ERDGT: Craigievar Castle Walk 4
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Please note changed co-ordinates following forestry work:
Update Coordinates N 57° 10.486 W 002° 43.525
Youneed to pick up two codes from this cache:
One for your GeoTour Passport
One for the Craigievar Castle Walk series to complete co-ordinates for the Bonus cache
Welcome to the Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour with the chance to earn a trackable geocoin by finding 20 special caches hidden among dozens of caches in mini-trails around castles and lochs, in forests and glens, and along the Deeside Way. To be eligible for one of the gold or silver geocoins you must collect a codeword from each cache, and earn bonus points. Full details are on the GeoTour Passport, which you can download here. The Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour stretches from Drumoak in the east to Braemar in the west. An area steeped in history with spectacular scenery, threaded by the River Dee.
The history of Craigievar goes back to at least the 14th century where the Mortimer family held the estate since 1376, but it was not until 1575 that Sir John Mortimer began the process of transforming the house into the impressive residence we see today. Sir John was rising in society, and he wanted a house that befitted his rank of baron. In 1610, it was purchased by William Forbes of Menie, brother of the Bishop of Aberdeen. Forbes, though a young man, had made a fortune by importing wood from the Baltic region. In the course of his merchant efforts he visited the port of Danzig so many times that he became known as 'Danzig Willie'. Forbes married Margaret Woodward, and their initials can be found throughout the castle..
In the mid 20th century the castle was purchased by the National Trust for Scotland, after a public appeal for funds to save the castle for future generations. Today, Craigievar is one of the best loved properties owned by the Trust, a marvellous example of a Scottish tower house. Craigievar castle was closed between 2007 and 2010 to allow extensive interior and exterior renovations to take place.
The only way to explore Craigievar is by guided tour, in small groups of no more than 12 at a time. When you see the size of the rooms on display and the narrow, winding stairs and low ceilings in places it is easy to see why! However, the tours are very informative and well worth it.
I would like to thank Mr William Brown, manager of Craigievar Castle for letting me place caches around the estate.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum