G:UK cache rating
This cache can be found in the area of the sunken garden, Heriot-Watt University at Riccarton. This can be a pleasant cache to find but I'm afraid as it is on university grounds there are a couple of rules to abide by.
1. You must park at the carpark at the entrance to the grounds the coordinates are N55 54.671 W003 18.898 (Grid NT 1790 6945). You must have a permit to drive any further into the grounds. Alternatively you could catch a bus the following numbers travel directly into the terminus within the campus. Nos. 25, 34, 45.
2. You are not allowed dogs (sorry).
3. During July check this link for Graduation Dates. As going during graduation is not wise. The general area of the cache is used, and there will be far too many muggles about.
Otherwise don't be put off of what is hopefully a nice cache. In an area that likes to welcome the public.
The Riccarton Estate, formerly owned by the Gibson-Craig family, was purchased by Midlothian Council and formally gifted to the University in 1969. Originally based in central Edinburgh, the University moved to its purpose built campus at Riccarton in a phased programme from 1973-1992. A fine mansion house once stood on Riccarton Estate, with gardens and a loch. Although the house was demolished, the high quality landscape setting which existed on Riccarton Estate has been protected throughout the development of the University campus. In addition to this, each building project is followed by landscape planting and there is a programme of placing sculpture into the landscape.
Several members of the Gibson-Craig family were noted landscape gardeners and collectors of specimen trees. Sir James started the collection between 1823 and 1850. His successor, Sir William Gibson-Craig (1850-1878) made many important introductions from north-west USA. Sir James Gibson-Craig succeeded his father in 1878 and continued the tradition throughout his 30-year tenure. The woodland contains several specimen trees from the plant collection. The exotic species are dated at between 100-150 years old and include the Small Tasmanian Cedar, the Copper Beech, the Wellingtonia, the Cucumber Tree, and the Cedar of Lebanon. The oldest trees on the estate are the native or naturalised hardwoods of oak, beech, ash, sycamore and particularly the Riccarton Sweet Chestnut located along the Velvet Walk, which is several centuries old.
Now down to finding the cache. The GPS signal isn't good due to the amount of trees. So go to the above co-ords, which will get you within the area that you need to be. (Be warned it is not exactly at the co-ords).
Stand at the gates and face in a Northerly direction. Walk 28 paces in a straight line.
If you have enjoyed the location for this cache, then why not explore more of the campus and do Watt Trail?
You may have to duck whilst walking the paces, or you can just walk to the left then straighten up again.
Travel Bugs are the property of the person who has released them. Therefore I do not count them as a swap item.
Please DO NOT take an item in exchange for any Travel Bugs that you may wish to leave in this cache.
If you are new to Geocaching or don't know the area, then have a look at my bookmark lists for Edinburgh, you may find them helpful.