Mackays Rooms and Restaurant
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Tel code: 01971 | code search
Postcode: IV27 | code search
Population: 400
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Durness is a remote village in the Highlands of Scotland, the most north-westerly village on mainland Britain, situated on the Kyle of Durness with Thurso 72 miles east and Ullapool 68 miles south. The main industries in Durness are crofting and tourism. Durness village has a coffee shop and a licensed restaurant, shops and a petrol station. Accommodation in the area comprises of a hotel, a B&B, a hostel and a campsite situated on the cliff-top above Sango Bay with an access point down to the beautiful golden beach. Nearby Balnakeil Bay is another impressive unspoilt sandy bay leading to Faraid Head, with former military buildings now used as a craft centre. The main attraction to Durness is Smoo Cave, lying east of the village, the sea-cave has the largest entrance in the British Isles, it is easily accessible, floodlit and can be explored by boat. Archaeological studies discovered the cave was used 6000 years ago by the earliest inhabitants, the name Smoo is norse for creek of cleft. The area is ideal for nature-watchers the isolated coastline is abundant with a variety of birds and wildlife including a colony of puffins, seals, dolphins, otters and whales. At nearby Bettyhill the Strathnaver Museum and Trail hold information on the history of life in the Highlands with emphasis to the Clearances.

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Tongue Hotel (13.47 miles)

Tongue Hotel

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This traditional Victorian Highland Hotel stands on the hillside overlooking the beautiful Kyle of Tongue - a panorama of mountain scenery and golden beaches, ideal for the town dweller to ... More

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The Ben Loyal Hotel (13.54 miles)

The Ben Loyal Hotel
The Ben Loyal Hotel is located in the centre of Tongue, next door to the Royal Bank of and it is only a short stroll to the post office and shop and a few minutes ... More | visit website
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Bettyhill Hotel (19.17 miles)

Bettyhill Hotel

A former coaching inn and now a family hotel with superb views over Torrisdale Bay towards the Atlantic Ocean; popular with walkers, cyclists, tourists, anglers, wildlife enthusiasts and those that simply enjoy ... More | visit website

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Inver Lodge (33.91 miles)

Inver Lodge

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Overlooking Lochinver Bay, Inver Lodge Hotel has a superb restaurant, a sauna and free Wi-Fi. This hotel offers luxurious facilities in a tranquil hillside setting. Inver Lodge provides spacious rooms with magnificent ... More

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Tigh Na Sith (34.09 miles)

Tigh Na Sith
Nick and Patrycja would love to welcome you in to our home during your stay in the Lochinver or Assynt area. The house is called Tigh Na Sith (pronounced Tie-Na-She) - in Gaelic it means ... More | visit website
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Unst Chalet (35.62 miles)

Unst Chalet
The coastal village of Inverkirkaig is set in the county of Sutherland, a lovely and unspoilt part of the N.W. Scottish highlands. Situated in a beautiful location in the corner of Inverkirkaig bay, the chalet is ... More | visit website
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The Mill House (39.30 miles)

Part of a restored Grade B listed water mill, Mill House blends traditional local materials and many of the original mill workings with modern comforts to create a really quirky home which we hope you ... More | visit website
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Ferry Inn (43.22 miles)

Ferry Inn

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This is the sister Hotel of the Weigh Inn, which now offers 9 newley refurbished non-smoking en-suite bedrooms, boasting uninterrupted views over The Pentland Firth to the majestic Orkney Islands. ... More

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Weigh Inn Hotel (43.63 miles)

Weigh Inn Hotel

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Situated overlooking the Pentland Firth with panoramic views of the Orkney Islands. The Weigh Inn Hotel, refurbished to the highest standards boast 16 STB 3 Star Deluxe non smoking Bedrooms ... More

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The Brochs of Coigach (43.76 miles)

The Brochs of Coigach
The Brochs of Coigach are a new concept for a luxury holiday in the Highlands of Scotland that combines the advantages of traditional letting properties with an appartment hotel. Scl's Broch is the perfect hide-away ... More | visit website

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