1828 - Cape Wrath Lighthouse was built on
the most northwest point in Scotland, 6 miles
north of Sandwood Bay. Cape Wrath is best
visited by appointment, as it is often used by
Naval Ships for Target Practice.
The remains of Sandwood Cottage are by the
Beach. The Cottage is said to have the Ghost of
a Mariner from an Armada Galleon that was
washed up here with its Treasure.
1847 - Crofters were cleared from this area
to make way for large scale Sheep Farming,
known as the Highland Clearances.
1940 - the last of the Shepherd Huts in the
area were abandoned.
1941 - Sergeant Michael Kilburn crash landed
his Spitfire on the Beach, surviving without
injury. The Engine of the Plane can be seen
during certain tides.
1962 - James
MacRory-Smith, a Hermit known as Sandy,
originally from Dumbarton, set up home in a
Cottage 1 mile northeast of Sandwood Bay.
1979 - Sandy's Cottage was damaged during a
Storm, leading to the Mountain Bothies
Association repairing the Cottage to serve as a
Bothy, with Sandy allowed to continue living
Over the following years, a number of
Walkers claimed Sandy chased them off with a
Hatchet in his hand.
1996 - ill health led to Sandy leaving the
Cottage, he died a few years later at
Sandy's Bothy is now claimed to be one of
the scariest places to stay in Scotland.
2009 - Keith Brown crash landed his
Microlight Plane on the Beach. He then had to
carry it in pieces 4 miles to the road.