Caves of Scotland route descriptions


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Most people think of the CNCC as just representing northern England. However, we are also the BCA's Regional Caving Council for Scotland too.

We're pleased to announce that many of the more significant caves across the various Scottish regions are now catalogued on the CNCC database, but not only that, route descriptions for each of these are now available on our website.

Click here for our catalogue of cave descriptions (including the Caves of Scotland).

This splendid document was compiled thanks to descriptions submitted by Alan Jeffreys and is bespokely written for the CNCC. We are extremely proud to be able to provide this.

Click here for a list of all Scottish caves we have added to our database.

So how about putting a week in Scotland on your calendar? You won't be disappointed. The Grampian Speleological Group hut in Elphin provides and excellent base for the largest of these caves and the nearby mountaineering, cycling, kayaking, canoeing and wild swimming opportunities are fantastic.

The document will be continously evolving as more descriptions are submitted (we are aware there are a few obvious omissions) so check back now and again. Enjoy!

Photo; Looking down the watershoots in Uamh an Claonaite; an excellent place! This is much closer to being vertical than the photo suggests (by Gary Douthwaite).




I?m staying in Glencoe next week and intending to visit the caves of Appin.

I notice that the Cave of Broken Expectations isn?t on the list. I believe it is in Glen Salachin in the streambed. A semi accurate GR would be much appreciated!

Can anybody help?



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you make no more more recommendation for a trip to Sutherland than that nearly 30 years ago on a whim Brian Johnson Tony Jarratt and I decided on a week at Elphin. I was so captivated I have been going  there every year since! Caving in such a magnificient landscape is a magical experience.


mikem said:

Perfect thank you mikem!

It would appear that Disappointment Cave and the Cave of Broken Expectations are one and the same.


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I did an Ebay search for "Caves of Scotland" and found a load more information.