Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Holyrood Park

Sat 03rd Nov 2012

Info updated: 04th Apr
Type of event: Local (D)
Type of terrain:



General Information

This event was a fine co-operative effort between Edinburgh University Orienteering Club who provided the Planner – Jack Baker – and a great team to put out and bring in the controls and to man the Start and the Download; and ESOC who provided the Controller, the equipment and the Registration team.   It was lovely in the sun to begin with; but very cold as the frost took over in the gathering dusk; perfect conditions for running.  The Green course was a good challenge for experienced orienteers, including some from abroad.  Several unaccompanied Juniors had good results on the Orange and Yellow; some families came to try orienteering for the first time, and almost everyone ended up with wet and muddy feet.  This was Saturday afternoon orienteering at its best.

Janet Clark Organiser    0131 225 7771   


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Head for Holyrood Park in the city of Edinburgh (EH8) and park in or close to the car park at Dunsapie Loch.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Starts will be between 2pm and 3pm.
The weather in November can be cold, wet and windy so please dress appropriately for the weather forecast on the day.

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and something for more experienced orienteers.  Holyrood Park is an excellent area for orienteering at all skill levels so there will be something for everyone.

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

Adults - £4
Family groups: £4
Juniors/Students: £1.50
£1 discount for individual adult members of orienteering clubs affiliated to British Orienteering

Contacts / Officials

Janet Clark -

Safety and Risk

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