Caching in on a popular pastime; using GPS to hunt treasure

The first in a series of technology-led treasure hunts will take place in Peebles later this month designed to encourage visitors to explore the area. More than 150 people are expected to take part in, Caledonian CacheFest, a modern day version of the traditional treasure hunt, in the town on Saturday 27 May, as well as associated events across the weekend. Participants will follow clues with help from their smartphones to discover dozens of caches hidden in the spectacular forest areas surrounding Peebles.

Event organiser Chris Meikle said: “Geocaching is a wonderful outdoor hobby using GPS devices to find hidden caches. There are three events planned in Peebles over the Bank Holiday weekend and we have worked closely with the Forestry Commission to take advantage of the stunning scenery and forest trails around Peebles. We hope to attract a few hundred geocachers to the area and hopefully introduce loads more locals to this great hobby. Our aim is to host similar events every two years and show that geocaching is not only a fun pastime for everyone, but it is also educational, available to everyone and good for your health.”

VisitScotland hopes the family-friendly event in the heart of the Tweed Valley will bring visitors to the area to enjoy the very best of what the region has to offer. Manuela Calchini, regional partnerships director for the South of Scotland, said: “I am delighted that Peebles and the wider Scottish Borders region has been chosen to host the first ever Caledonian CacheFest. Geocaching is an increasingly-popular pastime and events like this offer another opportunity to showcase the stunning scenery and countryside of the Scottish Borders to visitor and help boost the local visitor economy. Tourism is at the heart of the visitor economy in the Scottish Borders, generating economic success and growth opportunities, by showcasing the very best of what the region has to offer.”