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 22nd Nov 2014

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


Results are here. Winsplits results are here.

Organiser's comments

Everyone was a winner today.  The sun shone on us; there were no rugby matches at the Royal High School (letting us use the whole map); Scotland beat Tonga (they had to turn the sound down when we arrived, but we could see bits of the match); loads and loads of people came (probably a record, but I haven't counted them all up yet); everyone was very patient in the queues for Registration and at the Start; Katy’s courses provided something just right for everyone (from little kids on White to top-class orienteers on Norwegian Map Memory); no-one got lost; everyone was back safely before it got dark; the whole atmosphere was amazing.
Grateful thanks to the Royal High School Sports Hub for the indoor room (imagine all those people registering and downloading at a tent); all the members of ESOC who manned the event (and got a bit more than they bargained for); Katy for planning the courses; and most of all, to all of you for coming.

Our next event is at Cammo on 17th January 2015.  It will be every bit as good – don’t miss it.  Details will be on the ESOC website:

Janet Clark      Organiser

General Information

Dress: Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.  Even though this is a city park the weather can be poor at this time of year.

Terrain:  City park and school grounds with lots of paths and open grassland.  Some wooded areas and can be muddy if the weather in advance has been wet.  Very fast running.

Other Users: Davidson's Mains Park is very well used by the general public including dog walkers and families.  

Dogs: Area is well used by dog walkers so dogs are welcome.

Map: the map now includes the Royal High School and surrounding playing fields as well as Davidson's Mains Park.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Head for the Royal High School, East Barnton Avenue.  There is parking at the Royal High School.   You can reach this event fairly easily by bus.  Visit Lothian Buses website for more information.

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: This will be from 2pm to 3pm in the Royal High School Sports Hub which is adjacent to the school.  It is not necessary - or possible – to pre-enter for this event.  Everyone is very welcome, just to turn up.  Please try to come early if you think you might take a long time over your course.

START AND FINISH will be within sight of the car park and Sports Hub. Start times will be from 2pm to 3pm.

COURSES CLOSE at 4pm promptly and controls will be brought in from that time (we need to get them in before it gets dark), so it is essential that you report to the Finish by 4pm, even if you have not completed your course.  It gets dark early at this time of year so please come and start early if you think you might need a long time to complete your course.  

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and also a Green Course.  This is an excellent area for beginners and improvers.  The Green Course for more experienced orienteers will include the option of a Norwegian Map Memory course.

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 1993 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £3
Non-members - £5

Juniors (born 1994 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 will 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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