Saints and Stones: Smoo Cave

Smoo Cave Smoo is a large combined sea and freshwater cave. It is unique in the UK in that the first chamber has been formed by the action of the sea, whereas the inner chambers are freshwater passages formed from rainwater dissolving the carbonate dolostones. Partway through the cave the waters of Allt Smoo also drop in as a 65 foot high waterfall.

Smoo Cave contains a record of human occupation during several periods of historic and prehistoric time. The low soil-covered mound just inside the entrance was excavated in 1992 and proved to be a midden, that is, a domestic refuse heap. It was packed with shells, some of which can still be seen projecting up through the soil surface. The upper part of the midden was found to date from the Iron Age; deeper levels were progressively older.

About Smoo Cave

Smoo Cave Website
Megalithic Portal: Smoo Cave
Wikipedia: Smoo Cave

Journey to Smoo Cave

Smoo Cave is located off the A838 near the village of Durness, Highland, Scotland.

Ordnance Survey Map (NC419672)

Visitors Information

Visitors information for Smoo Cave may be found at the Smoo Cave Website
. General tourist information may be found at the Mackay Country website.

Additional Photos of Smoo Cave

Descriptive Sign at Start of Path to Smoo Cave
Path to Smoo Cave
Looking into Smoo Cave
Inside Smoo Cave Showing Midden Area
Looking Out from Smoo Cave Showing Midden Area (Center Far Right)

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