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Sango Sands

Sutherland, Scotland
1 acre hosted by Sango S.
Amazing scenery and location, teetering on one of Britain’s northernmost tips

Sutherland is the least populated place in Britain; and while journeying north to reach the isolated community of Durness, the emptiness and desolation may prove slightly unnerving for city-slickers out on a rare trip north. For this reason, when the wide-eyed traveller finally rides into the wee village of Durness (population 400) it takes on the proportions and atmosphere of somewhere much, much bigger.

Travelling through the beautiful, brutal scenery to this top north-western corner of Scotland is a sensational experience, and taken slowly (stopping off at the other Hipcamp sites along the west coast, perhaps) this amazing journey will surprise, delight, shock, and provoke any other emotion it is possible to feel from wandering through such high, wild places. Once any sober mind has made it past Ullapool to Durness, it will be hard-pressed to recall any other place in Britain that quite captures this same essence of wilderness.

This is the setting for Sango Sands. It wouldn’t matter if this campsite doubled up as the local bus shelter, for it offers succour to the weary traveller when it seemed that the world had ended, which, in effect, it does just here. Sango Sands teeters on the northern edge of Britain in glorious fashion, a fitting end to the trek through all that emptiness – a view out to infinity. Its unique north-facing location at the very top of Scotland means that in summer you can watch the sun both rise and set over the ocean. That is if you aren’t lying in your sleeping bag, exhausted from all the outdoor adventuring that you can’t help yourself doing in this wild and windswept corner of the land.

If you can drag your eyes away from the view of mountains on two-and-a-half sides, and the endless ocean on the other three (really, this is fact, not an optical illusion) then the campsite itself is fairly ordinary. But you can’t and it isn’t.

There are several fields to camp in and the most picturesque spots are by the steep slopes above the beaches. There are other thoughtfully prepared areas for tents, too, which give children ample room to kick a ball away from nearby cars and, though there are caravans littering the site in places, they’re almost invisible because the scenery is so magnificently big. The toilet blocks, of which there are several, are fine, though lengthy details of hot showers and clean basins slightly misses the point of why this campsite is so superb; as day-time television fans would say, it’s all about location, location, location.

The place boasts an embarrassment of sandy blessings with not one but two spectacular beaches easily reached by tracks from the site. The land and sea might meet here, but it’s clear that they don’t really get on. The beach is scattered with black rocks carved from ancient cliffs by centuries of northern storms. The power of the waves makes it a favourite spot of surfers and you can hire boards nearby if you fancy joining in. Or if the waves aren’t too pounding it is possible to swim.

That’s the thing about Durness: it may be remote but there’s a lot to do. A few miles west is the aptly named Cape Wrath, which you can visit by catching a ferry and then a minibus – there’s a lighthouse, the highest sea cliffs in Britain and a thrilling sense of freedom.Then you can return to your tent on its cliff-top eyrie and stay awake for that late, late sunsett.

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Hosted by Sango S.Joined in March 2011
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Amazing scenery and location, teetering on one of Britain’s northernmost tips.
Nearby attractions

Balnakiel craft village is an old MOD station that now has lots of individual galleries, cafés and workshops. Durness golf course welcomes visitors and has a terrific last hole over the ocean. Smoo Cave is the largest sea cave in Britain and is just a 15-minute walk away. There is a peaceful public garden dedicated to John Lennon in Durness village – he regularly holidayed here as a boy.

Food and drink

The Oasis Bar and restaurant, managed by the campsite owners, offers great food and local music, plus it's right next to the site!

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