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Beinn Uraraidh - Plane Crash

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Hidden : 01/23/2014
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This walk and cache reveals a piece of Islay’s little-known aviation history - the story of a plane wreck in a remote location in Islay’s hills. The walk is 3.3 miles each way and is very hard going, over rough and boggy terrain, but the walker is rewarded by fine views of some of the island’s hidden gems.


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PLEASE OBSERVE ANY NOTICES ABOUT ACCESS/DEER STALKING AND PHONE THE RELEVANT PEOPLE IF NECESSARY BEFORE EMBARKING ON YOUR WALK.

The ground can be very boggy at all times on this peaty moorland. Personally I prefer to wear wellies for this reason, especially as the Uisge Gleann a’ Chromain was well and truly flooded when we crossed it this time.

The walk starts at Glenegedalemoor Lots at the very end of the track used for the commercial peat cuttings works. A four-wheel drive is highly recommended for this track. Alternatively, you could park sensibly at the beginning of the track (N55°40.796' W006°13.271’) and walk to the end of the track (N55°40.716'N, W006°10.392')  - an additional two miles of monotonous slog.

Once at the end of the track, follow one of the ATV tracks (of which there are several) or make your own way NE towards Beinn Uraraidh.

Keep your eyes open for Eagles, Ravens and Red Deer en route and listen for the plaintive call of the Golden Plover, especially in summer as this is their breeding ground. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of Red-throated Divers on one of the hidden lochans here.

The distinctive shape of the Sgòr suddenly comes into view at some point along this walk. It is unusual for such a dominant hill to remain unnamed on the map, but its accompanying lochans are named after it - Loch Leathann an Sgòrra (Broad Loch of the sharp, steep hill) and, further east, Loch Dearg an Sgòrra (Red Loch of the sharp, steep hill).

Follow the ATV track across Uisge Gleann a’ Chromain (Water of Buzzard’s Glen), continuing to follow a NE trajectory to the south end of Loch Beinn Uraraidh, where there is a very small fishing hut and an outlet which flows into Loch Leathann an Sgòrra. We timed this just right as we were able to shelter in the valley between two unnamed peaks by this outlet when a heavy hailstorm approached.

There is no ATV track now, so make your own way up to the summit cairn if desired, although it is not necessary to reach the summit to locate the cache. The wreckage is spread out SE of the highest cairn over a distance of about a third of a mile. Locate the propellor. The cache is hidden in some rocks 20.5 metres WNW of the propellor. (N55°42.608' W006°07.510) and gives a short history of the plane crash - with a bit of a quiz! Please keep the quiz items in the cache.

PLEASE RESPECT THIS SITE - DO NOT TAKE ANY MOMENTOS BACK WITH YOU!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Uvqqra va cvyr bs ebpxf

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)