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Sourlies Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 05/10/2010
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4.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Welcome to one of the finest and wildest areas in Scotland. The cache is hidden at the eastern end of Loch Nevis in the Western Highlands of Scotland.

What makes this area so attractive is its inaccessability and wildness. As a result a visit to this spot should not be undertaken lightly as it involves a challenging trip to just get to the cache location.

PLEASE pack sensible hill walking clothing and gear as you are venturing into a remote, often pathless, uninhabitated area and it is quite possible that you will not see anyone else once you are into the glens.

There are 2 likely routes to access the cache :

A) Via Glen Dessarry starting at the western end of Loch Arkaig (which is itself at the end of a seemingly endless drive along a roller-coaster minor road). Parking here is very limited so best to arrive early and please be careful not to park in the turning area - use the verges nearby. The route involves approximately 10 miles of rough walking but passes through a wide forested glen, past a lovely Lochan and terminates with a view down over the head of Loch Nevis with only a stroll down to the shore beside Sourlies bothy to reach the cache site. Phew !

B) A ferry from Mallaig to the village of Inverie (home to the remotest public house in mainland Great Britain, The Old Forge). Then a walk up Gleann Meadail and over Mam Meadail to descend to the ruined village of Carnoch and then over the flats to the head of Loch Nevis and Sourlies bothy (at high tide it may only be possible by climbing over the headland).

The cache itself is a small clip top box in a camo bag. It contains a log book, pen, pencil and some goodies.

NB : If you are new to the area please research the route before you set out as the paths are often poor and intermittent. There is no easy ground here.

You can return the same way ..... or for a memorable trip why not explore further up the Carnach river valley to search for my other caches and appreciate the further beauty of this area.

One final note ...... please respect the area and take out all your own rubbish as well as any you encounter along the way.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)