Permanent Courses & Smartphone Orienteering

You can orienteer whenever you want at many permanent and seasonal orienteering courses across Scotland’s parks, cities and countryside. Permanent courses are great as part of a day out – as a family, a group of friends, or for individual training. Some courses use paper maps while others are available on your smartphone.

Permanent orienteering marker post
Permanent courses often feature markers like this

Permanent Orienteering Courses

Permanent orienteering courses are often found in public places like parks and other popular outdoor locations. You use a course map to navigate between permanent control points – white and orange orienteering symbols attached to things like posts or benches.

You can ask for a map from the relevant visitor centre or ask the local orienteering club. For a list of all courses in Scotland and information on where to download permanent orienteering maps, visit the British Orienteering website.

Smartphone orienteering with MapRun

MapRun is an app which allows you to use your smartphone to enjoy orienteering without needing to set up physical control points on the ground. There are now MapRun courses set up all across Scotland which you can go and run right now, with more new ones being added all the time.

Using MapRun, you can run an orienteering course using either the map on your phone screen or a paper version; the only difference from a “traditional” course is that there are no physical markers on the ground. Instead, the phone tracks your location as you run and vibrates or buzzes to confirm when you’ve reached each control point on the course.

As with other modern orienteering punching and timing systems, you can compare your times between controls and around the whole course with other runners, and with MapRun you can take part whenever you want.

How MapRunF looks on your smartphone

Because there are no physical control markers, courses can be left open permanently for people to enjoy at any time. Setting up new courses is relatively straightforward for those with orienteering experience, and can be done from the comfort of your home.

The current recommended version of the app is called MapRunF (v4.8.8 22/04/2020). MapRunF is a complete rebuild of MapRun and has a lot of new additional functions, including CheckSites, which can be used to upload and test your own temporary course and a QuickStart Event function that lets you set everything up from within the app. You can also modify operational functions such as the threshold distance to accept a control punch and switch on a tracking dot to show current location. All MapRun events can be accessed through MapRunF. More information is available here.

How to use MapRunF to have a go at existing courses

Here’s our quick guide to get you started, and you can take a look at our more detailed pictorial instructions.

  1. Download the MapRunF app on Google Play or the App Store to your GPS-enabled smartphone.
  2. Enter your personal details.
  3. Select the “event” you want to run. You can find information about existing courses across Scotland in the table below, so you can choose by location, type, length and difficulty. Navigate to the UK/Scotland folder and then click on the event name to download the map. We recommend you download the map while you have access to wifi or a good mobile signal. Once downloaded, you’ll be able to retrieve the map from local storage on your phone.
  4. Some “events” are protected by a 4-digit PIN, which you should be able to find in the course information table below.
  5. If you prefer to run using a paper copy of the map, PDF files of many of the courses in Scotland are available for self-printing via the link in the course information table.
  6. Once you’re ready to run, click on “Go To Start” (if necessary re-loading the event from local storage in the event list first) and enter the PIN if required.
  7. Walk towards the start. Your phone should beep and the clock start timing once you come within range of the start location.
  8. Run the course as normal. Your phone should beep when you reach each control point. Sometimes you may need to slow down and stop for a couple of seconds, or move a few paces until it registers.
  9. Once you have found all the points (or your time is up for a score course) head for the finish for the final beep. You should avoid running past the finish before the end of the course or you may accidentally stop the clock!
  10. The app may automatically attempt to save your results but if you don’t have access to data this can be done later. Please remember to save your results as it will help us know how many people are enjoying using the app! If you have a Strava account you can also synchronise your session directly.
  11. To view the results table for the event, select “Show Results” and select the event that you have just completed. You will also be able to view the “track” of your route.
  12. If you’d like to set up your own course on MapRunF, see the information below or find out more here.

