Smoo Cave, Durness

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#1 of 32 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. 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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 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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