Information category: Access


Orienteering access - guidance

The Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) recommends that as a matter of good practice land managers are contacted by organisers of orienteering activities where practicable. Access to Scotland’s outdoors takes place under Scottish access rights, which apply to most land and inland water. These rights must be exercised responsibly, and land managers have to manage their land responsibly with regard to access. 

13th Feb 17   Read more...


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   Read more...


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   Read more...


Capercaillie SOA/RSPB Agreement

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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   Read more...


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   Read more...


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   Read more...


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   Read more...


Access Links

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

26th Jan 12   Read more...


Older items

Advice on Writing to Land Owners re Access for Orienteering Events… 24th Jul 06

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