Wednesday, 2 April 2014
As the crow flies, the cave is about two kilometres northeast of Ockle, but is best approached by walking the Ockle to Gortenfern path and then dropping down to the coast. The path is a glorious walk, as any one who has done it will know, but the last part of the approach to the cave is extremely steep.
At some time in the 1620/30s the Campbells caught up with the MacIains. History doesn't relate what happened to the men - perhaps they died fighting the Campbells, perhaps they were away raiding, perhaps they ran away, but whatever they did they left their dependents to the Campbells' mercy.
On the day the Campbells found the MacIain women, children and old people in the cave, mercy was in short supply. The Campbells heaped brushwood and logs against the entrance, and set fire to them.
Now that we have pictures, I'm not terribly keen to go back. It's a grim, cheerless place, in stark contrast to the rugged beauty all around and the stunning views out across the Minches to Rum, Eigg and Muck.