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Killykeeghan Cottage

A cache by parkmoy Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 01/07/2008
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

County Fermanagh just over the border from County Cavan.On the Marlbank Scenic Loop.

The Florencecourt and Cuilcagh Mountain area of South West Fermanagh is widely regarded as an area of outstanding natural beauty and also one of significant international scientific and historic importance. In recognition of these attributes the region has been awarded Geopark status by the European Commission, one of only twelve Geopark areas in Europe and the only one in Northern Ireland.

Sandwiched between Cuilcagh Mountain and the Erne Lowlands lies the most extensive area of limestone grassland in Northern Ireland. At one time the entire area was wooded with hazel, elm and ash. With the clearances for farming since the Stone Age, only a few patches of hazel scrub now remain. The scrub shelters delicate woodland flowers including wood sorrel and primroses. The cuckoo is frequently heard in May. Meadow pipits perch on branches but are most commonly seen rising and falling in jerky flight over the grassland. The thin soils covering the grey limestone support a rich variety of herbs and grasses. The grasses are grazed by sheep and this allows herbs like the colourful pink thyme, blue harebell and yellow bird's-foot trefoil, to flower and set seed. These herbs in turn provide food for insects such as the Common Blue and Peacock butterflies. In a patch of heath, bog cotton and yellow bog asphodel grow amongst ling heather. The Irish hare leaves conspicuous trails through the heath by nibbling off the heather shoots.

There is a waymarked trail through typical limestone karst scenery with sites of archaelogical interest and a small interpretive centre at McGrath’s Cottage. The car park is open at various times from Easter to September but there is plenty of room to park nearby and full access on foot at all times.

The cache is a decon box containing a few trinkets and a log sheet and pencil.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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