MapRun courses in Scotland

Below is a clickable map of current MapRun orienteering courses you can try across Scotland. Where a length is specified, the course is linear (visit the control points in the order shown) and where a time is specified, it’s a score format course (visit in any order). The course difficulty relates to the standard orienteering course colour-coded system.

If there are no courses near you yet, contact your local club or read below on how to create your own MapRun course.

You can download a copy of the map and course for printing from the clickable course link (note that in some cases the course is split into 2 for ease of printing on A4 paper).

Scottish MapRun Courses (updated 9th Oct 2020)

Right of access to use MapRun courses is according to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Participants should ensure responsible access through adhering to guidance as set out by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, including any current amendments linked to Covid-19. Participants take part at their own risk and as an individual activity it is not covered by any orienteering insurance policy.

MapRun Event NameClubLength or TimeTerrainDifficultyPIN
Aberdeen Uni 1GRAMP, Aberdeen2.9kmUrbanOrange-
AboyneMAROC, Aboyne40'UrbanOrange0918
Aboyne Green 1MAROC, Aboyne1.5kmParkYellow
Aboyne Green 2MAROC, Aboyne1.7kmPark, UrbanYellow
Aboyne NWMAROC, Aboyne1.7kmUrbanYellow
Aboyne School 1MAROC, Aboyne2.4kmUrbanOrange6433
ABZ Street Art ScoreGRAMP, Aberdeen60'UrbanOrange
Alford M-Hv2MAROC, Alford3.1kmPark, WoodlandOrange
Alford OOM 1SOA, Alford1.9kmUrbanYellow
Annan PostboxD&G AS, AnnanScatterUrbanScatter
Aviemore N Long 1BASOC, Aviemore3.0kmUrbanOrange
Aviemore N Long 2BASOC, Aviemore3.6kmUrbanOrange
Aviemore N Short 1BASOC, Aviemore2.1kmUrban, CampusOrange
Aviemore S Long 1BASOC, Aviemore3.2kmUrban, CampusOrange
Aviemore S Long 2BASOC, Aviemore3.0kmUrban, CampusOrange
Aviemore S ShortBASOC, Aviemore2.2kmUrban, CampusOrange
BalgownieGRAMP, Aberdeen3.9kmUrbanOrange
Baljaffray LongClyde, Milngavie4.3kmUrbanOrange-
Baljaffray MedClyde, Milngavie3.8kmUrbanOrange-
Baljaffray ShortClyde, Milngavie2.2kmUrbanOrange-
Ballater StationMAROC, Ballater1.2kmUrbanYellow
Banchory MapRun 2MAROC, Banchory3.6kmUrbanOrange
Banchory School NoviceMAROC, Banchory1.7kmUrbanYellow
Bellahouston Park Nov 2020 LongSTAG, Glasgow5.2kmParkOrange
Bellahouston Park Nov 2020 MediumSTAG, Glasgow3.1kmParkOrange
Bellahouston Park Nov 2020 ShortSTAG, Glasgow1.6kmParkYellow
Blackford – ESOC October Challenge – GreenESOC, Edinburgh4.1kmHillGreen
Blackford – ESOC October Challenge – OrangeESOC, Edinburgh3.2kmHillOrange
Blackford – ESOC October Challenge – YellowESOC, Edinburgh1.6kmHillYellow
