Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Dalmeny Estate

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ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 28th Feb 2015

Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland


The results and splits are available here. Winsplits results are here

The weather was kind to us on the day, the rain holding off until after the last competitor had finished. There was a great turn out and it was good to see such a large number of people on the green course as well as so many family groups on the other courses. I hope that some of the juniors there with their parents will go on to learn to do courses on their own. If they then join the club there will be further opportunities for them to take part in junior training and further improve their skills.

We are very grateful to Dalmeny Estate and Lord Rosebery for allowing us to hold our event in this beautiful place. It was wonderful to see all of the snowdrops out in full bloom. This was not thought about when the date was chosen but was an unanticipated additional bonus.

If anyone has lost a very nice red woollen glove I have it and will be happy to return it to its owner if they get in touch. From where it was found it is likely that the owner was going round the Orange course.


General Information

This area is not often used for local events so make the most of the opportunity to experience Dalmeny Estate in all its Winter glory.  The snowdrops could still be in flower and they provide a wonderful display.  This, along with views out over the Forth, make this local event a great prospect.

Dress: Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.  The weather can still be quite cold, wet or snowy/slippery at this time of year. 

Terrain:  Mixture of woodland and open ground with a good path network.  There are steepish slopes which can be muddy and slippery in wet weather.

Dogs: Dogs under control at all times and not to be taken on the courses as there could be sheep in some of the fields. 


map location

Nearest town: South Queensferry


Parking at the main car park for Dalmeny House.   

£1 per car parking charge. 

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: This will be from 1.30pm to 3pm (Note the slightly earlier than usual time - it still gets dark fairly early in February and the earlier time makes it easier for beginners to come and complete their course in plenty of time before courses close).  It is not necessary - or possible – to pre-enter for this event.  Everyone is very welcome, just to turn up.  Please try to come early if you think you might take a long time over your course or if you are new to orienteering and need a little more explanation about the courses on offer.

START AND FINISH: These will be close to the car park and starts will be from 1.30pm to 3pm prompt.

COURSE CLOSURE:  Please check this on the day but the courses will close at the latest by 4pm prompt and controls will be brought in from that time.  In the interests of safety it is essential that you report to the Finish by 4pm, even if you have not completed your course.   

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and a Green course for more experienced orienteers. 

There are no big events in South or central Scotland this weekend but this local event at Dalmeny is an excellent area for orienteers of all skill levels, is easily accessible from Edinburgh, the South, the central belt and Fife and will provide everyone with a good orienteering challenge. 

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

Seniors (born 1994 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £3
Non-members - £5

Juniors (born 1995 or later)
British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £2.50

British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £2.50

Groups (Adults + children)
British Orienteering members - £4
Non- members - £5

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.  If you have your own SI please bring it with you. We will have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Contacts / Officials

Phone Janet on 0131 225 7771

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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