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Crag & Tail

A cache by Haggis Hunter Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 03/14/2004
3 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Castle Hill with Edinburgh Castle proudly sitting on top of it, is one of Edinburgh’s most formidable landmarks.

Castle Hill is better known as the Castle Rock.

Castle Rock is a Carboniferous volcanic plug in the heart of Edinburgh, on which stands Edinburgh Castle. Rising to 133m (435 feet) and certainly settled by the 2nd century AD. Running down a ridge to the east is the Royal Mile, this ridge having been left following the action of glaciers, which flowed from the west removing the surrounding softer rock, but leaving this 'tail' in the lee of the Castle Rock. Thus we have the exemplar for what is described geologically as a crag-and-tail feature.

An Early Fort - It is easy to appreciate why this site was chosen some 3000 years ago as the place to build a stronghold.

There is evidence of human habitation on the summit of the Castle Rock as far back as the Bronze Age (1000 BC). This early fort was called Din Eidyn, and was occupied by the local Celtic tribe, the Votadini. Din Eidyn first appears in records in about 600 A.D., a three hundred strong war band met with their king, Mynyddog Mwynfawr, at 'the stronghold of Eidyn'. Around 638 A.D. the Northumbrians, led by their King Edwin, invaded the south east of Scotland. It is about this time the anglicised version of the name came into use, but it is incorrect to think of Edinburgh as Edwin's Burgh. The Northumbrians were expelled by Malcolm II at the Battle of Carham in 1018.

For further history of the castle, as there is far too much to put onto these pages go to user's web page at the top.

The cache is NOT inside the castle. It can be found about 4 metres away from one of the tracks that run along the side of the hill. All the tracks are heavily used, so care should be taken whilst retrieving and replacing the cache.

Please ensure it is well hidden when putting it back.

Opening times for the hill are, April to September - 8am - 6pm, October to March 8am - 4.30pm. If you are on the hill when the gates close you will be locked in.

Castle Hill also gets closed, before and after any firework displays, which are being set off from Edinburgh Castle. The main time for this is at Hogmanay. It also gets closed for various other reasons without much or no notice. So you must be prepared to find the gates locked. Otherwise access is very much as advertised above.

Note: I do not condone the climbing of the gates whilst locked. Doing so may mean that you are breaking the law and if caught may also jeopardise this cache?

Due to the location of the cache, it is hard to get a good fix on the co-ordinates (large rock feature blocking half the sky out . My GPS was only giving me an accuracy of 12 metres. Which isn't that great for such a small cache. The clue should help though.

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.

Historic Scotland, Edinburgh Castle are aware of this cache.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Va n avpur ba gur evtug unaq fvqr bs ebpxl bhgpebc.
Cyrnfr hfr nyy oynax cntrf sebag & onpx bs gur ybt orsber fgngvat vg arrqf punatvat, Gunax lbh.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)