Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


North Pentland Hills

SOL 5, incorporating VHI Individual Event

Sun 22nd Sep 2019

Info updated: 15th Jul
Type of event: National
Type of terrain: Moorland, Woodland

General Information

This event is CompassPoint Scottish Orienteering League (SOL) 5 incorporating Veteran Home International Individual race

TERRAIN: The area is mostly exposed open hillside with some wooded areas.  There are paths and tracks, plenty of contour detail and, in parts, many crags and ditches. The area was used for the British Night Championships back in 2010 with the same event centre. 

MAP: The entire area covered by this map has not been used for some time though some of the constituent parts of the area (Bonaly, Dreghorn and Hillend have been used).

FIRST AID: A first aid will be available at Registration.  The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) is a short drive away.  

MEDICAL CONDITIONS:  If you (or anyone in your group) have a medical condition that first aiders or health professionals should know about in the event of accident or illness during the course of the event please print off the Medical Form, fully complete it and leave it at Registration - in a sealed envelope with relevant name on it.   You should complete a separate copy for each individual who has a medical condition.  Envelope (and forms) not collected by the end of the event will be destroyed.    

TOILETS: Toilets will be available in the Event Centre at Dreghorn Barracks.


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


The Event Centre and Parking are at Dreghorn Barracks (Approx. Grid Ref: NT 227686) which are very close to Dreghorn junction of the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720). Parking is on the parade ground which is flat tarmac.  Note there could be a modest parking charge per car (for an Army charity) collected on the day and, as this is a working barracks, there could be searches at the gate. The Event Centre is in a building adjoining the parking area. 

Further specific directions to follow.

Registration & Start Times

TBC but Registration will be in a building adjacent to parking.  

STARTS: TBC  but not likely to be earlier than from 11.30am. 

Course Information

TBC but likely to be Black, Brown, Short Brown, Blue, Short Blue, Green, Short Green, Light Green, Orange, Yellow and White.

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

Advance entry via Fabian4 will be required.  Advance entry will be open soon.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Richard Oxlade (ESOC)

Organiser: Fiona Findlay (ESOC)

Controller: Graeme Ackland (INT)

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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