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  • Alex R
    Broxburn, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular place to visit.
    This was breathtaking. We popped here ona bit of a tour of the North coast of Scotland and I can say we were not disappointed. The cave is truly awesome inspiring and we worth the drive. There is two way down to the cave one is more accessible than the other but we'll worth the walk down. The cave is free to explore but of you want to go a little deeper there is a boat tour into a deeper part. The tour takes about 30 minutes is very entertaining and interesting, also pretty reasonable. My kids loved it although they wished it could be a lot longer and that they could go deeper. If you are going to do the tour wear wellies or waterproof shoes. It is very wet. We had come prepared and were glad we did. Would heartily reccomend this.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Gemma S
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic and interesting
    Absolutely loved this experience. There is a free view of the cave but we chose the boat tour. A relatively small cave compared to some but fascinating. Our guide (Duncan?) was very patient and knowledgeable. It can be a bit rocky getting in and out of the boat and manoeuvring the small space but it was well worth it and even a tiny little one braved it down the ladder on her own into the boat. Amazing how much work must have gone into this cave over many years to find out more. Definitely worth a visit
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Mark Lumsden
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Been on the list for many years and finally got to visit. Definitely worth a trip as the place is unreal. Wee Boat trip and the tour further into the cave is great and very informative well worth it. Not sure what some people expect? It’s a natural beauty and not an artificial entertainment venue. Will be following the updates on the new dig online. Keep up the good work
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 August 2023
  • NCtravelz
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,738 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge cave with great waterfall
    We stopped in the free parking lot late in the day and walked down. Went into the huge cave and saw a big waterfall going very fast. We walked back up a different way to see sheep overlooking the cliffs. There's a bathroom in the parking lot, donations accepted.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Giles T
    London, United Kingdom552 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular cave, worth the stop
    Well this was a surprise. We stopped on spec as we passed by on the NC500 and found this extraordinary natural feature that was both free and really spectacular. A large cave and waterfall, narrow gorge, beach, cliff walks, etc. Well worth a visit. Plenty of free parking.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • MrsRTeacher
    Melbourne, Australia41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smoo Caves with lots of water.
    I’ve heard so much about Smoo Caves and it did not disappoint. Given all the recent rain the waterfall was spectacular. Wear a waterproof jacket. A big surprise was the steps that lead up the side, over a paddock with brilliant views of the beach/sea. Another must do, if the waterfall is huge, is to cross the road and walk in the little bridge on top of the waterfall. We visited on October 7th. Yes, there are toilets, ample parking. We also drove around to the other side of the cliff to see the WW2 (?) stations. More information needed. To access this area (and a great view) you drive through the waste disposal area. Please note the cave boat tours are not running due to safety concerns.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Niall D
    Glasgow, United Kingdom55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deep, dark and dramatic !
    Even in 60 mile an hour winds its worth a visit, wrap up well ! The story and history of the cave is fascinating along with actually wandering around inside and imagining what it was like back in the 17 century ! One of the highlights of the NC500 !
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Justin S
    Bourne, United Kingdom266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every bit as incredible as you’d want
    We went on a midweek, early February rainy day, so it wasn’t busy! A nice walk around, the main cave itself is very impressive, well worth the look. But then the waterfall inside takes your breath away!! (Certainly did for us as it had been a particularly wet few days). A must do if in the high Highlands.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Paul B
    Chirnside Park, Australia1,050 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant caves and the tour is worth the cost
    You can walk down to the caves and see the waterfall all for Free. If you like adventure and the tides are right and the winds not strong or from the north, see Fraser and Callum for a special tour of the caves. It helps with the future exploration of the caves and is truly amazing. I can say it involves a small dingy and a walk.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2024
  • Sarah0811
    633 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Warning! It’s cash only!
    Just to be aware due to the signal in the caves the attraction is cash only. There is a spar with a cash machine around a mile away. However parking is quite busy here so we walked to the cash machine and back to ensure we kept our parking space and it took us an hour. The cave itself was really good fun, frazer and his team are humorous and enthusiastic in their story telling. The tour is around 20 minutes and definitely worth doing. You can see the passion of the team in the work they do and how they are passionate about future projects with the cave. There are some gorgeous walks and scenery around the cave too. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2024
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Rambling_Giant
Glasgow, UK828 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This was up there with the things we were most excited about on our NC500 adventure. In all honesty it was great, it really was, but a couple of things let it down for me, hence the 4/5 rating.

