The Elphin Caving Centre (ECC) is a newly renovated and extended
building in Elphin 24 km north of Ullapool. It has self-catering
accomodation for 20 people, gas and wood fires, toilets, hot showers,
gas rings for cooking, a microwave oven, parking for eight cars
et cetera. It also has the best location of any caving hut in the
entire country with a superb view of Cul Mor, Suilven and Canisp
from the front door - three mountains of 849, 731 and 846 metres
respectively. The ECC is to the right (east) of the main road
just after the telephone box on the left when you are travelling
north through Elphin. Cost is 5 pounds per night.
From Inverness on the A9 cross the Kessock bridge and follow the signs to Ullapool. Continue through Ullapool on the main road to the north (there is no other) and shortly after Knockan Crag you will enter the hamlet of Elphin. Start looking for a red telephone box on the left; immediately after it turn right up a track called Grampian Ave to the ECC. If you arrive at a T junction (Ledmore Junction) you've gone too far.
The name 'Taigh nam Famh' is Gaelic for 'House of the Moles'. It also has an obscure meaning of 'a man / men addicted to burrowing underground', and is thus a suitable name for a caving hut!
Suilven, the mountain on the right in the panorama, is a truly unique shape,
and this photograph from the BGS is such
a good one I had to include it here! Click on it for a larger version.
The old club hut was in Knockan, not far from Elphin, but after a period of disuse it was destroyed in a gale. This is how it used to look.