Smoo Cave, Durness

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#1 of 21 in Parks in Caithness and Sutherland
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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  • August 21, 2017
    We visited Smoo Cave whilst holidaying in Kinlochbervie. We were really impressed with the fact that you could visit the Cave for free if you wanted to but you could also pay for a guided tour or a bo...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    After visiting the public area we decided to proceed with the guided tour. The caves are not very big, but the tour (on inflatable inside the caves, 20 minutes, £5) made with extremely passionate people have allowed us to appreciate the history of this place. In addition they also explained in Italian the most important parts of the visit. Recommended!
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  • August 20, 2017
    Sadly the third cave was shut due to bad weather but we were able to see the main cave. Fairly dull interior but outside the cave a beautiful stretch of coastline Still worth a visit if you are in the...  more »
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  • Amazing natural formation. Used by smugglers years ago. Unfortunately due to weather, weren't able to view back cave as it's only accessible by water/cave. Worth a visit if the weather is/has been good
  • This is a very nice place, with free entrance and car park. The cave itself is impressive, but possibly not spectacular. However, the walk along the gorge side up to the sea is utterly special.
  • Worth a look at if you are driving the north coast of Scotland. A well formed path Leeds down to the cave and up the other side with great views along the coast.
  • This is a must see in northern Scotland. The tour with Colin and Fraser is a must as well. The history and findings from within the boat tour and short walk is amazing!
  • As cave's go this is a big one, it even has it's own waterfall in the back of the cave. A great chance to get your camera out and get some fantastic photos. It is also free to go and the car park is also free. There are about 70 steps down to the smoo but they are very gradually done in a easy way to make it possible for a children's buggy's etc to get down with moderate ease . Well worthwhile having a look.

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