Information category: Access
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A list of useful links to access related issues (reviewed January 2012).