Kyle of Durness

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Kyle of Durness, an elongated bay or narrow firth in Durness parish, Sutherland, separating the district of Durness proper from the district of Parf. Receiving at its head the river Dionard, it goes 5½ miles northward to Durness or Baile na Cille Bay (17/8 x 1½ to 2 miles); itself has a varying width of 2½ and 6½ furlongs, and is barred by a series of shallows which frequently shift their position. It becomes so nearly bare at ebb tide as then to appear little else than an expanse of sand; seems to be gradually filling up with silt and débris brought down by the Dionard and some lateral streamlets; and is little visited by vessels either for commerce or for shelter.—Ord. Sur., sh. 114, 1880.

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