Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Craig a Barns

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Scottish Individual Championships 2021

Sun 13th Jun 2021

Info updated: 17th Jun
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Moorland, Forest


The results are here.

Winsplits are here

Routegadget is here

A full list of Scottish Champions and medal winners has now been posted on the SOA website

NOTE FROM THE CONTROLLER, SARAH DUNN: Unfortunately, control 114 was incorrectly placed on a crag 20m to the north west of the boulder where it should have been sited. This affected competitors on the light green, blue and black courses. An official protest was made by a competitor on M60L. To make the results as fair as possible we have removed the split for the ingoing leg to 114 from each of these courses. The outgoing legs should not have been affected by the error, however, one competitor on M60L failed to find the control, so for that class only we have also removed the outgoing leg from 114. The results for M60L are now recorded as a separate course (BlueM60). Removal of the outgoing leg from other classes would have unfairly penalised runners who accurately navigated the following leg, compared with those that lost time there.

THANKS FROM THE ORGANISERS: A huge thank you to everyone who came to the Scottish Championships at Craig a Barns. The courses were well planned, the sun shone and the views from starts were spectacular. Hopefully everyone enjoyed this welcome return to high level orienteering in Scotland. 
Thanks also to the whole ESOC team of volunteers and to Controller Sarah from MAROC. 
It’s good to be in action again.

LOST PROPERTY: Car key found in parking field. Presumably a spare as there were no cars left at 5pm when car park closed. Contact: to describe it (manufacturer’s name) and arrange return. 

General Information

FINAL DETAILS are available HERE. Start times are available on SI Entries

News as at Friday 11th June: We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Craig a Barns and Rotmell Farm on Sunday especially as the weather forecast is looking good (bring plenty of fluids).

Remember that the parking field and walk to the starts and back from the finish are on a working farm and have been specifically agreed with the farmer. To maintain good relations for the future it’s really important to:

- Stay in the parking field the except to go to the Starts and back from the finish. Please keep to the marked routes at all times.
- The farmer now has, unexpectedly for the Organisers,  a good crop of Scottish Thistles in the parking field (for the butterflies). Take care when getting out of the car, especially the youngsters. 
- There is a disused dried up pond in the parking field which will be marked with tape. It is not wet but is a bit muddy and small people may get dirty or stuck, please advise children not to go in.
- The crop of thistles has meant a small change to the location of the toilets. Queueing is now more difficult due to proximity of incoming cars.  Look out for the signs pointing you to the “safe” end of the queue. 


SCOTTISH INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 - CONFIRMED: From 17th May Sportscotland allowed orienteering events to go ahead with up to 500 competitors however continuing travel restrictions in some areas meant SOA, in consultation with ESOC, was unable until now to finally confirm the status of this event as the Scottish Individual Championships. From the time this event was agreed however we have planned and organised it on the basis of it being the Scottish Championships so nothing has changed in the delivery of the event.

PRIZEGIVING: Sadly the rules still prevent us having a prizegiving at the event. We will however see if it's possible to arrange for trophies to be engraved after the event and SOA will hold them, and medals, until a suitable time/place can be arranged for presentation. Certificates will be sent out after the event to senior age class overall winners. Certificates will be sent for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in junior age classes.

TROPHY RETURN: If you have not already returned your trophy from 2019, or made arrangements for its return, please bring it to the event and leave it beside the white/yellow course map collection point next to the pedestrian exit from the parking field.

This event is also a Scottish Orienteering League (SOL) event.  

It must be noted that we have to follow rules, regulations and guidance for SCOTLAND regardless of the situation in other home countries and abroad. These rules remain strict in terms of social distancing, hand sanitising etc.

This Craig a Barns event will be run within the Scottish Orienteering League (SOL) Rules and Guidlines.  

OPENING OF ENTRIES AND DEADLINES FOR ENTRIES: The entry window and deadlines were short. We apologise for this which has been due to uncertainties about Covid 19 restrictions in Scotland. 

