Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club
New to Orienteering?

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass.
The aim is to navigate between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.
It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can go at your own pace.

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Join the Club

We would love you to consider joining our orienteering club! ESOC is a friendly and very active club, which organises a range of orienteering events in Edinburgh and surrounding areas. We have around 300 members of all ages and abilities and you will be made very welcome.

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Events coming soon

Wed 17 Jul: Pollock Halls and Newington Sprintelope near Edinburgh

Sat 20 Jul: Figgate Park Local event near Portobello

All events have courses for beginners.

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WOC 2024 website link

June Social 2024Monday 17th June, Pentland Skyline Run

The annual club pilgrimage into the Pentland Hills this year had ‘added interest’ due to the weather forecast suggesting periods of dampness and thundery showers around the time that club members would be out. Indeed, just at the suggested meeting time a loud clap was observed over the hills - one group already out and high up received an almighty fright it was later heard in conversation!

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Jamie Stevenson Trophy 2024The Hermitage (Dunkeld), 16 June

Megan Brown leads the ESOC squad in the opening parade at the Jamie Stevenson Trophy 24

Sunday saw the 2024 edition of the annual junior inter-club competition, with a crack squad of 13 ESOC juniors (lucky for some!) venturing into the forests of Dunkeld, claiming a Bronze medal and in our biased opinion the smartest team turnout with ESOC kit and war paint on point!

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British MTBO Championships 2024Callendar/Devilla/Beecraigs, 7-9 June

Setting off on Friday's Sprint course, against the scenic backdrop of Callander House

Over the weekend of 7th-9th June, Scotland managed an unfortunate fixtures clash between Taylor Swift's debut UK concert at Murrayfield and our own 3-day festival of fast and furious pedalling round the forests of Falkirk (Sprint @ Callendar Park, Long @ Devilla Forest, Middle at Beecraigs). However - with great areas, great maps, great courses, great attendance, great fashion choices, and pretty good weather, our mountain bike orienteering British Champs was the place to be! This was also a round in the World Masters Series and attracted competitors from nine nations including locations as far-flung as Turkey and New Zealand. Whilst current & ex stars of GB's international MTBO team came and showed us how it's done, we also managed some age class ESOC success, with Mary Williams claiming the British W70 Champion title!

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SSOF 2024Drumpellier Country Park, 7 June

SSOF trophies

The 2024 Scottish Schools’ Orienteering Festival was organised by STAG (St Andrew’s Orienteering Club), and ESOC juniors enjoyed the day, with some great results.

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SCOnanza 2024Edinburgh, 31 May - 2 June

SCOnanza 2024 was the second Scottish Turf Open Championships. The format was similar to the first Open events, held the previous autumn, and it was another great success - a busy weekend of events and socials, again attracting competitors from far and wide.

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About Us

We organise a regular programme of local orienteering events, regular junior coaching sessions, weekly club training for members and also club socials. In addition, we organise larger orienteering events at regional and national level, some of which are further afield in Scotland. Why not come and join us?

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