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Mhor (Uamh) [Clashmore]

Clashmore, Sutherland.

NGR:NC 02670 29600
WGS84:58.21087, -5.36061
Length:Not recorded
Vert. Range:Not recorded
Altitude:Not recorded
Geology:Not recorded

Sea Cave. Possible hiding place of Hugh Kerr of Clashmore rioter in 1887 when evading the authorities.

Alternate Names: Big Cave, The Great Cave, Bogle Cave

Notes: For 3-4 years Dick Grindley tried to locate Bogle Cave somewhere near Clashmore on behalf of Peter Aikman (request/query to Goon). Only record letter written by Clashmore crofter called Hugh Kerr, involved in crofting land wars of 1880s. In 1887, sought by army/police from Inverness & fled to 'Bogle Cave' about 1 mile from his Clashmore croft. He hid in cave for few days supplied with food by his son (?) Over years he looked at hillside around Clashmore for potential sites but did not come up with anything away from shore line. Some time ago talking to older inhabitant of Clashmore told of potential sea cave but he couldn't remember where! At dinner weekend had good look at Balchladrich Bay beach & cliffs either end. Cliffs at N end too low & set back from shoreline, not good sea cave country. To south fault lines run parallel to cliff for 700 m & boulders at base of cliff appear to have slid gently down slope rather than sea action eroding into fault in cliff. At 700 m point obvious fault running into cliff and sea cave formed at NC 0267 2960. Marked on 1:50,000 2nd Series but not on 1:25,000 OS map. Believe this is Bogle Cave added to after talking to young lady from croft at south end of beach. Asked if she knew of any sea cave accessible at low tide immediately described above cave. At low tide exposed rock ledge can be used for access but "Be careful, it's very slippy!"

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