Tales of some Scottish caves
- Gryp's Chamber, on the lower slopes of Craig Maskeldie, was used by
a notorious reiver who "mugged" travellers crossing the hills between
Angus and Deeside.
- The Cateran's Cave was the hide-out of outlaws who made a practice of
raiding the lowland pastures and stealing cattle.
- In Balnamoon's Cave the laird of an estate near Brechin lay low in the
aftermath of Culloden to escape the "Redcoats," hot on his trail.
And Bonnie Prince Charlie, too, was on the run after this same Jacobite
defeat in 1746.
- The Shelter Stone is as big as a cottage and its inner sanctuary can
accomodate many. At least one prime minister and many titled people
have spent the night there.
- Hole o'Weems was the refuge for a laird of Clova Castle when his
castle was attacked and burnt by his enemies.
- Sawney Bean lived in a cave on the Galloway coast with his wife, 14
children and 32 grandchildren, killing, robbing and eating their
victims. After a reign of terror an army detachment rounded them up
and took them to Edinburgh where they were executed without trial.
Credit goes to Colin Gibson and Tony Oldham for the information on this page.
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