Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Lauriston Castle

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ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 14th Sep 2013

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


Results now available.

Tomorrow it’s going to blow up a terrific storm – so today was enjoyed all the more because we couldn’t believe our luck.  Warm sunshine, no wind, lots of brambles to eat on the way round, scenic views over the Firth of Forth and to Cramond Island (where some people had already visited in the morning).  Croquet players on the lawns.   Good White and Yellow courses for the speedy kids to bomb round.  Orange for braver people.  And a hard Norwegian to stretch the brains of those who thought they knew everything about Lauriston Castle.   Saturday afternoon orienteering at its best.  Very many thanks to Jim and Tyler for planning, Katy for controlling, to a different crew of ESOC helpers from the usual, and to the usual mixture of old and new competitors who make these events so worth while.

Janet Clark   Organiser    0131 225 7771

General Information

Dogs: We regret that dogs are not allowed on any part of the competition area or car park.


Dress: Please dress appropriately for the weather on the day. 


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


By car head for Lauriston Castle which is on Cramond Road South in the city of Edinburgh.  This area is easily accessible by bus, check Lothian Buses.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Starts will both be between 2pm and 3pm.  Courses will close at 4.30pm at which point controls will start to be brought in. 

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and also something for more experienced orienteers.  This is an excellent area for beginners and those totally new to orienteering.  It's also a great area for more experienced orienteers to do speed training.

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 1992 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £3
Non-members - £5

Juniors (born 1993 or later)
British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £2.50

British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £2.50

Groups (Adults + children)
British Orienteering members - £4
Non- members - £5

SI Card Hire is free but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser is Janet Clark - email: 

phone: 0131 255 7771

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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