Grampian Speleological Group
Recent Discoveries


New Cave in Appin

12 August 2012

A new cave has been discovered in Appin. It has been named Hugo Boss Cave and is over 100m long so far. A cave diver is now required to investigate the large sump...

See BBC article: Cavemen discover underground world.


Claonaite Breakthrough

25 March 2012

Claonaite sump 6 has been bypassed. A dig in Edward Concretehead has resulted in a route through to the Treen Scene in Claonaite Six between sumps 3 and 5. Whilst the amount of new passage is limited, it does give a good opportunity to really look round Claonaites Four, Five and Six and perhaps find a link through to Claonaite Three. For more details see Newsletter 150 and the next Bulletin.


Applecross Breakthrough

27 April 2011

News is coming in of a major discovery in Applecross. More details to follow later. Flood Resurgence No.2 has now been named Uamh nan Iongantan Fior, or Cave of True Wonders


Rana Hole Breakthrough

17 July 2009

Scotland's Finest Bear Skull Found in Claonaite

See newsletter 139.

27 April 2008

Two-B's Chamber discovered.

31 December 2007

Breakthrough - Rana Hole is now connected to Claonite.

30 October 2007

Having excavated a hole down to a sloping floor a large chamber has been discovered. This runs back towards the Rana entrance. In the other direction two ways lead through to a similar chamber running in the other direction. Taken together the two chambers - or one large divided cavity - measure about 50 metres along the direction parallel to Monday's discovery and are up to 20m wide. The chamber has been named Two A's Chamber.

29 October 2007

Julian Walford and Peter Reynolds opened up a view into a widening of the rift, though entry was constricted by a boulder. Ross Davidson was encouraged to descend. When he arrived we heard a loud thump as the boulder was persuaded out of the way. Once through the hole in the 'ceiling' we entered a small chamber, an enlargement of the rift which continued onwards as a narrow and vertical semi-ellipse requiring us to crawl for the next 6 to 8m into a section of walking sized passage - again formed along the same rift. This had several large eroded boulders along its length. Beyond a soakaway in the floor it rose into a larger chamber and then stopped abruptly at a solid rock wall. Mark Brown climbed up into the roof of the final chamber finding a hole leading upwards and onwards to a height of about 10m but closing down in all direction.

19 April 2003

With a loud rumbling noise that Julian Walford found reminiscent of a close encounter with a low-flying RAF jet, the bottom of Rana disappeared yesterday! For more details see newsletter 115a.


ANUS Cave Breakthrough

For full details see GSG newsletter 100

31 January 1999

Early yesterday afternoon Julian and Carol Walford and Martin Hayes broke through into the Farr Series, ANUSC. The dig at the end of Breakdown Cavern was started after last October's annual dinner. It was initiated by Jake and Beccy, and continued over another half dozen digging trips culminating just after New Year with an evening foray by Andrew and friend Tony (GSG Newsletter 100).

Yesterday's dig started where Andrew and Tony left off - in a muddy pool where there wasn't space to turn your head from one side to the other. Julian - at the moist end - excavated half a dozen skip loads, removed a boulder, and the way was clear. All three then enjoyed the first non- diver wander through the Farr Series. A helpful map was found part-way along the passage. In return Martin dropped his crowbar down a very impressive Thunderghast Falls.

Guided tours will be conducted at regular intervals next weekend. The route through from Breakdown Chamber is low, wet and muddy, but is capable of improvement. I'm sure that will quickly happen if all visitors takes a few minutes to landscape the area.


Uamh an Claonaite

For full details see GSG newsletter 85 (August 1995)

9 August 1995

GSG divers Simon Brooks and Mike O'Driscoll made the discovery of the decade on Saturday 27th May. They passed sump 6B in Uamh an Claonaite finding the largest passages in the system so far, and what must be the largest chamber in Scotland. During a ten hour trip they explored and surveyed almost 300 m of stream passage - Memories of Tangalle - and found a vast chamber - The Great Northern Time Machine. This is over 50 m long and 30 m wide with a maximum estimated height of 20 m.


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