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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  • 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 »
  • Nice cave, had never been before but was curious. Mrs also wanted a o see waterfall but we weren’t able to wait for boat as time was limited. Defo worth a visit. Beware the bridge if you had a few.....  more
    Nice cave, had never been before but was curious. Mrs also wanted a o see waterfall but we weren’t able to wait for boat as time was limited. Defo worth a visit. Beware the bridge if you had a few.....  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.

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