Walk: Blown away by the Kyle of Durness

Highland | Durness | Half day walk | ★★★

[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 scattered 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]

📌 Walk: Blown away by the Kyle of Durness ★★★
Start / finish at Balnakeil Craft Village, minor road half a mile west of Durness, G.R.: NC 394680 ///creatures.masses.splendid

▶ 9 km / 6 mi | ▲ 120 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Balnakeil Craft Village; Balnakeil Bay; Kyle of Durness
Terrain: Minor road to Balnakeil Bay then coastal path - clear at first but increasingly faint. Roads and track across fields to return to start.

Route & map

Craft Village - Balnakeil Bay - Solmar - Cape Wrath Hotel via Kyle of Durness coast path - track junction at G.R.: NC 393670 - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep with lambs sheltering in grassy hollows.
Weather: 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]

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