National Trust landmark points the way to hi-tech booty

Scott Wilson-laing with the new toy at Souter Lighthouse

Scott Wilson-laing with the new toy at Souter Lighthouse

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FORGET maps and compasses – a top attraction has launched treasure hunting for the digital generation.

Visitors to Souter Lighthouse, on the Coast Road at Whitburn, can now take part in geocaching, where you use a global positioning system (GPS) to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity.

A geocache, or cache, is a small waterproof treasure box hidden outdoors.

Geocachers seek out these hidden goodies guided by GPS, which uses co-ordinates or waypoints that can be sent directly to a GPS device.

Staff at Souter describe it as an outdoor adventure for the whole family, and are urging people to come along and give it a go.

“Geocaching is a great way to discover the coast and countryside on foot,” said visitor experience manager Simon Colvine.

“We’ve teamed up with Garmin, one of the world’s leading producers of handheld global positioning systems, to introduce more people to the fun of geocaching as a great way to enjoy our outdoor spaces.

“We’ve hidden four caches along the coast near to Souter Lighthouse, and we have two Garmin GPS devices available for people to borrow and try it for themselves.”

He added: “Most caches will have a log book for you to leave a message in, and often you will find a strange array of trinkets that people have left to swap.

“These can range from a key ring or small toy to a pine cone or a pretty pebble.

“If you take a treasure out of the box, you should always leave something of your own in its place.”

For more information on geocaching at National Trust properties, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/geocaching.

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