The Secret of Ardnish
A novel by Angus MacDonald
Published by Birlinn
A small inheritance and a letter from his grandfather mark the beginnings of a journey that leads Peter Angus Gillies from his mundane job in Canada to the land of his ancestors on the rugged and beautiful peninsula of Ardnish on the west coast of Scotland.
As Peter Angus kayaks around exploring the long-abandoned places where his ancestors eked out a living and listens to stories about them, he learns of Jacobite treasure lost centuries before. Utterly bewitched by the spell of Ardnish and the ghosts of its past, he sets out to find the hidden gold. Together with the help of a local girl, Sarah, he embarks on a search that will test them to the limit.
Many of those who emigrated from the Arisaig area of Lochaber went to settle in Arisaig, Nova Scotia, and the folk from Brae Roy went to Inverness County, Cape Breton, taking their courteous ways, music and Gaelic language with them.