Durness Tourist Information Centre and Visitor Centre

This Tourist Information Centre and Visitor Centre is the centre of the village and offers various activities throughout the year.

There is sculpture by local potter Lotte Glob of Far North Ceramics and the pond at the centre provides a perfect setting for the “floating stones” and pottery creatures which have their home there.

John Lennon of the Beatles (famous 60’s rock band) has left his mark in Durness too. There is a memorial to him carved by Neil Fuller of Durness Stonecraft. John’s connection with Durness was a family one and he often spent time in his summer holidays here in the village with family.

Durness is only one of 2 visitors’ centres in the North West Highland Geopark, which makes improving the facility of paramount importance. The overall aim of the plan is to provide a framework for the development of thematically co-ordinated interpretation at the Durness Tourist Information Centre and Visitor Centre. With thousands of visitors coming to the area every year, ensuring that
first call professional services with knowledgeable interpretation can be provided with local input is an absolute necessity.

A geological standing stone exhibit outside the centre highlights the North West Highlands importance as Scotland’s first European Geopark. Inside, the centre has several comprehensive exhibits, covering crofting, natural history and local customs and culture. They really bring to life the hardships and experiences of the community over the years. The centre also has a wide range of leaflets and information on the many local attractions.

A new closed circuit camera system which allows visitors the chance to view the daily antics of puffins has been unveiled in the far north west of Scotland. The lives of the appealing sea birds can now be glimpsed from the comfort of a local visitor centre as a handy alternative to walking to the puffins’ cliff-top nesting sites at Faraid Head, near Durness in Sutherland.

Durness Community Council has installed a screen for locals and visitors in Durness Tourist Information Centre. And while it is recognised that this is perhaps no substitute for seeing the real thing, the new facility provides a valuable resource for those who may be pushed for time or are less able to walk to the headland.

The Highland Council Countryside Ranger base for Northwest Sutherland includes a ‘hands on’ display of local natural history artifacts and a mine of information on local wildlife, wildflowers, geology, archaeology and many other related topics. Regular guided walks to see the puffins are organised during the summer by Donald Mitchell, the Highland Council’s Countryside Ranger for the Durness area.

Durness Tourist Information Centre
Information on Countryside Ranger guided walks in the Durness area contact;
Donald Mitchell,
North West Sutherland Ranger,
Tel: 01971511756, 08452255121 (visitor centre)
Email: dona…@highland.gov.uk or
Durness Tourist Information Centre, Sangomore, Durness, Sutherland, , 08452255121,


Durness Tourist Information Centre
Sangomore, Durness,
Sutherland IV27 4PN
Scotland, UK

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