Hi-tech hobby launches in Carrick

It has just been announced that the UK Mega Geocaching Event will be held in Ayrshire in 2014.

Geocaching is a form of treasure hunting for people who use a GPS device or Smartphone with a free “app” to hide and seek containers located throughout the world, and has more than five million participants worldwide.

There are hundreds of caches to be found in Carrick alone and the number is growing. There will be a series of small events in the run up to the Mega, which is expected to bring more than 2,000 Geocachers into the area.

The first of these is a car treasure hunt and barbeque being organised for Girvan on Saturday, September 15. Anyone wishing to take part should have a Geocaching account and arrive at Girvan Harbour between 11am and 1pm.

Once you have a GPS device or Smartphone, it is free to take up Geocaching as a hobby. It is suitable for all members of the family and is a great way of combining technology with a healthy lifestyle, encouraging exercise, fresh air and an appreciation of the countryside around you. There are varying difficulties of terrain for each cache, from those with disabled access to those at the tops of mountains. To and learn more, visit www.geocaching.com and register for a free account.