Since hosting the annual UK Mega Cache event in 2010, Perthshire has forged a reputation as the geocaching capital of Scotland.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS co-ordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
The sport is enjoyed by all ages and has registered over five million players in just 12 years.
In her address to the annual Society of High Constables dinner at the Salutation Hotel, Provost Liz Grant noted the high-profile sporting opportunities offered to the area - including the looming Ryder Cup.
She said: “Our area lends itself well to the sport of geocaching, and in the spring of 2013 we will host the UK’s first Geotour, centred on the Cateran trail, as part of Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust’s contribution to the Year of Natural Scotland.
“We know that we have a track record of drawing them back for repeat visits. For instance, we have had particular success in building the attendance of the Etape Caledonia race. Over 7,000 riders registered their interest in the 5,000 spaces available for the May 2013 event.
“In addition, we look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to the eagerly anticipated events of 2014 - the Ryder cup at Gleneagles; the Junior Ryder cup at Blairgowrie and , of course, the far-flung Scottish diaspora who will be flocking to Scotland for the Homecoming.”