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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. 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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  • This place is fabulous. We walked to it from Sango Sands Oasis, which was about 20mins. There are toilets at the attraction. There is also some eatery vans across from it. The cheese toastie place.....  more
    This place is fabulous. We walked to it from Sango Sands Oasis, which was about 20mins. There are toilets at the attraction. There is also some eatery vans across from it. The cheese toastie place.....  more »
  • Had a boat trip through the cave, very interesting hearing the history of the caves. Aaron really knew what he was talking about & even spoke German to some German guests. Interesting hearing how... 
    Had a boat trip through the cave, very interesting hearing the history of the caves. Aaron really knew what he was talking about & even spoke German to some German guests. Interesting hearing how...  more »
  • This cave far exceeded my expectations. The vibes were immaculate just because the two guys that run this little £10 tour are the ones that explore it in the winter months and the cost of the tour... 
    This cave far exceeded my expectations. The vibes were immaculate just because the two guys that run this little £10 tour are the ones that explore it in the winter months and the cost of the tour...  more »
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  • Only down point is we had the dogs and couldn't take them on the tour
  • Excellent cave. Glad we stopped but not worth driving there just to see it.
  • Lovely trail and cave tour is excellent. Must visit this place
  • Stunning site. Also really good guided tour. Well worth the fee.
  • Worth a visit. Unfortunately no tours when we came because of strong winds.

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