Introduction to Caves and Caving in Scotland
Scotland's longest caves are in the limestones of
is a part of Sutherland in the far northwest about 20 km north
of Ullapool and 90 km from Inverness. There are three caves that
are all 2 km or longer and many that are shorter.
Another good caving region is not in Glencoe itself but
southwest of it in Appin. There are a
large number of caves here
up to 300 m long. Some of them are getting harder to find as the
forestry plantations grow up.
The island of Skye has a lot of caves up to
300m long in the southern part, west of Broadford.
There are many more caves in the smaller limestone outcrops
across the highlands, but in winter they could be hidden and/or
filled by snow. In most cases the walk to get to them wouldn't
be worth the effort. Unless you were there anyway to do some
There are guides to Assynt, Appin and some of the other areas published by the
Grampian Speleological Group.
Scotland has been remarkably free from access problems so far.
The only difficulties are likely to arise during the stalking
season when deer are being hunted. The real money spinner is
hunting stags and the season for that ends in October so there
won't be any problems over December/January. If the weather is
bad then questions of access could be purely hypothetical. Most
Scottish caves involve a few kilometres of walking and if there
is a blizzard blowing at the time...
The Grampian Speleological Group is
Scotland's largest caving club. While it is based in Edinburgh it has
members in most parts of Scotland and quite a few in England. It has a club
'hut' - the Elphin Caving Centre
- in Assynt. We are a very friendly bunch and always happy to meet
fellow cavers from other countries.
Caves of Scotland
Grampian Speleological Group