Smoo Cave, Durness

#1 of 11 in Nature in Caithness and Sutherland
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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  • The cave is set in a lovely cove.. we took the £10 per person tour .. the cave didn't go back much further than we could see from the entrance and felt disappointed by the experience. The 2 guys were....  more »
  • Was lucky to get to do the tour as it had been closed for a week, and the caves flood in rain (which it did the next day) the two men are very informative and passionate about the cave, worth a visit  more »
  • Great stop on our north coast 500 route. Very scenic great for photos
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