It is unclear if the tale of Sawney
Bean is truth or fiction. There is no
written evidence to support his
family’s capture or executions.
Facts that give the tale credibility
‘are’ cannibals did exist in
Scotland around that time; also, one of
the caves between Girvan and Ballantrae
was still being inhabited until the
1970s. The last resident ‘Snib
Scott’ a vagrant with a long grey
beard, was often referred to as Sawney
The truth will only be known after an
extensive excavation of the cave is made.
Is there anyone out there interested?
Before visiting the cave, you should
check times of the tide and make sure
your phone is fully charged. Also, anyone
not 100% fit should think twice before
attempting the steep decent and climb
For a video tour of the cave and for
discusions on the facts, visit: