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Hotels in Durness

With its captivating wild scenery, striking mountains, vast (and often deserted) sandy beaches, and panoramic views of the turquoise Atlantic, Durness is the perfect oasis for people eager to escape the crowds. This area of Scotland, which has been inhabited for thousands of years, has become popular with campers in recent years, although it is still very secluded and largely untouched by high-scale tourism.

What to see in the area:

Smoo Cave

Enormous Smoo Cave, which is in fact Scotland's largest cave, has been used as far back as the Neolithic period, and now welcomes thousands of visitors each year. The site, which is just under two miles from Durness, has gradually enlarged over time as a result of sea erosion, although other chambers in the cave system have actually been formed by freshwater activity.

Sango Bay

Few beaches in Britain can rival the breathtaking scenery of Sango Bay, which is surrounded by spectacular cliffs and towering sand dunes, and is adjacent to the aforementioned cave. The beach is revered for its incredibly clean golden sands, and is fewer than 100m from the Durness Visitor Information Centre and a bus stop.

Balnakeil Bay

Much wider and more remote than Sango Bay, Balnakeil Bay is only a short drive from Durness and is also acclaimed for its pristine sandy beach. The bay is overlooked by the early-18th-century Balnakeil House, a fine Category A-listed building that is now a luxurious five-star holiday retreat.

Further afield: Cape Wrath

Almost like Britain's northwestern corner when viewed on a map, Cape Wrath is noted for its early-19th-century lighthouse, which was designed by the esteemed Scottish civil engineer Robert Stevenson. The area is also home to numerous golden eagles and red deer, some of the tallest cliffs in Britain, and the impeccably clean sandy cove of Kearvaig Bay.

Where to eat out and stay in Durness – suggestions

You can treat yourself to some delightful pizzas and other heart-warming Scottish dishes at the Smoo Cave Hotel, or enjoy other fantastic local-themed dishes at the Sango Sands Oasis Restaurant and Bar. Affordable, welcoming Durness hotels include the Hillside B&B, the Morven B&B, Bae Seren, and Aiden House.

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