Us at an Earthcache on a hill overlooking Perth
We’d been umm’ing and ahh’ing over whether to go to the Mega Scotland event in Perth this weekend as it’s a heck of a long way to drive for one event, even if it is a Mega Event. By Friday afternoon we’d hatched a plan to fly to Edinburgh and then hire a car for the trip to Perth (and to give us easy access round the many caches in the general area).
On Friday night we flew up and picked up one quick cache by our hotel in Glenrothes before retiring for the night.
Arriving in Edinburgh - it's already dark at home by now!
Saturday 31 July 2010
On Saturday morning we were up quite early and picked off a few caches on the drive to Perth, which was about 25 mins drive away from where we were staying. We arrived at the Mega Event with 55 minutes to spare before the Opening Ceremony so decided to dash round the town centre caches as quick as we could.
Views over towards West Lomond (the round topped hill in the background)
Nothing too taxing here, apart from having to miss out one cache where you had to go down a tunnel on the banks of the River Tay. On the way round we bumped into the Lydford Locators, One Last Look, Browni and The West Viewers plus a few other cachers we can’t remember the names of!
Looking down to Perth from Picnic Hill
Back at the Mega Event, we arrived in time for a quick chat with friends before the festivities got underway. A lone piper signalled the start of things and lead the Commitee, Jeremy Irish and Signal The Frog into the event area. Once the speeches were over, we had a quick look around before arranging a caching trip out with pete37038 and the linedancers.
Cachers line to up sign the logbook at an urban cache in Perth
We opted to head for a series round the hills to the south of Perth – a series called Picnic Hill and then another set of caches around the intriguingly named Witches Hill. All were quick finds with some great fun and banter along the way.
Isaac with the Mega Event logbook
We said goodbye to our companions back where we parked and Isaac and myself headed off to do a few more caches before returning to the event. On the way round these, we bumped into delta68 and stopped for a quick chat.
Isaac with unowho67 outside the Mega Event
Once back at the event, we bumped into lots more caching friends and quite a few more cachers we’d not yet met (but had seen the names in logbooks) came over to say hello. One of the best things about a Mega event is meeting just about every caching person you know (and more!) all in the one place :-).
Our trusty Volkswagen Polo rental car for the weekend
Once the event was over, we did a cache in the car park by the event before heading off for a few more caches in the countryside between Perth and Glenrothes. The highlight was doing a cache with a cacher from Norway. Love the way you get to meet international cachers all joined by a common love of caching at Mega events!
Look at the colours on the hill and the fields - stunningly beautiful!
We ended the day with a few final caches near to our hotel and topped out at 60 finds for the day.
Sunday 1 August 2010
We were due to fly home this evening so had a full day to cache our way around the area. We aimed to take full advantage of this and this is exactly what we did as we ended up with 52 finds, plenty of time for dinner and still had a spare half hour before our flight to relax over an Iron-Bru at Edinburgh airport :-).
First cache of the day - at an old well in the village of Scotlandwell
We started off by heading over from where we had stayed in Glenrothes towards where the Mega camping event at Kinross as there looked to be lots of caches around there.Among the first caches of the day were some on a lovely walk around a wooded nature reserve at Portmoak Moss near to the eastern side of Loch Leven. What a cracking place for caches – we loved it.
Rugged, but absolutely stunning countryside - great for caching in.
We then did lots of drive-by’s, cache and dashes and a few longer walks around the area, starting off in Milnathort, then Kinross, then off towards the fably (is that a word?) named Crook of Devon, before returning towards Kinross. We were surprised not to bump into many cachers along the way, given how many must be camping nearby.
This sign amused us - not often you get two currencies named on one road sign!
Time was getting on by now, so we started to head gently southwards via yet more caches. We took in an excellent Earthcache along the way at this hill that looked like a monkey’s face when you looked at it from the stated co-ords – great stuff :-).
The money's face Earthcache - if you look closely, he's even got eyebrows!
Once in Dunfermline, we stopped to have some dinner before our flight home. Finally, just before the airport we did one final cache of the trip in a little village called Kirkliston.
Last cache in Scotland - in Kirkliston near Edinburgh Airport
103 caches in total for the weekend and an absolutely great time was had by both of us meeting lots of old friends, lots of new friends and doing quite a bit of caching. A massive congratulations to the Committee who organised the Mega Event as they did a great job.
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