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  • Gemma S
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic and interesting
    Absolutely loved this experience. There is a free view of the cave but we chose the boat tour. A relatively small cave compared to some but fascinating. Our guide (Duncan?) was very patient and knowledgeable. It can be a bit rocky getting in and out of the boat and manoeuvring the small space but it was well worth it and even a tiny little one braved it down the ladder on her own into the boat. Amazing how much work must have gone into this cave over many years to find out more. Definitely worth a visit
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Mark Lumsden
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Been on the list for many years and finally got to visit. Definitely worth a trip as the place is unreal. Wee Boat trip and the tour further into the cave is great and very informative well worth it. Not sure what some people expect? It’s a natural beauty and not an artificial entertainment venue. Will be following the updates on the new dig online. Keep up the good work
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • NCtravelz
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,742 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge cave with great waterfall
    We stopped in the free parking lot late in the day and walked down. Went into the huge cave and saw a big waterfall going very fast. We walked back up a different way to see sheep overlooking the cliffs. There's a bathroom in the parking lot, donations accepted.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Giles T
    London, United Kingdom551 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular cave, worth the stop
    Well this was a surprise. We stopped on spec as we passed by on the NC500 and found this extraordinary natural feature that was both free and really spectacular. A large cave and waterfall, narrow gorge, beach, cliff walks, etc. Well worth a visit. Plenty of free parking.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • MrsRTeacher
    Melbourne, Australia41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smoo Caves with lots of water.
    I’ve heard so much about Smoo Caves and it did not disappoint. Given all the recent rain the waterfall was spectacular. Wear a waterproof jacket. A big surprise was the steps that lead up the side, over a paddock with brilliant views of the beach/sea. Another must do, if the waterfall is huge, is to cross the road and walk in the little bridge on top of the waterfall. We visited on October 7th. Yes, there are toilets, ample parking. We also drove around to the other side of the cliff to see the WW2 (?) stations. More information needed. To access this area (and a great view) you drive through the waste disposal area. Please note the cave boat tours are not running due to safety concerns.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Niall D
    Glasgow, United Kingdom55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deep, dark and dramatic !
    Even in 60 mile an hour winds its worth a visit, wrap up well ! The story and history of the cave is fascinating along with actually wandering around inside and imagining what it was like back in the 17 century ! One of the highlights of the NC500 !
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Justin S
    Bourne, United Kingdom266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every bit as incredible as you’d want
    We went on a midweek, early February rainy day, so it wasn’t busy! A nice walk around, the main cave itself is very impressive, well worth the look. But then the waterfall inside takes your breath away!! (Certainly did for us as it had been a particularly wet few days). A must do if in the high Highlands.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
  • Paul B
    Chirnside Park, Australia1,050 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant caves and the tour is worth the cost
    You can walk down to the caves and see the waterfall all for Free. If you like adventure and the tides are right and the winds not strong or from the north, see Fraser and Callum for a special tour of the caves. It helps with the future exploration of the caves and is truly amazing. I can say it involves a small dingy and a walk.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2024
  • Sarah0811
    633 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Warning! It’s cash only!
    Just to be aware due to the signal in the caves the attraction is cash only. There is a spar with a cash machine around a mile away. However parking is quite busy here so we walked to the cash machine and back to ensure we kept our parking space and it took us an hour. The cave itself was really good fun, frazer and his team are humorous and enthusiastic in their story telling. The tour is around 20 minutes and definitely worth doing. You can see the passion of the team in the work they do and how they are passionate about future projects with the cave. There are some gorgeous walks and scenery around the cave too. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2024
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MissMandalay
London, UK51 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Here's what you really need to know; at the time of writing, you can only pay for tickets into the interior of the cave with cash. And if you are on the NC500 you may well have not seen a cash machine for many miles before you get here.
Here's the good news: about three miles further along from the caves on the main road, there are currently cash machines available, so it is not hard to go get the necessary, and come back. Here's the bad news: you'd think that this vital need for cash would be trumpeted all over the web page, and you'd be wrong. They could just put a sign up before the beginning of the steep climb saying where the nearest ATM is ( if they wanted to be really helpful they could even put a little map up there.) It's not hard, but by the time you've clambered all the way there and clambered all the way back, you may well be exasperated and annoyed, especially as the presumed issue with card readers etc could be solved by just moving the booking desk a few feet outside the cave, where there's a perfectly good signal. This should not be a big thing, it is odd that no-one has considered it. But it was enough to put us off. By the time we had the money we were irritated enough not to bother going back.
Written June 28, 2022
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,517 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
A busy stop on the NC500, it’s worth a quick look. You take the path down to water’s edge then queue on a wooden board-walk to view a massive waterfall in the inner cave ... you’ll get a bit wet from the spray. There are other walks emanating from this point.

