Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 57

Name Type: cliff

Meaning: Cave of the thief

Other Forms: Uamh nam Mèirleach - thieves

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Information:He was never in there himself but Calum Fhearchair, from the Bail' Ùr, was. He said that there was stone table inside and pottery bowls. "Calum Fhearchair was a small chap. He could fit in a crack!" - DMC and DMcN.

Uamh a’ Mhèirlich is at An Dòrnach. There are big boulders in front of it. He found it once and there’s a tiny entrance. Inside it is “the size of Saddam Hussein’s cell.” It contains a pottery cup, but it is bad luck to touch it. John MacPhail, Balephuil, 9/2004.

Four men were playing cards in a house on The Land one night and Colin MacDonald from the Bail’ Ùr asked if anyone knew where Uamh a’ Mheirlich was. No one else did so he offered to show them the next day. It is hidden at the base of Uinneagan Beum a’ Chlaidheimh, a large gash down the side of Kenavara at a part they call An Dòrnach. In front of the cave there is a jumble of stones “as though they’ve been blasted.” You have to crawl to get in. Inside they found a stone like a square table and three clay cups. “Do you believe me now?” asked Colin. Davie McClounnan, Balephuil, 9/2004.

Local Form: Uaigh

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Donald MacNeill (Dòmhnall an Tàilleir), The Land, 1/1994

Informant 2: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 11/1997