Following the path of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites: Eriskay to Fort William
Charles Edward Stuart, also known as ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and ‘The Young Pretender’ was the elder son of James Francis Edward Stuart, the exiled Stuart claimant to the British throne. Best known for his role in the 1745 rising and his crushing defeat at Culloden, effectively ending the Stuart cause and the Scottish clan system.
Today we are following in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites to some of the well-known and lesser known historical sites in Scotland, and a few Outlander locations along the way.
Prince’s Beach, Eriskay, Outer Hebrides
Located on the west side of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides is the Prince’s Beach where Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to have set foot for the first time on Scottish soil (or sand). From here he made his journey from the islands to Loch Nam Uamh on the mainland and onwards to Glenfinnan.
The Prince’s Cairn, Loch Nam Uamh
Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to have come ashore on the mainland at Loch Nam Uamh, near Arisaig where you will find The Prince’s Cairn. An often-overlooked site maybe due to the very small sign, and other than the stunning views and peaceful tranquillity there is not much else there other than the cairn with a plaque.
Most people will know this beautiful pocket on the west coast from popular films such as Harry Potter, but this is also said to be the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the standard and rallied his supporters ready to march south to England.
There is a monument at the head of Loch Shiel as a tribute to the men who fought for the Highland way of life, with a single highlander atop the 18m high tower. This is a National Trust site where you can climb to the top of the tower and admire the view across the loch and the mountains of the west highlands. Despite the inscription at the monument, the standard is said to have been raised a short distance away near the Catholic Church.
West Highland Museum, Fort William
Fort William is best known for being the gateway to Ben Nevis (highest mountain in the British Isles), a popular ski spot in the colder months and a busy tourist town during the summer months with hillwalkers keen to bag one of the many surrounding Munros.
Just off the main street you can find the West Highland Museum, inside you will be blown away with interesting collections relating to the lives of the people of the West Highlands, archaeology, Victoriana, military and they also have a renowned collection relating to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. A must see for anyone interested in the Jacobite history and the Outlander fans out there will appreciate their specially created leaflet to lead you through the world of Claire and Jamie Fraser. Don’t miss the Secret Portrait, Highland weapons, the death mask of Bonnie Prince Charlie and many other artifacts and collectables from the Jacobite time.
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See our many cottages located in close proximity to many Jacobite and Outlander locations here.