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Billy Marshall's Cave

Cave / Rock Shelter

Fieldnotes

Billy Marshall's Cave is situated at NX494679, approximately 900 metres north west of the summit. Again this cave is worth a visit, but difficult to find. Fortunately a rock above the cave has an iron bar protruding from it - thus helping to identify its location."
The above quote is from Newton Stewart WalkFest.
It is more of a rock recess than a cave lying 2 metres below the slope of Cairnsmore of Fleet and extending for around 10 metres. There is not enough room for Billy Marshall's Band of Gypsies (go to Cairnsmore of Fleet Folklore), maybe 5 people max.
The easiest way to find Billy Marshall's Cave is from the summit of Cairnsmore of Fleet. Skirting round Cairnsmore is pathless and longer. Approaching from the N via forest tracks and boggy moorland is unappealing.
From the trig point head NW towards Eastman's cairn (a pile of stones) at NX495675. Follow down the slope to the N towards NX494679. This may require scrambling down into the valley but it is moderate. Lookout for a flat rock with a rusted iron bar protruding vertically. Billy Marshall's Cave is situated within several yards, a narrow vertical entrance into the cave.
Posted by markj99
13th September 2020ce
Edited 13th September 2020ce

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