After perusing the weather forecast (wet, cloudy, thundery) we decided on a six hour round trip to do a two hour walk, which was more like three hours once we'd had our fill of the caves.
The car park was nearly full but the other tourists had kindly saved us one space. The weather was wet and midgy. (I'm not sure midges officially count as weather, but they might as well.) We followed the track up the valley and returned by the caves.
The information board said at least some of the bones found in these caves were dated to a time before a glacier cut open the current entrances. As it is now it looks like a nice place to live, although one or two bits of roof looked ready to come down.
The cliff had enough overhang to keep us dry a little way outside most of the caves.
I tried crawling along a tunnel from one cave to the next, but decided the end was too much of a squeeze for me. A skinny caver would fit.
We passed an abundance of frogs on the way down, some of them pretty big. The car park was now nearly empty aside from two cars and a large cloud of midges that seemed to have noted which car we were returning to and set up a cordon around it. We were long since netted by then, but some of them stowed away in the car to keep up their campaign until they could be joined by reinforcements at Ardvreck Castle.
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