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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.
This section of the Deeside Way, from Potarch Bridge to Kincardine O'Neil, runs through the Kincardine estate and the original path would have been used by local lad Donald Dinnie, who once carried two boulders with a combined weight of 775 pounds (352 kg) across the bridge.
He then 'grew into his strength', as they say, and went on to be Scotland's greatest athlete ,and World Champion Wrestler. In fact, throughout the latter half of the 19th century he so excelled in sports, winning title after title (and a fortune in prize money) he came to be known simply as Donald Dinnie, Greatest Athlete in the World. And in 1903 he was given the ultimate accolade, when he was invited to endorse Barr's Irn Bru; Scotland's other national drink. Donald continued appearing in strong man acts on stage into his 70s. He died in 1916.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum