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. A visit to Smoo Cave represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Durness trip builder tool to plot your vacation.
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  • I didn't know these caves were here but saw the sign as I was passing through. I am so glad I did. The atmosphere in the cave is amazing. The sound of the water crashing around you and you can feel th...  more »
  • Interesting cave .Access is by some quite steep steps down to sea level. There is a car park with toilets although they were locked due to winter season. It is possible to walk up the path on the oppo...  more »
  • Like everything else in Scotland, it is a great experience to see this cave with its thundering waterfall. It feels as if you go back in time and ends up among cavemen and one can almost feel what it was like to live at the time. This should not be missed when you are in the regions of Scotland.
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  • Amazing natural caves carved into the sea cliff. You can go in on a platform to view the thundering waterfall, all for free! There may not be much else to do there, but it is worth a visit! Steep but safe walk down stairs to get to the cave.
  • Short hike down some stairs to the beach. A fun little cave with a waterfall roaring inside. Just like I remember from my first visit 25 years ago.
  • Really excellent experience, what a fantastic place to visit. For a small fee, a trip on a inflatable can be purchased, taking a small group someway up the water course. Access to the entrance cave and viewing platform is free but contributions are requested which I feel is fair enough as there are also laminated information sheets about the history and geography.
  • Def worth a visit - but ensure to walk up onto the cliffs above n enjoy stunning sea views!
  • Beautiful setting, you can go in so far for free then pay for a tour of the inner cave. Accessible by going down lots of steps. Car park near by.
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