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Firehose Cave

Assynt, Traligill, S of Glenbain, Sutherland.

NGR:NC 26350 21600
WGS84:58.14907, -4.95223
Length:157 m
Vert. Range:Not recorded
Altitude:145 m
Geology:Limestone
Tags:Cave
Registry:main

Walk straight down from Glenbain Cottage to Traligill River. Then head upstream to a sizeable waterfall. The cave entrance is in the north bank of the pool below the falls. largely concealed by an overhang of limestone.

An awkward traverse round a pool and under the overhang to a steeply ascending thrust plane with a strong flow of water to the surface pool. The thrust plane proceeds steeply upwards about 20 m before levelling off into the main stream passage, a poorly developed vadose conduit of about 1 m diameter. Several small climbs and pools in the first section are characterized by awkward crawling and sharp rock surfaces. After 80 m, a small widening is reached with a shallow pool over most of the floor. Ahead is a short canal which in wet weather sumps for 1 m. Beyond the passage begins to to open out and some stal can be seen. After another 10 m, the cave heightens into sandy passage about 2 m wide and 3 m high. The Roof is well decorated forming a pleasant grotto. At the far end of the cave water issues from a clear sump pool and immediately above a small shelf-like grotto has a fine display of all types of speleotherms. The sump has been dived to depth of 6 m where strong flow and shingle blocked further penetration.

Alternate Names: None recorded.

Notes: Non-swimmers should exercise extreme caution particularly leaving the cave as the pool is deep and has strong under-currents. A drowning occurred here.

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This entry was last updated: 2020-10-09 20:09:42

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