Tayside Orienteers


Faskally Wood

Local event

Sun 28th Aug 2016

Last updated: 30th Aug
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Forest, Woodland
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Results and split times


Thanks to everyone who came to our event on Sunday at Faskally, which we were kindly allowed to run using the controls used for the Scottish Schools Selection races earlier that day.

Lovely, warm and fine conditions, varied terrain and plenty of route choice to navigate around the wee lochan and visit all the crags, knolls and pits. Great to see a range of club members and some newcomers. Sincere thanks to Blair Young, TINTO and the Scottish Schools Orienteering Association for letting us hold the event and to STAG for permission to use their map. And not forgetting Moira and John L for their help on the day and others who helped with control collection! Thank you Angela for planning, organising and computing ... and the very welcome home baking!


Nearest town: Pitlochry

Pre event information

Please let Angela know if you are able to come early to put out the path controls and/or to let her know if you can help with packing up at the end. Thanks!

Please also allow extra time for your journey - Blair Horse Trials are on this weekend!

Directions / Parking

Main Faskally Wood car park just to the north of Pitlochry. Faskally Forest is just off the B8019, about 1 mile (2km) north-west of Pitlochry. The car park is at grid reference NN 922 591.


Toilets in car park.

Registration & Start Times

Starts 2.00-2.30pm, courses close 3.30pm. (This is a short time window for starts so please ensure you arrive with plenty of time to make the start before it closes!).

Course Information

"Easy" - 1.4km course, 20m climb. Mainly on paths but a couple of off path
controls. (Yellowish)

"Medium" - 1.8km course, 45m climb. Controls further off the paths
but fairly easy to get to the controls navigating using the paths. (Orangeish)

Short Green - 3.1km,100m climb.

Green - 3.5km, 165m climb. The extra climb will make this course take longer
and the distance travelled will be nearer 4.5km.

NB There will no longer be a "Score" option.

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 only but please email Angela to let her know if you intend coming so as to help with making sure we have the right number of maps and one put aside for you. Arrive in good time to ensure you can start by 2.30pm.

Members £5 per adult (£7 non-member); £2 juniors/students (£3 non-members).

Contacts / Officials

Angela Dixon Email adixon     @watt64.freeserve.co.uk (remove spaces)

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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