Over the years many different geocaches types have been created, some grandfathered in and some resigned to history.


The following are some landmark caches, as they were first of there type to be hidden in Scotland.


  • Multi-Cache       - GC3AAA  Wildness                               First multi-cache hidden by Doug & Sonia on 17th February 2002
  • Mystery              - GC7CB8  Complete Ness                    First mystery cache again hidden by Doug & Sonia on 24th July 2002

                                                                                                         Although GC56C6 was created in May 2002 but shows no history or finds. Is it still to be found ?

  • Letterbox           - GCN6BB  Prude Hill                             First Letterbox Hybrid hidden on the 22nd March 2005 by Snaik.
  • EarthCache        - GCN6ZD  Bonnet Stane Earthcache  

                                    - GCN6ZG  Needle E'e Earthcache       Both created on the same day 24th March 2005 by Snaik and Team Clova.

  • Wherigo             - GC1GV3  Harry's son                            First Wherigo hidden by Roolku on 3rd October 2008


Some cache types that have been grandfathered in.


  •  Virtual                - GC415  Out Head                                fklama hid the first virtual on 7th March 2001 near St Andrews
  •  Webcam            - GCG7JC  Dundee Live                         First webcam to go live in Scotland on the 3rd June 2003 placed by The Artful Dodger


And then we have the event type caches.


  • Event                   - GCGMQE  You'll have had your tea? - Scotland Cache Bash





  • CITO                    - GCNJW0  Scotland's First CITO Event





  • MEGA Event       - GC1XDQ0  Mega Scotland: The UK's 3rd Mega Event

Geocaching started in Scotland on 15th December 2000, when user Jock Scott placed Scotland's First GCF0 on Ben More near Crianlarich, Stirlingshire.


Fifteen years later and the cache is still going strong and contains the original log book. This Golden Oldie is regarded by many as the holy grail of UK caching and every year geocachers from all over the world climb Ben More on a pilgrimage to this historic cache.


Since then, Scotland now has over 20,000 geocaches of various types. At the time Scotland's First was the 207th geocache to be placed in the world. 15 years on the cache is still going strong and is currently the 97th oldest active geocache in the world.

Held in Perth on 31st July 2010 , 1301 geocachers attended the first Mega event to be held in Scotland and the 3rd to be held in the UK.

History of Geocaching and Landmarks of Scottish Geocaching

Original first page from Scotland's First

Pooter and Silverfox held the first ever geocaching event in Scotland on the 20th September 2003.

Held in Balerno a dozen plus keen geocachers turned up to chat.

Again held in Edinburgh in association with The Water of Leith Conservation Trust. The Forester and over a dozen geocachers turned up to help clean up stretches of the Water of Leith on the 8th May 2005

  • 2nd May 2000     - Selective availability was turned off, thus improving the GPS accuracy for civilian use.
  • 3rd May 2000      - Dave Ulmer hid the first 'stash' in Oregon, USA at N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800 and posted online for others to find.
  • 8th May 2000      - Mike Teague was the first person to find the 'stash'. He created a mailing list of 'stashs' and posted on his personal webpage.
  • 30th May 2000    - Matt Stum first coins the phrase 'Geocaching'
  • 2nd Sept. 2000    - Jeremy Irish, who start geocaching in July, launched a new website. It had 75 geocaches listed.