The most north westerly settlement in the Highlands, Durness is accessible via a single track road and is famously home to Scotland’s most northerly golf course. The town is one of only three large communities in the North West Sutherland area of the Highlands with a crofting and fishing heritage and a breathtaking coastline featuring limestone sea caves, sweeping sandy beach bays and wildlife rich high cliffs. Durness is the perfect peaceful Highlands retreat offering best coastal walking and golf.
Stay in Durness B&Bs, hotels and cottages for easy access to the breathtaking far north westerly point of Scotland around Cape Wrath situated just 18km from Durness village. Pick up the Cape Wrath Excursion bus trip direct from Durness. Around Cape Wrath you’ll see some of Scotland’s highest sea cliffs and huge numbers of seabirds, seals and the cliff top Cape Wrath Lighthouse.
Elsewhere in the Durness Estate you’ll find ancient Iron Age sites and old crofting cottages around the Laid area on the west bank of Loch Eriboll. Must see sites on the coast include the limestone Smoo Cave on the eastern edge of Durness which lays claim to the largest sea cave entrance in the UK, inhabited around 6000 years ago by first settlers in the area. Don’t miss a view of the cave’s spectacular ‘blow hole’ and waterfall.
Find best beaches around Durness at Sango Bay and Balnakeil flanked by sand dunes, and on off shore islands like Eilean Hoan. A range of walks catering for all walking abilities feature around the Durness Walking Network, with walking routes rich in wildlife and rare plants.
Memorable coastal walking experiences include The Kyle of Durness Walk (5km) and The Faraid Head Walk (4km) which pushes up from Balnakeil Bay to the very headland tip of the north coast, taking in spectacular sandy beach bays and sand dunes en-route. Come and explore Scotland great north westerly Durness coast – book Durness accommodation online now.