Durness Beach, Sutherland

Sightseeing and activities in and around the Durness area

Ten miles east of Cape Wrath on the North Coast 500 is Durness, Scotland’s most northwesterly village. It’s a haven for hill walkers and mountain climbers, with exceptionally beautiful beaches and dramatic scenery. Other attractions include Smoo Cave, Durness Golf Course, Balnakeil Craft Village and Europe’s most northerly zip line.


Ceramics in the landscape at Lotte Glob's croft by Loch Eriboll.
Ceramics in the landscape at Lotte Glob's croft by Loch Eriboll.

Arts & Crafts

Durness has a thriving community of contemporary artists and craft makers.

Balnakeil Craft Village & Café

Durness artists’ studios, café and local businesses housed in the old military listening station. Great for gifts and lunch.
Sonia

Lotte Glob Ceramics, Loch Eriboll

World-famous ceramic artist inspired by the landscape and geology of Sutherland. Most amazing blue colours.
Sonia
  • Distance: 50 miles.
  • Check website for open days, otherwise by appointment only.
  • Visit Lotte Glob

Outdoor attractions

Durness outdoor attractions include the stunning beaches and John Lennon Memorial Garden.


Golden Eagle Zip Lines

For thrillseekers! Soar like a bird above the cliffs on zipwire. One for the bucket list!
Sonia
Kids zipwire durness
The Zipwire at Ceannebeinne Beach, near Durness

Smoo Cave, Durness

Spectacular sea and freshwater cave with fascinating geology and hidden waterfall. Take the boat in. Great for kids!
Sonia


Durness Golf Course

By the beach at Balnakeil. One of the most picturesque golf courses in the country.
Tanja

John Lennon Memorial Garden

John Lennon of The Beatles used to spend his childhood holidays with his gran in Durness. The memorial garden was created together with Beechgrove Garden.
Sonia
Balnakeil bay by François Bertin
Balnakeil Bay captured by photographer François Bertin.

Walks & Wildlife

Durness is a spectacular and uncrowded place for wildlife and bird watching.

Balnakeil Beach

White sand pristine beach with magnificent dunes. Known for its spectacular sunsets.
Sonia

Faraid Head

Great views over Cape Wrath. Nesting seabirds, including puffins, in summer and grey seal sightings.
Sonia

Get the most out of your time in Kylesku

Picnics & takeaways

We can supply you with a picnic, and takeaways are also available from the restaurant. Both are available to non-residents - get in touch to arrange.

Breakfast: open to non-residents

Not staying with us? You’re still welcome to join us for breakfast. Choose from our continental-style buffet or cooked breakfast menu. Breakfast is served from 8-10am every day.

if you're heading outdoors

Kylesku Hotel has a laundry service and drying facilities for residents. Useful for guests engaging in outdoor pursuits.

We love giving tips on the local area. Just ask, and we can look at maps with you.

Puffins at Faraidh Head