About Letterboxing

The Basics

Letterboxes are watertight containers that hold a hand carved eraser stamp (or store bought rubber stamp) and a journal. There are many tens of thousands of letterboxes hidden throughout the world.

Letterboxers search out these boxes, and carry their own personal stamp, journal and inkpad. They also tend to use a trail name. Our trail name is Towanda.

Upon finding a letterbox, they stamp an image using the letterbox’s stamp into their personal journal.

They then stamp an image into the letterbox’s journal using their personal stamp, and make an entry. Sometimes the best part of finding a letterbox is looking at the stamped images and reading the entries left by letterboxers who found the letterbox before them.

The letterbox’s stamp and journal—now with a new image and entry—are then returned to their container, and the box to its hiding spot for the next letterboxers to find.

Hiding Boxes

Some letterboxers also hide letterboxes. They distribute clues to the location of these boxes, often on sites like these.

The clues can be a straightforward matter of simply following directions, or a more complex process of solving riddles or finding compass points. Letterboxes can be hidden in highly accessible places or in locations requiring hill walking. It takes all kinds!!

Finding Boxes

One of the easiest ways to learn more about letterboxing and get clues for boxes is to do a search of the word ‘letterboxing’ on a search engine (e.g. Google). Up to now, however, there has not been a website dedicated to letterboxing in Scotland. We have been surprised by this, as there are vast expanses of beautiful places to explore here. A perfect location for people who enjoy the outdoors, creativity and treasure hunting.

This site is intended to offer basic information and further resources. We also hope it becomes a useful centre for posting and finding clues to boxes hidden in Scotland.

If you are new to all of this, please visit our Getting Started page.

If you’re keen to get started, the clues to the boxes we’ve hidden can be found on our Clues page.

If you’d like to post clues here for boxes hidden in Scotland, please contact us using our online form.