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. Use our Durness vacation route planner to visit Balnakeil Bay on your trip to Durness, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 14, 2017
    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 »
  • August 1, 2017
    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 »
  • July 23, 2017
    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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