Discover Sutherland - Your Local Guide

Durness can be found on the north coast, in the far north-west of Sutherland. This part of the county is the centre of the ancient lands of the Clan Mackay.

Situated amid wonderful mountain scenery and spectacular coastal views with a mixture of rocky shores and amazing sandy beaches and bays, the village of Durness is the most north-westerly community on the British mainland. However, the village could be more accurately described as a scattered string of crofting townships spread out along the coastal road. The local economy relies on crofting and tourism.

Durness is a popular centre for tourists exploring the north west of Sutherland. It lies at the north west corner of the mainland road network, with routes running east round Loch Eriboll to Tongue or south to Kinlochbervie and Scourie.

In the centre of the village overlooking Sango Bay is Durness Visitor Centre. As well as providing tourist information, the centre is a base for the local Countryside Ranger and contains displays on the local geology, environment, wildlife and history. Outside the centre you will find a display of modern standing stones explaining the geology of the area.

To the west of the village lies Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point on the British mainland. A regular ferry and bus trip takes visitors to the famous lighthouse. To the east of the village is Smoo Cave, a large and dramatic limestone cavern that is one of the main attractions in the area. You can read more on this page.

Other local attractions include Balnakeil Craft Village. Situated just to the west of Durness, the Craft Village is a former military base that is now home to a variety of artists and craftsmen. Nearby is Balnakeil beach, just one of the many clean, sandy beaches in the area. Here you will also find Durness Golf Club whose course is, like everything in the area, the most north-westerly golf course on the British mainland.

Despite its remote location, there are a wide range of facilities in the village. There is a grocers shop and a small supermarket with a Post Office and there is also a petrol station. Tourist accommodation is plentiful with a number of hotels and bed & breakfasts in the area as well as a camping & caravan site and a Youth Hostel. The village also boasts a restaurant and public house.

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About Durness
• Smoo Cave

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