Monday, April 02, 2007

Treasure Fever Grips the Highlands!

Well, in a quiet, West Highland sort of a way it does.

The Duke of Argyll, Chief of Clan Campbell, whose family acquired most of Mull from the MacLeans of Duart in the 17th century, is hoping that the mud of Tobermory Bay will reveal the treasure chests of a Spanish Galleon, mysteriously scuttled there in 1588. More at: News - Scotland - Duke launches treasure hunt for Spanish Armada gold.

Meantime up in Arisaig they are hoping that improvements underway to the A830 Arisaig to Lochailort road (which is still single lane with passing places) will turn up some of the Jacobite Gold, donated (a little belatedly) by France and Spain to support 'Bonnie Prince Charlie's 1745 Jacobite Rising. The road goes past Loch nan Uamh, a beautiful but easily overlooked bay where the gold was landed and which saw both the Prince's arrival on the Scottish mainland in August 1745, and his departure for France in 1746. More about the treasure will be revealed on the BBC

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