HIGH PASTURE CAVE
Discovered in 1972 by students from the University of London Speleological Society, Uamh An Ard Achadh (Cave of the High Field or High Pasture Cave) lies approximately 1km south east of Torrin in a shallow valley on the north side of Beinn an Dubhaich (Grid Reference NGR NG 594 197). The cave contains around 320m of accessible passages making it the second longest cave complex on Skye.
The cave passages are formed in the Cambrian Durness Limestone that outcrops in the Parish of Strath, while volcanic activity from the nearby Central Red Cuillin Complex has guided the morphology of the cave.
How To Get Here
High Pasture Cave is situated approximately 1.5km south east of Torrin, off the A881 single track road running between Broadford and Elgol. To find the cave take the A881 from Broadford for 5.5km passing the ruins of Cill Chriosd church and Loch Cill Chriosd. Around 0.3km before the junction sign-posted for Kilbride, a small side road leading to the bay at Camas Malag, the route to the cave is taken through an open gate in the fence on the left-hand side of the road.
Parking here is limited and restricted to some of the larger passing places on the road, so please be careful not to impede the access of traffic.
The archaeological site is situated in a shallow valley up the slope of the hill (around 300 metres from the road) and is not visible until you have crested the rise. A faint path can be followed in a SSE direction, although during the summer months this may be obscured by vegetation (see map below).
The archaeological site is located within a working farm and ewes with lambs will be on the open hill from early spring onwards. Therefore, we recommend that dogs are not taken onto the hill at this time and that the usual bylaws for access to the countryside are respected.
The team of archaeologists and volunteers will not be working on site at all times during the year. If vehicles are parked by the main road below the site, then there is a fair chance we will be working. In our absence please be careful when walking around the site and respect the fragile archaeology. In particular, do not enter the areas marked off with red and white marker tape, or stand on the edge of the excavated trenches.
If entering High Pasture Cave remember that the underground passages contain active streams and are prone to flooding. The limestone is often jagged and sharp, and can cut clothing and human flesh with ease. Care should also be taken in respecting both surface and underground environments. The cave contains some unique formations, which should be treated with great care.
If you would like to arrange a special visit to the site then please contact us through this website, or using the following email addresses:
Steven Birch -
Martin Wildgoose -
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