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33. Misplaced Pirate
Difficulty of Trail: Easy peasy
Length of Trail: 1 - 2 miles

This box is easy peasy from the car park mentioned below. It's a bit of a climb from the main road through the village.

This box is hidden in the Fairy Glen, near Whiting Bay on Arran. Arran is a beautiful island with stunning views of sea, hills and other islands. It’s got a great art scene, with fabulous walking/hiking and cycling.

The most common ferry crossing to Arran is from Ardrossan to Brodick. There is also a crossing from Claonaig to Lochranza. You can get details about times and prices here:

http://www.calmac.co.uk/

Whiting Bay is south of Brodick, and can be reached by cycling or driving the A841. If cycling, it’s about 8 miles each way, with two hills to climb there and back (four total). If your fitness level is anywhere near mine, low gears and patience are called for. Western Scottish bus service also makes 11 journeys daily between Brodick and Whiting Bay, and 2 journeys on a Sunday. The following site is full of useful information for planning a visit:

http://www.visitarran.com/site/default.aspx

At the southern end of the village (on the A841 or Shore Road) is a lovely café called the Coffee Pot that serves great food and superb coffee (amongst other things) at very reasonable prices. It also marks the road you must turn up to get to the Fairy Glen. There will be a sign post for Glenashdale Falls; follow the road up until you get to a sign pointing still further up for the falls (straight on), or Fairy Glen, to the right (turn right). Follow this road to the right to its end, about half a mile further on, (passing the golf course and its car park on the left and a little further on the house on the right). If you’re travelling by car, it should be ok to park in the car park). You might feel like you’re going into the house’s drive way, but the grass path to Fairy Glen continues if you keep far to the left, past the house and a wooden chalet built next to it) As you enter woodland after fifty paces you’ll come to a gate.

Go through the gate and follow the path a few paces further to a metal bridge which veers right. The bridge straddles Fairy Glen itself, and water runs underneath. Cross the bridge. The path ascends slightly, quickly levels out and then begins to descend again. Just after the slight descent begins, past the first large tree you will encounter on the right since leaving the bridge, turn right off the path into the undergrowth (about 43 paces from the end of the bridge). Once past the initial trees and bushes, veer down to the left staying parallel to the path. There will be a tree stump, overgrown with moss, grass, leaves and twigs, on your left, about 19 paces after leaving the path to go into the undergrowth. The stump is directly` down from the path, but this route in makes access to it easier and less steep. Your pirate is ‘misplaced’ inside it, hidden under and behind leaves and twigs.

After exchanging stamped images, please ensure the box is sealed tight and hidden well out of sight.

Other Info:
Bike Friendly
For this box, you will need:
  • An inkpad
  • Something to write with
  • Gloves

The midgies can be fierce here, depending on time of year, so Skin so Soft (by Avon) or some other midgie repellant would be advised.
Hidden On: 31/05/2008
Last Known Find:  Please let us know your find