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Smoo Cave, Durness

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
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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  • We visited the day after some rain so the falls in the inner cave were absolutely amazing. Be prepared to get drenched if you follow the walkway inside the cave to view the inner cave. 
  • We stopped at Smoo Cave today with our 3 small kids. The stepped paths down to the cave are steep but totally accessible. The actual look in the cave takes all of 10 minutes but it's a great stop off ...  read more »
  • This place I saw a while back. The place is definitely worth seeing if you are in Durness. There is a man with a dog that will take you on a tour in his boat into the cave explaining how it came about...  read more »
  • A must see! Very interesting and scenic cave. Who knows - next time you go back they may have found an even bigger cave according to the guide!
  • It is amazing, I would highly suggest a visit if your on the NC500 ! the people are friendly and granted the tour is short is simply worth it for the photos and the experience
  • Stunningly beautiful well worth a visit .will be back for sure
  • Must see if you are in Durness. Short walk range. After visiting, i wish i had a your. Hopefully, next time
  • Stunning views all around this area!
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