Smoo Cave is situated on the north
coast of Scotland, 2 miles east of
Durness, 88 miles west of
You can walk around the area for great
views, or view the inside of the cave,
largest sea cave in the UK with a
waterfall inside. You can also take a
guided tour further into the Cave.
Postcode: IV27 4PN.
See also a large Click On
Map for Top Attractions in the area.
The image top is of the visitor centre next
to the main road.
The viewing area is next to the visitor
centre with a path out around the headland for
There is also a walk from the cave inland to
the hills, Walk
Visiting the Cave, you walk down a fairly
steep set of steps, cross a wooden bridge to
the main part of the cave about 200 feet by 130
feet, and 50 feet high, claimed to be the
largest sea cave in the UK.
The outer chamber was created by sea water
and the inner chambers by freshwater.
The second chamber has a 60ft waterfall
created by fresh water running in from
The Cave is said to have been used by
Vikings, for making illicit Whisky, storing
Smuggled Goods, and for murderers to hide
Excavations have uncovered ships nails and
pieces of bone crafted to be used as household
items such as pins. Most of these items are
believed to have been from the Vikings.
1814 - Sir Walter Scott visited the area and
wrote about the Cave, leading to an increase in
The use of the cave by fishermen is said to
have continued into the 1900s.