Taigh nam Famh - The Elphin Caving Centre

new club hut 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.

Directions to Taigh nam Famh

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.

Official Name

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!

View From The Hut

Elphin panorama

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.

Old club hut

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.

old club hut


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