Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Hopetoun House

Image of the Hopetoun House map

ESOC Local Event in Edinburgh and Lothians

Sat 19th Feb 2022

Info updated: 06th Jan
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland

General Information

COVID 19: You should not attend the event if you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19 even though you have pre-entered. You should also not attend if you have specifically been asked to quarantine or self-isolate.  The event will be managed to take account of all Scottish Government Guidelines.  Additionally, the event will be run in accordance with Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) Guidelines.  Please: 
- do not arrive too early for your start block
- keep a 1m distance to others outwith your household
- use the hand sanitiser provided at the Start and Download.
These precautions are specifically required during your ‘race’ ie from the time you leave you car to go to the start to after you download (ie while you are in the “field of play”). Apart from this you should follow all Scottish Government Guidelines for the general public.

BRITISH ORIENTEERING PARTICIPANT CODE OF CONDUCT: All competitors are asked to read and abide by the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct in relation to Covid. Anyone making an entry on behalf of someone else should advise them of this.

Dress: Please check the weather forecast on the day and dress appropriately.  This event is in the grounds of Hopetoun House and adjoining parkland. It can be very cold and windy on this area in winter even when the weather is fine. 

Terrain:  Estate grounds, including some woodland, and adjoining parkland. SNOWDROPS: The snowdrops are really usually beautiful at Hopetoun at this time of year.    Our courses will be been planned to avoid the main snowdrop areas, but please could everyone take care to avoid running over them where possible.

Other Users: Although this is a private estate the area is used by others, most notably dog walkers and families. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.  

Course Maps: ​These will be printed on waterproof paper and control descriptions will be printed on the map. No loose control descriptions.

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

Course Closure Time: Please note that courses have a closure time of 4pm after which controls will start  to be brought in.  It is dusk followed by darkness very early at this time of year so it is even more important to start bringing in controls at 4pm.

Safety: The area can be wet and slippery.  Please check closer to the event if there are any other hazards.

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 put it in a sealed envelope and hand it to the Organiser on the day.  It will only be opened if required and destroyed or handed back to you after the event. 

FIRST AID: The organiser will have a first aid kit available from which you could can get basics such as plasters etc.  In view of the coronavirus situation you may prefer to bring along your own basic first aid kit and use as necessary.  If you are unsure about any medical situation you may wish to phone 111 or, in an emergency, dial 999.  If you do not have a mobile phone or if you would like support in doing this the Organiser will be happy to advise/help.


map location

Nearest town: South Queensferry


Hopetoun House is on the shore of the Firth of Forth close to the new Queensferry Crossing.  When nearing South Queensferry follow the brown signs for Hopetoun House.  Come up the drive keeping to the right on approach and park in front of Hopetoun House. There are no other events on at Hopetoun this afternoon so we can use the front parking area.

If you live in the City it is fairly easy to get to this event by public transport or by bike.  Please use public transport, walk or use a bicycle to get to the event if you are able to do so.

By bus: Further details will be added closer to the event but check Lothian Buses for general details of local buses to South Queensferry.

By bike:  A variety of quiet cycle route maps throughout the city, and extending to South Queensferry and Dalmeny are available on the Edinburgh City Council Quiet Routes web pages.  

Registration & Start Times

No Registration or Enquiries on the day.

STARTS: From 1.00pm to 2.30pm with course closure at 4pm (It is dark early in February). You should be back at Download by 4pm as controls will start to be brought in by 4pm so if you think you'll take a long time to complete your course please enter early so you can choose an early start time.)

The Start and Finish will both be within very easy walking distance of car parking.

Course Information

As at all ESOC local events there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for beginners and improvers plus a course or challenge sprecifically aimed at experienced orienteers (more details nearer the event).

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

Pre-Entry and pre-payment will be required for this event. Pre-entries will be available via RaceSignUp and open in mid-January. When entries open this link will be changed to a link direct to the event entry.  Entries will close at 6pm on the Thursday 17th February to allow time for the event computing to be set up.

A list of current entrants for each course and their chosen start block will be available via that link too (scroll all the way down to the Start List section but note that the Start List section is only there after the first entry has been made). 


Senior (born 2001 or earlier) BOF/SOA member  - £4 

Junior (born 2002 or later) or Student BOF/SOA members - £2

If not a current BOF or SOA member add £2 to the fees.

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.   You can hire a dibber free of charge via the entry system from ESOC but there is a £30 charge if you lose it.

If you would like to buy your own dibber (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.

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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