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Righ (Uamh an)

Loch Voil, Braes of Balquhidder, Coille Mhor, Stirlingshire.

NGR:NN 49014 20197
WGS84:56.34996, -4.44483
Length:Not recorded
Vert. Range:Not recorded
Altitude:Not recorded
Geology:Ben Ledi Grit Formation - Psammite And Semipelite

The cave/rockshelter is said to be located above the hamlet [Craigruie], between the rocks.

The hiding place of Robert the Bruce. It is difficult to find, being quite invisible from below. 'Nothing of the slightest antiquarian interest could I discover; nor were there any relics'. G A F Knight 1914.

The cave is a small natural rock shelter. The name is known locally. Visited by OS (RD) 16. December 1968. [Canmore]

Uamh-an-Righ. The king's cave. This cave is among the rocks of Craigruie. Here Robert the Bruce is said to have taken shelter, with a few followers, after having been defeated by the Lord of Lorn at the battle of Dalree in Strath-Fillan, a.d. 1306.

Alternate Names: Bruce's Cave, King's Cave

Notes: No evidence that Robert the Bruce ever visited this place.

Craigruie translates Kings Rock.

Jim Salvona raised the possibility that this might be a trial adit for a lead mine.

Another possibility is that it is an adit associated with prehistoric ironstone mining and the bloomery on the shore of Loch Voil at the Glengyle Burn.

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This entry was last updated: 2020-11-01 13:31:25

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