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Smoo Cave Hotel is set in spectacular scenery close to the famous Smoo Cave and Cape Wrath, famous for puffins, fishing and golfing and in the heart of Scotland’s first Geopark!

Sutherland is the least populated area in the UK  Durness has everything, beautiful beaches, lochs and mountains above all, peace and tranquillity in this Scottish highland haven.  If you desire a restful break, with the complete independence to go where you like, to do what you want with room to breathe Durness and the Smoo Cave Hotel are for you.

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Durness in North West Sutherland is a crofting village set on a limestone outcrop. As a result its green fields contrast with the surrounding heather covered peatlands and mountains. This gives a rich diversity of plant, bird and wildlife. In addition its numerous fine sandy beaches, dunes and cliffs are an endless source of interest and beauty. There is evidence of very long term occupation in this fertile area dating back to the Bronze Age. The old church at Balnakeil was originally built as a Celtic Foundation.

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There is a Countryside Ranger based in the local Tourist Office who provides regular informative walks in the area. You can take a short ferry trip and bus ride to Cape Wrath, the most North Westerly point on the British Mainland.

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There you can see the Clo Mor cliffs with their spectacular bird life. Smoo cave is a large sea cave on the beach, accessible at all times with a waterfall into an inner chamber and when conditions are suitable you can take a short boat trip into the inner cave system.

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