Tayside Orienteers


TAY’s 30th Birthday Event + SoSOL

Image of the Kinnoull Hill map

Sun 05th Nov 2017

Last updated: 20th Jun
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Forest
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Thanks to everyone involved in putting on and supporting today's 30th Birthday event for the club (also a South of Scotland Orienteering League event). And thanks for coming to share the day with us - the sun shone, drawing 160 of you out to help us celebrate! We hope you enjoyed the chance to run on our brand new map - generously supported by the Tay Landscape Partnership - and also the cake! Happy Birthday TAY. More of a write-up and photos to follow.


Nearest town: Perth

Pre event information



Parents please note that there is a pond immediately behind the Forestry Shed at registration. Please supervise young children closely in this area.

To all participants- The forestry track that we will be driving and parking on will also have to be walked to gain access to registration. There is a zigzag path that we would like you to use  where possible but it will involve walking on the forestry track to gain access to it. Look out for the signs with a red arrow saying ' Registration in Forestry Shed' and please use this path where possible. CARS GO SLOWLY ON THE FORESTRY TRACK PLEASE.

We will help you to park as much as possible but if it gets really busy you may have to find a space on the verge yourself. Please check the verge for any holes or soggy bits of ground. There is only so much that we can do for you on the day.  Thanks



Free Hot Chocolate and Anniversary cake (baked by none  other than local celebrity baker from 'The Great British Bake-Off' , Flora Sheddon) will be available after the event! The Perth fireworks display is on the same day as our 30th anniversary event. We're planning to round off our celebrations with a Sunday Roast at the Fair Maid Restaurant (formerly known as the Isle of Skye Hotel) at the bottom of Kinnoull Hill at 5.30pm, then go on to the fireworks display afterwards. Regular carvery £9.99, Large £11.49. There are other food options including kids' menu too. More info here If you would like to join us please give your name to Elaine,  2egillies     @gmail.com (remove spaces), asap. The bonfire starts at 6.30pm and the fireworks at 7.15pm. ALL COMPETITIORS WELCOME.

Directions / Parking

If you want to avoid coming through Perth, traffic from the North, West and South should get onto the M90  and continue over the Frairton Bridge as if heading for Dundee then come off at junction 11. **Take signs to Perth (A85). Continue along this road passing through one major set of traffic lights and just before the next set of lights take the very small road ( Back Wynd) on the right ( look out for an orienteering sign and brown road sign saying Kinnoull Hill) then turn right at the end of it onto Lochie Brae. Follow this road up the hill and onto Muirhall road,past Murray Royal Hospital, then follow the orienteering signs to parking up near the Jubilee Car park

NB- You cannot turn right once you get to the second set of traffic lights so would have to find a way to turn round, so take care at this junction. 

Those coming from the East- Follow the directions above from the astrerix**

Cars will be parking on a forestry track near the Jubilee Car Park (Grid Ref 145238, sheet 53). Please DO NOT park in the Jubilee Car Park. Follow the Marshal's instructions as you will have to drive 1/2 mile up the track, turn round then park facing down the track, partly on the verge. This means there will be two-way traffic on the track so drive slowly and with care. Cars only to park up the forestry track. Forestry have instructed us that it is a strict 15mph speed limit on forestry roads so please adhere to this.

Campervans and large vehicles eg. 4x4's  will have to park in the Quarry Car Park (Grid Ref 136237, Sheet 53) and we will tape the walk to registration. It will take about 15 minutes.


There will be one toilet available in the Forestry Shed at registration. Otherwise there are public toilets near the South Inch in Perth; at the Broxden Services for those coming in off the A9 or at the Tesco on the Edinburgh Road for those coming in off the M90.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and download in the Kinnoull Forestry shed.

Start and Finish 5 minutes from registration.

Registration from 10.30am

Starts- 11am-1pm

Punching Starts at 1 minute intervals so there may be a queue on popular courses.

White and Yellow maps will be given out at Registration.

Courses Close- 3pm. Please adhere to this as we will be bringing controls in promptly to allow us to tidy-up in good time before our meal at 5.30pm.

Course Information

Courses with lengths and heights are White- 1.7k, 60m;  Yellow- 2k,80m;  Orange- 2.3k,120m; Light Green- 3k,145m;  Short Green-3.5k,180m;  Green-4.5k,300m;  Blue-6.2k,345m;  Brown-7.5k,410m. (**Please note that the Brown Course will have more than 30 controls so old dibbers won't have enough capacity**)

There will be a free Treasure Hunt Course for young children instead of a String 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

On-Line Entries through Fabian4 by Sunday 29 October. £5 junior/student (£6 non-member); £8 senior (£10 non-member); £8 family/group using one map (£10 non-members).

Entry on the day or after on-line entries close- £6 (£7) Juniors/Students; £10 (£12) Seniors; £10 (£12) Family/Group using 1 map.

If we have spare maps you can buy an extra one for £2 each

Contacts / Officials

Planner Mike Pearson pearson.mj@  btinternet.com  (take out the space after @)

Organiser Angela Dixon and Elaine Gillies 2egillies@  gmail.com or adixonfrog@  gmail.com

Controller Grant Carstairs

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are welcome on Kinnoull Hill.

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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