The Cateran Trail is to feature as part of a new initiative aimed at cashing-in on the worldwide geocaching craze.
Members of Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Tourist Board (BEPTA) heard how the area could benefit from the hi-tech Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) based treasure hunt in a presentation at the Red House Hotel in Coupar Angus last week.
Geocaching has attracted over five million registered players in the 12 years since its inception. Players try to locate hidden containers, called caches, using handheld GPS systems or GPS-enabled mobiles and then share their experiences online.
Perthshire has built a reputation as the geocaching capital of Scotland with more than 1000 caches, and Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT) has recognised the potential of the activity to bring visitors from around the globe to the area.
The geocaching governing body, Groundspeak, has also recognised this and is launching a new “GeoTours” initiative to capitalise on the fact that geocachers increasingly plan days out, weekend breaks and even annual holidays around ‘cache rich’ environments.