ERDGT: Harry Potter#4 The Whomping Willow
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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 GeoTour cache is actually part of the Harry Potter series created by loopylogan across the slopes of Scolty Hill near Banchory.
Beware of the whomping willow, which first appeared in the Chamber of Secrets.
Scolty is just a wee Scottish hill ( 299m) but its 20m Landmark Tower on the summit has a fantastic view. This 6 mile circular cache trail incorporates a section of the Deeside Way and will take 2-4 hours to complete. The Tower, originally built as a memorial to General Burnett who fought alongside Wellington, was restored in 1992 and now can be climbed from within by those with no fear of heights. But hold on tae yer bunnet as the wind is gie fierce when ye stick yer heid oot! This trail has good paths, although parts can be muddy at times. There is one quite steep section and the trail takes in the top of the hill.
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