Durness, Scotland


The thriving town of Durness, situated on the far north westerly part of the British mainland, has a dramatic, rocky coastline, beautiful scenery, turquoise waters edged with unspoiled beaches, an abundance of wildlife, and wide open spaces, making it the perfect place to get away from the rat race of today’s modern world.


How to get to Durness

Durness is accessible by car via a single track road situated along the north coast, or by bus from Inverness, which operates once a day from Monday to Friday. You can also take a ride on the Royal Mail post bus which meets the train at Lairg from Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays as well in summer. Then there is also the subsidized bus, run by the highland council that you can take, but this only operates once every two weeks.

Things to see and do in Durness

The best way to learn about the Scottish Highlands is to explore the area including the wild and untamed landscapes, several of the most amazing beaches in Scotland, the wildlife, Cape Wrath, Smoo Cave, the craft village and a whole lot more.

Durness, with its rugged mountains, towering cliffs, and wide open moorlands, is an absolute paradise for hiking enthusiasts which, although sometimes rather challenging, do provide some of the most fantastic views in all of Scotland.

Best time to visit Durness

It all depends on what you want to do when you get there, as to when is the best time to visit Durness, because there is something happening there all the time, so it’s not like you will be short of things to see and do. For instance:

Spring is great for all outdoor activities, including plenty of events that take place around that time of the year. Summer is the ideal time to enjoy the abundance of games and festivals which take place, including the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the largest event of its kind in the whole world. Autumn is perfect for hiking, walking, and cycling and so forth, as well as attending the many events that are held here during the season, and winter of course, is when you can come and enjoy all sorts of winter activities, like skiing, skating, and ice dancing, to name but a few.

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