As far as remote camping goes, it doesn't get much better than Sango Sands – a lone campsite teetering on the edge of the top north-west corner of Scotland. The inexperienced city dweller might find themselves somewhat weary, driving through endless empty and desolate scenery, but we think it's an incredibly unique and unmissable experience. The scenery, despite being desolate, is as unspoilt and wildly beautiful as British scenery comes – and that also applies to Sango Sands' campsite. Just as you think you've reached the end of the world, you're greeted by a camping haven, with a view stretching out to infinity. It's unique north-facing location means that in summer you can watch the sun both rise and set over the sparkling ocean. If you manage to tear yourself away from the panoramic views of highlands and oceans, you'll find there are two fields to camp in. The most picturesque pitches are the ones by the steep slopes above the beaches. The facilities are adequate enough and are accompanied by the handy "Oasis" pub, which serves great food and often has live music. But the real treat to this site is the impressive array of beaches right on your doorstep. Look out for the black rocks carved out of the cliffs scattered about the beaches – it's due to centuries of ferocious storms. Despite being on the edge of Britain, there's still plenty of activities on offer at Durness, including the largest sea cave in Britain: Smoo Cave, only 15 minutes away. For something a bit different, you could try wandering around the nearby public garden dedicated to John Lennon, who used to holiday in Durness as a boy.
Flat rates for adults £6.50, plus first child £4, second child £2.40, additional children free. Hook-ups £3.70.
April–October. Camping available at other times but without facilities.
Sango Sands, Durness, Sutherland IV27 4PP
This is the far north-western edge of Scotland – every way here is beautiful, but the quickest is probably the A9 north beyond Inverness then the A836 and A838 to Durness.
There’s a regular, but infrequent, bus service from Inverness. See Traveline (www.travelinescotland.com) for times.
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