Blackford and Grange PostboxINT, EdinburghScatterUrbanScatter
Blackford Hill GreenESOC, Edinburgh4.5kmWoodland, HillGreen
Blackford Hill OrangeESOC, Edinburgh2.7kmHillOrange
Blackford Permanent Course 1ESOC, Edinburgh1kmMixedYellow
Blackford Permanent Course 2ESOC, Edinburgh2kmMixedOrange
Blackford Permanent Course 3ESOC, Edinburgh3.9kmMixedLight Green
Blackford Permanent Course 4ESOC, Edinburgh4.2kmMixedGreen
Blackford Permanent Scatter CourseESOC, EdinburghScatterMixedLight Green
Blackford Short GreenESOC, Edinburgh2.7kmWoodland, HillShort Green-
Bowmont TrailRR, Bowmont4.7kmForestYellow
Bowmont Urban Style LongRR, Bowmont5kmForestOrange
Bowmont Urban Style ShortRR, Bowmont3.4kmForestOrange
Braidburn and Oxgangs UrbanINT, Edinburgh5.9kmUrbanOrange
Braidburn Valley ParkINT, Edinburgh2.3kmParkYellow
BuckstoneESOC, Edinburgh5.0kmUrbanOrange-
Burn o’ VatMAROC, Ballater3.0kmWoodlandYellow
Burnett ParkMaroc, Banchory1.4kmPark, UrbanYellow
CammoESOC, EdinburghParkScatter
Castle Douglas Streets Start AnywhereSOLWAY, Castle Douglas3.0kmUrbanYellow
Castledykes 1SOLWAY, Dumfries1.4kmParkOrange
Castlelaw POC Course 1ESOC, Edinburgh1.2kmHillYellow
Castlelaw POC Course 2ESOC, Edinburgh1.6kmHillYellow
Castlelaw POC Course 3ESOC, Edinburgh2.3kmHillOrange
Castlelaw POC Course 4ESOC, Edinburgh3.2kmHillLight Green
Castlelaw POC ScatterESOC, EdinburghHillScatter
Cathkin Braes Long 1STAG, Glasgow5.5kmWoodland, MoorLight Green
Cathkin Braes Medium 1STAG, Glasgow3.2kmWoodland, MoorLight Green
Cathkin Braes Short 1STAG, Glasgow1.9kmMoorYellow
Cockenzie & Port Seton PostboxELOL, Cockenzie & Port SetonUrbanScatter-
Colinton Dell – LongINT, Edinburgh4.4kmMixedLight Green
Colinton Dell – OrangeINT, Edinburgh2.4kmMixedOrange
Colinton Dell – YellowINT, Edinburgh1.8kmMixedYellow
Corstorphine GreenESOC, Edinburgh4.1kmWoodlandGreen
Corstorphine Long YellowESOC, Edinburgh3.0kmWoodlandYellow
Corstorphine OrangeESOC, Edinburgh3.6kmWoodlandOrange
Corstorphine Short YellowESOC, Edinburgh1.2kmWoodlandYellow
Cove 1 4kGRAMP, Cove4.0kmUrbanOrange
Cove 2 6kGRAMP, Cove6.0kmUrbanOrange
Covenanter’s Wood YellowESOC, Edinburgh2.2kmYellow-
Covenanters Wood OrangeESOC, Edinburgh2.5kmWoodlandOrange-
Craigmillar Castle Orange 1INT, Edinburgh3.1kmMixedOrange
Craigmillar Castle Orange 2INT, Edinburgh2.8kmMixedOrange
Craigmillar Castle Yellow 1INT, Edinburgh1.6kmMixedYellow
Craigmillar Castle Yellow 2INT, Edinburgh1.8kmMixedYellow
CrathieMAROC, Crathie2.7kmWoodlandOrange
Crichton 2020 2SOLWAY, Dumfries4.3kmCampusOrange
Cuningar Orange 2STAG, Glasgow1.7kmPark, WoodlandOrange
Cuningar Orange1STAG, Glasgow1.7kmPark, WoodlandOrange
Cuningar Yellow1STAG, Glasgow1.2kmPark, WoodlandYellow
Cuningar Yellow2STAG, Glasgow1.6kmPark, WoodlandYellow
Dalbeattie Street Start AnywhereSOLWAY, Dalbeattie2hUrbanScatter
