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Bone Caves

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The Bone Caves are situated in the far northwest of Scotland, 72 miles northwest of Inverness, 20 miles north of Ullapool, next to the A837 Road.

The Caves can be visited all year round free of charge with a Car Park just under 3 miles miles from the Caves. The Postcode: IV27 4HL. Ardvreck Castle ruin is another attraction 4 miles north.

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The Image top right is of the Car Park for the walk to the Bone Caves, just under 3 miles of a steady incline with much of the path being over stony ground.

The Caves are high up in the rocky hill on the right side.

There are two paths higher up, one crosses the burn leading straight up to the Caves, the other goes straight up the Glen below the Caves, round the top of the Glen and up to the Caves that way.

If there has been a lot of rain, you may have to go up round the Glen as the burn is a lot narrower that way.

Both routes are fairly steep up to the Caves along narrow paths with a good drop down. There is normally a strong wind blowing up the Glen as well, so you have to take care at the high section.

There are two fairly large Caves and a number of smaller ones to explore.

1995 - Cavers found the bones of Lynx, Brown Bear, Arctic Fox, Reindeer, Polar Bear, and Humans.

The bones of four Humans were dated to around 4,500 years old.

Reindeer bones were dated to 47,000, 25,000 and 8,300 years old, showing Reindeer lived in this area before and after the last Ice Age about 10,000 years back.

2008 - the Skeleton of a Bear taken from the Caves was dated to about 11,000 years old.

The Lynx and Polar Bear skulls are a permanent display in the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The Caves here have been of great importance to Scientists exploring the evolution of the UK.

You can continue the walk up onto the 2,335ft / 712m Breabag mountain. Breabag Photo Tour.

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