Treasure hunters seek out Carradale.
While many will be thinking of a traditional Easter Egg Hunt this weekend, treasure seekers from far and wide are expected to converge on Carradale for something much more exciting: Kintyre's first ever "Geobash".
The event on April 7 will see hi-tech hunters seek out 25 geocaches in the local countryside. With the village's Network Tearoom acting as an informal command centre, participants will be able to park and set off to locate the geocaches in the hills, glens and seashore that surround Carradale.
Some of the geocaches have been hidden on the beautiful and meandering Kintyre Way, while others have been laid to provide two circular routes.
The sport of geocaching is growing in popularity throughout the world with around six million enthusiasts now using GPS-enabled devices, such as a smart phone, to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates where a geocache or container lies hidden.
The Carrdale event, which kicks off at Xxxxxxxx, is open to all-comers, with handheld GPS units available for hire from the Network tearoom.
Even the novices, or so-called muggies, will be able to try their hand thanks to free geocach tutorials - local ranger guides will be on hand to demonstrate how a GPS unit works. They will also show visitors how to use the units to find their first geocache, before locating six caches on a route around the incredibly picturesque Carradale Bay.
Notes, tales and tall stories can be compared over tea and a scone at the tearoom on the day, while in the evening there will be a licensed ceilidh and barbecue at Carradale village hall. Adding their own inimitable sound to the celebrations and prizegiving will be local musicians The McAllister Band.
Note to editors:
Carradale is on the eastern side of the Kintyre Peninsula in Argyll. There is a large campsite and hotel accommodation available.
The Kintyre Way was established in August 2006 and stretching from Tarbert, at the north end of the peninsula, to Southend in the south, the way-marked Kintyre Way criss-crosses the peninsula and is becoming known as Scotlandís Coastal Path with the constantly changing seascapes as walkers make their way south, or north. Views to Arran, Gigha, Jura and Islay as well as Northern Ireland are simply magnificent.
140km (87 miles) long in total and with 4 to 7 days worth of walking, there is serious hiking and gentle rambles, all of which bring home the beautiful reality that is Kintyre. More island than mainland, the wonderfully unexplored Kintyre peninsula boasts hidden coves, deserted beaches along the wild Atlantic coast, tiny fishing communities, gentle hills, fabulous local produce and a welcoming friendly people.
All Kintyre Way enquiries to: Alan Milstead T: 01583 431 226
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