Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Holyrood Park

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 13th Oct 2018

Info updated: 13th Oct
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland


EVENT WAS POSTPONED due to Yellow Weather Warning for heavy rain throughout Saturday. Read more for a fuller explanation.

General Information

This event was POSTPONED due to a Yellow Weather Warning for heavy rain for the whole of Saturday 13th October.  In the face of this we felt it would be unwise, and potentially dangerous, to hold the event on this high exposed hillside. 

Sincere apologies are offered to the officials, who have put in many hours of preparation, and to potential participants.  The maps are all ready, and will be used at a future date in 2019; there are no suitable Saturdays available for later this year.  

If you had planned to come to this event, do please look ahead to our next one at Dalkeith Country Park on Sunday 18th November, at which all are very welcome. 

Janet Clark    Organiser     

Dress: Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.  Even though this area is very close to the centre of the city of Edinburgh, it is high and very exposed.  If the weather is poor it is essential to make sure you are dressed appropriately.

Terrain:  Open hillside within Holyrood Park, with plenty of rock (including crags) and contour detail, some well-mapped gorse and a good path network; very steep in places.

Other Users: Holyrood Park is very accessible and accordingly is very well used by the general public including tourists, other runners and dog walkers.  Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.

Dogs: Dogs are allowed and should be kept under close control at all times. 

Course Closure Time: Please note that all competitors should be back at download by 4pm. Controls will start  to be brought in at this time.  

MEDICAL CONDITIONS: 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. You can leave it at registration/enquires in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Head for the small car park next to Dunsapie Loch. There is no suitable postcode for the car park but the postcode for Holyrood Palace is EH8 8DX.  Please note however that the event is not close to the car park at Holyrood Palace, you need to follow the one way road starting from the East end of the park to get to Dunsapie Loch car park.

You can get close to Holyrood Palace by bus - check Lothian Buses website for details of buses which stop close to the Palace.  You could also catch a bus to the Royal Commonwealth Pool and walk up to Dunsapie from a different direction.  NOTE that it will be a fairly long walk to the event from either Holyrood Palace or the Pool but very do-able for keen walkers. 

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: In the Dunsapie Loch car park from 1.30pm to 2.30pm for newcomers to orienteering and from 1.30pm to 3pm for experienced orienteers.  

It is not necessary - or possible – to pre-enter for this event.  Everyone is very welcome, just to turn up.  Whether you are a newcomer or have been to a lot of events, please try to come and start early if you think you might take a long time over your course.

Registration Form - We know how time consuming, and occasionally frustrating, it can be for our competitors to have to complete the Registration Form outside in the cold and wet of a Scottish Saturday afternoon so we have produced an ESOC REGISTRATION FORM for you to complete, print off and bring with you to the event. This will save a lot of time and the forms easier to read!!  Apologies to those experienced Saturday attendees who feel they don't need the sample at the top of the page but it will be very helpful to our newcomers and properly completed, legible registration forms are a huge help to those manning our computers during and after the event.

Thank you in advance for helping us by completing the form and bringing it with you.

If you would like a little more advance information about the registration process at a local event why not read our QUICK GUIDE TO REGISTRATION?

NOTE: Current members of an orienteering club who have their own registered SI-Card can continue to come to Registration and go through the speedy entry system.  If in any doubt whether this applies to you then you could read the quick guide as above for more information about the registration process.

DATA PROTECTION UPDATES MAY 2018:  Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC) processes personal data and recognises the club’s responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Completion of the Registration/Entry Form for this event confirms your agreement to have your entry details stored on a computer system and for your name and age class to appear in the results on the ESOC website and the British Orienteering website. More information about ESOC's Data Privacy Policy

START and FINISH: Both will be within easy walking distance of Registration. Start times from 1.30pm to 3pm.

COURSE CLOSURE TIME: 4PM. Controls will start to be brought in from this time.  Please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to register, get to the start and complete your course before controls begin to be brought in.  Although lighting up time is not until around 5.55pm on the day of the event, if the weather is poor and/or the cloud level is low, visibility can be difficult much earlier. 

Course Information

As usual there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for beginners and improvers. There will also be a Light Green course for experienced young juniors and improving adults. There will be a Green course for experienced orienteers.  Despite this being a city centre area Holyrood Park presents an excellent challenge for orienteers at all skill levels. 

NOTE: The map for Holyrood Park belongs to Edinburgh University and is therefore not displayed. 

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 1997 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £4
Non-members - £6

Juniors (born 1998 or later)
British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £3

British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £3

Family Groups (Adults + children)
British Orienteering members - £4
Non- members - £6

Note: A family group for the above entry fee purposes comprises up to a maximum of 2 adults and up to 3 children. 

Extra adults are £1 each and extra juniors are 50 pence each. 

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.  If you have your own SI (dibber) please bring it with you. We'll have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost. If you would like to buy your own SI-Card then a variety are available directly from SportIdent UK.   The choice may be confusing and it may help you to know that the SI-Cards which ESOC hires out are very similar to the most basic model shown on the linked page - the SI-Card 8.

PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE INFORMATION: If you have joined an orienteering club, or are competing in one of your first 3 events, then you are covered by our public liability insurance. If you would like to join ESOC you can find out how to do this here or you can pick up an application form at this event.  Entry fees are lower for members of an orienteering club.

Contacts / Officials


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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