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Edinburgh Night Lights

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Hidden : 12/14/2003
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Geocache Description:

This virtual cache is designed as a multiple cache that can only be done once it has gone dark, as it features various lights around the city. Note that Stage A is about 100m from the cache co-ordinates (where nothing is located any more!)

It should take you to places that look good at night, and particularly at Christmas time with all the extra Christmas lights, but can be done at any time of year. Note that on June 21st, the sun does not set until 10.10pm, and rises about 4.30am! On December 21st it sets at 3.40pm, and rises at 8.40 am. You may want to take a camera.

Several locations and answers revised again in March 2014. The co-ordinates for the cache take you within 100m of one of the intermediate locations, and you can do them in any order, but the order they are listed in is my preference. All co-ordinates are for the best place to stand to answer the question, not for the object itself. Any names referred to will be written on something, and should be easily visible from the co-ordinates. All the intermediate locations are well lit, close to the centre of Leith or Edinburgh, and therefore should be safe. The final location is not so well lit, and is still close to the centre, but is not particularly close to any of the intermediate locations. All the locations are close to bus routes, and I have shown the numbers for Lothian buses where relevant. (Get an off-peak day saver ticket!) If you are going by car, then be very careful of the parking restrictions (especially before 6.30pm).

You will need the following key to work out the co-ordinates for the final location. Use the letter or colour at each of the locations to find the number to work out the co-ordinates for the final location.


Letter O or Orange = 1
Letter R or Red = 2
Letter P or Purple = 3
Letter I or Pink = 4
Letter B or Brown = 5
Letter L or Blue / pale blue = 6
Letter G or Green = 7
Letter Y or Yellow = 8
Letter E or Grey = 9
Letter W or White = 0

Part co-ordinate A:
Bus No: 22 and others
N55° 57.021 W3° 12.474
What colour are the lights shining up inbetween the windows?

Part co-ordinate B:
N55° 56.901 W3° 11.338
What colour are the lights in all the windows? (NB The answer is NOT white)?

Part co-ordinate C:
Bus No: 7, 31, 37.
N55° 56.800 W3° 11.129
Looking at the theatre, what colour light is shining down from the roof?

Part co-ordinate D:
N55° 57.222 W3° 11.743
What colour are the lights shining down from the top of the windows? (NB Not the lights in the roof)

Part co-ordinate E:
N55° 57.286 W3° 11.554
Looking east at the shop, what colour are the lights in the top floor (restaurant)? Add 7 to the number from the table.

Part co-ordinate F:
Bus No: lots, including 22.
N55° 57.430 W3° 11.126
What colour are the fish & chips?

Part co-ordinate G:
Bus No: 22 and 36.
N55° 58.525 W3°10.247
Looking across the water and near to the bridge, what colour is in the windows?

Part co-ordinate H:
Bus No: 11, 22, 34 and others.
N55° 58.814 W3° 10.827
What colour are the small lights at the top of the poles above the normal streetlights? Add 3 to the number from the table.

Using all the above, the co-ordinates for the final location are:-

N55° 5F.BGD W3° 1C.EHA

If you have walked there, then make sure you go to where the cars have access as well.

Email me to tell me the metal object you are standing close to, to claim the virtual multicache. Enjoy!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Part A:] Ohvyqvat bccbfvgr gur pnyrqbavna ubgry.
[Part B:] Gur cho
[Part C:] Gur Srfgviny Gurnger.
[Part D:] Ba Trbetr fgerrg arkg gb n ohf furygre.
[Part E:] Nofbyhgryl snohybhf qneyvat.
[Part F:] Lbh fubhyq or ybbxvat ng n puvc fubc.
[Part G:] Erfgnhenag vf Thvyvnabf
[Part H:] N pubehf bs ebq'f "fnvyvat" zvtug or nccebcevngr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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