Smoo Cave, Durness

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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  • Not attracted to the usual touristy things, we hadn't intended to visit Smoo Cave. However, this is one place we're glad our Scotland Travel Expert Mark Allan showed us. The birds and rock...  more »
  • One of our many stop offs while doing the NC500 drive with our children. This was one of their favourite places, great cave with waterfalls, we also enjoyed the exploring the bay and counting the...  more »

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