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Permanent Orienteering Courses in Scotland

These permanent courses are open to everyone (within the time limits shown).  The only charge for use of them is the cost of the map, as shown.

The map pack that you buy will contain guidance on how to get the most from the permanent course, and how to contact the local club for further information.

THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED IN GOOD FAITH BUT ACCURACY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED.  PLEASE NOTIFY NATIONAL ORIENTEERING CENTRE OF ANY CORRECTIONS REQUIRED.

We would be interested to hear your views of these permanent courses.  Please pass these to the club contact named in your map pack, or to the National Orienteering Centre (see below). A common abbreviation of POC is often used to refer to Permanent Orienteering Courses.

 

If you require any further guidance or additional information, please contact the National Orienteering Centre - tel. 01479 861374 or e-mail:

Permanent courses are listed by area:
North of Scotland
Northeast of Scotland
Central Scotland
Southeast of Scotland

last updated:  23 March 2013

Area Grid reference Map cost Where to get maps When open Contact phone no.
NORTH OF SCOTLAND     Top
Carbisdale (Ardgay, Sutherland) NH575954 free
  • Tourist Offices at Lairg and Dornoch
  • Forest Enterprise Office, Hilton of Embo, Dornoch IV25 3PW
Open all year Mon to Fri 0800 to 1700 BUT we understand it is currently unavailable due to felling. 01862 810359
Cluny Hill (Forres) NJ042592 £1 Tourist Information, Tolbooth Street, Forres   01309 673701
Quarrelwood Woodland Park (Elgin) NJ185365 free
  • Tourist Office, Elgin Library
  • Forest Enterprise Office, Newton Nursery, Elgin
Open all year Mon to Fri 0800 to 1700 01343 542832
NORTH EAST OF SCOTLAND     Top
Battlehill Wood (Huntly) NJ538395   Tourist Office, Huntly    
Bennachie Wood (Aberdeenshire) NJ698216  

The Bennachie Information Centre

Limited availability while felling in progress (winter 2012-13)

Open all year. Closed Mondays 01467 681470
Crathes Castle (Banchory) NO733968   National Trust for Scotland office in castle closed in winter  
Drum Castle (Peterculter) NO795005   National Trust for Scotland office in castle closed in winter  
Kincorth (Aberdeen) access from Abbotswells Crescent free download from GRAMP website    
Kirkhill Forest North (Aberdeen) NJ854115 £1.50 Mace Shop, Blackburn    
CENTRAL SCOTLAND     Top
Abbey Craig (Stirling) NS808958 £2.00 The Wallace Monument Visitors Centre   07985 739213
Allean Forest (Pitlochry) NN858601 £1.50 Queen's View Visitors Centre by Pitlochry   01796 473123
Beecraigs Country Park (Linlithgow)   75p Country Park Visitor Centre   01506 844516
Blackford Hill and the Hermitage (Edinburgh)  NT250703 £2.00
  • The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre
  • Cammo Lodge Visitor Centre
  • send cheque to "ESOC" and A4 SAE to Janet Clark, 13 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX
tel. 0131 447 7145 to check opening hours tel. 0131 225 7771
 
Bonaly (Edinburgh)  NT211675 £2.00
  • The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre
  • Cammo Lodge Visitor Centre
  • Hillend Ski Centre
  • Bonaly Store
  • send cheque to "ESOC" and A4 SAE to Janet Clark, 13 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX
tel. 0131 447 7145 to check opening hours tel. 0131 225 7771
 
Cammo Estate (Edinburgh)  NT178749 £2.00
  • The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre
  • Cammo Lodge Visitor Centre
  • send cheque to "ESOC" and A4 SAE to Janet Clark, 13 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX
tel. 0131 447 7145 to check opening hours tel. 0131 225 7771
 
Castlelaw  NT230637 £2.00
  • The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre
  • Cammo Lodge Visitor Centre
  • send cheque to "ESOC" and A4 SAE to Janet Clark, 13 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX
tel. 0131 447 7145 to check opening hours tel. 0131 225 7771
 
Corstorphine Hill (Edinburgh)  NT202747 £2.00
  • The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre
  • Cammo Lodge Visitor Centre
  • send cheque to "ESOC" and A4 SAE to Janet Clark, 13 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX
tel. 0131 447 7145 to check opening hours tel. 0131 225 7771
 
City of Glasgow Parks - 15 parks available: Hogganfield Loch Park, Victoria Park, Tollcross Park, Alexandra Park, Glasgow Green, Springburn Park, Ruchill Park, Queen's Park, Cathkin Braes Country Park,King's Park, Linn Park, Richmond Park, Bellahouston Park, Dawsholm Park, Kelvingrove Prak     Terry O'Brien
Stag Orienteering Club
  0141 770 8671
Drumpellier Country Park (Coatbridge) NS705660 60p Country Park Office   01236 422257
Forfar Country Park (Forfar)     Ranger's Office office open 1-4 pm 7 days  
Gartmorn Dam Country Park (Alloa) NS911941 £1 Gartmorn Dam Visitor Centre    
Hillend (Edinburgh)  NT244667 £2.00
  • The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre
  • Cammo Lodge Visitor Centre
  • Hillend Ski Centre
  • send cheque to "ESOC" and A4 SAE to Janet Clark, 13 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX
 tel. 0131 447 7145 to check opening hours tel. 0131 225 7771
 
Hopetoun House (West Lothian)  NT090789 £2.00
  • Hopetoun House Office (open Easter to end Sept)
  • send cheque to "ESOC" and A4 SAE to Janet Clark, 13 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX
  tel. 0131 225 7771
 
Lochore Meadows Country Park (Crosshill, Lochgelly)   50p (laminated maps free but to be returned)

Outdoor Education Centre, Lochore Meadows Country Park, Crosshill, Lochgelly, Fife

 

Open daily summer;  closed weekends Nov-March 01592 583388
Mugdock Country Park NS732565 £1 Park Visitor Centre, Craigallian Road, Milngavie G62 8EL    
Plean Country Park NS817868 £1 Stirling Council Ranger Service   01786 432364
South Achray Forest (Aberfoyle) NN520015 £1.50 + 50p per extra course description Forest Enterprise Visitor Centre, David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle    
Strathclyde Country Park (Motherwell) NS732565 85p Water Sports Centre   01698 266155
SOUTH EAST OF SCOTLAND     Top
Bowhill Estate (Selkirk)   free Countryside Ranger Service, Bowhill Estate, Selkirk TD7 5ES   01750 22326
Ettrick Marshes, near Selkirk   free leaflet leaflet available (usually) from box in the car park or from Borders Forest Trust, Monteviot Nurseries, Ancrum, Nr Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, TD8 6TU open all year 01835 830750
Cardrona Forest (Peebles)   free
  • Tourist Information Centre, High Street, Peebles (01721 720138)
  • Scottish Borders Trails, Glentress Forest, Peebles (01721 722934)
   

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