Smoo Cave – Durness
are always interesting, but when the cave has an active river with a deep
sinkhole and underground waterfalls, together with one of the largest and
most dramatic entrances in the country it becomes fascinating.
Smoo Cave, hidden right
beside the main North Coast road some 1⅓ miles east of Durness, where
the Allt Smoo falls down an open shaft and flows through a series of huge
chambers to emerge at sea level into a deep and dramatic tidal gorge is the
most spectacular cave in Scotland.
Cave, which has revealed fascinating evidence of transient occupation by
early man, has attracted thousands of visitors from home and abroad for
centuries, and currently attracts some 40000 visitors each year.
Smoo Cave is at present owned by the Highland Council, which has hitherto maintained the paths, bridges and walkways to enable free access to the underground chambers.
are also in hand to improve walkways & bridges, signs, parking,
access, and picnic area.