"Smoo Cave" Scotland Off The Beaten Path Tip by galy

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Smoo Cave is a limestone cave that emerges onto a sandy seaside beach. The car park (with public toilets) lies beside the main road about half a mile out of Durness on the road to Tongue. The "blow hole" and waterfall can be observed from an observation point above the cave. The cave is approached by a steep track down to the inlet where the burn meets the sea. The huge entrance, more than 15 meters high leads into the first chamber which is more than 60 meters long and 40 meters wide. The second chamber, containing the waterfall, is about 21 meters by 9 meters and can be viewed from a specially constructed platform, the third chamber is accessible only by a small boat.
During the summer there creek might dry out so the boat trip is not possible
The word Smoo is a Norse word "Sumvya" meaning creek or cleft.

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  • Updated Oct 10, 2003
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