Another of our speciality "Small & Friendly" events, with a rare opportunity to orienteer at the Craigellachie Nature Reserve on the edge of Aviemore - with stunning views guaranteed!

Sat 01st Nov 2014

Type of event: Local Race-(D)
Type of terrain: Moorland, Woodland
Info updated: 03rd Feb


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Pre Event Info

Craigellachie has a lovely mixture of well made paths, undulating woodland, and steep, rough slopes - something for everyone!

We encourage you to enter online and doing so will guarantee there will be a map for your choice of course. No payment will be collected by oentries, you just pay on arrival at the event. Online entry closes the Wednesday midnight 29th October.

By having this information in advance we can more accurately judge how many maps to print and it makes producing the results easier and quicker. If you don't already have an oentries account it only takes minutes to set one up and will then save you time entering events in the future.

There will be some extra maps available for entry on the day.

We are very lucky to have access to Craigellachie. You can learn more about this stunning National Nature Reserve here
This area is a steep hillside so all the courses include a healthy dose of climbing.

Some courses will include a "butterfly loop", see example below. This involves visiting a control more than once, and provides a good test of concentration for tired brains!

Moravian Orienteers have a level C event at Quarrelwood (near Elgin) on Sunday 2nd November, that our own Lynne Walker is the controller for.



Directions / Parking

VERY limited parking at the hostel so please use public parking in Aviemore - there are options throughout the town, the furthest might be 15 minutes’ walk away. Registration will be the club tent in the grounds of the Youth Hostel - unfortunately they can’t fit us in the building, due to another group.  Please do NOT attempt to use the hostel’s facilities.  Public toilets are available in Aviemore.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration: 10:45-11:15
Starts: 11:00 - 12:00
Notes: Courses close 13:00

Course Information

Yellow, Orange, Green & Blue courses will be on offer.

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

Fees: 21 years of age or older on Green or Blue: £5
Everyone on Yellow or Orange courses: £3
Entry: On the day

Hired timing chips (Si-Cards, dibbers)

We provide a free loan of these if you don't have your own, but if you loose it there will be a £30 charge for it's replacement.

Terrain Description

Craigellachie has a lovely mixture of well made paths, undulating woodland, and steep, rough slopes.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Johannes Felter
Organiser: Hilary Quick
Controller: Paul Frost

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.


Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events and not joined an orienteering club that is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance.

Medical Conditions

You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. You can leave it at registration/enquires in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.


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