Badenoch & Strathspey Orienteering Club

Loch Vaa SESun 18 August, 2019

Last updated: Tue 13 April, 2021

Local level event

Explanation of event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.


Results now available.


We're having a few issues with Routegadget, hope to have it available soon.

Semi-open contour detail combines with fantastic views to make an enjoyable challenge at TD3 and above. Pairs welcome to try the Orange+ course.

Orange+ maps to be collected from Registration before going to Start.

Pre-event Information

Due to the lack of line features, the easiest course we can offer is a bit beyond TD3, so we're calling it Orange+ and we will give lots of tips to help you. The area has superbly strong boundaries and reliable safety bearing, so we encourage the less experienced to accompany a more capable person on the Orange+ course, and do your best! Collect Orange+ maps from Registration.

Location Info

Near: Boat of Garten
Lat,Lng: 57.23410,-3.77981
OS Grid Ref: NH926173
Postcode: PH22 1QF

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Directions / Parking

Please park at the Boat of Garten Community Hall, PH24 3BL. If driving into Boat of Garten from North West the Hall is signposted approx 100m from 30mph signs. From the car park it is a 2.2km flat walk/cycle on an excellent path to registration. If hall car park is full please park on Deshar Road. Bikes and bags can be left at competitors' own risk at registration. Under no circumstances are you to park on Kinchurdy Road or on the track to "The Yard".

For anyone living or staying in Aviemore, the easiest approach would be to cycle along the Speyside Way to Registration (but stay on the track as you come through the competition area!). Oh, and there's also the Strathspey Railway with perfect timetabling!

Tasty cakes will also be on sale!

Map / Terrain

Detailed contours on open and semi-open land - easy to be close but not quite there!

Collect Orange+ maps from Registration before going to Start.

Registration and Start times

Registration will be at "The Yard" 10:30 - 12:00. There will be a covered clothing/bag dump there which competitors can use at their own risk. From Registration to Start is about 500m; from Finish back to Registration is a little less, same route for most of it.

Starts 11:00 - 12:30.

Courses close 14:30.

Course Information

Courses available will be: Orange+ 1.8km (map at 1:5,000), Light Green (3.3km), Green (3.9km) and Blue (6.2km) (map at 1:10,000 for all these).

Although the area is technically challenging, it has excellent boundaries. Safety bearing NW for all courses will take you to large path, then head N.

BEWARE bikes on this path.

Do not cross the (unmapped!) fence beside the railway.

Entry Details

Enter online via SIEntries

Entries will close 23:59 on Sunday 11th August 2019.

SI dibber (contact) on all courses. Dibber hire £1; if lost charge will be £25.


senior member £5, non-member and Entry on the Day £7

junior member £2, non-member and Entry on the Day £3.

Some entry on the day may be available but no guarantee. To be sure of a map please enter before the closing date.

Please remember to go to download even if you haven't finished your course. This is our way of checking that no competitors are lost or injured.

Dog restrictions

Well behaved dogs on lead please - there are sheep and deer around.

Contacts / Officials

Planner - Nigel Williams

Organiser - Ann McGougan


Shop and cafe in nearby Boat of Garten. For toilets please use the Boat Hotel, which is beside the railway station.

Nearest A&E Hospitals

Raigmore Hospital, Inverness IV2 3UJ

Nairn Town & Country Hospital, IV12 5EE

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First Aid - Anyone requiring First Aid should report to Registration/Download tent. The nearest A&E is Raigmore Hospital, Inverness IV2 3UJ. If you have a medical condition that we should know about, please provide details (forms at Registration); each completed form will be kept in a sealed envelope and destroyed after the event.

Key Drop Box - Available at registration. Solo travellers please leave contact details at registration.

Ticks - There are ticks in the area. Please wear full leg cover and check thoroughly for ticks after your run.