Falkirk businessman follows in footsteps of Young Pretender

Gregor Ewing and dog Meg
Gregor Ewing and dog Meg
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Proud Scot Gregor Ewing will retrace the steps of Bonnie Prince Charlie by walking from Culloden to Lochaber.

Next month the 41-year-old businessman aims to be the first to repeat the desperate journey the Young Pretender made in 1746 to escape capture by the government following his defeat at Culloden Moor.

And while Charles Edward Stewart relied on the help of the remains of his shattered Highland army and crofters who supported his cause to complete his epic trek to safety 266 years ago, Gregor will only have his four-year-old border collie, Meg, his camera, voice recorder and journal for company along the 530 mile route through the northwest Highlands and Outer Hebrides to the Isle of Skye.

The prince with a price on his head also took almost five months to flee Scotland, finally catching a boat from Loch nan Uamh at Lochaber to France, while Gregor intends to reach his destination in just six weeks.

The dad-of-three from Falkirk is combining his love of the great outdoors - he has already climbed more than 150 Munros - with his passion for Scotland’s past by taking up the challenge starting on April 5, but admits the fact he will be creating a piece of history by being the first to recreate the ‘Great Escape’ is an added bonus.

The boss of Sovereign Developments in Bainsford said: “Making this journey is a bit of a personal obsession with me.

“I’ve researched the flight of Bonnie Prince Charlie and was amazed to discover nobody had walked his steps before in a single journey. While he took from April to September to finally make good his escape and stayed in places where he found a safe house, I have set myself a six week target.

“I’ll also be ‘roughing’ it most nights sleeping in a tent or some of the caves he is known to have used, although one night a week I do intend to book into a hotel and enjoy a hot bath, hot meal and recharge my mobile phone!

“I’ll also not be going on to France, but heading home to complete my research and write a book about my experiences.

“I expect the journey to give me a better understanding of what Bonnie Prince Charle went through to avoid capture by the English, but also want to show that having a modern day adventure in this unspoilt terrain is still possible.”