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TITLE
The Cave of Raitts or An Uaimh Mhor
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2126_P407
PLACENAME
Cave of Raitts
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Alvie
DATE OF IMAGE
1893
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31476
KEYWORDS
caves
hideouts
stores
hiding places
tunnels
passages
earth houses
clans
zoomable

The Cave of Raitts or An Uaimh Mhor is found in the village of Raitts on the Belleville estate. Described as an 'erd' or earth house, the cave is built with enormous stones and is in the shape of a horseshoe. The cave was probably used as a cool store for surplus food but local tradition has it that the cave was built by members of the MacNiven clan to hide from the MacPhersons who were pursuing them. This has led to the cave being known locally as MacGillenaoimh's Cave or MacNiven's cave.

This illustration can be found in 'Glimpses of Church and Social Life in the Highlands in Olden Times', by Alexander MacPherson

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The Cave of Raitts or An Uaimh Mhor

INVERNESS: Alvie

1890s

caves; hideouts; stores; hiding places; tunnels; passages; earth houses; clans ; zoomable

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (maps)

The Cave of Raitts or An Uaimh Mhor is found in the village of Raitts on the Belleville estate. Described as an 'erd' or earth house, the cave is built with enormous stones and is in the shape of a horseshoe. The cave was probably used as a cool store for surplus food but local tradition has it that the cave was built by members of the MacNiven clan to hide from the MacPhersons who were pursuing them. This has led to the cave being known locally as MacGillenaoimh's Cave or MacNiven's cave.<br /> <br /> This illustration can be found in 'Glimpses of Church and Social Life in the Highlands in Olden Times', by Alexander MacPherson