Deeside Activity ParkMAROC, Aboyne1.7kmParkYellow
Dinnet South 1MAROC, Cambus o' May4.7kmForestGreen3782
Dinnet South LG1MAROC, Cambus o' May3.3kmForestLight Green7183
Dreghorn Light GreenESOC, Edinburgh2.7kmWoodland, Hill, MoorLight Green
Dreghorn OrangeESOC, Edinburgh2.6kmWoodland, Hill, MoorOrange
Dreghorn Orange WestESOC, Edinburgh3.0kmOrange
Dumfries Town Centre PostboxD&G AS, DumfriesScatterUrbanScatter
Dumfries, North West, PostboxD&G AS, DumfriesScatterScatter
Dunachton & Kincraig Night O 1Basoc, Kincraig3.1kmMixedOrange
Dunachton Night O 2BASOC, Kincraig2.5kmMixedLight Green
Dunbar (North)ELO, Dunbar4.4kmUrbanYellow
Dunbar LochendELO, Dunbar5.2kmUrbanOrange
Dunbar PostboxELOL, DunbarUrbanScatter-
Dunrod MediumCLYDE, Greenock4.2kmHillGreen
Dunrod ShortCLYDE, Greenock2.8kmHillShort Green
Dunsapie Loch JST LongINT, Edinburgh3.3kmHillOrange
Dunsapie Loch JST ShortINT, Edinburgh1.8kmMixedYellow
Duthie ParkGRAMP, Aberdeen2.0kmParkOrange
East Linton PostboxELOL, East LintonScatterUrbanYellow
Eastriggs PostboxD&G AS, EastriggsScatterUrbanScatter
Elder Park Course ASTAG, Glasgow1.3kmParkYellow
Elder Park Course BSTAG, Glasgow1.6kmParkYellow
Elgin 1MOR, Elgin3.8kmParkOrange8373
Elgin 1 LongMOR, Elgin5.8kmParkOrange
Ellon OOM 1SOA, Ellon2.6kmPark, UrbanYellow
Emirates Arena Oct2020 LongSTAG, Glasgow6.1kmUrbanOrange
Emirates Arena Oct2020 MediumSTAG, Glasgow3.9kmUrbanOrange
Emirates Arena Oct2020 ShortSTAG, Glasgow2.1kmUrbanOrange
Emirates Arena Orange 1STAG, Glasgow3.6kmUrbanOrange
Emirates Arena Orange 2STAG, Glasgow4.3kmUrbanOrange
Emirates Arena Red 1STAG, Glasgow10.6kmPark, UrbanOrange
Emirates Arena Short Orange 3STAG, Glasgow2.3kmUrbanOrange
Fochabers WestMOR, Fochabers3.0kmUrban, Woodland, MixedOrange
Gala PoliciesRR, Galashiels2.5kmWoodlandLight Green
Ganavan LongECKO, Oban3.1kmMoorLight Green
Ganavan ShortECKO, Oban1.9kmMoorYellow
GeorgetownSOLWAY, Dumfries4.9kmUrbanOrange
Georgetown PostboxD&G AS, DumfriesScatterScatter
Glasgow Green 1STAG, Glasgow3.5kmPark, UrbanOrange
Glasgow Green Course 2STAG, Glasgow5.4kmPark, UrbanOrange
Glasgow Green Yellow 1STAG, Glasgow2.3kmParkYellow
Gleniffer Braes BlueCLYDE, Paisley4.1kmWoodland, MoorGreen
Gleniffer Braes GreenCLYDE, Paisley2.8kmWoodland, MoorGreen
Gleniffer Braes YellowCLYDE, Paisley1.6kmParkYellow
Gleniffer Braes, OrangeCLYDE, Paisley2.5kmWoodland, MoorOrange
Glenmore Lodge dSOA, Glenmore1.5kmCampusOrange3242
Glenmore ROMP2020SOA, Glenmore2.5kmWoodlandOrange
Glenrothes Postbox – AuchmutyKFO, GlenrothesScatterUrbanScatter
Glenrothes Postbox – CadhamKFO, GlenrothesScatterUrbanScatter
Glenrothes Postbox – Collydean and BalgeddieKFO, GlenrothesScatterUrbanScatter
Glenrothes Postbox – LeslieKFO, GlenrothesScatterUrbanScatter
