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Smoo Cave, Durness
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Easily accessible, Smoo Cave has the largest entrance of any sea cave in the British Isles. Its vast interior is floodlit, and you can even explore the innermost depths by boat. Travel to the cave by a steep track down to the inlet where the seawater meets the river. Then, the entrance leads you into a large cavern in the lime stone cliffs. Check with local tour guides about boating and discovering more of the cave’s depths. The word Smoo is a Norse word "Sumvya" meaning creek or cleft. Recent excavations show that the cave was in use 6,000 years ago by the earliest settlers in the north. Put Smoo Cave and other Durness attractions into our Durness vacation builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Visited on a very wet November. Easy to park 5 minutes walk on well made path go right into the Cave viewing platform no tours in winter but didn't bother me. 
  • A visit to this cave is a must if you're holidaying on the north coast. Amazing caves cause by the forces of the sea and rivers. 
  • Amazing to see the effect the sea has on limestone, brilliant for children and adults alike, steep decent but worth the effort and a beautiful cove too. 
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  • Smoo cave was quite a nice experience, but be warned that there is not very much to see if you don't take the wee boat tour. If you are in the area it is definitely worth a visit. Unless you want to take the boat tour, you shouldn't go out of your way to get there though. The boat tour itself is very good. Not only do you get to a couple of nice photo spots, you also hear plenty about the cave systems and the enormous efforts to uncover more of the caves. The boat tours help pay for the excavation, so I can only recommend taking one. There are plenty of nice beaches in the area if you want to relax after being in the cave.
  • It is easy to find parking spot here, and the toilet there is clean and tidy. Walk down the steps and see the tremendous size of the cave. This is the easiest way to experience a cave, other places would require hours of trekking and suitable clothings. There are experts down there to help you explore the dark inside.
  • Actually very interesting, the people that run the tours use the money earned in the summer to dig in the winter, as they are trying to break into a larger part of the cave system. Worth a visit if you're in the area.
  • Amazing place, get to the bottom and take the tour. Colin the tour guide is the single greatest person to have ever lived.
  • Loved it here. Went there on the route 500. Rememder to build a wee stone tower.