Ceannabeinne Durness – Grey November Day but Still Beautiful

Saturday was a grey day in the far north, there was some mizzle in Caithness to start. The forecast had seemed okay so I set out with my boy to head west and do something. No firm plans, just a need (on my part) to get out of the house and be in the west. I’m sure he has the same need but he just hasn’t learned to recognise it yet!

The weather remained mediocre at best as we headed west along the north coast and we settled on a plan to round Loch Eriboll and climb the wee 383 metre Beinn Ceannabeinne overlooking Durness. The hill also overlooks one of the most lovely beaches on the north coast at Ceannabeinne (the Traigh Allt Chailgeag). From the car park above the beach the way to the summit is pathless and fairly rough and boggy but it was good exercise with fine views in descent.

Once back to the car we headed down to the beach to catch any late afternoon light. It remained quite grey but there’s always beauty in a place like Ceannabeinne.

Durness and Smoo Cave are just a couple of kilometres down the road from Ceannabeinne and it’s always good to nip in and soak up the atmosphere at yet another lovely North Coast 500 hot spot.

Map with the location of Ceannabeinne beach and Durness below. Beinn Ceannabeinne is the high point roughly 2 km south west of the beach.


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