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A cache beside a graveyard in Banchory, with just a few feet of undergrowth to deal with.
Before I begin, I will reassure anyone who doesn't fancy walking in between graves - you don't have to. The cache is not inside the graveyard, just very close by.
So what's in the graveyard ? Graves, mostly.
Oh yes, there is a rather nice .. och, lets just allow the good folks that wrote 'The Historic Kirkyards of Aberdeenshire, A Survey Report, Aberdeenshire Council 1998' to tell you. They say, of the graveyard, -
'Tombstones : There are approximately 49 recumbent tombstones, of which 11 are decorated. There are hundreds of upright tombstones, the majority being 19th -century in date. The watch-house, reputed to date from 1829, although it has all the charms of an earlier date, has recently undergone a complete renovation, with the walls being re-harled in French lime. The appearance is excellent. A notable design feature of the watch-house is the symmetrical arrangement of a chimney on one side and a bellcote on the other. The plain gabled mausoleum, a little to the S. of the watch-house, has a lintel dated 1775 with the initials J.D. / M.A. . .............. Internally there can be glimpsed a very fine stained glass window. A stone used for a corner quoin was once part of a Celtic cross.'
What they don't say is that the Celtic cross concerned was supposedly a part of the monastry that St. Ternan founded in the 6th century or so. The belcote also may well be from the 14th century.
So the cache itself is a small lock and lock box, with the usual notebook, swaps, and in with the notebook, a very small FTF (a wee badge all the way from Brasil).
I would recommend that you get here by parking in the centre of Banchory and following the path east out of Bellfield park, skirting the houses and along the top of the bank by the river Dee - very nice walk/cycle of around 2km return. You can park much closer, by turning off the main A93 into a side road that services the graveyard (even from here, you don't need to go into the yard itself). However you get to it, good luck.
Ntnvafg gur jnyy, va yvar jvgu gur znhfbyrhz naq jngpu-ubhfr.