Tayside Orienteers


Tayside Club Event “21 - No 3 Pitlochry

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Sun 06th Jun 2021

Last updated: 10th Jun
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland
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Results and split times


The Tayside summer series contines on June 6th with an event at Blackspout Woods in Pitlochry.  This is an open event with 4 courses - Yellow, Orange, Light Green and Green

This is being run under the Sport Scotland/ SOA  Covid events plan designed to get orienteering safely started after lockdown.

It requires - 

Don't arrive too early.

Maintain social distancing.

Use a face mask in registration and parking area.

Use hand sanitiser.

Leave soon after competing and recovering.

(In car picnics allowable)


1 Nettles could be a problem.  Cover arms and legs.

2 The vegetation is getting thick.

3 Longer courses (green and light green) may involve river crossings (north end of mapped area).

4. Start - follow the tapes and notices past the road entry to Blackspout Wood and take the next on the left.  +50m. The start is just beyond the railway bridge.

5. From the finish follow downhill to the mainroad and turn right back to the car park.

See other details below.


Nearest town: Pitlochry

Pre event information

Organiser Bill Melville 07365 536436/ 07710471345

Planner Alistair Duguid

There will be no results on the day

Full body cover.

A WHISTLE is required.

If you have a medical condition which might be of importance in an emergency you may want to leave details in an envelope at registration. You can collect it after you have completed the course.

NOTE - TAKE CARE - The way to the start and from the finish will use the pavement alongside the main road through the southerly part of the town.  Please use with care.

 Longer courses may (north end of area) include river crossings.

Take care on your course - (Parents please warn children) The River Edradour  flowing across the middle of the area is dangerous for much of its length. .There are dangerous crags here.The gorge will be marked out of bounds. There is a bridge in the east and the river can be negotiated by a street detour in the west.  Occasional cars use the forest roads to reach houses.

Parents - take particular care of children in registration and parking area which may be used by non-orienteers.

There is a small golf course in the area. Watch out for golfers and errant golf balls.

There may be ticks in this area.  Check yourself.

COVID- rules and regulations

This event will take place following the Covid 19 restrictions and the relevant guidance from the Scottish Government and governing bodies in place at the time of the event.  

Competitors must stay at least 2m from other competitors (unless in their household) before, after and during the event. If someone else is punching a control wait until they have left.

Club risk assessment has been completed. Prepare a personal risk assessment.

Hand sanitiser will be provided at registration and download.

Parts of the area, especially around the falls are very popular with the public – walkers mostly. Please be aware of others and maintain your distance. Give way to members of the public on narrow paths. 

Directions / Parking

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Parking is in the bus parking area at Blair Athol Distillery on Perth Road in Pitlochry. Coming from the south on the A9 take the first Pitlochry exit on to Perth Rd. and follow until you find the distillery on the right hand side. Turn off to the right and follow directions to car parking and registration areas. From the A9 (north) take the Pitlochry exit and travel through the town until after going under the rail bridge and following the road round to the left the distillery will be found on the left hand side. Follow directions to car parking and registration.

No toilets will be available at the distillery.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT There are buses and trains to Pitlochry. 


No toilets at the event. Toilets are available in Pitlochry.

Cafes etc available in Pitlochry.

Registration & Start Times

Registration - Borrowed dibber collection. Map collection and Entry payment drop off from from 10:30.

Starts from 11- 12:30 courses close 2:30

Course Information

There are four course.

Yellow 2K 90m climb

Orange 2.6k 100m climb

Light Green 3.2k 140m climb

Green 4.6k  190m climb

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

Entries are now closed.

Reminder - Entry fees - £5 for seniors and £2 for juniors/students will be collected at registration on the day. Place the exact money due in an envelope with the names of orienteers concerned written on the outside and leave in the box provided.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser Bill Melville 07365 436 036 /07710 471 345

Planner Alistair Duguid

Dogs allowed?

No dogs if possible. Dogs that are brought should be on a close lead at all times. Not allowed on course.

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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