Durness is a small village on the North West tip of Scotland and on a bright sunny day my family and I drove the 120 miles from near Inverness to explore the remote and stunningly beautiful area.
We arrived as a coach party were piling back onto their bus leaving the award winning Sango Sands beach blissfully quiet.. until I decided to run down the steep path leading to it giving a couple of tourists a fright in the process. (They were worried I wouldn’t be able to stop when I got to the bottom!). When we reached the beach we meandered on the sand watching dogs run around, a couple of men bodyboard and kayak in the surf and a group of shags perched on the rocks just off the beach. After enjoying the sunshine for a while and taking a few snaps we headed to the restaurant for a bite to eat.
Above the stunning white sandy beach is a campsite which overlooks the bay. In the height of summer I would love to stay for a few days and spend time messing about in the sea and relaxing on the beach. I also spotted a leaflet for a boat trip to Smoo Cave, a 200 feet long, 130 feet wide cave with a 50 feet high entrance which looks like a wonderful place to visit.
The campsite in Durness, just above Sango Sands and is open from April until the end of October. It has plenty of facilities including a campers kitchen with free gas for people in tents and the restaurant and bar is just next door. Out of season camping is free but the hot water is switched off so I think it’s worth the wait till Easter!