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King Robert the Bruce's Cave

Kirkpatrick Fleming
Kirkpatrick Fleming
Dumfries and Galloway
DG11 3AT


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Description
This cave consists of a small chamber 12 feet in diameter, in which Robert Bruce is reputed to have hidden from the English. As all schoolboys know, Robert Bruce had his life changed by a spider as he watched it try time and time again to weave its web across the cave entrance. This inspired him to return again to his fight against the English. Today the cave is still populated by spiders, perhaps the descendants of the original one seen by Robert Bruce. The cave is carved out of a red sandstone cfiff, about 30 feet above the river, Kirtle Water, and until 1927 could only be reached by being lowered on a rope over the overhang, and swinging into the cave. Because of the many accidents the council decided to build the present footpath so that the cave might be inspected in comfort.