Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Dalkeith Country ParkSun 10 Mar

South of Scotland Orienteering League (SoSOL)

Last updated: Thu 29 February, 2024

Regional level event

Explanation of event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun App.

Terrain type: Parkland & Woodland


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 Dalkeith Country Park is a managed parkland, but with some wilder wooded parts, and an extensive path and track network.

South of Scotland Orienteering League

Events in the SoSOL are designed for competitors of all ages and abilities and there will normally be eight courses: white, yellow, orange, light green, short green, green, blue and brown, ranging from short and easy to fairly long and easy, from short and hard to long and hard. There may also be a long, easy course; contact the club for details.

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Location Info

Near: Dalkeith
Lat,Lng: 55.89780,-3.06619
OS Grid Ref: NT321677
Postcode: EH22 1AD
What3Words: ///freely.city.grinning

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Directions / Parking

The event will be based at Dalkeith Country Park with parking in the Steel Park field close to the park amenities.

Vehicles should enter the park by the Town Gate in Dalkeith town centre off the High Street as requested by the Estate and to avoid driving past the Starts. Once in the park, follow the estate road, respecting the 15 mph speed limit, to the car park. Once parked, make your way up the field towards registration and/or your start. Signs and markers will be there to guide you.

There is a £3 charge for parking – pay online or by card when you arrive at the car park booth.

There are plenty of options for getting there. Please use public transport or share cars if at all possible, there will be a dedicated bag drop tent near registration.

Edinburgh based orienteers are welcome to join the newly expanded Edinburgh Orienteers - Car sharing WhatsApp group. Please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for the joining link.

Public Transport Options

By Bus: Check Lothian Buses website to plan your journey. If you’re travelling from Edinburgh to Dalkeith, take Lothian Bus number 3, or number 46  from Tesco Hardengreen, to Dalkeith High Street. Dalkeith Country Park is then a short five to 10 minutes walk away. 

By Bike: Access The Park through the Town Gate, off the A6094 or Smeaton Gate, which is closest to the National Cycle Route no.196. The entrance to the Park postcode is EH22 1AD. 

By Train: There are regular trains from the Borders and Edinburgh City Centre to Eskbank Station, a 25 minute walk from The Park. 

Map / Terrain

Terrain: Dalkeith Park is managed parkland, but with some wilder wooded parts. There is an extensive path and track network with some contour detail and a number of open fields surrounded by fences. There are steep slopes in places (mostly embankments) but the courses have minimal climb, , There is quite a lot of undergrowth vegetation in parts of the woods

Map: The park was originally mapped by Peel Land Surveys in 2007 and updated in 2014 by Stirling Surveys. Some recent corrections have been made owing to changes to paths and fences.

The map will be printed on waterproof paper, the control descriptions will be printed on the map and there will be loose control descriptions at the Start. The map scale will likely be 1:7500 for most courses but the scale and size will be confirmed in the final details.

Safety Notes

  • Other Users: The Estate is very well used by the general public, including dog walkers, runners, families out for a walk, bikers etc. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.
  • Please slow down to a walk and give plenty of room if passing off-lead dogs and stand still if an off-lead dog is agitated.
  • Take care when running along or crossing the estate roads, although quiet there may be traffic.
  • You must report to Download even if you do not complete your course, so we know you are back safely (and don't need a search party). Please return to Download by 3pm.
  • It will be muddy so we strongly recommend that competitors on all courses wear studded or grippy shoes if they have them, as the steep slopes can be slippery in both wet and dry conditions.
  • Whistles are strongly advised, and we require full leg cover for all competitors

Course Information

Usual courses for a SoSOL plus we are planning to offer a free String Course or other activity for very young juniors.

Please note that the course information given below is provisional, subject to final controlling. Note too that whilst the length given is straight line, the climb given is based on optimal route choice.

CourseLength (km)Climb (m)


Short Green3.4Minimal
Light Green3.6Minimal


Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry via RaceSignUp is required for this event, direct link will be updated near the time. Entries will open on Saturday 24th February and will close at 8pm on Friday 8th March To be guaranteed a map of your chosen course you MUST however pre-enter by 2pm on TUESDAY 5th MARCH.

Late pre-entries - late entries may be available after 8pm on Friday 8th if there are maps remaining by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Entry on the day (EOD) - will be accepted at registration (10.30am – 12:45pm) on the day of the event assuming maps are still available. Payment by cash, bank transfer or card.

The RaceSignUp page will display the number of maps available (as entry limit-number of entries) on each course from Tuesday 5th March at approx 3pm.

Pairs: To enter as a pair provide the details of one person as normal, in the appropriate Pairs comment box add the name of the second person and, at the bottom of the entry form, select whether the additional person is an adult or junior,. For a pair of juniors ensure the lead person on the entry form is a Junior.. If a map and dibber is required for each individual then please enter as two individuals and select the same start block.

Juniors: Juniors may be shadowed if they are just to be "followed". If they are to be helped please enter as a pair.

Entry Fees: For this Regional event, unlike our Local events, we are only taking entries from individuals and pairs (sharing a map or dibber).

For 2024 we have a new range of Individual entry fees following membership restructuring by British Orienteering and increases in levy charges by British Orienteering and Scottish Orienteering for all competitors.

Individual CategoryBOF MembersSOA Members
Non Members
Brown, Blue, Green, Short Green & Light Green Courses
Seniors (over 25)£11.00£12.00£13.00
Juniors/Students/Young adults (21-25)£6.00£7.00£8.00
Orange, Yellow & White Courses (ONLY)
Seniors (over 25)£7.00£8.00£9.00
Juniors/Students/Young adults (21-25)£6.00£7.00£8.00
Additional Adult (over 26)plus £1plus £1plus £1
Additional Junior (under 25)plus £0.50plus £0.50plus £0.50

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used with the course controls SIAC enabled. Start and Finish units must be punched normally.

SI card hire can be requested via the entry form,

- Free standard SI card hire but there will be a £30.00 charge if lost.
- Hire of SIAC (touch-free) cards is £2.50 and a charge of £60 will be made if lost.

Registration and Start times

REGISTRATION: Registration and Download will both be in the Parking field and Registration will be open from 10.30am until 12.45pm. There will be a dedicated bag drop tent at Registration.


There will be 2 Starts close together ~300m from Registration and taped from there . There will be a main Start for all courses except White, whilst White will have a separate start and co-located Finish.

The route to/from the White Start/Finish crosses the main drive and will be marshalled.

The main Finish for all courses except White will be close to Download

START TIMES: Starts will run from 11am to 1pm. Please choose an early start block (if you think you might take a long time out on your course. You must be back at Download by 3pm when courses close.

1. Entrants can select a 15 min start block from the range available at the time of making the entry on Race Sign Up.

2. Please arrive at the Start in time to start within your chosen time block. It is not however necessary for everyone to be there at the beginning of their chosen block.

You can view an entry list for all competitors and their chosen start blocks on RaceSignUp (scroll down to Start List section).


There will be portable toilets in the parking field.

The Kitchen Cafe at Restoration Yard is usually busy on Sunday afternoons but booking is available. Tel 0131 322 2572 email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Check out all the other facilities at Dalkeith Country Park

Dog restrictions

Dogs under control welcome in the parking field but are NOT ALLOWED on the courses.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Martin Caldwell (ESOC)

Controller: Sheila Strain (ELO)

Organiser: Matt Ball (ESOC)

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