Durness

Durness (Scottish Gaelic: Diùranais) is a village of about 400 inhabitants in the north-west Highlands of Scotland almost 50 kilometers by road west of Tongue. It is up to the strait Kyle of Durness, in the extremely sparsely populated former Scottish county of Sutherland in the Council area Highland. The village can only be reached via two-lane roads. The main economic factors of the village are agriculture and tourism. The main attractions in Durness are Smoo Cave Cave with its small river and an underground waterfall, as well as many pristine sandy beaches and cliffs where can observe numerous species of sea birds, seals and occasionally whales. Tourists Durness offers a spectacularly situated campsite on the cliff above the beach, a hostel, several properties and a hotel. * Durness with Smoo Cave. In the background, the Youth * Ruins of the Chapel of Balnakeil A larger colony of puffins can be seen north of the village in the great sand dunes on Faraid Head and photographed. A few kilometers to the northwest lies Cape Wrath - the north-western headland of the British mainland. Lack of road access can be achieved with a shuttle minibus only on foot or in a combination of a small pedestrian ferry across the Kyle of Durness. To Cape Wrath, there is a lighthouse and a disused military objective. From Cape Wrath to the city limits of Durness submit a single temporarily blocked a military firing range, which is used by the British Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the US Air Force. The explosions resulting have not prevented numerous seabirds breed on the Cape and its cliffs. East of Durness is Eriboll hole, known for its otters and minke whales. As the lake has a sea connection, it can be used by ocean-going vessels as an anchorage in stormy weather. Nearby is the Portnancon basement is. In Balnakeil, a one kilometer west of Durness hamlet, a craft village was built. One can also find a very old cemetery with the remains of a chapel dating from 1619. In this chapel of the hijackers and supposedly eighteen times murderer Donald Macmurchow is buried, who financed the church for a change of heart - to be buried there. On the associated and already used in the Crusader period cemetery also the Gaelic poet Rob Donn MacKay is buried.

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