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Huntly's Cave


(Lord Huntly's Cave)

A cave in a deep ravine cut by the Allt an Fhithich, 3 miles (5 km) north of Grantown on Spey, Huntly's Cave (or Lord Huntly's Cave) is named for George Gordon, 2nd Marquis of Huntly (d.1649). Gordon is said to have hidden here after his Royalist force was defeated by Archibald Campbell, the 1st Marquis of Argyll (1598 - 1661) in the early 1640s. Not long after, his son, Lewis Gordon who became the 3rd Marquis of Gordon (c.1626 - 1653), concealed himself here having parted company from James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose (1612 - 1650) during the course of his withdrawal. He was sustained by Mary Grant, sister of Sir James Grant of Freuchie, the Laird of Grant, who sent supplies from Castle Grant. Soon after the couple married.

The crag above the cave is formed on strongly foliated blocks of schist - a metamorphic rock formed by heat and pressure applied to seabed sediments which were uplifted during the Caledonian Orogeny, a mountain-building episode associated with the closure of the Iapetus Ocean, around 470 million years ago. This crag is popular with rock climbers.

The Dava Way runs past following the route of a former railway.


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