Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Craig a’ Barns, SOL

Image of the Craig a Barns map

Scottish Orienteering League

Sun 14th Sep 2014

Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: National
Type of terrain: Forest


The results and splits for the event are here.

Winsplits are available here.

RouteGadget available now, please upload your route :)

Planner's comments

Thanks to all who attended the SOL event at Craig a Barns. It was a fair test of quality orienteering which inevitably led to a wide range of times for each course. A fairly typical spread of results that one would expect in a challenging area with the winning times in each class within the windows for SOL events.

I chose to start most courses at the top of the hill (literally) to eliminate the climb involved in each course. I hope the walk to the start was worth it. An unexpected turnout from the Swedish O squad led to some remarkable times on the longer courses that more than made up for the lack of vet orienteers who were absent due to the VHI.

The planning was geared round old fashioned long legs with an exciting array of route choices available. Congratulations to those that found the optimum routes. I felt the area merited a more traditional form of planning which added a bit of variety to our range of SOL events.

Thanks to all those who helped out, especially the controller and organiser.

Mike Stewart

General Information

Final Details & Start Times now available.


map location

Nearest town: Dunkeld


Parking and Assembly will be at the Polney Sawmill, at the Location described above.

Registration & Start Times

Registration:  10.00 – 12.30 

Start times:  11.00 – 13.30

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a 45-minute walk to the Start for all courses except White, Yellow and Orange, which have a Start close to Assembly.

Course Information

Black, Brown, Short Brown, Blue, Short Blue, Green, Short Green, Light Green, Orange, Yellow and White as per the Scottish Orienteering League guidelines will be available.

Specific details of the courses for this event are here.

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

Senior (BOF Member) - £12.00
Senior (Non-BOF Member) - £14.00
Senior (W, Y, O & LG Courses) - £6.00

Junior/student - £6.00
Junior/student (W, Y, O & LG Courses) - £4.00

Free SI card hire, if required, but there will be a £30.00 charge if it is lost.

Pre-entries are now closed.

Entry on the day (EOD) will be subject to map availability with a surcharge of £2.00/£1.00, as appropriate, per person.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Janet Clark (ESOC) - email:  
Planner: Mike Stewart (ESOC)
Controller: Alastair Lessells (ESOC)
Entry enquiries: Simon Firth (ESOC),

Safety and Risk

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