The Spar Cave, near Elgol

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A visit to the Spar Cave requires some forward planning and great care, and should not be underestimated. It is worth the effort, however, as it is one of the great wonders of Scotland.


Steep path down to the shore. Continuing round the shore is over slippery, sea-weed covered boulders. Great care is needed, both over the rocks and to ensure the walk is completed before being cut off by the tide. Click here for tide times. Inside the cave, the floor is muddy in places and there is a steep scramble up flowstone. Torches are required.

Public Transport

No public transport to walk start. Nearest bus stop at Elgol - 2km away. Bus 50B and Post Bus from Portree and Broadford.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions and may not be suitable in winter. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.


By the telephone box in Glasnakille. Map and directions.

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