Montserrat's ghauts (pronounced guts) are deep ravines that carry rainwater down from the mountains to the sea. Runaway Ghaut is one of Montserrat’s more famous ones and is a popular tourist stop. Legend has it that people drinking the cool spring water flowing to the drinking fountain at Runaway Ghaut will be drawn to return to Montserrat again and again. The exact wording of the legend is “if you drink the waters from this burn, to Montserrat you will return.”
The Ghaut also became of prominence when it came to the rescue of Montserratians in 1965. In that year there was an 11- month drought and many standpipes stood empty. People from the north traveled to the Ghaut to collect water.