Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Royal High School and Davidson’s Mains Park

Image of the Davidson’s Mains Park & Royal High School map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 14th Nov 2015

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


I can hardly believe that this event managed to squeeze into the window of calm between Storm Abigail and the next lot of heavy rain.  There was snow on the Pentlands ; but down here it was fine till about 5pm.

Two special things about this afternoon were Ailsa's twelfth birthday party (complete with compass-shaped cake and good performances on the Orange course  by her and her friends) and a large group from the local Boys' Brigade (who tackled the Yellow course with their leaders and are all keen to do lots more orienteering).  In addition there was a brave turnout (because it could easily have been quite cold and wet) both of regular orienteers of all ages and of first-timers.

We are very grateful to Dominic from the Sports Hub who welcomed us to make ourselves at home along with  all the other activities going on in and around it, to today's Planner Eddie Harvey, Controlled and assisted by Mike Stewart and Calvin Crane and to the team of ESOC helpers.

That's it for 2015 now; our next Local Event is at Cammo on Saturday 16th January.  Keep up your training over Christmas and New Year! 

Janet Clark      Organiser    0131 225 7771   

The results are here. Winsplits are here.

General Information

Dress: Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.   

Terrain:  School grounds and city parkland.   

Other Users: The Royal High School is a sports hub and there may well be other sports users around the pitches.  Davidson's Mains Park is very well used by the general public, including those with young children using the playpark and dog walkers.  Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.

Dogs: Within the school grounds, dogs in the car park only.  They can be walked in Davidsons Mains Park.

Course Closure Time: Please note that courses have a closure time of 4pm after which controls will start  to be brought in.  


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Head for the Royal High School which is in East Barnton Avenue.  The event will be centred on the school rather than the park. There is limited parking within the school grounds but it will be very busy and you may need to park in the adjacent streets.  Come by bike or bus if you can.   

You should be able to come to this event by bus, service 41 is probably closest.  Check the Lothian Buses website for more information.

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: In the Sports Hub adjacent to the school.

Registration will be from 1.30pm to 2.30pm for newcomers to orienteering (note this change of time for newcomers) and will run from 1.30pm to 3pm for experienced orienteers.  

It is not necessary - or possible – to pre-enter for this event.  Everyone is very welcome, just to turn up.  Whether you are a newcomer or have been to a lot of events, please try to come and start early if you think you might take a long time over your course.

START AND FINISH will be very close to Registration. Start times will be from 1.30pm to 3pm.

COURSE CLOSURE TIME IS 4pm.  Controls will start to be brought in from this time.  Please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to register, get to the start and complete your course before controls begin to be brought in.

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and a Light Green course for more experienced orienteers.  This is an excellent area for beginners and improvers.  It's also good for training 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

Seniors (born 1994 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £3
Non-members - £5

Juniors (born 1995 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

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.  If you have your own SI please bring it with you. We'll have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Contacts / Officials

Phone Janet on 0131 225 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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