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Durness Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 115 photos

The Most Northwesterly Village in Mainland Britain

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After our stay on Loch Eriboll, which I have placed on this page, it was time to move on and head towards Durness.We needed petrol and some basic supplies so a stop in Durness was called for.There are a couple of food stores, a petrol station and a post office which all seem to belong to one family.You pay for you petrol in the mini market. (The dearest petrol we have ever bought at 1.38 a litre!!) Durness also boasts a fantastically located campsite above Sango beach, a YHA, a hotel and some B&B establishmnts.

Durness sits just to the east of the Kyle of Durness and northwest of Loch Eriboll, on the single-tack A838, just before the road turns southwards and leaves the coast. It is slighly lower lying and more fertile than some areas of the northwest Highlands,owing to the lime rich soil, giving it a more gentle feel. Coastal scenery is splendid, with glorious sandy beaches backed by impressive cliffs.

Around and About

From the Kyle of Durness you can catch the passenger ferry to take you across the water and then a minibus which takes you the 14 miles to Cape Wrath Lighthouse, a really wild and rugged part of the world. You cannot get here under your own steam.

Smoo Cave is the biggest attraction close to Durness but I have to admit, we didn't bother as the weather was very poor and the car park was full. Too many people in a small area, no thanks!! If you want to read up on it, have a look at the website on the tips.

There is also a craft village close by, based in some old nissen huts. Again, we didn't stop here but pressed on to the beach.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The most beautiful beaches
  • Cons:Expensive fuel!!!!!
  • In a nutshell:An oasis in a wilderness...
  • Last visit to Durness: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    What lovely scenery around here, somewhere we would enjoy camping too! Bad luck with the weather - perhaps another time?

    • nickandchris's Profile Photo
      Sep 12, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Thanks for rating this page. Yes, we shall definitely return here in the not too distant future!!

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Beautiful scenery, can't wait to visit!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    This is another lovely part of Scotland that brings back great memories, thanks for sharing !

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2008 at 3:40 AM

    That's the route we took when I was a teenager, so memories slowly coming back, Thanks.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2008 at 2:23 AM

    Wonderful scenery, so great that I wouldn't even mind the wind and cold. Wish we had a caravan, it makes you so independent.


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