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I expected to be blown away by Durness as I had read about how amazing it was, but I would only recommend looking around for a couple of hours at most. The whole place is terribly backward and a bit like Craggy Island from Father Ted!
I recently visited to Durness and thought that the scenery and beaches were very impressive. But you need more than this to make your stay memorable or comfortable. Apart from Mackays Hotel, there is absolutely nowhere to get any quality food or drinks. There are countless fish farms around the lochs but I never saw any of this on a menu anywhere - a cheese toastie with some iceberg lettuce and a sorry tomato was all I could find. The local pub was more like a hospital waiting room and the laughable craft village was something out of horror movie. I recognise life is different in this part of the country, but that is no excuse for lack of imagination and minimum effort. I would reccomend Durness for a very short day trip but would not consider reccomending anyone stay for longer periods of time.
Inverness is such a beautiful place. Take a walk at dusk along the canal and admire the beautiful old houses. Do a MacBackers tour through the higlands. Cheap as chips and a fabulous experience.
I have visited Durness on several occasions this year and cant get enough of the place! The views and the locals are second to none. I was unfortunate to lose my dog in the area and the locals could not have done enough to help by letting me put up posters in their shops,pubs, etc. There are plenty of stunning walks along the beaches or the cliffs, the amenities include a general store, camp site, Bunkhouse, Garage, Sango Sands complex (Restaraunt & Bar),Stonemason shop (owner's a smashing guy!), and the nearby Balnakeil craft village. I would recommend Durmess as a "must-go" place to visit.
In 1999 friends from county Durham took my husband and me on a wonderful drive around Scotland. We had been as far north as Lochinver by car before, but this time we got as far as Orkney. I had longed to see Durness for years, and it was all I expected. We had a gorgeous meal as well at the bookshop at Balnakeil Bay. Northwest Scotland is fabulous!
Inverness is a lovely town, one of the most beautiful places in Scotland -- and in Europe, I think. It's clean, secure, quiet, with a pretty castle on the top. It's the best place to visit the incredible Lake Ness and try to photograph Nessie, the mythical monster.


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