Things to do in Durness

Sightseeing and activities in Durness

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.

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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.

Lotte Glob Ceramics, Loch Eriboll

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

Outdoor attractions

The best outdoor activities in Durness include stunning beaches and John Lennon Memorial Garden.

Golden Eagle Zip Lines

The best North Coast activity for thrill seekers! Soar like a bird above the cliffs on zipwire. One for the bucket list!

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!

Durness Golf Course

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

John Lennon Memorial Garden

John Lennon of The Beatles used to spend his childhood holidays with his aunt in Durness. The memorial garden was created together with Beechgrove Garden.

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 across Scotland for its spectacular sunsets.

Faraid Head

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