- Northern Scotland, United Kingdom
- N 59° 08.194′ W 003° 20.394′
Geocaches are all around us, even at the very edge of the world. Take a trip to Northern Scotland to find this coastal Geocache of the Week, Brough of Birsay Lighthouse (GC54N3V).
Located on the Brough of Birsay, an uninhabited tidal island off the mainland in Orkney, Scotland, lies the almost 100-year-old lighthouse. Standing 36 feet (11 meters) high is the charming white brick lighthouse built by David A Stevenson. It stands watch on the cliff edge, guiding boats and geocachers alike.
The walk to the geocache is a windy 30 minutes along the cliff edge. The bright green grass, cloud-dotted sky, and gentle sound of waves crashing down below guide you closer to the lighthouse and ground zero for the geocache. Various seabirds and puffins are scattered all around as you make your way.
After the long trek, it’s time to start looking for the geocache. Down below the lighthouse on the beach is a cave. Once you see this, you know you’re close. The cache is wedged in high above and left outside of the small exit. You’re looking for a small lock and lock Tupperware, just big enough to trade some SWAG, or “Stuff We All Get.”
After a tight squeeze into the cave, you see the glorious geocache! Inside, find the logbook and miscellaneous items to trade. You sign your name along with the others that have come before you. As you turn around and head back out of the cave, the sounds of the crashing waves greet you.
“If you open your eyes very wide and look around you carefully, you will always see a lighthouse leading you to the right path! Just watch around you carefully!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
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