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30. Scottish Authors: Robert Burns
Difficulty of Trail: Easy peasy
Length of Trail: 1 - 2 miles

Park at the Post Office in the village of Foyers.

Lines On The Fall Of Foyers Near Loch-Ness.
Written with a Pencil on the Spot.
1787

Among the heathy hills and ragged woods
The roaring Foyers pours his mossy floods;
Till full he dashes on the rocky mounds,
Where, thro' a shapeless breach, his stream resounds.
As high in air the bursting torrents flow,
As deep recoiling surges foam below,
Prone down the rock the whitening sheet descends,
And viewles Echo's ear, astonished, rends.
Dim-seen, through rising mists and ceaseless show'rs,
The hoary cavern, wide surrounding lours:
Still thro' the gap the struggling river toils,
And still, below, the horrid cauldron boils-

Robert Burns (1759-1796) is Scotland's national poet, and one of his poems is the most-performed work in the world on one day of the year -- Burns wrote "Auld Lang Syne." He penned the above words while visiting the Falls of Foyers, on the banks of Loch Ness.

Across the street from the post office, the trail descends, first to the Upper Falls. Once you've enjoyed the view, return on the trail part way up the hill and take the trail towards the Lower Falls. Before you reach the prime viewing spot for the Lower Falls, you'll spot a wooden sign nailed to a tree that reads "Lower Foyers/Loch Ness" with an arrow pointing West. From here, take 9 paces at 340 degrees to the corner of a fence. Proceed Northeast back along the fence 23 paces to the bottom of a set of stairs.

From here, sight 45 degrees to a tree that is 7 paces up the slope next to the stairs. You'll know this tree by its exposed roots and by how it splits into two trunks approximately two meters above its base.

Your complete discretion is now kindly advised, since this is a well-used path. Before exploring the roots of this tree, make sure that no one is nearby....

Now, remove the rock wedged into the roots and reach way back into the nook. Take the letterbox away from this lcoation and stamp into the box unobserved

Please reseal all baggies carefully and completely, and double-bag all contents into the appropriately labelled bag. When the coast is clear, restore the box in its hiding place and cover with leaves to camouflage the location, thus ensuring that this letterbox remains safe and sound.

Notes:


Pick a foot (left or right), step forward with the other foot, and count one pace each time your chosen foot hits the ground.
The trails are steep and can be slippery when wet.
There's no inkpad in the box, so be sure to bring your own.
Replace the box carefully in its hiding place after you've stamped in.
The standard Letterboxing North America "Waiver of Responsibility and Disclaimer" applies.

For this box, you will need:
  • An inkpad
  • Compass
  • Something to write with

Hidden On: 19/10/2006
Last Known Find: 17/03/2011 Please let us know your find