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Geocaching & Orienteering Adventures

VisitScotlandSarahWVisitScotlandSarahW Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
Last Autumn, two of my friends introduced me to their much loved pastime of Geocaching.  We popped along to Cambus O' May Forest, just a few miles East of Ballater and set out to look for hidden treasures in the woods. My navigational skills aren't up to much, but it was great fun and certainly an interesting way to explore your surroundings! Orienteering is also increasing in popularity and is often incorporated into distance running races.

From 30th July - 5th August,  Royal Deeside will play host to the Scottish 6 Days orienteering event; it promises to be a top notch experience with courses in beautiful, scenic locations throughout Upper Deeside.

Can you recommend any top spots in Scotland for Geocaching and Orienteering?  B)

 Looking pleased with myself after finding my first hidden Geocache treasure at Cambus O' May Forest, near Ballater.


  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭

    I've tried a bit of geocaching and renewed my membership last year intending to treasure hunt a bit more! Sadly I haven't had the chance to enjoy this again. I do love it though. I've found you end up visiting places you've never seen before. It can be annoying when you can't find it though lol. I've also seen some sneaky hides in disguise! I love those ones.

    I had three trackables travelling around the world, two are now missing in action though :(.

    Sail around the world
    2800 miles
    Last seen: Niedersachsen, Germany - now missing in action

    A little wooden boat with a mission to sail around the world. It carries the Scotland flag travel bug and started its journey on Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig, Scotland.

    ~ Sail me far across the great seas ~
    ~ Exploring the lands unknown to me ~
    ~ Seeing wondrous sights along the way ~
    ~ With my new found friends on this fine day ~

    Climb every mountain
    Travelled: 8106 miles
    Last seen: Arquipélago da Madeira, Portugal. Now travelling to Germany - still travelling I hope!

    Mission is to climb mountains all over the world! The travel bug is Capricorn the Goat (my star sign) with a hiking boots keyring attached. Its journey started at the top of Goat Fell, Isle of Arran.

    Happy birthday geocoin
    Travelled: 23 miles
    Last seen: Largs, Ayrshire - now missing in action

    This was a beautiful geocoin that I wanted to travel to Minnesota, USA for my friend's birthday. I even had his name engraved on the back hoping that no one would find value in keeping it.

    Its journey started near Prestwick Airport, it travelled to Largs then the cache was trashed and it went missing :(.
    It would have been so amazing if it reached there.

    I feel a new mission coming on now that I've started reminiscing about this! Thanks for reminding me :).

    Visit Scotland could put a travel bug out there with a secret mission to travel to another country. It does take a long time to get there but it would be an amazing story in a few years! If it survives to tell the tale!
    I blog about places I've explored in Scotland on Love Exploring Scotland  <3
    Follow me on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube :)
  • VisitScotlandSarahWVisitScotlandSarahW Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @DMWScotland, wow this is really fascinating! The travel bug for VisitScotland sounds like a great idea....I'll pass that one on, you never know!  :)
  • KatKat Member ✭✭
    Looking forward to trying out geocaching along the Deeside way with my kids this summer.
  • that may be super fun! I've never thought to weave geocaching into my travels! how fun!
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