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Spar Cave Adventure
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Village of Glasnakille, Elgol Scotland
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The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness
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The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness

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Take a break from the city on a full-day trip through the Isle of Skye with convenient round-trip transport from central Inverness. In addition to navigating, your guide offers commentary about the area’s top landmarks, including Eilean Donan Castle, Portree, and the Old Man of Storr. Bring your camera: This trip offers endless panoramic views of Scotland’s natural landscape.
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Amelie wrote a review Jul 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom11 contributions10 helpful votes
We woke up super early to get there for low tide but we couldn’t find it very easily as there were many paths and we went down 2 wrong ones before we found it, it was very steep and slippy, so I couldn’t recommend for young kids, well I wouldn’t really recommend at all as we couldn’t actually go into the cave as we missed low tide due to getting lost. So overall unless you are up for an adventure then I wouldn’t recommend.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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David Bird wrote a review Nov 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and are fit enough to do a bit of scrambing down and back up a steep incline. Make sure you have plenty of time to avoid high tide so you can explore the rocks and caves in plenty of time. Great views across the loch.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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brit933 wrote a review Sep 2019
Solbjerg, Denmark194 contributions75 helpful votes
Having tried to find it for a long time we asked a local in Elgol who told us that it was opposite a white cottage and past a ruined house. There were several footpaths leading downwards, and we succeded in finding the steep ravine where it was located, but alas, the tide was not low enough to get into it
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Date of experience: September 2019
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The Beets wrote a review May 2019
8 contributions2 helpful votes
My son is 5 and a keen geocacher. There is an earth cache here. I would definitely suggest researching the low tides, as even though we went at low tide, it was quite a high low tide. Our son managed the scramble down, and to the mouth of the cave, but we didn't venture in, despite the low tide, due to it still being quite high. We were warned the low tide was quite high at this time of year. I would definitely say that young children may best avoid this, although our son was quite happy to clamber over the rocks to the cave, he has been doing this sort of thing in the Lake District for years.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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kasejason wrote a review Mar 2019
Chicago, Illinois363 contributions863 helpful votes
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Spar Cave is an experience that should not be missed when on the Isle of Skye. It takes some planning to reach and requires a little bit of adventure, but it is completely worth the effort. You should have no trouble finding your way to the cave. Google has directions that will get you close. As other reviewers have noted, park by the roofless building and follow the trails down to the ocean. At one point, the trail will split to the left and right. We ended up taking the right path and this brought us to the shore. We explored the other path on the way out and found that it was more direct. Therefore, when following the trails down from the car, take the left path at the fork and you will be deposited on the shore closer to the cave. Once at the shore, you will need to negotiate a rocky point to reach the cave inlet. We arrived about two hours before low tide and found that we had to step in the water a few times to safely reach the cave. We did not have to swim at all, but our feet definitely got wet while hopping from rock to rock. Our path was never dangerous, and the worst that might have happened to us was a skinned knee or wet clothes. It is not difficult to know when you've reached the correct inlet, as there is an old rock wall just before the cave opening. Once you climb through this wall, there is a very shallow cave to the right and a much larger, deeper cave to the left. It is this leftmost cave that is the true Spar Cave. Bring a few sources of light and you will be able to explore the entirety of the cave in fewer than 30 minutes. Once in the cave, you will need to climb up two "staircases" of flowstone. They look intimidating at first, but the minerals in the rock make them extremely grippy. You won't have to worry about slipping even though the rocks are constantly wet. When you reach the top of the two staircases, you will find another staircase leading down to a deep pool. It would be possible to swim across this if you're willing to get wet in the cold water. We chose to stay dry as there didn't seem to be much beyond the pool. At the time of our visit, we were the only people in the cave. This was a rare experience on the Isle of Skye, as just about everywhere else was swamped with tourists. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to enjoy such an amazing place in solitude. We left the cave after about 30 minutes and hiked back to the car. On the way to the car we encountered two other groups of people headed to the cave. We gave them directions and wished them luck. As others have noted, you shouldn't stay in the cave for too long or else you risk the tide stranding you for 10 to 12 hours (although you could swim out if you were really desperate). As a fun fact, Bear Grylls and Ben Stiller used this cave as a filming location on the TV program "Running Wild with Bear Grylls." The episode is currently available on YouTube. If you have been to the cave or are planning to visit, check out the episode (although do note that they make it seem a lot more remote on the show than it really is.) As a final note, there are restrooms available in the town of Elgol. You might want to consider stopping there on the way if you need to use the facilities. There are no services available at the cave itself. If you're looking for a little adventure and an excellent experience, you should not pass up this cave. You won't be disappointed!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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