We visited in March when the boat trip was unavailable - the place was also deserted which made it a better experience. We were able to hear the noise of the waterfall in the inner cave (and could see it quite clearly from a small platform) and spent some time beachcombing in the pleasant bay in front of the cave. There is a cliff top walk from the bay but this requires another climb uphill on the opposite side from the steps from the carpark. I'm 56 years old and 'well built' and managed the steps with no problem. Tackling the cliff top walk as well would have been too much for me.
If you are interested in Geology this limestone cave in an area of schists, granite and gneiss presents some different features. It was a rewarding conclusion to a fabulous drive along the North coast road.
There is a 'swallow hole' a little way from the car park where the river above disappears into the cave below. This has a viewing platform.
The public toilet block in the car park was locked up (Time of year? though other toilet blocks around Sutherland were open)
The cave is free to enter at all times, but I understand that there is a small charge for the boat ride in season.
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