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Attractions within a few miles ride/walk/drive


Scourie is fantastic location to base your walking holiday. With the hills nearby and the most Northern Munro, Ben Hope only a short drive away give hill walking enthusiasts plenty of scope for adventure. For those who prefer a little less uphill, the coastal paths offer peace and wonderful views, and Ranger Walks run in the summer.

Smoo Cave

This is the largest sea cave in Britain, and is accessed down a flight of stairs. The cave itself is floodlit making it an accessible and impressive attraction all year round.

In the summer tours are available with a boat trip across the waterfall pool and into the inner cave. Besides its natural beauty there is evidence of its use by man dating back 6000 years, with a number of myths attached to it... For more information Click

Geo Park

Durness and the surrounding area sits at the corner of the North West Highlands Geopark. Scotland's first Geopark, it is part of global network of territories with exceptional geological features.

The area surrounding Scourie offers an amazing opportunity to explore the landscape in the most sparsely populated corner of Europe. For more information Click Here

Culture and History

There is evidence of mankind in this area dating back 6000 years. Evidence of the long history is evident in the ruins and buildings of the area, and in the culture of today.

Highland Gathering

On the last Friday in July local Durness hosts the Highland Gathering, where you watch traditional competitions such as tossing the caber and highland dancing. Events are open to anyone who fancies a challenge

There's also less traditional events such as tug of war, tip the bucket and the pillow fight for those who want a laugh


Durness is the most North Westerly community in mainland Britain, and has an abundance of attractions for any kind of visitor. Below is a little information on some of these attractions. For more information you can contact the Tourist Information Office in Durness on 01971 511259 or visit the community website at

Natural Beauty - This is an area of geological interest with some of the oldest rocks in the world found here. With little industrial development in the area, Durness remains an unspoilt natural wilderness in and below are a number of specific sites of attraction.   

Faraid Head

A wonderful walk, this peninsula reaches out into the sea from Balnakeil Beach. In the summer you can find puffins nesting amongst the cliff tops.

The dunes here are impressive and guided walks are available in the summer from the Countryside Ranger. This is also a good place to watch for Whales, Dolphins, Porpoise and Seals.

Durness Golf Course

Nine greens with eighteen different tees, this golf course featured on Peter Aliss has spectacular views over Balnakeil Bay and Cape Wrath. Not to be missed by golfing enthusiasts, guests are welcome.


With the number of inlets, bay and coves in the area, Sea Kayaking around Cape Wrath and along the North Coast is popular in summer. Durness makes an ideal base for this sport.


For those after something a little different, why not try coasteering. Explore the coast by swimming, scrambling and jumping and see caves, arches and other features you would never otherwise find. For more details contact Fergus on

Beaches - Here's a quick guide to some of the beaches in the area.


Right in front of the campsite, there is a small beach but here are some lovely examples in the area


A short drive out of Durness, this white sand beach is more secluded with azure blue waters.

Balnakeil Bay

This long stretch of sand extends out along Faraid Head. One of the more sheltered beaches.

Sandwood Bay

Extremely remote, this beach can only be accessed by a four and a half mile walk. Stunning in its seclusion.

Loch Eriboll A large sea loch to the east of Durness, it is now used primarily for fish-farming. With a back drop of mountains a drive around its shoreline is beautiful and a walk out to Whiten Head offers an superb opportunity in Autumn for seal spotting.

The Loch also has long Naval history, with a lot of activity during the Second World War. The North Atlantic U-Boats surrendered here in 1945.

Balnakeil Craft Village

On the way to Balnakeil beach an M.O.D. Early Warning Station has been converted into a craft village. Here you can find a wide range of craft shops from woodcarving to ceramics.

Balnakeil Church

Founded in 722 by St. Maelrubha, the ruins of this church overlook Balnakeil Bay. Inside the church is the grave of Donald MacMurdo, a local tyrant who murdered at least eighteen people.

The graveyard contains the grave of Rob Donn, a famous Gaelic poet, and also a mass grave of the people killed when the emigrant ship the 'Canton' sank off Faraid Head.

Dun Dornaigil

South of Loch Hope are the impressive remains of a Broch, a defensive tower typical of the highlands.

Sports and Activities - The geography of the area offers a unique environment for outdoor enthusiasts.

Cape Wrath

This is the most North-Westerly point in mainland Britain. A passenger ferry across the Kyle drops you at a road and from there you could walk, cycle or catch a bus along this remote corner of the country  

A beautiful and barren landscape, the Clo Mor Cliffs are found here. At 281m, they are the highest sea cliffs in Britain. At the end of the road is the Cape Wrath Lighthouse, built in 1827 it has stunning sea


With nearby beaches on the West Coast, and local north facing breaks, Durness has some of the most consistent swell on mainland Britain. For more details check


As the North West corner of the British road system, cycling through and around Durness is very popular.  

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