Robert The Bruce, born in 1274, was Knight and Overlord of Annandale, he was crowned King of Scotland in 1306.
In the winter of 1313 after suffering defeat, King Robert went into hiding in the cave while evading capture by Edward Longshanks the first of England, he spent three months living a solitary existence at a time, when the wars of Independence were at their bleakest for the Scots.
The cave is set in a precipitous rock face sheer above the River Kirtle near Gretna. The original access by rope from the top of the cliff has been replaced by a stairway to allow visitor access.
Whilst in the cave where he met the famous spider and at the depths of despair, King Robert happened to watch the spider attempting to build a web, the spider would spin then fall get up and spin again, and again relentlessly until it eventually made the web. This gave Robert heart, and is reputed to be the birth of the saying IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED TRY, TRY, AND TRY AGAIN.
King Robert then went forth from the cave with 40 men supplied by the Irvings.
He raised an army and won the Historic Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, even though he was outnumbered ten to one. He established his claim to the throne and thus the beginning of freedom Scotland.
He ruled Scotland until 1329 and died a leper as a recluse in Cardross Priory on the Firth of Clyde near Helensburgh.
Mrs Ritchie King Robert the Bruce's Caravan & Camping site. Cove Farm Cove Estate Kirkpatrick Fleming Dumfries & Galloway DG11 3AT