Glenrothes Postbox – Macedonia, Tanshall & CaskieberranKFO, GlenrothesScatterUrbanScatter
Glenrothes Postbox – MarkinchKFO, GlenrothesScatterUrbanScatter
Glenrothes Postbox – South Parks and RimbletonKFO, GlenrothesScatterUrbanScatter
Glenrothes Postbox – WoodsideKFO, GlenrothesScatterUrbanScatter
Grantown NW OrangeBASOC, Grantown on Spey2.8kmUrbanOrange
Grantown NW YellowBASOC, Grantown on Spey2.2kmUrbanYellow
Gullane PostboxELOL, GullaneScatterUrbanYellow
Haddington EastELO, Haddington4.8kmUrbanOrange
Haddington PostboxELOL, HaddingtonUrbanScatter-
Haddington WestELO, Haddington5.1kmUrbanOrange
Hawick Urban (8 Postboxes)RR, HawickScatterUrbanScatter
Hawick Urban (All Postboxes)RR, HawickScatterUrbanScatter
HazleheadGRAMP, Aberdeen2.3kmParkOrange
Heathhall StreetsSOLWAY, Dumfries3.2kmUrbanYellow
Hill of BanchoryMAROC, Banchory30'UrbanOrange
Holyrood Park GreenINT, Edinburgh4.1kmHillGreen
Huntly OOM 1SOA, Huntly2.0kmUrbanYellow
Inch Park Long OrangeESOC, Edinburgh3.7kmParkOrange
Inch Park Short OrangeESOC, Edinburgh2.3kmParkOrange
Inch Park YellowESOC, Edinburgh1.5kmParkYellow-
Inshes Park OrangeINVOC, Inverness2.2kmParkOrange
Inshes Park Orange 2INVOC, Inverness2.9kmParkOrange
Inshes Park WhiteINVOC, Inverness1.3kmWhite
Inshes Park White 2INVOC, Inverness1.4kmParkWhite
Inshes Park YellowINVOC, Inverness1.7kmParkYellow
Inshes Park Yellow 2INVOC, Inverness2.5kmParkYellow
Inverurie OOM 1SOA, Inverurie2.3kmUrbanYellow
Juniper GreenESOC, Edinburgh5.5kmUrbanOrange
Kelvingrove Oct2020 LongSTAG, Glasgow5.1kmParkOrange
Kelvingrove Oct2020 MediumSTAG, Glasgow3.1kmParkOrange
Kelvingrove Oct2020 ShortSTAG, Glasgow1.5kmParkYellow
Kirkcudbright Start AnywhereSOLWAY, KirkcudbrightScore with no time limitUrbanScatter
Langholm PostboxD&G AS, LangholmScatterScatter
Levengrove POCClyde, Levengrove1.6kmParkYellow-
Lhanbryde SchoolMOR, Lhanbryde1.1kmCampusWhite
Linlithgow Postbox 40 ScoreFVO, Linlithgow40'UrbanScatter
Linlithgow Postbox 60 ScoreFVO, Linlithgow60'UrbanScatter
Linlithgow Town ChallengeFVO, Linlithgow60'UrbanOrange7863
Linn Park Sep 2020 LongSTAG, Glasgow5.4kmPark, WoodlandOrange
Linn Park Sep 2020 MediumSTAG, Glasgow3.0kmPark, WoodlandOrange
Linn Park Sep 2020 ShortSTAG, Glasgow1.6kmPark, WoodlandYellow
Lochgoilhead 1bSOA, Lochgoilhead1.2kmParkOrange3687
Lochore Meadows White 1Outdoor Ed Fife, Lochore1.4kmParkWhite
Lockerbie PostboxD&G AS, LockerbieScatterScatter
LongniddryELO, Longniddry4.9kmUrbanOrange
Longniddry PostboxELOL, LongniddryScatterUrbanYellow
Mains LongClyde, Milngavie4.3kmUrbanOrange
Mains MediumCLYDE, Milngavie2.7kmUrbanOrange
Mayfield/Prestonfield PostboxINT, EdinburghScatterUrbanScatter
Meadows Yellow 1INT, Edinburgh1.9kmParkYellow
Meadows Yellow 2INT, Edinburgh2.2kmParkYellow
Milngavie AGM5CLYDE, Milngavie45'UrbanOrange
