Information category: Access

Good Practice Guide to Orienteering and the Environment

The SOA has produced a Good Practice Guide to Orienteering and the Environment in Scotland. The document is written for orienteers, and is intended to assist in securing access to land for events, particularly where there are concerns about nature conservation.

18th Apr 16  

Forestry Commission Agreement

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Updated Aug 2015

There is a Master Agreement & Permissions Procedure in place with Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS).  The Agreement explains the standard procedure to be followed by all orienteering event organisers seeking to gain permission to hold orienteering events on the National Forest Estate.

31st Aug 15  

Capercaillie SOA/RSPB Agreement


2015 Agreement

A new Agreement between the Scottish Orienteering Association and the Capercaillie Biodiversity Action Plan Steering Group on the use of forests for orienteering competitions and training where capercaillie are present is now available.

16th Mar 15  

FCS-SOA Concordat

Clubs are reminded that as part of the current permissions process with the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) they must submit a copy of an Ordnance Survey map showing the extent of the area to be used plus any other relevant information. A Master Agreement & Permissions Procedure is in place. Details of the agreement.

31st Aug 14  

Orienteering on Forestry Commission Scotland Land

Access to Forestry Commission Scotland land:  an update.  Notes of meeting with FCS in Edinburgh on 16 August 2012, also attended by representatives of sportScotland and the Scottish Sports Association Outdoor Pursuits Group.

21st Sep 12  

Scottish Land and Estates - Access Advice

Scottish Land and Estates

A new publication entitled “Outdoor events in Scotland:  guidance for organisers and land managers” is now available.  It gives valuable information relating to access and should be read by all organisers of orienteering events in Scotland.

26th Jan 12  

Access Links

A list of useful links to access related issues (reviewed January 2012).

26th Jan 12  

Advice on Writing to Land Owners re Access for Orienteering Events

Requests for permission for access for an orienteering event should be made as early as possible. Try and give at least 6 months prior to the proposed date of the event, especially if this is the first time the area is being used for orienteering.  (Reviewed January 2012)

24th Jul 06  

Older items

Advice on Lambing and Orienteering… 24th Jul 06

Publications Available from the Access Officer… 24th May 06

Advice on Red Deer Stalking and Orienteering… 24th May 06

Advice on pheasant/partridge rearing/shooting and Orienteering… 24th May 06

Advice on Moorland (Red Grouse) and Orienteering… 24th May 06

Orienteering – A Guide for Land Managers… 20th May 06

SOA / SNH Agreement… 01st May 06

Main Sporting Seasons… 24th Mar 06

Access to the Countryside in Scotland… 24th Jan 06

Major event Rescue Plan… 24th Jan 06