Smoo Cave, Durness

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#1 of 11 in Nature in Caithness and Sutherland
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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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  • The cave entrance itself is impressive, and is one of the largest in the country but total spoilt by the tour company, Smoo Cave Tours, that operate there as they have put a big table there with... 
    The cave entrance itself is impressive, and is one of the largest in the country but total spoilt by the tour company, Smoo Cave Tours, that operate there as they have put a big table there with...  more »
  • Free parking but gets busy. Quite hard to get the right angle to see down the waterfall from the bridge but easy walk down to the beach and into the cave to see where it comes out 
    Free parking but gets busy. Quite hard to get the right angle to see down the waterfall from the bridge but easy walk down to the beach and into the cave to see where it comes out  more »
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  • Only down point is we had the dogs and couldn't take them on the tour
  • Take the boat trip into the cave! £10

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