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Sango Bay ((Sangomore) Durness)

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Sango Bay - Highland

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The sandy beach of Sango Bay is one of the most northerly beaches in mainland Scotland. It consists of a wide stretch of golden sand divided into three smaller coves by a series of rocky outcrops. Scattered along the beach are various rocks, stacks and skerries.

The back of the beach varies along its length with steep dunes and machair making up large sections and sheer cliffs of Creag Thairbhe to the east.

Sango Bay is the closest beach to Durness and is easily reached making it comparatively popular for these parts. However, this does not mean there will ever be a crowd here as this is still the far north. Many of the beach's visitors come from the Sango Sands camp site directly above the beach.

A short walk out to any of the nearby headlands will reveal panoramic views of the North Minch - the channel between the mainland and the Hebrides. A busy shipping lane the Minch is also a good place for spotting dolphins, and if you're lucky a whale.

The next cove to the east of the beach is home to the famous Smoo Cave - the largest sea cave in Britain.

Also known as:

(Sangomore) Durness

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Surfing


  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop

Nearest town



IV27 4PY

OS grid ref.

NC 4082 6778

Water quality

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Green Coast AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended