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Great views of Edinburgh and the North
This cache was originally destined to be one of a pair of cache exchanges between myself and Snake of ‘Bug and Snake’. He is originally from Scotland, but now lives in the USA. Firth of Forth is originally from the USA, but now lives in Scotland. Hence the cache name.
This cache was filled with items from and information about Pennsylvania, as well as some bugs and snakes! Pennsylvania is renowned for its religious communities, such as the Amish, Dunkers and Mennonites, descendents of early settlers in America escaping from religious persecution in Europe. Pennsylvania is a state with many claims to being first. The first shots of the French and Indian war, which ultimately led to the American Revolution, were fired there. Pennsylvania was the first state to abolish slavery, and was also the place where the first successful oil well was drilled. Philadelphia was the first city to guarantee religious freedom, as well as the first US city to boast a bank, stock exchange, hospital and zoo.
Park at N55 57.219 W003 09.541. It is a relatively short (but uphill) walk to the cache, where stupendous views of the North of Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth and Fife can be enjoyed. In fact, the cache site looks directly across to another of Firth of Forth's caches, 'Lomond Views'. The nearby ruins of St. Anthony’s chapel are also worth a visit.
Arthur’s seat is the remnant of an extinct volcanic lava plug, which was active around 335 million years ago. It is one of the most accessible exposures of an ancient volcano. Nearby Salisbury crags are the remains of glaciated rocks. The ruins of St. Anthony's Chapel are thought to date from the mid-15th Century and is said to be associated with the Knights Hospitallers of St. Anthony of Leith. It is positioned so that they could see ships arriving in the Firth of Forth and welcome them with a light in the tower. The area around Arthur's Seat has a long history, with evidence of four prehistoric forts. It also provided a refuge from invaders from the sea for local people in centuries gone by.
Please make sure that the cache is hidden from view, as it has been muggled once before.
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- Edinburgh encapsulatedFron L to R: Edinburgh Castle, Dynamic Earth, monstrous Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the 'Parthenon'
- St. Anthony's chapel
- The two peaks of the Lomond Hills
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum