view south at sunset from Ulva

Livingstone’s Cave Walk

distance: 4.5 miles (circular walk)
terrain: track, path and shore-line.
This walk from the ferry takes you round part of the farm circuit, and then heads west along a track before dropping down to the south on a grassy path past Livingstone’s Cave and Croft, skirting along the shore and joining up again with the main farm circuit back to the ferry.

1. Start from the ferry slipway and head along the track past the Boathouse, and Sheila’s Cottage.

2. Carry on straight ahead at the junction, following the sign for Farm Circuit Anti-clockwise.

3. Turn right opposite the disused farm buildings, and follow the track up alongside the stream, past the dam and through the gate in the deer fence. Continue to follow this path west for just under a mile.

4. Follow the track to the left and continue for half a mile until the track turns south alongside a wall. At this point you leave the main track (point 5 on map) and crossing the wall, continue south along the grassy path that leads down into a wooded glen.

6. Livingstone’s Croft. The remains can be seen of the croft house that the family of David Livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer, lived in.

7. Above you on the left is Livingstone’s Cave. You can leave the main path to explore it. A shell midden, flint artefacts and fragments of bone from lemming, Artic fox and human infant found within the cave indicate that it was inhabited as far back as 5650BC. Return back to the path and continue south towards the shore, following the grassy path. It is approximately a mile from the cave to the bottom of the farm track (point 8 on map) that takes you back up on to the farm circuit. Turn right onto the farm circuit and continue round till you return to the ferry.