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The Grotto, Tobermory

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Gaze upon the turquoise waters of The Grotto, a secluded sea cave carved out of the rocky cliffs over thousands of years. A short hike is required to reach the grotto--those with a fear of heights should take caution, as you'll need to climb down a 12 m (40 ft) natural rock chimney to access it. From above, enjoy the views of the rocky cliffs and the ocean beyond, while sunlight from outside reveals a brilliant underwater tunnel. You can snorkel in the pristine setting, and use the opportunity to capture some brilliant photographs. Make The Grotto a centerpiece of your Tobermory vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tobermory online trip maker .
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  • This place definitely is for thrill seeking adventurous people ! Beautiful and crowded in the summer , a moderate hike to the grotto from the visitor center . You need to take your swimsuits , a body ...  more »
  • A natural cave formed but the water from ICE age escarpment and erosion...I once was going to propose to my ex gf their, that's how nice and beautiful of a place it is... If you can dive on it all the...  more »
  • I always wanted to get into the grotto but I could never figure out how to do it safely but this year after watching some people I found that it can be climbed down from the cliff face on the north pa...  more »
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  • I went in the fall and it was absolutely fantastic with relatively few people and easy parking. The trails tough in a good way. My friends and I felt like we were going on an adventure and the sights were very unique.
  • Absolutely beautiful place. The hike to the grotto isn't very long or strenuous, and there are a couple different side trails to hit as well which takes you to the same place. Once you hit the grotto, there is so much rock to hike and explore. The water is absolutely beautiful. It's like you're traveling down south it's so blue! There are bathrooms here and spots to have lunch. You can climb a little bit and get such a gorgeous view. There is a cave to explore (maybe more in the summer) and ways to climb down and get closer to the water. Make sure to bring your camera for all the beautiful photos. It's such a gorgeous place, with lots to see and explore. We will definitely be returning next year to the Grotto.
  • You need to know how to get down to the grotto - if you even made it past the main entrance. Ask around for the easy way to get down otherwise you might miss the grotto entirely
  • What everyone said already. Research the parking policy before you go; weekdays are best. The water is COLD so be prepared if you plan to swim (and even if you don't plan to do so... It's hard to not be tempted by that glorious clear water). Wear decent shoes. I didn't get a chance to fully explore the grotto because you really need to climb/swim it to get inside.
  • Great place to visit. Stayed at cyprus lake campground. Amazing being one with the nature. Also spectacular place for stat gazing.

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Where to stay in Tobermory

You can stay in the town center for convenience, but you might find the constant coming and going of cruise ships irritating. For something more relaxing, look for a guesthouse or bed and breakfast at the northern tip of the peninsula, next to Fathom Five National Marine Park. Reserving in advance is essential between May and September, as tourists flock to Tobermory to make the most of the warmer weather.
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