Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Hopetoun HouseSat 4 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 & Woodland


Officials' Reports

Janet Clark, ORGANISER, writes: Everyone seems to know that orienteering at Hopetoun in February is a lovely experience not to be missed! This year nearly 250 people enjoyed the location, the views, the snowdrops, the company, the wildlife, and of course the orienteering, which is not too difficult in the open parkland. It wasn't too cold and the rain held off till the very end.
We are so grateful to the Hopetoun House Estate and the family for allowing us to come here in the winter season when the House and.Grounds are closed to the public, and giving us such a warm and helpful welcome on the day.

It takes a big team to run this event. Planner and Entries Administrator first of all, then Gate-keepers, Start officials, Registration team, Computer /Download/Results team, Control-collectors; all working with precision and concentration for long periods, and mostly having a run as well, And this time, as an experiment, there was a live Information Point where you could join ESOC on the spot - and several took advantage of this. Thank you one and all.

If you'd like to visit Hopetoun House again, they are running "Snowdrop Sunday" on 12th February; bookable on their website, and the House and Grounds re-open to the public on Good Friday, 7th April. (There is a Permanent Orienteering Course in the grounds too - open only when the House is open to the public though).

Results are here.

Winsplits are here.

POST EVENT COMMENTS - Organiser's comments added Sunday 5th February. Click 'read more....' to find them.


Lovely area on the edge of the Firth of Forth, much of which is pretty flat. Views of the Forth Bridges and Queensferry Crossing guaranteed! 

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 to the House and park as directed. Please bring £2 in cash per car, there will be a bucket for you to put the money into at the entrance so please be ready for this before arriving at the gate.

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: 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 usual for ESOC local events there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for beginners and improvers and Green and Blue courses for experienced orienteers.
Additionally, there will be a Red course which is orange standard but a bit longer and is great for those who want a longer run with easy navigation.


White 1.5km
Yellow 2.3km
Orange 2.7km
Red 5.7km
Green 4.0km
Blue 6.1km

Note that the above are straight red line distances so the running distance could be a bit longer. This is especially the case for the longer courses where there is more route choice and potentially more obstacles to be avoided.

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry via Racesignup is required for this event. Entries open Monday 23rd January at 10am and will finally close at 9am on Saturday 4th February - the day of the event. To be guaranteed a map of your chosen course you MUST however pre-enter by 2pm on Tuesday 31st January.

Late pre-entries - As mentioned above, entries will remain open until 9am on the morning of the event BUT entries will only be accepted by Racesignup if there are course maps remaining. RaceSignUp will not accept your entry once the maps for your chosen course have sold out. You could maybe try entering a different course if your first choice is full.

Entry on the Day (EOD) at the event will be possible only if there are course maps available. If you have to resort to coming to the event without pre-entering please read bring the correct money or be prepared to pay by card.

You can view an entry list for all competitors and their chosen start blocks on RaceSignUp (scroll down to Start List section). Please note that you can arrive at the start any time within your block.

Entry Fees: As well as individuals the entry system also allows pairs, groups or families who wish to go round a course together to enter using a sliding scale of fees. Full details will be on the RaceSignUp webpage but a flavour of the entry fee scales will soon be added below for advance guidance.

Category No of Persons Per Entry Orienteering Club Members Non Members
1. 1 Adult (Senior) £4 £6
2. 1 Junior £2 £4
3. 2 Adults (Seniors) £5 £7
4. 2 Juniors £2.50 £4.50
5. 1 Adult + 1 Junior £4.50 £6.50
6. 1 Adult + 2 Juniors £5 £7
7. 2 Adults + 1 Junior £5.50 £7.50
8. 2 Adults + 2 Juniors £6 £8
9. 2 Adults + 3 Juniors £6.50 £8.50

Note that a Senior is someone born 2002 or earlier and a Junior is someone born 2003 or later. Currently matriculated students will normally be eligible to enter as Juniors and pay junior fees - check out RaceSignUp as before.

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.

We have SIs for hire free of charge via the pre-entry system 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.

Registration and Start times

REGISTRATION: Very close to parking, follow signs. It will be open from around 11.45pm until 1.15pm. Download will be very close Registration and the Start and Finish will also be close by.

START TIMES: Starts will run from 12 noon to 1.30pm. Please choose an early start time if you think you might take a long time out on your course. You must be back at Download by 3pm as it will be getting dark early at this time of year.

Contacts / Officials

Enquiries: EMAIL

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