Whatever the village of Durness may lack in facilities, it more than makes up for in natural beauty. The region's coastline is pockmarked by a series of sandy beaches - stunning even (as in the photo above) at 9pm on a grey evening in April! Two of the most accessible are detailed below - right on the North Coast 500, so a perfect break from the tarmac. Sango Sands are close to the village "centre" and quite popular on sunny days in high season. Tràigh Allt Chàilgeag is a few miles away on the winding coast road next to the abandoned Ceannabeinne Township, only frequented by the opportunist passer-by or well-informed surfer.
|[Tràigh Allt Chàilgeag (photo from a few days later]|
Name: Sango Sands ★★★☆☆
Description: Really 3 beaches divided by minor headlands, the middle one directly behind Durness tourist information centre.
Location: Durness, G.R.: NC 408678 / snug swims deluded
Name: Tràigh Allt Chàilgeag ★★★☆☆
Description: Little-visited, beautiful beach with views to Whiten Head.
Location (car park): A838 3 miles east of Durness, G.R.: NC 443653 / rang soothing towels
Anything else? A rough but obvious path leads about a hundred metres downhill to the beach.