Balnakeil Bay, Durness

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Where rolling meadows meet rugged, rocky beach you'll find Balnakeil Bay, the western side of the Faraid Head headland dominated by sandy beaches and dunes. You'll find Balknakeil House, an 18th-century summer home, watching over the peaceful beach. The bay houses the ruins of Durness Old Church. Meander through what's left of the ivy-clad church, including the eerie graveyard that bears some famous names. Walk the wide sandy shores and listen to the waves crash against the rock. Put Balnakeil Bay and other Durness attractions into our Durness online trip itinerary builder , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Two long, sandy beaches await at Balnakiel Bay. The second beach is a 10-15 minute walk but is worth every step, simply stunning. Catch it when the sun is shining and you could be anywhere, white sand...  more »
  • If it was a little warmer you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in the Caribbean! Really nice sandy beach, nice bay. We just loved the remoteness of it. Well worth visiting if you are close...  more »
  • Easy access, sunken year of the small cemetery and Chapel. Hikes start from this point (Cape Wrath..) but crossings prohibited to cause military spoil a little pleasure. Weather is very changeable and can offer surprising luminosities. We can to land with pleasure.
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Where to stay in Durness

Many visitors choose a well-positioned campsite to get great views of the coastline, while others stay in the local hostel, housed in refurbished military buildings. Some hotels with attached restaurants serve as welcoming places to stay for those with slightly bigger budgets.
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