Smoo Cave, Durness

4.4
#1 of 12 in Nature 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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  • Nice cave but no more compared to other experiments of this type (Caves of Vallorbe for example) Have not been able to enter with small boat and guide because too much flow due to the rains. But the surroundings are nice
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  • Unfortunately, the cave was closed because of too much water. But it's worth getting down and going up to the waterfall.
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