MHG63094 - The Second Cave - Rosemarkie


A long, rather drippy cave with a rocky entrance above beach just around the headland (Skart Craig) from Cairds' Cave.

Type and Period (1)

  • CAVE (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The 2011-15 Rosemarkie Caves Project excavation report contains descriptive details of 14 caves which could potentially have been used as rock shelters in historic or pre-historic times.

From the results of our 2011-2015 programme of survey and test pitting, substantial evidence for lengthy use of the Rosemarkie Caves over the past 2000 years was gathered. A number of the caves, in particular the Learnie group, had been visited or occupied sometime during the 7th-9th centuries AD.

The Second Cave; This cave is 24 metres long. It is quite wet and drippy, and judging by the calcite flow on the walls, has been so for a while, The floor of the cave is also only 5 metres OD and by the shore. For these reasons, and as nothing was found, it is thought that this cave is unlikely to have been used much in the recent past. <1>

A list of caves, with grid references, is available on the Rosemarkie Caves Project website. <2>

Ordnance Survey Mastermap <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 7460 5955 (42m by 42m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH75NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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