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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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Smoo cave is one if the must stop overs in the NC500 tour. Sadly due to Covid the boat service was shut so we couldn't go all the way into the cave. Having said that the cave was great, very few... more »
Geological creation to match the history of the Sutherland landscape. Smoo Cave has an amazing history linking Vikings to this coastal fishing community and is able to offer guided tours in peak... more »
Great stop on our north coast 500 route. Very scenic great for photos
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