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It was a lovely sunny day in Bridge of Earn so we decided to look for another geocache near River Edge Lodges. Actually there are loads of them around here, and as i like to get out of the office for a daily constitutional, what better excuse did I need?

I decided to pressurise other half and child number 3 to come with me. We were looking for the Lost Souls geocache.

walking and geocaching in Bridge of Earn near Perth

We had a very pleasant walk through Dunbarney Estate on the outskirts of Bridge of Earn. The Lost Souls cache was in such a peaceful resting place cough cough, not to give too many clues away. Actually this small sacred place used to be the Dunbarney Parish Cemetry. It’s full of very old gravestones with carvings that reveal the various trades of the people who are buried here.

Lost Souls geocache on dunbarney Estate in Bridge of Earn, near Perth

In this picture, I think the excitement of finding a new cache is tangible! It took us 14 seconds to discover what was in the box. We took nothing and left nothing – mainly because we forgot to bring anything to put in the box. Actually, I just told a lie; we did take something. We found a hairy centipede in the box and we released him back into the wild.

Roll on our next geocaching adventure. where will it be? Watch this space – it could be Schiehallion or Moncreiffe Hill. We were in Rome recently and looked for the geocache on the Spanish Steps – but alas it had stepped away. We didn’t find it. But we consoled ourselves with a bottle of Frascati, so we weren’t too upset.

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Geocaching in Perthshire

Having learnt a bit about Geocaching from Paul McLennan (Perth and Kinross Council), we decided to get out there and learn more about it on the ground as it were.

Coincidentally, John received a GPS for his birthday this month and a brand new Rab jacket. he was keen to try out both, so off we went on our first Geocaching adventure.

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Here’s a picture of the Garmin etrex 10 GPS. In my excitement to show you, the picture is on its side. No matter, you get the drift. It’s a very handy wee tool – apparently basic and simple to use. I say ‘apparently’ because it has so many functions and it’s not that simple to use initially. Undeterred we set off on our adventure. Well, it was only Bridge of Earn, but we discovered thare are a whole clutch of caches to be found in our own little village.

Now i don’t want to give too much away and spoil it for future Geocachers, but can you imagine how delighted we were to find our first cache? Hopping up and down, and elbowing each other out of the way in order to be the first one to open the cache? My daugher was with us but quickly lost interest when she found out there was a) no money or indeed anything of any value in the cache or b) nothing edible in the cache. So what – it’s like a Munro-bagging operation in terms of the ticking off the box feeling you get.

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Here’s John with pride and a sense of achievement holing aloft our very first cache. this one was found on the other side of the river from our house. As a bonus, he is also wearing his new jacket, which was necessary later on during the rain and hail storm.

We then found another 2 caches (not telling you exactly where) around and about Dunbarney Estate.

Geocaching is a fast growing activity for all ages and levels of fitness. There are thousands of caches in Perthshire alone. Some of them are difficult to get to physically, some of them are easy for wheelchair users or cyclists, or even motorists. Others have a difficult clue to solve. You have to write in the logbook of the cache itself when you find it. You can take something out of the box but you must put something back of equal or greater value. Then you go home and go online to the geocaching website and log your finds. Simple!! Lots of caches are in an area of outstanding beauty, or are placed in a significant place such as the site of a little known battle. Wherever they are, it gets you outside enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful Scottish countryside. However, don’t stop at Scotland – geocachers are all over the world, and caches are hidden all over the world too. so come and join the party.

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Happy Christmas Wishes

After Poor old Gruff died last Winter, Gus was lost without him. So we got two little Pygmy goats to keep him company in early spring. They’re so cute. Gus was shivering with cold earlier this month and was off … Continue reading

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Autumn Gold in Perthshire

It’s a horrible day today, yet only yesterday it was a perfect Autumn day – bright and sunny. So John and I decided to stride out for a brisk walk. Shannon, our eldest, went to Australia a fortnight ago (sob) … Continue reading

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Elcho Castle Jougs and Just Desserts

Fun event Sunday 1st August at Elcho Castle, near Bridge of Earn, Perth, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

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