Tayside Orienteers


Tayside Orienteers “Not the JK”

Image of the Moncreiffe Hill map

Sun 21st Apr 2019

Last updated: 24th Apr
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Forest, Woodland
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Not going to the JK in Sussex? Join us in Perthshire for some quality orienteering on Perth's Moncreiffe Hill.

The JK is the UK’s premier event of the year but usually it is held too far away for many club runners in the area to go to. So a number of years ago TAY started laying on an alternative central Scotland event called "Not the JK." Hope to see you there if you're not heading south!


Nearest town: Perth

Pre event information

(NEW - a short green course (3.8km 170m climb) will be available - enter by e-mail/ pay on the day )  Or switch from an other course via  

Moncreiffe Hill is at it's best this time of year before the undergrowth takes off.  That, along with a mixture of paths and some tricky navigation should make Ian Doig's courses worth a visit.

Getting there - a) from Perth, take the Edinburgh Road turning off at last road on the left (Rhynd Rd.)  just before the "Edinburgh" M90 slip road; after 2km take right into Woodland Trust car park

b) from south on M90 take the Stirling M90 slip road and almost immediately take the right fork to Perth: in 500m turn right onto Rhynd Road then as a) above.

c) from all other directions either head through Perth to the Edinburgh road or take the by-pass and M90 to Bridge of Earn Junction - come off M90 south and head under carriageway to join M90 north then follow as b) above.

Orienteering signs from the end of Rhynd Road.

(Take care - anyone driving through Bridge of Earn should not take the Rhynd Road labelled just after the bridge but travel on towards Perth to take the other end of the road on the edge of Perth)


Remember your sun cream.

DANGER - The south side of Moncreiffe Hill has some dangerous crags. Especially towards the  west end.  Take care. A number of these crags (but not all) will be taped with black and yellow warning tape. Yellow and orange course runners should be warned this colour of tape is warning tape and not tape to be followed.

LOST - the conical hill and the deer fenced felled area (just to the NW) are both in the NW/central area of the map. They could act as key re-location points. Major paths run west to East.  Really lost walk North to hit one of these major paths or the fields on the north edge of the area. Follow to area of conical hill.  A  north to south path just west of the hill will take you north to the finish and parking area.

MAPS available at Friday afternoon - 2 Yellow, 1 Orange, 5 Short Green, 2 Green, 2 Blue.

Mail or Phone 01350 727048 to book.

YELLOW  course maps should be collected from registration.

TOILETS will be available in the car park but they are also available at Tesco's on Edinburgh Road.

PAYMENT - all thos who have booked a map by e-mail should pay at registration before going out on their course.  (Adults/ Groups £5 Juniors £3 (plus £2 for any one not a BOF or SOA member)

PARKING - restricted in Woodland Trust carpark but no parking fee.

CONTROLS - Si plug in units> NO Si Air.

CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS- No loose conTrol descriptions. They are printed on the map.

START - 1 Allow upto 30m for the 1km  mainly uphill walk to  the start.

START - 2 Simple supervised start.   NOTE Green and short green share the first two controls so please separate going through the start. The start and finish are relativel close so you can leave  kit at the start at your own risk.

DOWNLOAD at registration. Computer display results.

LEAVING car park - take great care.

HEALTH and SAFETY - This is a popular area with runners, walkers, and cyclists. Warning notices have been in place for some weeks. But we do not have exclusive use of the area Please treat other users with respect. Remember you use the facilities and COMPETE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Watch out for wildlife including nesting birds.

Thanks for use of the area goes to  The Woodland Trust: Capt C Moncrieff, Easter Elcho: The Hon P Moncreiffe, Easter Moncreiffe: Morgan Family Eastate, 

Directions / Parking

Parking is in the Woodland Trust North carpark off. Space is restricted and other park users may be using part of the area. Orienteering users may be directed through the gate to the grass area for parking. Please follow instructions from parking officials.



Mobile toilets available in the parking area.

Registration & Start Times

Registration next to car park open from 10:30

Starts from 11am until 12:30

Course Information

Yellow (1.6km/ 30m climb), Orange (2.6km/60m), Short Green (3.6km/ 170m), Green (4.8km/120m), Blue (5.9km/255m)  Pre-entry is open until Sunday 14th.  Limited entry on the day is available. Yellow course maps should be collected from registration.

Start is approx 1km with 60m climb from parking area. From Finish to Parking is about 900m downhill along much of the same path.


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

Senior - £5 BO/SOA Member

Junior/Students - £3 BO/SOA Member

Groups - £5

+ £2 for non members

Online entry via SI Events https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=5530

Contacts / Officials

Organiser - Bill Melville 01350 727048/ 07710471345/ billmelville (@) ogoroad.com

Dogs allowed?

This area is used by dog walkers but all dogs to be kept under strict control.

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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