Smoo Cave, Durness

Must see · Cave · Nature / Park
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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  • Steps down either side of the cave with handrail. Free car park at top with toilets . We went down one side , had a look in and back up the other. Worth a look, shame the little boat isn’t running...  more »
  • Visited on our North Coast 500 trip and stayed in campsite nearby. Free car park nearby and staircase with handrail down. We visited the cave at both high tide and low tide and seen it was beautiful.....  more »

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