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Durness in the far north of Scotland. Sutherland, Scottish Highlands.

Durness is in the far north-west of Scotland, in the top left corner of mainland Scotland. The area has outstanding scenery and lovely sandy beaches. At Durness there is several sandy beaches with the ones at the village has interesting rocks on the beach. Around 1 mile west from Durness is the Balnakeil craft village which has been built around old MOD buildings which were abandoned in the 1960's. The Balnakeil craft village has coffee shops, gift shops and many in-residence artists and crafts persons who sell their products to visiting tourists.


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Balnakeil beach near Durness Golf Course, Durness, Sutherland, Scotland.Balnakeil beach near the Durness Golf Course.

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Sangobeg Beach with view over Sango Bay at Durness

This remote area of Scotland has the furthest north golf course on mainland Britain, the Durness Golf Club is a 9 hole links golf course but somehow they have added another 9 holes to make it feel like an 18 hole course. The scenery is lovely and it makes this golf course a unique place to play surrounded by wild scenic landscapes and the Atlantic ocean.

Durness Golf Course

Durness is close to Cape Wrath which is reached by a small passenger ferry across the Kyle of Durness and then by bus or by walking to the most north-west location on the UK mainland. The area around Cape Wrath is also used for target practice by the Air Force and some areas are out of bounds at certain times of the year.

Kyle of Durness

When visiting this area you should take time to explore the Smoo Cave and take the trip inside the cave to see the waterfalls. You can walk down the cliff side and enter the large outer cave and then if you are adventurous enough take the small inflatable boat into the inner caves to see the waterfalls.

Smoo Cave, Durness, Scotland.

Entrance to Smoo Cave

Durness Golf Club

The Durness Golf Course is situated in one of the most northerly locations for a golf course in Scotland. The course is open to the public.

Balnakeil Craft Village

Balnakeil craft village

The village now consists of mainly privately owned building and homes which attract over 25,000 visitors each year. The craft village also has a restaurant, a bookshop and Cocoa Mountain Cafe and Chocolaterie along with craft and artistic workshops. Courses are often available to learn craft skills. Learn more on the Balnakeil blog and also on another website on Balnakeil.

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Sandy beach at Durness, Sutherland, Scotland

Scotland beaches - Durness Sangobeg Beach, Sutherland.

Sandy beach with nearby campsite overlooking Sango Bay.

Durness Campsite overlooking Sango Bay

Rispond Beach near Durness

Rispond beach near Durness

Rispond Beach near Durness

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Loch Caladail near Durness, Sutherland, Scotland.

Loch Caladail and scenery just outside the village of Durness.