The Nature in Cape Wrath
The fact that the landscape has remained virtually untouched by man since the beginning of time makes the Cape a marvel of a location. The Cape of Wrath, which comes from the Old Norse, meaning turning point, for many years accommodated travelling Scandinavian communities making their way through the channel, and ironically has itself not turned or changed with the passing of time.
The varied geology of the cape is bound to make any nature lover or rock enthusiast excited. Even if terms like ‘old red sandstone’ and ‘Arctic species of oyster plant’ sound like Chinese to you, this northernmost point of the Scottish Highlands and British Isles, is home to a vast amount of indigenous and pervasive flora and fauna, of which, if nothing else, you can appreciate the aesthetic.
The coastline is the perfect environment to house a large variety of oyster plants, and moving farther inland, the humidity serves as a hospitable habitat to a series of mosses and colourful flowers in the numerous meadows, making for quite a sight to behold. From the various species of mosses to purple saxifrage to marigolds and orchids, not even Henri Matisse could have asked for a more beautiful colour palette.
That said, these delicious hues attract not merely an occasional casual observer, but also a variety of species of insects as well, so it might be a good idea to load up on bug spray if you intend to frolic in the meadows.
For the keen birdwatcher, the exceptional birdlife is mesmerizing. The Cape is a breeding ground and shelter to, or a migrations stop for many avian species. From the golden eagle to diverse wild fowl, the sheer marvel and magnitude of it is bound to leave you gasping in wonder.
We haven’t even started on the rest of the wildlife such as deer, seal and dolphin. Declared an SPA (Special Protection Area), SAC (Special Area of Conservation), SLA (Special Landscape Area) and SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), it is the site of a number of nature and conservation parks.
Whether marine, sky, land dwelling, coastal, fresh or sea water, the Cape has always provided a hospitable habitat for man and critter alike, although never quite fit for permanent settlement except to the really hardened and weathered.
Nothing Good in Life Comes Easy
When journeying through the Cape looking for places to stay here one must remember that nothing good in life comes easy. Keeping this in mind, the trip is guaranteed to be worth the time and effort. Pushing one’s own personal boundaries can be an exhilarating experience.
This is a place where life is limitless in its power to inspire awe, where existence itself displays its true purpose. There is much wisdom to be acquired in a land where time stands still and the landscape is exactly as it was conceived at the beginning of the ‘grand design’. One’s soul can hear its powerful spirit whispering in the wind.