Tayside Orienteers


3 Hills #1 Moncreiffe Hill

Image of the Moncreiffe Hill map

South of Scotland Orienteering League event

Sun 03rd Jun 2018

Last updated: 03rd Jun
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Forest, Moorland, Woodland
Read more about the mapped area


Results and split times


Thank you to everyone who came to Tay's South of Scotland League event today on newly re-mapped Moncreiffe Hill.

This event is suitable for beginners as well as experienced orienteers, for all ages, including family groups with young children. There will be people on hand to help you decide which course is appropriate for your level of experience.

You do not need to run to orienteer. Orienteering is an adventure sport and is about being able to map-read as you keep moving. Many people enjoy orienteering for the challenge of navigating rather than for the challenge of running so please don't be put off if you are not a runner. Many times it is the navigationally accurate Tortoise that wins over the navigationally challenged Hare!!

Please bring suitable grippy footwear for trail walking/running and waterproof outer clothing if the forecast suggests rain or cold winds.

Otherwise just bring your sense of adventure and innate curiosity and come and try this fascinating sport.

Please note that the Planner has informed us that there are ticks on the hill so please check yourself carefully after the event.


Nearest town: Perth

Pre event information

Moncreiffe Hill sits between Perth and Bridge of Earn and is a long east-west hill with a variety of tree cover, much of it managed by the Woodland Trust. It has steep southern flanks with crags visible from the M90 motorway but more gentle northern slopes, which are a mix of open and wooded land, offering good orienteering with an excellent path network. There are two iron-age hill forts in the area which have recently been excavated and are worth visiting. There are fantastic views from the top of the hill and lovely walking paths for non-orienteering family members, and generally the bigger paths are suitable for a rugged babby buggy.


Courses have been planned to stay away from major crags.

Moncrieffe Hill is a very popular walking/dog walking area so please be courteous to other hill users. There will be dogs around so try not to startle or surprise them!

If you have an existing medical condition it is worth letting the organiser know. You could hand details in at registration in a sealed envelope which will only be opened in an emergency. After the event you could collect it for reuse.

First aid will be available in the registration tent.


Safety-  Whistle to be carried by competitiors

              Long sleeved tops and trousers recommended as there are ticks on the hill.


Emergency Procedure

To report an accident, please make your way back to the registration area. Emergency contact for the day is printed on the map.

Directions / Parking

Parking and assembly are in a small field at the top of the main Tay Car Park on the northern side of the hill. Once this is full we will have to use Craigclowan School's car park and will set up a relay system to take competitiors to the assembly area. There will be a £1 fee for parking. Please have this ready for the bucket.

For Tay Car Park- Turn east off the A912 Edinburgh Road (by the M90 motorway ramp) onto Rhynd Road (122210).  Follow this minor road for roughly one mile and the car park is on the right.  If this area fills up we will then have to use the Craigclowan School car park.

For Craigclowan Car park-  Instead of turning East onto the Rhynd road  you will be directed to turn west crossing over the Edinburgh road directly into the Craigclowan School car park- PH2 8PS  (NO 121208). Look out for marshalls and signs as this will save you having to drive back up from the TAY car park if it is full.



There will be one portable toilet in the car park.

Tesco's on the Edinburgh Road also has toilets.

Registration & Start Times

Assembly will be at the top of the parking area and registration and download will be in the tent there.

Registration- 1000-1200

Starts- 1030-12.30


Collect Yellow and White maps at registration.

Punching Start all courses. Go to the start whenever you are ready but bear in mind that there may be queues on popular courses ie. Blue, Green, Short Green especially early on.  The start is a 15-20 minute walk from the assembly field and involves a climb of about 60m on a very well graded track.

Download is back in the registration tent. You must visit download even if you don't complete your course. Please don't go home without downloading otherwise we will not know that you have returned from the forest and may send people out to try to find you.

Courses close- 1500 so you must make your way off the hill and back to download even if you haven’t completed your course. Controls will be collected in from 3pm.   

Course Information

The map scale is 1:10,000 with 5 metre contours. Maps and separate control descriptions will be printed on waterproof paper

Courses length/height

White 1.3km/30m, Yellow 2.1km/60m, Orange 2.6km/100m,Light Green 3.2km/110m, Short Green 3.1km/135m, Green 4.2km/170m, Blue 5.1km/230m and Brown 7.8km/380m.

The White and Yellow courses are suitable for rugged baby buggies.

Collect Yellow and White maps at registration

There will be a Treasure Hunt instead of a String Course

Please note that course lengths are not a good guide as to which course you should be running so if you are new to orienteering please speak to a volunteer on the day and they will help you choose an appropriate 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

Entry on the day fees-

All entrants regardless of BOF/SOA membership-  Adults £12  Juniors/Students £5

Online entries have now closed but you will be able to enter on the day at the event.

We have printed extra maps for all of the courses however unless you have reserved a map or entered online we cannot guarantee you will get to run your first choice of course.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser-        Lindsay McManamon-  linz_melrose ‘at’ hotmail.com  ( put @ in for 'at' )

Planner-            Alistair Duguid-  ra_duguid ‘at’ yahoo.co.uk     (put @ in instead of 'at')  

Controller-         Jim Martin- ESOC

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are welcome on Moncreiffe Hill but must be kept on a lead and away from fields with livestock.

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.

Keep It Clean campaign - Forestry Commission Scotland

Our forests are at risk from tree pests and diseases. These can dramatically affect the health of our trees, upsetting the delicate ecosystem balance and devastating large areas of woodland.
Pests and diseases hitch a ride in mud and debris on shoes, paws and tyres, ending up in new forests. Here, they can spread rapidly in environments with no natural resilience.
Read more about this on the FCS website.


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