Geocaching within the forests of Mull
The woodlands of Mull conceal many of Scotland’s both historic and geological treasures. With the aid of Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and in conjunction with their forest ranger service, we are steadily increasing the number of geocaches in afforested areas. These areas are not necessarily areas enclosed by trees, or part of the FCS forest estate, but they are in areas where wooded land is present.
Care is taken not to place caches detrimental to historic sites, but proximity to these places of interest will produce added value to a visitor. This has certainly proven to be the case on Ulva, where, with the laird’s permission, geocacher Countrymatters, aka Dr Terry Marsh, placed 10 geocaches in 2010 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the pursuit. He has since placed more elsewhere on the island, as we are doing ourselves.
We have been guided and advised about suitability and placing of caches by Terry, who is also the author of ‘Geocaching in the UK’ and also ‘Walking on the Isle of Mull’. By combining Terry’s extensive knowledge of the island and of geocaching, with our forest rangers’ and volunteers’ knowledge of the island, we are able to provide a quality group of caches placed at points of interest.