23 March 1989
||Valerie Hess, ‘unemployed but busy’ from Cheshire, and cousin
Edward Bailey, petroleum company representative from Shropshire.
|Hint to the Treasure
||Still on top
||Near Loch Tummell
||Where brose is boozy, they’re having a ball under the ducal
corbie-steps. Take steps yourself to reel off with Douglas.
||Blair Castle – on tartan sash worn by Highland dancer
||Halfway between two leaps – soldier’s and salmon – something’s
afloat near a powerhouse. Ask outdoor types from the Butter mansion to drum
up a voyage. 2
||Faskally Wayside Centre – on an oil-drum in the middle of
||In the town with a Chichester parallel, find the successor to
a Thespian tent, and seek out the venerable seanachaidh. 3
||Pitlochry Festival Theatre – with story-teller in Festival
||Use woods to reach the vale of Irish tea, where 18 squeeze
into 9, and sink one in the marsh. 4
||Strathtay Golf Course – on no 4 hole
||Across Wade’s Great North Road, the Paradise Lost poet offers
a taste of what Mackenzie’s islanders had galore. 5
||Edradour Distillery – glass of whisky in still room
||The contestants ran out of time on the final clue
||Annabel wore a tartan cape, and Graham and Frankie wore kilts.
||Atholl Brose is a pudding made from whipped cream and Drambuie
(where brose is boozy) which leads to Blair Atholl, and Blair Castle (ducal
corbie-steps, where ‘corbie steps’ is a Scottish term for the steps formed up
the sides of the gable by breaking the coping into short horizontal beds). Annabel
lands and runs towards the castle entrance where a piper is playing. “There’s
a bagpipe blower,” she exclaims. Inside, in the ballroom, a group of Scottish
country dancers are performing (they’re having a ball), and Valerie and Edward
attempt to describe the Douglas tartan to Annabel. After checking some dancers’
kilts, she finds the clue on a woman dancer’s tartan sash.
||The Butter family, long associated with Pitlochry, live at
Cluniemore (the Butter mansion), which is near a hydroelectric power station
and a salmon leap. Nearby is Faskally Wayside Centre, where schoolchildren on
an adventure course (outdoor types) are paddling oil-drum rafts across the river.
Annabel helps paddle one of the rafts (drum up a voyage) and retrieves the clue
from another oil drum floating in the middle of the river.
||Like Chichester, Pitlochry has a Festival Theatre which, in
Pitlochry’s case, began in a marquee (a successor to a thespian tent). When
Annabel arrives she finds a children’s performance underway in the foyer. The
clue is in the hand of the seanachaidh (pronounced “shannaker”, the Gaelic storyteller),
an old man with a shepherd’s crook.
||With so many golf references in the clue, Valerie, Edward
and Kenneth quickly identify the 9-hole Strathtay golf course (Strath = vale
or valley, tay = Irish tea?) and send Annabel there. When she lands, she and
the crew climb aboard an electric golf buggy and drive – with Annabel at the
wheel – to ‘The Marsh’, hole number four. She sinks a putt (sink one in the
marsh) and finds the clue in the hole.
||The helicopter flies across one of General Wade’s Military
Roads to Milton of Edradour (Milton wrote ‘Paradise Lost’), two miles east of
Pitlochry and home of the Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest. The time
ran out just as Annabel entered the still room. The treasure, a glass of whisky,
was on one of the stills (still on top).
Information © David Hodges, 2003, with corrections by Martin Underwood, 2010
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