Durness in the far north of Scotland

Durness is in the county of Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands

Durness is a small highland village in the far north-west of mainland Scotland, in the county of Sutherland. It is on the North Coast 500 tourist route around the north of Scotland and a popular stop-over point on the route with a campsite, hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation. The area also has self-catering cottages for longer holidays in this outstandingly beautiful area of the Scottish Highlands.

Durness has an outstanding golf course, lovely clean sandy beaches along with interesting places to visit, including Smoo Cave with its underground waterfall, Balnakeil craft village, day trips to Cape Wrath and the nearby Kyle of Durness estuary where in the past we have collected mussels for cooking. Fishing, walking and other outdoor activities you can plan on the area around Durness for short breaks and longer vacations.

The nearby Loch Eriboll is in our opinion one of Scotland’s most scenic areas, well worth taking the time to explore and simply enjoy on a warm sunny day.    

Durness beach

Sango Bay at Durness

Smoo Cave

Smoo Cave at Durness

Smoo Cave can be visited all year round and is free to visit. Depending on water levels there is exploration trips available to explore the cave and this involves a guide – learn more on  Smoo Cave Tours - Smoo Cave


Durness - beach at Durness near golf course

Beach at Durness next to the golf course