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Geocaching is a great way to get out exploring and have a real world adventure anywhere, anytime. And with geocaches hidden all over Argyll and the Isles there’s no better time to go out on a treasure hunt!

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt game using GPS- enabled devices. Download the Geocaching app (there’s a free version which you can use first to see if you like it) to your mobile phone or tablet and find a cache near to you. Follow the coordinates and try to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are lots of different sizes of geocache – some as big as a suitcase and others as small as your thumb!

Finding them isn’t always easy, they’ll never be buried, but they might be above ground. So remember to look under rocks or in the trunks of trees. Just think – if I hid a geocache where would I put it….? But if you’re really stuck, you can check the recent activity or hint buttons on the app.

When you find a geocache open it up and see what’s inside. If you decide you want to take something then you must replace the item with something of a similar or greater value.

Every geocache has a log book (pro-tip always carry a pen on your geocache adventures) so remember to sign and date the book and click on the ‘found it’ button on the app.

Don’t move a geocache from its original position – put it back exactly where you found it. Sometimes you can’t find a cache, so remember to log that on the app through the ‘did not find’ button. This will alert the geocache owner to check to see if their geocache has been removed.

Look for geocaches in Explore Kintyre and Gigha, Argyll’s Secret Coast, Visit Bute, Visit Cowal, Heart of Argyll, Visit Helensburgh, Visit Islay and Jura, Oban and Lorn, Holiday Mull and Iona, Coll and Tiree and there is also a new trail on the Clyde Sea Lochs.

Geocaching is great fun for all the family – the promise of hidden treasure brings out the competitive side of everyone. Wherever you go the scenery is stunning – so as well as your pen, remember to pack your camera!

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