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.

03rd Jun 10

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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:  1 February 2016

Area Grid reference Map cost Where to get maps When open Contact phone no.
NORTH OF SCOTLAND     Top
Cluny Hill (Forres) NJ042592 £1 Tourist Information, Tolbooth Street, Forres   01309 673701
Quarrelwood Woodland Park (Elgin) NJ185365 Free

​Download from MOR website

Open all year   
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
Almond Park, (Livingston - please note that Almond, Almondell and Almondvale are three different parks) NT067676 Free
  • Deans Community High School, Eastwood Park, Livingston, EH54 8PS 
  • Inveralmond Community High School, Willow bank, Lady well,  EH54 6HW 
  • Almondell Ranger Centre, EH52 9PE 
  • Polkemmet Ranger Centre, EH47 0AD 
  • Beecraigs Ranger Centre, EH49 6PL
All year, but check with Ranger Centres, c/o West Lothian Council Civic Centre: 01506 280 000 Interlopers Orienteering Club Secretary 0131 440 2136
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 529 2401 to check opening hours tel. 0131 225 7771
 
Bonaly (Edinburgh)  NT211675 £2.00
  • Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Hillend
  • send cheque to "ESOC" and A4 SAE to Janet Clark, 13 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX
tel. 0131 445 4433 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 529 2401 to check opening hours tel. 0131 225 7771
 
Castlelaw  NT230637 £2.00
  • Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Hillend
  • send cheque to "ESOC" and A4 SAE to Janet Clark, 13 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX
tel. 0131 445 4433 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 529 2401 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
Craigmillar Castle Country Park (Edinburgh) NT279710 
or
NT283709 
Check with Visitor Centre

The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre

All year, but check with Ranger Centre. Tel 0131 447 7145 to check opening hours Interlopers Orienteering Club Secretary 0131 440 2136
Dechmont Law (Livingston) NT033694 Free
  • Deans Community High School, Eastwood Park, Livingston, EH54 8PS 
  • Inveralmond Community High School, Willow bank, Lady well,  EH54 6HW 
  • Almondell Ranger Centre, EH52 9PE 
  • Polkemmet Ranger Centre, EH47 0AD 
  • Beecraigs Ranger Centre, EH49 6PL
All year, but check with Ranger Centres, c/o West Lothian Council Civic Centre: 01506 280 000 Interlopers Orienteering Club Secretary 0131 440 2136
Drumpellier Country Park (Coatbridge) NS705660 60p Country Park Office   01236 422257
Eliburn (Livingston) NT0032681 Free
  • Deans Community High School, Eastwood Park, Livingston, EH54 8PS 
  • Inveralmond Community High School, Willow bank, Lady well,  EH54 6HW 
  • Almondell Ranger Centre, EH52 9PE 
  • Polkemmet Ranger Centre, EH47 0AD 
  • Beecraigs Ranger Centre, EH49 6PL
All year, but check with Ranger Centres, c/o West Lothian Council Civic Centre: 01506 280 000 Interlopers Orienteering Club Secretary 0131 440 2136
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
  • Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Hillend
  • send cheque to "ESOC" and A4 SAE to Janet Clark, 13 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX
 tel. 0131 445 4433 to check opening hours 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
  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 £2 Park Visitor Centre, Craigallian Road, Milngavie G62 8EL    0141 956 6100
Plean Country Park NS817868 £1 Stirling Council Ranger Service   01786 432364
Polkemmet Country Park (Whitburn) NS923648 Free
  • Deans Community High School, Eastwood Park, Livingston, EH54 8PS 
  • Inveralmond Community High School, Willow bank, Lady well,  EH54 6HW 
  • Almondell Ranger Centre, EH52 9PE 
  • Polkemmet Ranger Centre, EH47 0AD 
  • Beecraigs Ranger Centre, EH49 6PL
All year, but check with Ranger Centres, c/o West Lothian Council Civic Centre: 01506 280 000 Interlopers Orienteering Club Secretary 0131 440 2136
South Achray Forest (Aberfoyle) NN520015 £1.50 + 50p per extra course description Forest Enterprise Visitor Centre, David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle  Currently not available due to winter storm damage.  
Strathclyde Country Park (Motherwell) NS732565 85p Water Sports Centre   01698 266155
Whitelee Windfarm, Eaglesham NS528490 free Visitor Centre on B764, also downloadable from East Renfrewshire website  Opening hours available on website 0141 614 0851
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)
 No longer in use?  We're checking.  (May 2015)  

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