MMM1aMAROC, Banchory3.1kmUrbanOrange
MMM2aMAROC, Ballater3.2kmUrbanOrange
MMM3MAROC, Tom's Cairn4.5kmMoorOrange
MMM5aMaroc, Glen Davan2.5kmMoor, ForestLight Green
MMM6MAROC, Aboyne3.6kmUrban, ForestOrange
MMM7dMAROC, Banchory2.9kmUrban, ForestOrange
Moffat PostboxD&G AS, MoffatScatterUrbanScatter
Morrone Birkwood EasyMAROC, Braemar2.8kmWoodland, MoorYellow
Morrone Birkwood HardMAROC, Braemar4.8kmWoodland, MoorLight Green
Mortonall OrangeINT, Edinburgh2.9kmParkOrange
Mortonhall Light GreenINT, Edinburgh4.5kmPark, UrbanLight Green
Mortonhall YellowINT, Edinburgh2.0kmParkYellow
Mugdock POCClyde, Mugdock90'Park, WoodlandOrange-
Musselburgh (East)ELO, Musselburgh5.1kmUrbanOrange
Musselburgh East PostboxELOL, MusselburghUrbanScatter-
Musselburgh West PostboxELOL, MusselburghUrbanScatter-
Nairn 1INVOC, Nairn1.3kmPark, UrbanYellow
Newton Stewart PostboxD&G AS, Newtown StewartScatterScatter
North Berwick (South)ELO, North Berwick4.5kmUrbanOrange
North Berwick NorthELO, North Berwick4.5kmOrange
North Berwick PostboxELOL, North BerwickUrbanScatter-
North MuirtonTAY, Perth3.3kmPark, UrbanOrange4563
Oban Urban Long 1ECKO, Oban3.0kmUrbanOrange
Oban Urban Long 2ECKO, Oban3.5kmUrbanOrange
Oban Urban ShortECKO, Oban1.8kmUrbanYellow
OrmistonELO, Ormiston4.8kmUrbanOrange
Ormiston PostboxELOL, OrmistonScatterUrbanYellow
OxgangsESOC, Edinburgh40'UrbanOrange9251
Paisley Urban MiddleCLYDE, Paisley3.3kmUrbanOrange
Pencaitland PostboxELOL, PencaitlandScatterUrbanYellow
Pentland CrescentESOC, Edinburgh4.8kmUrbanOrange-
Perwinnes Moss 1 Easy 2kmGRAMP, Aberdeen2kmMoorYellow
Perwinnes Moss 2 Medium 2.7kmGRAMP, Aberdeen2.7kmMoorOrange
Perwinnes Moss 3 Short Technical 2.6kmGRAMP, Aberdeen2.6kmMoorShort Green
Perwinnes Moss 4 Long Technical 4.4kmGRAMP, Aberdeen4.4kmMoorGreen
Pilrig Park OrangeESOC Edinburgh1.8kmParkOrange
Pilrig Park WhiteESOC Edinburgh0.7kmParkWhite
Pilrig Park YellowESOC Edinburgh1.1kmParkYellow
Pittencrieff ParkKFO, Dunfermline1.5kmParkOrange
Pollok Aug 2020 LongSTAG, Glasgow5.4kmWoodlandOrange
Pollok Aug 2020 MediumSTAG, Glasgow3.2kmWoodlandYellow
Pollok Aug 2020 ShortSTAG, Glasgow1.8kmWoodlandYellow
Portlethen OOM 1SOA, Portlethen1.9kmUrbanYellow
Potarch GreenMaroc, Potarch1.7kmPark, WoodlandYellow
Prestonpans PostboxELOL, PrestonpansUrbanScatter-
Queen’s Park Orange 1STAG, Glasgow3.4kmParkOrange
Queen’s Park Orange 2STAG, Glasgow3.0kmParkOrange
Queen’s Park Yellow 1STAG, Glasgow2.2kmParkYellow
Queens Park July 2020 LongSTAG, Glasgow5.2kmPark, WoodlandOrange
Queens Park July 2020 MediumSTAG, Glasgow2.6kmPark, WoodlandOrange
Queens Park July 2020 ShortSTAG, Glasgow1.4kmParkYellow
Sanquhar PostboxD&G AS, SanquharScatterUrbanScatter
Saughton Challenge LongESOC, Edinburgh4.0kmParkOrange
