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A short walk to a professionally built treehouse with fabulous views down Loch Fyne, ideal for families.
We have waited nearly a year to place our first cache, during this time we have found some cleverly hidden caches in some wonderful locations, some of which we would never have been to had it not been for geocaching. As a family one of our favourite walks is to the professionally made two-storey tree house, on the hill behind the Ardkinglass Treeshop. It is a way-marked, maintained walk, ideally suited for families and dogs. Good strong footwear is recommended in the winter months as the path does get a bit muddy. An ideal spot for a picnic as there is a large picnic bench at the treehouse and the views over Loch Fyne are lovely. If you park at the Oyster Bar (where Gordon Brown and John Prescott, sat in the back of a ministerial Jaguar and argued as to who should succeed Tony Blair in May 2004), you can follow the “coffin road” past an ancient burial ground up the hill to the huge ash tree that supports the house. When you cross the small wooden bridge, the easier route to the treehouse is by the lower better-maintained path. In summer raspberries grow along this path, in autumn brambles. A feature worth looking for is the Butterwort and Sundew plants in the ditches doing their best to get rid of the midges. On Sunday afternoons in summer the locals play cricket in the field to your left as you walk back to the carpark. There is ample parking at the Oyster Bar and Treeshop, and the path you need is clearly marked with a finger post at the gate at the entrance to the car park. The original cache contents were: A logbook, A first to find badge, key ring, bingo pen, space chimp, 2 water games, “bratz” maze game, 2 mini jigsaws, some flower seeds, 5 Scotland pencils, a caterpillar rubber, a bangle and small heart shaped rubber. This cache is perfect for the kids, both young and old, set up and planned by a family, so if you could follow this theme, there should always be things in this cache that young cachers would be pleased to swap.
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