We’ve gone live!

Welcome to Our site is now live and invites you to browse through pages of historic and environmental information relating to the Lade Braes, a medieval mill lade that meanders from west to east through the ancient city of St Andrews, Scotland.

This site was initially developed to bring people closer to the history and usage of the mills and mill lade but has since grown to encompass all aspects of the Lade Braes; the history, the walk, the flora and the fauna.

Those visiting this site are invited to contribute suggestions, information and images to further expand this growing resource. Please get in touch by using the contact form. We look forward to reading your comments and suggestions.

We would like to thank The St. Andrews Preservation Trust, The National Library of Scotland and St Andrews University Library Archive, where much of our research relating to the Lade Braes was sourced.

Geocaching the Lade Braes

Typical geocache

Typical geocache

What is geocaching? It’s an outdoor treasure hunting game using the GPS features of your smartphone. Great for kids (of all ages), players navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are currently over 2.3 million geocaches worldwide. Caches can be any size, typically from 1cm “nanos” up to boxes of about 30cm. All contain a log sheet which must be signed and most contain swappable items. By logging “finds” on the web site, players can track their own progress and other players can see who has been finding the caches.

There are currently 7 geocaches along the Lade Braes Walk. To join in the game, register your details at and download a smartphone app such as cGeo (Android). Happy hunting!