Orienteering and geocaching

Fancy making your visit to Whitelee a little more challenging? Find out about other ways to enjoy the scenery on foot.


There are 4 orienteering courses installed around Lochgoin Reservoir at the western end of Whitelee and starting from the visitor centre. These are all open for use by members of the public, groups such as cubs and scouts as well as orienteering clubs.


  • 2.4km beginners course (ideal for children)
  • 4.4km intermediate course
  • 6km advanced course
  • 10km challenging course

Maps for the courses are available free of charge from the Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service, the Whitelee Visitor Centre or below to download.

If your school, club or group would like to make use of the courses to run an orienteering event at Whitelee, contact the Countryside Rangers to discuss your plans.

Orienteering route maps

Map titleDescriptionFitness level
View the Lochgoin beginner route (PDF) [675KB] .Orienteering: 2.4 kmLow
View the Lochgoin intermediate route (PDF) [670KB] .Orienteering: 4.4 kmModerate
View the Lochgoin advanced route (PDF) [870KB] .Orienteering: 6.0 kmAdvanced
View the Lochgoin challenge route (PDF) [907KB] .Orienteering: 10 kmStrenuous


Whitelee contains a number of geocaches placed in the site by enthusiasts as well as by the Whitelee Ranger Service.

For anyone new to geocaching, it's a form of modern day treasure/scavenger hunting that use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device/smart phone to navigate to locations.

As well as using GPS coordinates to reach the general area of a cache, the game also includes clues to finding the hidden cache.

Geocaches can contain 'trackable' items that are placed there by other geocachers and that can have travelled around the world before reaching the cache. There's also different forms of caches including traditional caches, puzzle caches, event caches and so on.

The Ranger Service have placed 6 caches around Whitelee but there are many more to be found. 

Geocaching is an international game that can be enjoyed by anyone with a GPS or smart phone, and is a great fun way for the whole family to explore new areas of the windfarm.

Visit the Geocaching website to find out more (opens new window).

Last modified on 24 November 2020