Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Lauriston Castle

Image of the Lauriston Castle map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 13th Oct 2012

Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland



General Information


The grounds of Lauriston Castle are a great place for a safe introduction to orienteering, and they were a hive of activity on this damp (but not raining) afternoon. with runners everywhere, a croquet match in progress on the lawns in front of the Castle, and gardeners busy with last-minute preparations for a visit from the Japanese Ambassador on Sunday!  It was good to see both the familiar faces and the new ones, and the ingenious Map Memory course gave extra interest.

Janet Clark, Organiser

DOGS: No dogs are allowed in the grounds of Lauriston Castle.

Please come dressed appropriately for running on city parkland and suitable for the weather on the day.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be published on this website as soon as possible after the event.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Head for Cramond Road South in the city of Edinburgh. Postcode: EH4 5QD
Parking is usually possible within the Castle grounds but if bad weather has made the grass too wet parking will be on the adjacent Lauriston Farm Road.
The car park is quite small and likely to be busy on Saturday as there is also a croquet match on. Parking is also possible in the nearby streets: Barnton Park (opposite the entrance to Lauriston Castle) and Lauriston Farm Road (adjacent to the south side of the Castle grounds).

Lothian Bus no 41 stops nearby.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Starts will be from 2pm to 3pm.

Course Information

White, Yellow, Orange and something for more experienced orienteers.

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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