Tayside Orienteers


SOUL no8. Muirton, Perth

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Sun 18th Sep 2022

Last updated: 01st Aug
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Urban
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Number 8 in the 2022 Scottish Orienteering Urban League - New map of Perth's South and North Muirton .


Nearest town: Perth

Pre event information

New map of S Muirton and updated map of N Muirton by Chris Smithard.

Maps used on the day will be A4 or smaller Scale 1:4000.

Maps for courses 1,2 &3 will be double sided.

There are a number of out of bounds areas with red hatching including a number of football fields.  This must be observed even if people are not playing football. They will not be taped.

Courses 6 and 7 (juniors) do not cross any busy roads but they do traverse very minor roads and parking areas.  Both courses cross one main road at a pelican crossing.  There is a timed-out leg between the control before the crossing and first control after the crossing.  This leg is about 50m.  competitors may take as long as they require to cross safely

Junior courses do not go any closer than 50m from the Tay but all competitors should keep away from this steep and obvious bank.

Directions / Parking

From all directions head for the Inveralmond roundabout on the north side of the city.

Head south towards Perth centre on Dunkeld Road. Note - do not head out on the dual carriageway towards Dunkeld.

Carry on past a roundabout, a rail bridge and a set of lights.

At the next rondabout take 1st left on Gowans Terrace. This is in the competition area so lookout for runners.

PARKING Follow until shortly before St Johns School/ N Inch Community Centre you will see parking on the left hand side of the road.  If  this is full turn left on exit into Muirton Cottage Road. There is more parking here.

If this is full please find safe legal street parking.

Event registration and download is at the north end of the parking area.... see Tayside club banner. 


Toilets -  these will be available in the North Inch Community Centre. In the main hallway. But they will only be available until around 1:15 when the centre closes on a Sunday. That is why starting times are earlier than normal.

There are also toilets available at the South Inch car park area and at Bells Sports Centre. Bells is expected to be very busy on this particular Sunday and parking (15 minutes free with a ticket) will be limited. No doubt toilets can be found in various shops and cafes on the way.

There are a number of good cafes and restaurants - 1 The Blackwatch Museum. 2 At the Inveralmond roundabout. (Tiso, M&S)

Registration & Start Times

Registration open from 9:45am at the north end of the parking area. Look fot Tayside banner.

Start times will be from 10:30 to 12:30  due to the limited toilet time availability. (This could be extended if there are a large number of entries)

The start is approximately 400m from registration along Gowans Terr and then Bute Dr.

Course Information

Usual SOUL courses with distances as shown- 

Course 1 MO           8.3km 27 controls

Course 2 MV (40+) WO         6.7km 21 controls

Course 3 MSV (Supervet) (55+) WV (40+)          5,7km   18 controls 

Course 4 MUV (65+) WSV (55+)            4.0km  17 controls

Course 5 MHV (75+) WUV (65+) WHV (75+)             3,2km 16 controls

Course 6 MJ WJ  (under 16)           4.1km 22 controls   

Course 7 MYJ WYJ  (under 12)        3.5km 17 controls 

6 & 7 Free of fast moving traffic and with one timed out pelican beacon crossing.

There are three relatively busy roads in the area - Gowans Terrace, Bute Drive (from traffic lights on Dunkeld road to join Gowans Terr) and The Rookery/Lark Drive heading from Gowans Terr towards the town.  All are in the competition area and must be treated with care.

There are two main crossings on Bute Drive. 1. To get to the start close to Perth Grammar School and 2. at the beaconed crossing some 300m further north. This will be a timed out crossing point for children under 16 who should only cross Bute Drive at this point.  It is timed out. See above.

Muirton has a lot of walkways and pavements. But there are many streets and parking areas which demand usual care.

Juniors should be especially carefull close to the football field parking in the east of the N Muirton area, it looks like an open running area.

Parents who wish to follow juniors for safety reasons must run their own course first if they wish to count. Accompanied juniors will be allowed to start when ready.

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

Si Entries


Adult/ Family group £12  (non BOF or SOA members £14)  Junior/Student £5 (non BOF or SOA members £7)

Contacts / Officials

Orgainiser Bill Melville (Tayside) 07365 436036 / 01350 727048  

Planner Clive Masson (Tayside)

Controller Roger Scrutton (Esoc)

Dogs allowed?

No dogs on the loose, on the course or left unattended, please.

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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