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Looking to visit a cave in Scotland on your next adventure? To help you better plan your next outdoor experience, we’ve collected Scotland’s 8 best caves for you. Based on the experiences of other users, each is a recommendation you know you can trust — so you can better plan your next adventure.

The top 8 caves in Scotland

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    Smoo cave

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    The cave's first chamber has been formed by the sea, the inner passages by rainwater. Tours in summer take visitors to the inner chamber by boat. No charges if you don't make the boat trip. smoocave.org

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    King’s Cave

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    Legend has it that Robert the Bruce sheltered in the King’s Cave before the Battle of Bannockburn. As he sat, the King saw a spider trying to build a web …

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    Hermit's Cave

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    The Hermit’s Cave is a folly that was built around 1790. The folly leads down a long, dark tunnel before emerging from the darkness to reveal a striking view of the waterfall across the gorge.

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    Wemyss Caves

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    The Wemyss Caves were forged by the power of the ocean around 8,000 years ago. You can see six caves on the coastline below the ruins of MacDuff’s Castle; many …

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    Black Cave

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    The Black Cave on Bennan Head is the largest cave on the Isle of Arran. It measures 80 feet (24 m) high, 40 feet (12 m) wide and 100 feet …

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    St Ninian's Cave

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    The beach is full of large smooth pebbles so not an easy walk if you have mobility issues. Very shoogley underfoot. Also the cave, while having important historic significance, isn’t …

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    Keil Caves

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    Keil Caves are a series of interesting caves at the southern end of Kintyre which you can explore. Although it’s hard to imagine these days, the caves were inhabited by …

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    Sawney Bean's Cave

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    Sawney Bean’s Cave is a beautiful place associated with a dark myth. For hundreds of years, children have been told the tale of Sawney Bean and his murderous, cannibal family. …

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