Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Scottish Score Championships

Image of the Dalkeith Park map

Sun 22nd Nov 2020

Info updated: 24th Oct
Type of event: Regional, Score
Type of terrain: Parkland, Forest

General Information

SCOTTISH SCORE RULES AND GUIDELINES: This event will conform to the Scottish Orienteering Guidelines (SOA) for the Scottish Score Championships.  There will be extra measures put in place to comply with Sportscotland and SOA Guidelines for putting on events during the Covid 19 pandemic.

COVID 19: Please do not go to this event at Dalkeith Country Park if you or any of your household are feeling unwell (particularly with the Covid-19 symptoms of fever, new cough, loss of taste/smell), or are self-isolating or in quarantine.  More information about Covid issues will be posted here nearer the event.

ESOC will implement all appropriate Covid related measures to put on this event. Full information about this will be added nearer the event and also in the final details. It is however worth remembering that car sharing is not allowed at the time of writing (23rd September).

BOF COMPETITOR CODE OF CONDUCT - All competitors are asked to read and abide by this. Please ensure that all juniors in your group are aware of this and how it affects them at the event. This relates specifically to orienteering events during the Covid 19 pandemic. 

Terrain: Dalkeith Country Park is managed parkland, but with some wilder wooded parts. There is an extensive path and track network. There are steep slopes in places, with some contour detail, and a number of open fields surrounded by fences.  The park is divided in two by the large River North Esk. There are a number of dangerous crags along the river and it must only be crossed at one of the two mapped bridges. There is an area of Special Scientific Interest in the country park. Courses have been planned to avoid this.

Map: The park was originally mapped by Peel Land Surveys in 2007, updated in 2014 by Stirling Surveys and recently updated by Peel Land Surveys. An extension to the main map shown will be used for the longest course. This extension is into the streets and parks of Dalkeith but the score format will remain in place for all parts of the map.

Other Users: Dalkeith Country Park is very well used by the general public including tourists, other runners, horse riders and dog walkers although the numbers will depend on weather conditions on the day.  Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering. We need to maintain good relations with the park in order to have events here in the future.

Dogs: Dogs are allowed in the park and should be kept under close control at all times. Dogs should not accompany competitors on courses. Note there are animals in some of the fields, it is especially important to keep dogs in close control near farm animals. 


map location

Nearest town: Dalkeith


Dalkeith Country Park is just South of the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720) at Sheriffhall roundabout. There are 2 entrances and nearer the event we will be able to confirm which route into the country park competitors should use.

Registration & Start Times

TBC but both will be within easy walking distance of parking

Course Information

Score Courses:

70-minute: M20-35, W21 

60-minute: M/W16-18, W20, W35, M/W40-75+

40-minute: M/W14-  

We may also be able to offer a Yellow course, this will be confirmed later.

There will not be a String 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

PRE-ENTRY ONLY - Exact date for entries to open is yet to be confirmed. Please note there will be no entry on the day. 

NOTE: As part of the entry process you will be asked to confirm you will not come to the event if you have Covid 19 symptoms or are required to self-isolate or quarantine. You will also be asked to read and abide by the BOF Code of Conduct.  Please note too that car sharing is not allowed at time of writing and it may still not be possible by the time of the event.

Contacts / Officials

PLANNER: Martin Caldwell (ESOC)

CONTROLLER: Peter Halling (ESOC)

ORGANISER: Tyler Morrison (ESOC)

Early enquiries to:  

Safety and Risk

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