Smoo Cave Tours
Smoo Cave is an active cave being fed by the Allt Smoo stream. Come, visit and experience the natural beauty that has taken millions of years to form underground.
Welcome to Smoo Cave
Smoo Cave is fully accessible 365 days a year public access
A walkway into the waterfall chamber is free of charge. Should you wish to venture further inside and learn about the natural and human history of the cave, then you can join us for a tour.
If you find yourself travelling through Durness, the most north-westerly village on the Scottish mainland, stop at Smoo Cave car park (right beside the North Coast 500). It will take 10 minutes to walk to the waterfall/lake chamber; if not, you miss out on some serious Scottish geology.
Tours into the cave will be available from the first of April, seven days a week, until the end of October. However, even a relatively small amount of rain can cause the cave to flood quickly, so there will be no tours these days.
Smoo Cave is an active cave being fed by the Allt Smoo stream and tours are therefore at the mercy of the area’s weather conditions that affect water levels in the burn. Too much water in the cave results in water levels being too high for the boat to pass under obstacles and a heavy waterfall results in unsafe conditions within the waterfall / lake chamber which the tour must cross.
Rain: The catchment area for the Allt Smoo and it’s tributaries covers a large area which is marked on the left map below by dashed lines (Smoo Cave marked by arrow). Much of this area is mountainous and underlain by impermeable rocks which easily sheds rainfall. As a result, the vast majority of rainfall within this area will eventually flow into Smoo Cave.
Wind: The Allt Smoo is fed by Loch Meadaidh which is located 2km south west of Smoo Cave. A strong south westerly wind can generate large waves along its 1.3km length which can transport significant volumes of extra water over its dam and into the Allt Smoo. During these conditions the cave can flood (even on what may seem a dry, sunny day).
Live weather for Smoo Cave
News & blog
We occasionally public updates and interesting information here. The very latest news stories and blog posts are displayed below.
April 2022The large volume of water entering the cave following the melting of the 'lambing snow' has meant that I have…
Easter LockdownHere are some images from an empty Smoo Cave. With the NC500 shut down, the village feels more like it's…
Happy New Year 2021Happy New Year from the Smoo Crew. With no tours last year we are looking forward to starting the tours…
Spring ’20All we need now are a few more rainbows to accompany the new rock art...
Smoo Cave Tour summer 2020 updateAs things stand at the moment Smoo Cave Tours will not be running the inner cave tour this summer. It's…
Winter around Smoo CaveStorms combining with high spring tides saw waves entering the cave, part of the walkway at the entrance to the…