Durness, parish

Grid reference

NC 391 686 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

239100 968600





Nearby places

Loch Croispol, Durness (0.45 miles)

Rubha Creag Iain, Durness (4.13 miles)

Rubha Elspet, Durness (4.66 miles)

Tongue, modern parish (14.27 miles)

Meall Thailm, Tongue (14.76 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?




Relationships with other parishes

Contains Tongue, modern parish (formerly)

Relationships with other places

Contains Loch Croispol, Durness

Contains Rubha Creag Iain, Durness

Contains Rubha Elspet, Durness

Parish details


Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

The parish of Durness DUS included the district of West Moin between Loch Hope and Strathmelness, the davach of Eriboll between Loch Hope and Loch Eriboll, Durness proper (Dyrnes, Ardurnes), and the district of Parf, together forming the modern parish; and the districts of Ashir or Astlair (corruptly Old Shores) and Kerrugarbh (corruptly Kinlochbervie), attached to the modern parish of Eddrachilles EDS (for which see Lairg LAI). OPS ii pt 2, 701; 701-6. The church was assigned to provide light and incense for the cathedral of Dornoch in Bp. Gilbert’s constitution 1224x45 (Bann. Misc. iii, 20). The revenues thus reserved were administered by the bishop to whom they pertained in 1275, and with whom the parsonage remained, the cure being served by a perpetual vicar (RSS ii no. 4157, iv no.1372; Thirds of Ben., 208; Reg. of Pres. i, 134v). Cowan 1967, 56. Not mentioned in Shennan 1892.