been opened up when the road was constructed; most probably continued to supply material for road repairs; some may have been opened especially for that purpose after the road was constructed.
(CWTC08 69–92, 94–5, 147–54)
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS) 5 August 2008.