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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Clan of the Cave ... Where?

Descendants of Scottish hero Robert the Bruce are hoping to launch a heritage trail in his memory, with stops at his birthplace, sites of his famous battles, and "the cave where, while outlawed, he famously took inspiration from a spider to keep fighting for his country's freedom." Because—as everybody knows—if there's one thing tourists like more than caves, it's caves with spiders.

The owners of at least three Scottish caves - in Dumfriesshire, Arran and Perthshire - claim one of the most legendary episodes from Scottish history as their own. But the Bruce family favours a cave on Rathlin Island, off the north Antrim coast, which in the 14th century was owned by his Irish mother. The Earl of Elgin said: "We think his cave is on Rathlin Island. I have been over there and it is pretty fantastic." [Link]

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