The Prince's Cairn

[The Prince's Cairn]

There are countless scenic reasons to stop at the many laybys on the Road to the Isles (the A830 between Fort William and Mallaig), but very few man-made ones. The Prince's Cairn is a rare exception. This understated beehive monument marks the point at which Bonnie Prince Charlie finally left Scotland in September 1746, bound for a life of exile in France following the doomed 1745 Jacobite uprisings. The metal sign is easy to miss when driving past, but it's worth heading down the few steps to the cairn to reflect on the events hundreds of years ago. And, especially, to enjoy the views out into Loch nan Uamh, pointing the way to the open expanse of the Atlantic Ocean (France feels a long way away!).

[Loch nan Uamh (photo from the previous day)]

Name: The Prince's Cairn ☆☆☆
Location: A830 4 miles west of Lochailort, G.R.: NM 720844 / blackmail brownish useful
Anything else? Signposted down a few steps from the roadside. Park in the layby just to the west and walk back to the sign along the verge.

[View of the cairn from the roadside]

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