Walk: Blown away by the Kyle of Durness

[High tide at the Kyle of Durness]

At low tide, the final throes of the River Dionard thread a winding route through an enormous expanse of immaculate sand. These are the Kyles of Durness (from the other side of which you can access the wild north-western tip of the UK mainland at Cape Wrath). There are several possible start points on the circuit, but setting off from the hotchpotch of buildings at Balnakeil Craft Village splits up the duller inland section. This is a beautiful stretch of coastline: with the added dimension of storm force winds when we visited, the luxury hot chocolate at Cocoa Mountain was an unlikely but very welcome sight at the end!

[Balnakeil Bay]

Name: Walk: Blown away by the Kyle of Durness ★☆☆
Length: 9 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 120 metres
Points of interest: Balnakeil Craft Village; Balnakeil Bay; Kyle of Durness
Start / finish: Balnakeil Craft Village, G.R.: NC 394680 / creatures masses splendid

Route: Craft Village - Balnakeil Bay - Solmar - Cape Wrath Hotel via Kyle of Durness coast path - track junction at NC 393670 - start
Terrain: Minor road to Balnakeil Bay then coastal path - clear at first but increasingly faint. Roads and track across fields to return to start.
Wildlife today: Sheep with lambs sheltering in grassy hollows.
Weather today: Dry and often sunny after rain, but very windy: strong enough to blow you over at times.

[The inland, road return is through sheep country]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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