East of Durness and pretty much on the NC500 route (follow the A838), the cave was located a mere ten minute walk from the lower car park (toilet block provided) and fifteen minutes from the ‘Motorhome friendly’ one, where we parked up. Our car park was pay and display (cheap though; cash / card accepted) and had a lovely café on its doorstep, one we used and thoroughly enjoyed!

The walk down was steep but the steps were in good condition. A small firth cut in which looked nice with the sun glistening on it - unfortunately there were very limited sandy areas about and the stones were slippery. I did however manage to get a bit of stone skimming on the go with my eldest.

The cave itself - pretty spectacular and not something you often come across in the UK. Fed by the Allt Smoo stream, you could venture to the waterfall chamber which was free of charge. My son and I paid for the tour (£5 children; £15 adults). Thankfully, we were aware it was cash only although, this could have been better advertised further afield (the closest cash machine was one mile away and unless you look online, the cash only sign appears far too late in my opinion).

The tour was thoroughly enjoyable - my eldest (four years old) was well looked after and the staff were all super friendly and knowledgeable. Safety adhered to throughout. Unfortunately, the boat ride was a bit underwhelming - short in length and not as I had expected. Saying that, the staff made up for it and the information given was interesting and eye-opening!

In conclusion, my eldest loved it and for me, it was all about his experience! I’d say to do it but don’t expect the boat ride to be extensive and whatever you do, take cash with you!
Written 14 July 2024
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Sarah0811
england633 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Just to be aware due to the signal in the caves the attraction is cash only. There is a spar with a cash machine around a mile away. However parking is quite busy here so we walked to the cash machine and back to ensure we kept our parking space and it took us an hour.
The cave itself was really good fun, frazer and his team are humorous and enthusiastic in their story telling. The tour is around 20 minutes and definitely worth doing. You can see the passion of the team in the work they do and how they are passionate about future projects with the cave.
There are some gorgeous walks and scenery around the cave too. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 1 July 2024
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sb123
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Staff were brilliant, very well educated young people giving the tour which was refreshing to see. A lot of history behind the caves & the rocks. Fun little boat ride too!!
Written 26 June 2024
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Crazymoo2804
Burntwood, UK178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Absolutely great time here at Smoo Cave. It was amazing to see the waterfall inside the cave and was a stunning experience. When we return we would love to do the boat tours if the weather permits
Written 17 June 2024
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Paul B
Chirnside Park, Australia1,050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
You can walk down to the caves and see the waterfall all for Free. If you like adventure and the tides are right and the winds not strong or from the north, see Fraser and Callum for a special tour of the caves. It helps with the future exploration of the caves and is truly amazing. I can say it involves a small dingy and a walk.
Written 14 June 2024
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NickyMcGhie
Inverness, United Kingdom16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Well worth it. 30 min walk each way. Caves were spectacular. There is a v in the path that we missed so ended up walking past the caves and around the side of them before we found another path to take us up. Beautiful from up top too.
Written 7 June 2024
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Passport45563098780
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Highly recommend.
Callum and Fraser were extremely knowledgeable and an entertaining double act
Myself and my children learned a lot about local geology and history.
Worth every penny
Written 30 May 2024
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Susimoon22
Alyth, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Really cool place to take a walk round. Using my imagination I could really see the place being a hub of activity. Great shelter, with running water, feet from the sea.
Written 29 March 2024
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CS
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We were fine but if you have walking difficulties there are a few steps
The Parking was good and we were in a large motor home
Written 22 February 2024
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Justin S
Bourne, UK266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We went on a midweek, early February rainy day, so it wasn’t busy! A nice walk around, the main cave itself is very impressive, well worth the look. But then the waterfall inside takes your breath away!! (Certainly did for us as it had been a particularly wet few days).

A must do if in the high Highlands.
Written 19 February 2024
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