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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  • We started at the church which was the burial site of the Highway Man. The beach is solid and stretched out. Then it lifts into sand dunes with remarkable views. Good place to stretch your legs and ta...  more »
  • Such a beautiful beach - we were mesmerised by the setting sun and cormorants dipping into the waves. Such gorgeous sand dunes and silver sand  more »
  • Beautiful beach...but very, very windy and water is COLD. Saw dad teaching small boy to surf...brrrr. Lovely ruin of church and cemetery next to beach.  more »

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