Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Hopetoun HouseSat 19 Feb

ESOC Local Event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Last updated: Sat 20 January, 2024

Local 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


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Comments from Jim Murdoch, Planner: A truly epically lovely day by the Forth at Hopetoun House today. From all the smiling faces from the people sunbathing in the grounds, I think I wasn’t the only person who enjoyed the good weather today. Storms? What storms! I didn’t hear any mention of the Stoat/Ermine today, but I think there was plenty of other wildlife to spot on the way round the course, not to mention the wonderful snowdrops. Hopefully the courses had a bit of everything, some fast open running through the park, a bit of crashing through wet and muddy forest for those who like that kind of thing!
A special thank you to all the helpers today, and the control collectors from yesterday and today, it really helps to make things run smoothly.

Comments from Janet Clark, Organiser: As Jim says, everyone was happy today! Hopetoun is such a welcoming place, the setting so spectacular and the logistics so easy; combined with the unexpected bonus of a bright sunny day between storms, this was a day to remember. It was good to get into the Deer Park for the longer courses; and the snowdrops were, as ever, superb. The larger-than-usual team of helpers excelled themselves with multi-tasking to cope with the additional job of gate-watching, and in summary, a great time was had by all. Thank you everyone.


Some wonderful views of the Firth of Forth and the bridges from this area to enhance your orienteering experience. 

Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: South Queensferry
Lat,Lng: 55.99421,-3.46806
OS Grid Ref: NT088790
Postcode: EH30 9SL

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Directions / Parking

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. Please bring £2 in cash per car, there will be a bucket for you to put the money into at the entrance.

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.

Course Information

As at all ESOC local events there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for beginners and improvers plus Green and Blue courses for experienced orienteers.

Provisional course lengths are shown below to help you decide which course to choose. These are subject to final controlling and may change slightly by the time of the event.

White 1.0
Yellow 1.3
Orange 3.5
Green 4.8
Blue 6.4

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry now closed. Link to Racesignup for this event shows start blocks and a list of competitors in each start block (scroll down to Start List section). Please note that you can arrive at the start any time within your start block - this should help those who wish to start close to other members of their family or friends.

Entries closed at 6pm on Wednesday 16th February to allow time to ensure course maps are printed and the event computing set up.


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.

Registration and 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.

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