ELIGIBILITY TO BE A SCOTTISH CHAMPION:  To be eligible to be a Scottish Champion you need to be recognised as a “Scot” Members of Scottish open clubs are automatically recognised as “Scots” for this purpose.  Other orienteers who satisfy the conditions to be classed as Scottish, such as those born in Scotland or long term Scottish residents currently living outside Scotland or competing for their university,  MUST confirm their status on their entry. 

“Scots” are one of the following:

a) born in Scotland

b) have at least one Scottish parent

c) be a member of the Scottish Orienteering Association

SOA RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR INDIVIDUAL SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS: These rules and guidelines contain, amongst other things, the eligibility criteria (outlined above) to be a scottish champion amd confirmation of the courses/clases for each age group.

COVID 19: Regardless of the status of the event you must not attend if you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19 even though you have pre-entered.  Social distancing will be necessary at all times, even out on your course, and the start will be managed appropriately to comply with all relevant Government and Scottish Orienteering Guidelines. More specific information and details of the Covid 19 precautions, guidelines and rules will be included in the final details. 

ESOC's Covid Officer is Jayne MacGregor: and she will be the main Covid Officer for the event (and also the Test & Protect contact person). Further information is available at Scottish Government: Test & Protect

Please follow the travel guidance outlined by the Scottish Government. Further information on what travel is permitted is available at Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on travel and transport.

Information for the extent of each Scottish local government area is available at Coronavirus (COVID-19): local protection levels including a post code checker.

Specific information on car sharing is available from Transport Scotland: advice on how to travel safely

PARTICPANT CODE OF CONDUCT: Everyone taking part in this event should read this and by entering are agreeing to abide by this Code.

Note that a separate Covid 19 risk assessment will be prepared in addition to the usual risk assessment.

TERRAIN: Craig a Barns is a very technically and physically challenging area.  The competiton area is a combination of managed forest, woodland and open moorland areas. 

MAP: The map is basically the one used at the 2019 6-Days event drawn in 2018 by Stirling Surveys.  Note there are mountain bike tracks of which the most prominent are mapped.  TBC but courses Black and Brown will probably use a 1:10000 scale and courses Short Brown to White will probably use a 1:7500 scale.  

TIMING: SI Timing will be used and 'SI Air' will be enabled. SIAC dibbers will be available to hire (for a small fee) via the advance entry system (see below). There is no hire on the day.

TOILETS: Portable toilets will be available in the car parking field. Social distancing and face masks will be required when queueing and sanitising (outside of cubicle) will be required before and after use of cubicle. 

BAG/KEY DROP: No bag or key drop facilities. Please be prepared to carry your keys and any other basic essentials with you on your course.  

DOGS: By very special permission of the farmer dogs are allowed on a lead in the car park ONLY and he has stipulated that dog owners MUST pick up, bag and take away any dog mess.  This is a very strict condition of being allowed to use the farmer's land for parking and competition.  Please leave your dog at home if you are able to do so.

BIOSECURITY: The farmer is very concerned about transfer of bacteria which cause a disease in cattle. Please make sure you have thoroughly cleaned your Orienteering footwear before you leave home and note that you will still be required to walk through a footbath of disinfectant on leaving the car park to go the start.  Everyone leaving the car park on foot MUST go through the foot bath.  You must remain in the car parking field unless on route to the start or back from the finish. 

SPECTATORS: We are sorry but we cannot allow spectators at this event.  

MEDICAL CONDITIONS (not Covid): You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical Form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident at the event. You can leave the completed form with the start official in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.   


map location

Nearest town: Dunkeld


Parking will be in a field at Rotmell Farm, postcode: PH9 0NU, Grid Ref: NO 004470, What 3 Words: officials.yards.expiring

Rotmell farm is just off the A9 north of Dunkeld. Instructions as to how to approach the farm will be given in the Final Details; there are safety considerations involved with leaving and accessing the A9.  The farm road is steep, narrow and winding and there are archways to negotiate on entry (but not on exit).

It may be necessary to control the movement of traffic into and out of the event; information about this will be provided in the Final Details. There is likely to be a deadline for arriving at the parking field and an earliest time for exit. 