Be warned the car park is very small so it gets extremely business with people on the NC500 wanting a toilet stop.
Written October 22, 2020
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Shona R
Dundee, UK123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We went on tour of caves which we booked earlier in day at stall in cave. Tour was very informative, lasted around 30 mins. Both guys giving your were great at what they do, unfortunately the waterfall was dry due to our lack of rainfall in July but still enjoyed it
Written July 25, 2021
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JPW
Hamilton, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
This place is fabulous.

We walked to it from Sango Sands Oasis, which was about 20mins.

There are toilets at the attraction.
There is also some eatery vans across from it. The cheese toastie place is utterly out of this world!

There is lots of steps down to the cave, then over a bridge. There is an adorable little cove too.

The scenery is wow!
We initially wanted to do the cave tour, but we didn’t have any cash on us- they don’t accept card payments because there is simply no signal at the cave!

So we walked back to the Spar shop ( 25mins walk) then took the motorhome back to the cave ( there is parking spots by the village hall and the food vans for motorhomes) .
£10 per adult, a group of 8 can go on the tour. It’s every 15mins and tends to last about half an hour.

Hard helmets are given out.
There is a ladder from the bridge to a dingy boat. You have to crouch down as you pass under a few rock tunnels.

The boat part is the second chamber then you are taken to the 3rd and met with another tour guide. Fascinating!

The team have worked super hard and it’s just amazing to hear their journey and what is still to come!

Well worth the tour. So take some cash with you!
Written September 15, 2022
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Andydjp
Stotfold, UK638 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is a busy attraction so I would advise getting there early to book your tour. The car parking is free with an overflow car park further up the road. There are steep steps down to the beach and cave and the tour desk is inside the cave itself. We arrived at just after 1000am and the first two tours had already been booked out. Numbers are limited due to the boat size. Tours go every 15 minutes or so and take about 30 mins. It is not a very big cave but is clearly very historic, the tour guides and staff are very friendly and informative. There are free toilets by the car park.
We completed the boat section of the tour which was very good and is recommended - £10 pp.
There is a coastal walk on the cliffs above the cave.
Written July 3, 2021
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LittleScottishTreasures - Magical Tours
Dunfermline, UK364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
A favourite of our NC500 tour, everyone loves this gigantic natural cave with its gruesome stories, both fictional and real.

There is limited parking but vehicles are always coming and going. The walk to the cave is short but steep down a slope or staircase depending on which way you go.

We prefer o walk down the side nearest the carpark, enjoy the cave then walk up and out along the cliffs to enjoy the waves pounding against the rocks at the entrance of the opening leading up to Smoo cave by sea.
After that a gentle walk back and look down the holes in the roof of the cave, one of which a rive drops straight into.

This is a must visit when in the area, we have never taken the boat tour to the third chamber, yet have never been disappointed with what we have seen.

Remember to read the story boards about the devil lurking below and a murderer who found a great way to dispose of his victims.
Written May 12, 2021
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YorkshireTraveller00
Yorkshire, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Worth a stop to have a look - as others have said, anyone can walk to the first chamber of the cave and have a look for free, it’s not too different to other caves we’ve seen before but still interesting. We decided to do the tour as it seemed good value at £10 for an adult. As the cave isn’t huge, the tour only lasts about 30 mins but our tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly. The tour requires a short boat ride and then walking over stepping stone type rocks/wooden beams so I wouldn’t recommend for anyone who has any issues with mobility. Overall we felt the tour price was fair for what it was and that the cave was worth a visit!
Written June 13, 2023
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Catherine Robertson
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The cave is set in a lovely cove.. we took the £10 per person tour .. the cave didn't go back much further than we could see from the entrance and felt disappointed by the experience. The 2 guys were pleseant enough but this was definitely not worth the money. Just take a look from the entrance platform and spend your money on something more rewarding.
Written September 28, 2021
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applegate69
Bath, UK870 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
This was ok to visit as we were staying nearby.
Lots of steps to encounter so not good for buggies or pushchairs or wheelchairs.
Big cave entrance.
If you want the ‘tour’ you put your name on a board and then you are called forward.
It is £10 per head for the tour which although very interesting, £5 per head would have been more appropriate.
Written September 5, 2021
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2,766 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We didn't have time unfortunately to wait for the guided tours which began at 11 on the day we were here so explored ourselves instead.
The waterfall on the opposite side of the road is worth a look before you follow the trail down into the cave itself.
We live in a limestone area so are quite used to seeing the insides of caves but the absolute power of the water tumbling down inside Smoo is a wonder in itself. Take a video of it and then watch it back afterwards with your sound on and you will be back there once again.
Well worth a stop on the NC500
Written August 3, 2021
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