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Prince Charlie's Cave

A locality on the southern slopes of Ben Alder in S Highland, overlooking Alder Bay, Prince Charlie's Cave lies a quarter-mile (0.4 km) north of Benalder Cottage. The name is thought to be a corruption of Prince Charlie's Cage, perpetuated by Ordnance Survey cartographers, as there is no cave here. A structure called Cluny's Cage was built for the outlaw chief of the Macpherson clan, said to comprise a two-storey dwelling built against a rock face and taking its name from the trunks of trees planted in front to provide camouflage. Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1720-88) is said to have hidden here in September 1746, five months after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden. The place also provides a scene in Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). James Stobie's map of The Counties of Perth and Clackmannan (1783) suggests Cluny's Cage was on the opposite side of Loch Ericht, showing clearly the "Place where C.S. hid himself 1746''.


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