Monday, 13 July 2021 09:18

Geocaching tour unveiled to boost Royal Deeside tourism

"Queen Victoria" at the launch of the Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour

Scotland’s newest official GeoTour has been launched at Royal Deeside, using satellites and a geocaching app to encourage visitors to explore the area in the modern equivalent of a treasure hunt.

With help from “Queen Victoria,” the Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour was launched at Drum Castle on July 12. It is believed to be the only official GeoTour operating on mainland Scotland and, with over 2.5 million active geocachers across the globe, it is hoped it will help to promote tourism in the area and boost visitor numbers.

The tour focuses on part of the Deeside Way and consists of 20 official cache boxes from Drum to Ballater, to be found by following GPS instructions. Alongside the GeoTour, several mini trails have been created to lead visitors to every corner of Royal Deeside. In total, there will be around 150 caches available over the summer months, with more to be added in the future.

Moira Gash, Project Co-ordinator with Visit Royal Deeside, said: “The new GeoTour aims to inspire visitors and locals to discover the area. Twenty local businesses have already signed up to support the GeoTour, including accommodation providers, visitor attractions, shops and cafes, with more expected to join as the scheme is expanded.”

VisitScotland Regional Director, Philip Smith, added: “I am delighted that Royal Deeside is to be the location of this GeoTour. This increasingly-popular pastime can only be a welcome addition to the area as it gives us yet another opportunity to showcase this beautiful region to visitors, in order to further promote our tourism offering and boost visitor numbers.

“We would hope that whilst in Royal Deeside, GeoTour visitors would then take the opportunity to explore the wider region which, in turn, will help boost the local visitor economy. Tourism is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy – supporting communities and creating jobs in every corner of the country.”

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