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The Wicker Man - Corn Rigs & Barley Rigs. TB Hotel

A cache by Simply Paul Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 06/20/2007
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A small series of caches at locations used for the filming of one of my favourite movies; The Wicker Man (once called 'The Citizen Kane of Horror films'). This classic of British Horror used many stunning locations through Dumfries and Galloway, as well as Plockton and Skye further north. Sincere thanks to countrymatters for his upgrade from a micro to a 1.1ltr box and maintenance on this cache for me.

THE WICKER MAN - Corn Rigs and Barley Rigs.

The opening sequence of the cinema-released version of the film (learn more about it here) sees Sergeant Howie flying his seaplane over Skye, with the Old Man of Storr in the background. This cache brings you to a location looking across to the rocks featured in the opening credits of the film. It's an ideal drive-by cache (and TB hotel) for anyone unable or unwilling to climb up for bellewether's excellent 'find him a wife'. To reach the cache, park within 350ft/110m of it at the parking area with the waterfall and follow your GPSr's arrow. While you're in the area, I suggest you visit Plockton too as it's a great place to explore in a responsible fashion. The Harbour Master's house, main street and causeway all feature in the movie.

Music clip of 'Corn Rigs and Barley Rigs', used as the theme music of The Wicker Man.

Other locations used for filming:
Gatehouse of Fleet - The Green Man pub (exterior) - actually estate offices near The Mason's Arms.
Creetown - The Green Man pub (interior) - Actually the bar of the Ellangowan Hotel
Kirkcudbright - May Morrison's shop and the hobbyhorse chase scene - Now an art gallery/shop near the police office.
Whithorn - The "We carry death out of the village" and library scenes - The library, built in 1911, is on the main road.
Castle Kennedy - The 'jumping over the fire' dance and the procession scenes towards the end of the film - No standing stones and £4 per adult entrance. Near GC51RAJ
Anwoth Old Kirk - The graveyard and school scenes - home to my The Wicker Man - Here Lieth Beech Buchanan cache.
Plockton - The opening scenes of the village - home to my The Wicker Man - A missing child is always trouble cache.
St.Ninian's Cave & Burrow Head - final scenes of the film - home to my The Wicker Man - Our more dreadful sacrifice cache.
Cluzean Castle - exterior (and one internal) scenes of Lord Summerisle's home.
Port Logan - used as Lord Summerisle's gardens.

20th June 2017: While this got a visit from me in June 2013, I had to skip this detour this year as I was already spending £550ish in petrol on my Scottish pilgrimage and couldn't spare the time. Anyway, today is this cache's 10th birthday! Thanks for keeping it going folks. Happy caching :)

Excellent pic by Mac Shadow. 2018.

Lovely shot by cecilieag. 2018.

Atmospheric photo by Soupeaulait. 2019.

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