Tayside Orienteers


“Bring a Friend” event in Crieff

Macrosty Park

Sat 03rd Jun 2017

Last updated: 04th Jun
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland
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Report from Club Coach Moira:- A big thank you to all those who came to our joint coaching session and event at Crieff today, in spite of heavy showers in the afternoon. Special thanks to Alistair and his new planning assistant, Stuart, for designing the courses, including the challenging "Norwegian" one; to Anne and Mike for volunteering for and taking on the role  of organisers for the first time; to Finlay for help with set-up and dismantling, and volunteering to brave the rain to bring in all the training kites; to John for support with computing; to Fiona for organising car parking, and to Chris for his cheerful help with (wet!) tent dismantling and packing. Hopefully the coaching group will be more confident after their intensive session on compass work - they certainly put in a great effort afterwards going round the courses. Looking forward to seeing the updated club Championship points!) in due course.

Tayside Orienteers warmly invite you to orienteer in Crieff's Macrosty Park. Courses will be suitable for a wide range of abilities, from complete beginners to seasoned orienteers who will enjoy the challenges of a "course with a twist"!  With fine views across Strathearn and towards Ben Chonzie, situated within an exceptionally picturesque landscape, MacRosty Park has been an attraction for over 100 years. Named after its benefactor, James MacRosty, the park boasts children's play areas,  a Victorian bandstand, picnic areas, a café, easy going walks and an impressive collection of conifer trees, including Douglas fir and noble fire. Other significant species include Lawson cypress, Norway spruce, Coriscan pine and cedar.


Nearest town: Crieff

Pre event information

WARNING: Please would all runners take particular care around the play park area as it is busy with small children.  Please also note that the fast flowing Turret Burn runs through the park.

Directions / Parking

From the centre of Crieff head west for Milnab Street off the A822 and head down Turretbank Road. Parking will be in the Morrison Academy's sports field car park opposite the public car park at the south end of Macrosty Park. Entrance to the sports field is on the left. Look out for signs.

More info about Macrosty Park on the Perth & Kinross Council web page


Toilets - public toilets (you need to pay) in the park.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 2-3.30pm
Starts from 2.30-4pm

Please note that we will also be using this event to "train" up club members on some of our computer kit so your patience at event registration would be much appreciated!

Course Information

A choice of White, Yellow or Orange plus a "Norwegian-Style" memory map exercise for more experienced orienteers.

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

Please reserve a map by emailing the Organiser- Michael. Please let him know by Wednesday 31st May!

There will be some "Entry on the Day" but maps will be limited so if possible please reserve your map in advance. 

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Michael Pearson Email: m.j.pearson@  abdn.ac.uk (remove spaces)

Planner: Stuart Paton and Alistair Duguid

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.
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