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On the shore of Loch Maree there is a boulder cave which opens into a larger chamber. It can only be accessed via boat and legend tells it was once the hiding place of Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart) after his forces were defeated at the Battle of Culloden in 1745. The story tells how the Prince had with him two or more chests of Spanish gold with which to pay for his escape and finance a future rebellion. The existance of the gold is well recorded. Seven Chests were unloaded at the Sound of Arisaig. One was stolen and the six remaining chests were taken to Loch Arkaig where they were hidden. Some of the gold was to be for the Highland Chiefs to help the Jacobite cause some was to be taken to Bonnie Prince Charlie. The story becomes uncertain but it appears that the possession of the fortune fell to Macpherson of Cluny, head of Clan Macpherson. He met up with Prince Charles at a cave known as ‘The Cage’ Ben Alder and it is here that he probably handed over the two chests. Charles then seems to have headed north west and eventually reached Loch Marree. It’s believed that he feared his imminent capture and hid the chests either in or near the cave. He later escaped to France on board the French frigate L’Heureux. He returned to France in September 1746. What happened to the gold has never been revealed and many still believe there is a fortune to be found hidden near both Loch Marree and Loch Arkaig.


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Camping and Caravanning Club Site
A832 (Rd), Poolewe, Achnasheen
Highlands, Scotland, IV22 2LF
+44 (0)1445 781 249

Contact Details

  • Address: Ardlair Lodge, Ardlair, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, United Kingdom, IV22 2LB
  • GPS: 57.72945278,-5.536177778
  • Part of UK: Scotland
  • Sat Nav Postcode: IV22 2LB
  • Entrance Fees: Free entry (If you can reach it by boat)
  • Disabled Access: None
  • Visibility from Road: None

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