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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.
The village boasts a couple of 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 establishments.
Loch Eriboll is a deep water sea loch between Durness and Tongue, 16 kms long and varying in depth from 15 to 60 fathoms deep. In fact, it's the most northerly deep water sea loch in the British Isles and was used during WW2 as a naval base. British servicemen nicknamd the loch as Loch 'Orrible because of the often atrocious weather conditions they had to endure in these parts. The large island in the loch, Eilean Chorauch, was used for bombing practice by the RAF, the island's size not dissimilar to that of a battleship. The loch was also the site of the surrender of the German U boat fleet in 1945.
Above the loch, servicemen spelt out the names of their ships in rocks, gradually becoming lost in the undergrowth over the years. Local school children have, in recent years, cleared away the undergrowth and the stones are now once again visible. Quite an emotional site for the servicemen and their families, I should imagine.
To read about our stay in this area in 2008, please look at my Durness page.
Address: Durness, Sutherland, Highlands, Scotland.
Directions: Northern Sutherland.
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