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Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE

On the 23rd July 1745 Prince Charles Edward Stuart arrived in the Outer Hebrides and first set foot on Scottish soil on the Isle of Eriskay. His aim was to regain the throne of Great Britain on behalf of his father - "The Old Chevalier" -  James Stuart. The Highland clan chiefs were dismayed that he had brought no French troops, few arms and very little money to fund his campaign. Some refused outright to give him any support. After failing to convince him of the futility of his mission some clan chiefs joined him against their better judgement. The consequences were to prove disastrous to the Highland clans and their Gaelic culture.

After his defeat at the Battle of Culloden on 16th April 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie fled to the Outer Hebrides, this time with a bounty of £30,000 on his head. Charles Edward Stuart hid in the Outer Hebrides from 27th April 1746 till he left "Over the sea to Skye" with Flora MacDonald on 28th June 1746...

 

Painting by A. Johnstone. The first meeting of Prince Charles with Flora Macdonald in South Uist

As you can see, our islands hold a particular significance in the story of Charles Edward Stuart and visitors can use their time here to explore this unique part of Western Isles history by following in the footsteps of the “Young Pretender” along the Outer Hebrides Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail. Click here for more information.

Below you can see details of places in the Outer Hebrides that Bonnie Prince Charlie visited, fled to and hid or was hidden in the months leading up to and following the Battle of Culloden.

This guide to Western Isles Bonnie Prince Charlie locations looks at places associated with Charles Edward Stuart on Eriskay, South Uist and Benbecula, although we know that Bonnie Prince Charlie also visited North Uist, Scalpay and Lewis.

The information here is based on Dr Alasdair MacLean's "Summer Hunting a Prince" and some of the journals in Robert Forbes’s “The Lyon in Mourning”. Dates are based on "The Itinerary of Charles Edward Stuart" by Walter Biggar Blaikie.

The text for each location on the Outer Hebrides Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail is taken from a narrative believed to be written by Neil MacEachen, a man from South Uist who accompanied the Prince for most of the time he was in the islands.

Written over 250 years ago, the language is a bit quaint but provides us with a dramatic firsthand account of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s movements in the Western Isles.  (Neil MacEachain's Narrative of the Wanderings of Prince Charles in the Hebrides)

With thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund – All Our Stories grant funding assistance, Storas Uibhist have been able to bring to life Prince Charles Edward Stewart’s journeys throughout the South Uist and Benbecula Estate area during his time in hiding. 

                        

THE BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE TRAIL

The Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail project not only allows history buffs to retrace the steps of Bonnie Prince Charlie as he travelled through the Outer Hebrides, but also provides a guide to some of the local sites and areas of interest. 

The Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail takes in areas of beautiful and dramatic scenery, and visitors can choose from a range of ‘short and easy’ to ‘long and undulating’ walks, cycle routes or Outer Hebrides Bonnie Prince Charlie locations best reached by car – meaning there is something to suit all levels of interest and ability.

The locations are listed here in chronological order of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s journey through the Western Isles for those who would like to follow his footsteps in this way. The places featured in our Bonnie Prince Charlie Outer Hebrides guide are also suitable for those who just want to do a little exploring or take off on their own adventure!! 

By clicking on each location, either on the map or list view below, you will find more information on the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s time in the Hebrides, as well as more detail on accessibility to the main points of historical interest here in the Western Isles.  For more information about Bonnie Prince Charlie and links to interviews, songs and books, please click here.  

The Bonnie Prince Charlie Boat Trip starts in April and runs every fortnight until end of September. The boat trips from Kallin Harbour visit some of the places associated with the Prince, many of which are accessible by sea on the beautiful east coast of South Uist and Benbecula. Click here for details.                                                     

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  1. Location A - Coilleag a Phrionnsa

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    Location A - Coilleag a Phrionnsa

    Type

    Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

    Isle of South UIst

    Prince Charles Edward Stuart's first landfall in Scotland was on the Island of Eriskay on 23rd July 1745.

  2. Location B - Rossinish 1st Visit

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    Location B - Rossinish 1st Visit

    Type

    Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

    Isle of Benbecula

    26th April 1746. PrinceCharles Edward Stuart sailed from Borradale, Loch nan Uamh, at night, accompanied by Capt O'Sullivan, Capt O'Neil, Allan MacDonald, Donald MacLeod, and Edward Burke, and by seven boatmen. A severe storm blows up.

  3. Location C - Nunton House

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    Location C - Nunton House

    Type

    Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

    Isle of Benbecula

    27th April 1746. The Captain of Clanranald at Nunton House hears news of the Prince's arrival in Benbecula. Also present are Neil MacEachen who was to become the Prince's most trusted companion and the Rev John MacAulay who has betrayal in mind.

  4. Location D - Rarnish

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    Location D - Rarnish

    Type

    Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

    Isle of Benbecula

    11th May 1746. Returning from a failed escape bid from Stornoway the Prince hides in a miserable little hut in Rarnish, Benbecula.

  5. Location E - Corrodale

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    Location E - Corrodale

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    Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

    Isle of South Uist

    14th May 1746. Neil MacEachen guides the Prince to Glen Corodale which was to be his main place of refuge during his time in Uist.

  6. Location F - Wiay

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    Location F - Wiay

    Type

    Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

    Isle of South Uist

    6th June 1746. Fearing the Prince's discovery by his enemies after being a few weeks in Glen Corodale, Neil takes the Prince to the small island of Wiay, off Benbecula.

  7. Location G - Acarsaid Fhalaich

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    Location G - Acarsaid Fhalaich

    Type

    Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

    Isle of South Uist

    13th June 1746. After a detatchment of MacLeod militia from Skye land on the island Neil and the Prince head back for South Uist. That night they sheltered at Acarsaid Fhalaich (The Hidden Anchorage) north of Uisinish.

  8. Location H - Loch Eynort

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    Location H - Loch Eynort

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    Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

    Isle of South Uist

    14th June 1746.They arrive at Loch Eynort or according to some accounts Caolas Stulaigh just to the south of the loch.

  9. Location I - Calvay Island

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    Location I - Calvay Island

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    Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

    Isle Of South Uist

    15th June 1746 The Prince and his small band of supporters continue on their way south to Lochboisdale

  10. Location J - Ben Kenneth

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    Location J - Ben Kenneth

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    Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

    Isle Of South Uist

    20th June 1746. News arrives that the notorious Capt Scott has landed on Barra and is on his way to Uist. The Prince and his party cross over to the north side of the loch but further news induces more panic!

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