If you enjoy the thrill of a treasure hunt and also love spending time in the great outdoors, then a break spent ‘geocaching’ in Scotland might just be the thing you need to harness your inner adventurer.
A term first coined in 2000, geocaching is an activity that now boasts millions of devotees all over the globe and is a fantastic, fun way to get people of all ages out and about and enjoying their surroundings.
All over Scotland, and indeed the world, special boxes or ‘caches’ have been hidden, awaiting discovery. The only equipment you’ll need is a GPS enabled device. Simply log on to the official geocaching site (free) and pop your location into the search box. You’ll then see the coordinates of the ‘caches’ nearby and you can just pick one and off you go.
Once you find the cache, look inside and sign the log book. You may even find some trinkets to swap, or a stamp to mark your own personal log book before putting the box back for other geocachers to find. All that’s left to do is to log your experience on the geocaching site when you get back. There’s quite a community of geocachers out there, most of whom are keen to share their experiences with fellow treasure hunters and many will have left reviews of their searches for your chosen cache.
Geocaching is a great way to find out more about your own area, or a place you may be visiting. Take Melrose, for example, a beautiful town in the Scottish Borders. A quick look on the geocaching website reveals a host of beautiful walks, amazing scenery and fascinating facts ready to be discovered as you search out your treasure.
As you look for the Rhymers Bridge cache you can learn about the reputed prophet, Thomas the Rhymer and his fairy friends and see where JMW Turner painted a waterfall when visiting Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford in the early 19th century. You could even follow this up with a visit to Abbotsford itself, Sir Walter Scott’s wonderful ‘conundrum caste’ on the banks of the River Tweed on the outskirts of Melrose.
Wherever you decide to head to on your Scottish geocaching adventures, our cottages make the perfect base. If you do decide to geocache in the Scottish Borders, why not stay in Hollybank Barn in the charming village of Gattonside with its winding lanes and chain footbridge that links the village with the town of Melrose. With a 5 star rating from our guests, it has a chic modern style and sleeps four people. Prices start at £460 for a 7 night stay.
The Trimontium Stone Summerhouse cache is hidden at another fascinating Borders landmark that few people discover on their visit to the region. The Summerhouse is a fascinating little building built with stones taken from a nearby Roman Fort in 1908 and while that wouldn’t be approved of by our modern day preservation standards, it’s fascinating to see and may well whet your appetite for all things Roman and encourage you to find out more about the region’s history in Roman occupied Britain at Melrose’s Trimontium exhibition.
You could try one of our newest properties, Eildon Cottage in Melrose. This secluded cottage sleeps 4 people and up to 2 pets and is in easy walking distance of Melrose’s many shops, pubs and restaurants. It is ideal for exploring the region and has a lovely wood-burning stove to curl up in front of after your day’s exertions. Prices start at £345 for 7 nights.
Browse our range of cottages that are spread out across the whole of Scotland or call 01835 822277 and speak to our friendly booking team who will help you choose the perfect accommodation for you and your treasure hunting team.