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Smoo Cave | Hidden Gem in Scotland

Updated: Mar 5

Smoo Cave is an absolute MUST if you're near the Durness area or are doing the NC500 road trip. It's an utterly incredible place and the photos really don't do it justice.

Image of Smoo Cave in Scotland
Photo taken by @nicola_270 via Instagram.

The first cavern at Smoo Cave is enormous and once there you'll be able to see the second cave which features the waterfall shown in the photos. There is a third cave however this is only accessible via boat which there are tours available.

A must visit! It's truly a mesmerizing cave and do not miss the boat ride. They give a tour inside the cave which can be reached only through a boat ride. – Google Review

Make sure to visit when there is low tide as you'll be able to have a good look around the cave and especially the waterfall. It's worth noting that the stairs going down and then going back up can be quite steep for some so appropriate footwear is required.

FAQs/Things to know before visiting Smoo Cave

1) Where is Smoo Cave located in Scotland?

Smoo Cave is situated near the village of Durness in Sutherland, in the northwestern part of Scotland.

2) What makes Smoo Cave a hidden gem?

Smoo Cave is often considered a hidden gem due to its remote location and stunning natural beauty, including its impressive sea cave and underground waterfall.

3) How do I get to Smoo Cave?

Visitors can access Smoo Cave by car, following the A838 road towards Durness. There is a car park near the cave entrance, and from there, it's a short walk to the cave itself.

4) Is there an entrance fee to visit Smoo Cave?

There is no entrance fee to visit Smoo Cave as it is a natural landmark. However, donations for its conservation and upkeep are appreciated.

5) What activities can I do at Smoo Cave?

Visitors to Smoo Cave can explore the cave's interior, take guided tours to learn about its geological formation and history, admire the waterfall, and enjoy the scenic views of the coastline.

6) Are there guided tours available for Smoo Cave?

Yes, guided tours of Smoo Cave are available during the tourist season, led by knowledgeable guides who provide insights into the cave's formation, geology, and local folklore.

7) Is Smoo Cave suitable for families with children?

Yes, Smoo Cave is generally suitable for families with children, although parents should be extra cautious, especially near the cave entrance and on uneven surfaces within the cave.

8) Can I bring my dog to Smoo Cave?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Smoo Cave, but owners must keep them on a lead and clean up after them to preserve the site's cleanliness and safety.

9) Are there any nearby attractions or amenities near Smoo Cave?

While Smoo Cave itself offers plenty to explore, the village of Durness offers amenities such as cafes, pubs, shops, and accommodations. Additionally, attractions like Balnakeil Craft Village and Cape Wrath are nearby.

10) What is the best time to visit Smoo Cave?

Smoo Cave can be visited all year-round, but the summer months are particularly popular for outdoor exploration and taking guided tours of the cave. However, visiting during quieter times or during the off-peak season can provide a more tranquil experience amidst the natural surroundings.

Image of Smoo Cave in Scotland
Photo taken by @nicola_270 via Instagram.

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