King's Cave



This historic cave is one of several locations where Robert the Bruce is fabled to have his famous encounter with a spider. In the tale, the 14th Century Scots king sought shelter after another disheartening defeat by the English. Upon seeing a spider attempt to spin his web repeatedly before eventually succeeding, the king felt inspired to fight on – winning independence for Scotland in 1328.

The cave is one of a series in the sandstone cliffs, accessible via the Arran Coastal Way. A boulder path along the shore begins at Blackwaterfoot. You can also walk the circular route beginning and ending at the forestry car park between Blackwaterfoot and Machrie. The walk is 5km in length and takes roughly 1.5 hours. The path undulates but has good accessibility.

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Isle of Arran
KA27 8DX

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