Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


‘Tinto Twin’ Night Event, Blackford Hill

Image of the Blackford Hill and The Hermitage map

Sat 29th Oct 2022

Info updated: 02nd Aug
Type of event: Regional, Night
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland

General Information

Location: This event will probably be based close to (but not in) the Braid Bowling Club building just off Midmar Drive, Edinburgh. Note this is still TBC.

Terrain:  Mixture of open hillside, an old golf course and some wooded areas. There is a good track network but there are also steep slopes, crags, streams and a reasonably sized river. 

Map: The map will be printed on waterproof paper, the control descriptions will be printed on the map (no loose control descriptions) and the map scale is TBC.

Other Users: Blackford Hill and The Hermitage is very well used, even at night, by the general public, including dog walkers, runners and possibly even bikers.  Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering. 

Facilities, including toilets:  TBC

Dress: Please check the weather forecast for the evening of the event and dress appropriately.

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed to accompany competitors whilst competing on the courses. 

Course Closure Time: TBC

Covid:  Please don’t come to the event if you have Covid or symptoms of Covid.

Please also try to:

1. Respect other people's personal space at all times; 

2. Make use of the hand sanitiser wherever it is made available; 

3. Remain as quiet as possible at and around the start area, the start line and the download area;   

Please read and respect the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct.

Medical Conditions: If you, or anyone in your group (including juniors), 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, bring it to the event in a sealed envelope with your name on the front and leave at Registration.   You are welcome to collect it after your run but if you don't, it will be destroyed immediately after the event.

First Aid: We encourage you to bring your own first aid kit and administer as necessary.  A basic first aid kit will be available at Registration/Download. Please ask there for anything you may need.  For further specific advice please call 111 or for a life threatening emergency dial 999.  The Organiser will be happy to advise and support you as required, including use of a mobile phone if you do not have one with you.  

The main hospital for A&E services in Edinburgh is:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4SA
Telephone: 0131 536 1000

Depending on where you live you may prefer to attend A & E or the minor injury unit local to your home. Note that current advice is to ring 111 before attending A&E if the situation is not life threatening. 


map location

Nearest town:


The event is likely to be based near the Braid Bowling Club building, Midmar Drive, Edinburgh. This is the 'dead end' northern end of Midmar Drive which is just off Midmar Avenue which in turn is off Cluny Gardens A useful map of the immediate area is attached here.  Please park considerately in the local streets nearby. THIS LOCATION IS STILL TBC.

If you live in or around Edinburgh it is possible to come to the event by foot, bike or bus. The following websites will help you plan your route: Lothian Buses and Edinburgh City Council Quiet Routes

Registration & Start Times


Course Information


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


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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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