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Where to Park Overnight at the Kyle of Durness

This overnight parking location overlooks the Kyle of Durness and is truly spectacular. The Kyle of Durness is a coastal inlet that extends 9km from Balnakiel Bay.

From your van (or car) you can see for miles over the sandy banks and blue water. There are even some sheep that stroll right past you without a care in the world. It truly is a special park up! If you’re up for it, there is even a stunning coastal walk around the perimeter.

This spot is reasonably flat, however, it is extremely exposed to the elements! 

Finally, this is a popular spot so we recommend getting there early to snag a spot with the best view! Much like every parking location on the North Coast 500 (NC500), the views are breathtaking, but we think this is one of the best!

Location

Kyle of Durness Viewpoint, Lairg, Scotland

58.549184, -4.777839

IV27 4QF

Price

FREE

toilets

NO

Water

NO

Bins

NO

signal / 4G

Good Signal

H+ internet (able to stream movies without buffering)

This image is looking out over the Kyle of Durness. You can see the large spanning sand banks and blue water. In the distance there are mountains and blue skies.

If you have any questions regarding where to park at the Kyle of Durness, Durness, or even Scotland in general don’t hesitate to comment down below. 

Or why not check out all the great overnight parking places we have been to so far here!

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A complete review of facilites, views, signal and more at the Kyle of Durness Viewpoint carpark. This car park is undeniably scenic, but is it worth staying the night? We certainly think so! Vanlife | NC500 | Free places to park overnight in Scotland | Park for night | Free camping | where to park for free on the NC500 | Durness | Kyle of Durness

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7 thoughts on “Where to Park Overnight at the Kyle of Durness”

  1. The area you are describing as a free parking area is no longer ‘free’. The parking area belongs to the sheep crofters and they now charge to park there.
    Really because so many people were turning up and leaving behind mess and burnt grass.

  2. Hi there, we are after some help! Myself and my partner are undertaking a bike ride from Glasgow to Cape wrath and wish to leave our van for over a week somewhere by Durness, would this be allowed or are there restrictions on duration of parking etc, regards Neil

    1. On the NC500 there are very few parking restrictions due to wild camping being legal in Scotland. However, it is a matter of being comfortable leaving you van for a prolonged period unattended. Personally, I would reach out to a the local hotels and ask off I could park in their car park, as these may be a little safer! 🙂

      1. Sorry, wild camping in Scotland is only ‘legal’ in a tent under the SOAC rules.
        A van can park up with the landowners consent but it is also restricted.

    2. Hi Neil
      The safest place to leave your van is somewhere in the village.
      There aren’t any hotels in Durness with a large parking area.
      There are two parking areas near Smoo Cave.
      One of the parking areas you will need to pay for but it has 24 hour security.
      The other parking area is next to the toilets and has limited parking for vans.

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