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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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  • The walk to the cave takes around ten minutes. It is a must to walk inside the cave and across the small covered wooden bridge to see the waterfall. Lovely scenery well worth the walk up and down.  more »
  • The walk down, and then back up, is well worth it to look at the large cave and the waterfall that is free to visit. There is a boat tour in the caves you can take,payable, but it wasn't on the day we...  more »
  • A great place to marvel at, if in the area, a short stroll downhill to the cave and estuary opening. You can look for free or take a boat trip in the waters.  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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