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Smoo Cave

Overview

Smoo Cave is a natural sea cave located ~1 mile to the East of Durness village centre which is in Sutherland in the North West Highlands of Scotland. It is the main tourist attraction in Durness and an impressive site that we would recommend to anybody visiting this beautiful and wild corner of Scotland.

The cave entrance is accessible via a circular walk which starts and finishes at the car park. As the car park (and main road) is situated high above the cave, the path leading to it goes downhill towards it, and uphill away from it. It is a rough path, so appropriate footwear is recommended.

The approach to the cave is very impressive, with an entrance 50 feet (15 meters) high, 130 feet (40 meters) wide and 200 feet (61 meters) long. You are virtually walking towards a giant mouth. Inside the cave, there is a covered wooden pathway and bridge taking the visitor to a magnificent cascade that falls 25 meters into an 8 meter deep pool.

If you want to venture further into the cave, there are guided "Geological" tours. These tours last about 20 minutes and start with a short boat ride that takes you to a point where you can then start on a scramble into the darker recesses of the cavern, but the cave has lighting. Sturdy waterproof footwear is advisable for this as water flows through the cave.

The cave tours are weather dependent as rainfall can cause the water levels to change rapidly. 

Smoo Cave is one of the attractions featured in our North Coast 500 itinerary

Address:

Smoo Cave, Durness, Sutherland, IV27 4QB Tel: 01971 511704

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Opening Hours:

The cave is accessible all year. The "Cave Tours" run from June, July, August 10am - 5pm / April, May, September 11am - 4pm

Admission:

Entrance to the front chamber of the cave is free, but the "Cave Tours" cost £6 Adult / £3 Child

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

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Accessibility:

The Cave is accessible via a rough path and steps going downhill, so it is not recommended for people with mobility difficulties.

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

No

Cafe/Restaurant:

No

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