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TITLE
Beach, Durness
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMSTRACHAN_095
PLACENAME
Durness
DISTRICT
Eddrachillis and Durness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Durness
CREATOR
JM Strachan
SOURCE
J I R Martin
ASSET ID
28949
KEYWORDS
durness
beach
Beach, Durness

Durness (Diuranais in Gaelic) is a remote township in the northwestern Highlands of Scotland, lying on the Kyle of Durness. There is only one single track road in and one road out of the village. The main sources of employment in the village are crofting and tourism. It is the largest village in the north western corner of Scotland (with a population of around 400 residents) on the main A836-A838 road between the towns of Thurso (116 km / 72 miles to the east) and Ullapool (109 km / 68 miles to the south).

This area is notable for being the most sparsely populated region in Western Europe.

The main attractions in Durness are Smoo Cave, a sea cave with a small river running through it and a waterfall in wet weather, unspoilt beaches backed by cliffs, and the surrounding sea birds, seals, porpoises and minke whales.

The surrounding coastline is some of Europe's most isolated and spectacular, with the nearby Clo Mor Cliffs being the highest on the British mainland, at some 281m (921 ft) high.

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Beach, Durness

SUTHERLAND: Durness

durness; beach

J I R Martin

Durness (Diuranais in Gaelic) is a remote township in the northwestern Highlands of Scotland, lying on the Kyle of Durness. There is only one single track road in and one road out of the village. The main sources of employment in the village are crofting and tourism. It is the largest village in the north western corner of Scotland (with a population of around 400 residents) on the main A836-A838 road between the towns of Thurso (116 km / 72 miles to the east) and Ullapool (109 km / 68 miles to the south). <br /> <br /> This area is notable for being the most sparsely populated region in Western Europe.<br /> <br /> The main attractions in Durness are Smoo Cave, a sea cave with a small river running through it and a waterfall in wet weather, unspoilt beaches backed by cliffs, and the surrounding sea birds, seals, porpoises and minke whales. <br /> <br /> The surrounding coastline is some of Europe's most isolated and spectacular, with the nearby Clo Mor Cliffs being the highest on the British mainland, at some 281m (921 ft) high.