MOTOR HOMES, MINI BUSES AND LARGE VEHICLES:  There is no separate parking for motor homes, mini buses and larger vehicles.  They must all be in the same parking field as cars.  Partly this is due to biosecurity issues.  We can therefore only accommodate only a limited number of motor homes and larger vehicles. If you have no other option but to bring your motor home, mini bus or large vehicle you should email the Organiser (email address at bottom of page) by Saturday 5th June check if we can accommodate your vehicle.  As a rough guide, if your vehicle normally fits into a supermarket parking space without significant overlap of the lines there shouldn't be a problem in the main parking area amongst the cars.  

Registration & Start Times

The start window is 11am to 1.30pm.  The Blue course is the busiest course and start times may go beyond this.

There are 2 starts, both of which are a fairly short uphill walk from the car park with mostly good under foot conditions.  For those accompanying juniors, the starts are very close to each other.

There will be no Registration, Enquiries or change of course/start time at the event. Everything must be done in advance. 

Course Information

White through to Black as shown in the table below.  Please note the course details shown are still subject to final controlling. 

Course Distance (Km) Climb (m) No of Controls
Black 10 530 26
Brown 8.4 480 23
Short Brown 6.7 370 20
Blue 5.6 315 18
Short Blue 4.6 260 16
Green 3.9 225 14
Short Green 3.2 165 14
Light Green 2.9 165 13
Orange 2.6 135 12
Yellow 2.1 70 11
White 1.1 60 9


Below is a table showing which courses are relevant to which age classes (This is from the SOL Guidelines - link above). To be eligible to be a Scottish champion you need to enter the correct course for your age class as well as qualifying as a 'Scot' as above. To be eligible for SOL points you also need to enter the correct age class course as below.

If you don’t wish to be competitive in an age class as above you can enter any course you like.








Age Classes
      Junior Adult
      Male Female Male Female
1. TD5 Black     M21E  
2. TD5 Brown M18, M20   M21L, M35, M40 W21E
3. TD5 Short Brown     M45, M50, M21S W21L
4. TD5 Blue M16

W18, W20

M55, M60, M35S, M40S  W35, W40
5. TD5 Short Blue M18S M20S   M65 M45S M50S W45, W50, W21S 
6. TD5 Green   W16 M70 M60S M55S  W55, W60, W35S W40S
7. TD5 Short Green   W18S W20S  M75, M80 M70S M65S  W65, W70, W75, W80, W50S, W55S, W60S, W45S 
8. TD4 Light Green M14 M16B W14 W16B    
9. TD3 Orange M12 M14B  W12 W14B     
10. TD2 Yellow M10 M12B  W10 W12B    
11. TD1 White M10B W10B    

Parents are reminded they should declare if they are actually helping a Junior competitor as opposed to following.  Assisted juniors are competitive in their colour course (e.g. White) but not in age class (e.g. W10B).  If you are the ‘shadower’ then you must have completed your own race before undertaking any shadowing.  

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Advance entry closed on 3rd June.  Start times are available on SI Entries.

All competitors must be aware that when they enter this event they must follow all the rules and guidance of the Scottish Government and also that changes in Covid 19 related guidance can occur at short notice. Information on Scottish Government’s approach to managing COVID-19 is available at Scottish Government: Coronavirus in Scotland. Further helpful links to Scottish Government websites, including travel, are provided above under General Information.


Pre-entry is now closed.  There will be no entry on the day of the event (EOD).

  Courses Pre-entry (Closes Thursday 3rd June 2021)
Seniors (born 2000 or earlier) BOF/SOA member Courses 1-8 £17.00
  Courses 9-11 £10.00
Juniors (born 2001 or later) BOF/SOA member All Courses £7.00
Students BOF/SOA member All  Courses £7.00

Free standard SI card hire, if required, but there will be a £30.00 charge if it is lost.
Hire of SIAC cards is £2.50 and a charge of £60 will be made if it is lost.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Roger Scrutton (ESOC) 

Controller: Sarah Dunn (MAROC)

Organisers/Covid Officers: Margaret Dalgleish (ESOC) and Jayne MacGregor (ESOC)


Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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