Tayside Orienteers


Black Spout

Image of the Black Spout map

Sat 03rd Oct 2015

Last updated: 09th Oct
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland
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Great day today in the beautiful Black Spout wood near Pitlochry.

This local event offered a choice of Yellow, Orange and Green courses.

The event was designed to be particularly suitable for beginners and less experienced orienteers and to give the families who have recently taken part in our block of coaching their first taste of competition! Club members were on hand to encourage them and to welcome newcomers.


Nearest town: Pitlochry

Pre event information

An informal local event on a Saturday afternoon; suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Novices very welcome.

Directions / Parking

Registration, Assembly, Start and Finish are all at the Black Spout car park. This is at the south end of Pitlochry.

Coming from the south:

leave the A9 at the A924 Pitlochry exit, pass the Ardour Industrial Estate and take the second turning on the right.

Coming from the north:

go through Pitlochry town centre, and turn left shortly after the distillery.


There are no toilets at the wood - nearest are in Pitlochry.

Registration & Start Times

Start times 1-2pm. Please arrive in good time if you are a beginner needing a basic introduction to orienteering. Please note that, as at any event, all children must be carefully supervised and accompanied by a parent/carer.

If you have any existing medical conditions of which you feel we should be aware please download and complete our medical form, bring it with you in a sealed envelope and hand to registration. It will only be used in the event of an emergency (ie opened only if required), and will otherwise be destroyed after the event. https://www.taysideorienteers.org.uk/documents/Tayside_Orienteers_medical_form_event.doc

Course Information

Yellow (2.1km), Orange (2.5km), Green (3.6km)

The map will be at a scale of 1:5000.

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 £4, £5 for non-members of British Orienteering.
Juniors/Students £2, £2.50 for non-members of British Orienteering. (If you are going to go around as a family group using one map only you only need to pay one senior entry fee).

Pre-marked maps will be provided. SportIdent electronic punching will be used. SI cards will be available to borrow if you don't have your own.

Please email mel@cavecrag.com if you are planning to come to ensure we put aside a map for the course you want to do. You can turn up and enter on the day but we will only have a few spare maps for each course so to avoid disappointment please do pre-order your map.  Please ask us if you need any help with working out which course might be most suitable for you.

IMPORTANT: Please note that a reporter and photographer from the press are expected to be present. Please let us know in advance or at registration if you would prefer not to be photographed.https://www.taysideorienteers.org.uk/documents/Tayside_Orienteers_medical_form_event.doc

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Grahame Nicoll

Organiser: Mel Nicoll

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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