Saughton Challenge ScatterESOC, EdinburghScatterParkScatter
Saughton Challenge ShortESOC, Edinburgh2.4kmParkOrange
ScoltyGRAMP, Banchory2.0kmHillOrange
Seaton & HillheadGRAMP, Aberdeen3.5kmParkOrange
Seven Hills of Edinburgh Start AnywhereEdinburgh18.2kmUrban, HillOrange
Springfield 1FVO, Linlithgow3.1kmUrbanOrange-
Sprintelope – Alnwickhill – LongSprintelope, Edinburgh4.4kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Alnwickhill – ShortSprintelope, Edinburgh3.2kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Bughtlin – LongSprintelope, Edinburgh4.3kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Bughtlin – ShortSprintelope, Edinburgh3.1kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Caiystane and Braidburn – LongSprintelope, Edinburgh5.1kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Caiystane and Braidburn – ShortSprintelope, Edinburgh3kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Hunters Tryst – LongSprintelope, Edinburgh6.8km (optimal)UrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Hunters Tryst – ShortSprintelope, Edinburgh4.6km (optimal)UrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Inch – LongSprintelope, Edinburgh4.8kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Inch – ShortSprintelope, Edinburgh2.7kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Kirkliston – LongSprintelope, Edinburgh5.1kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Kirkliston – ShortSprintelope, Edinburgh3.4kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Lochrin Basin and Exchange – LongSprintelope, Edinburgh3.5kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Lochrin Basin and Exchange – ShortSprintelope, Edinburgh2.7kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Niddrie – LongSprintelope, Edinburgh4.4kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Niddrie – ShortSprintelope, Edinburgh3.4kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Oxgangs – LongSprintelope, Edinburgh5.5kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Oxgangs – ShortSprintelope, Edinburgh3.3kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Prestonfield – LongSprintelope, Edinburgh4.1kmUrbanOrange
Sprintelope – Prestonfield – ShortSprintelope, Edinburgh2.9kmUrbanOrange
Stirling South Night StreetFVO, Stirling45'UrbanOrange3008
Stirling Uni TrialFVO, Bridge of Allan2.5kmPark, CampusOrange0773
Stonehaven 4.7kGRAMP, Stonehaven4.7kmUrbanOrange
Stonehaven BeachGRAMP, Stonehaven5.0kmUrbanOrange
Stranraer PostboxD&G AS, StranraerScatterScatter
StrathdonMAROC, Strathdon2.9kmWoodlandOrange
Swanston LongESOC, Edinburgh5.3kmUrbanOrange
Tarland NoviceMAROC, Tarland1.7kmUrbanYellow
Thornhill PostboxD&G AS, ThornhillScatterUrbanScatter
Tollcross Orange 1STAG, Glasgow3.1kmParkOrange
Tollcross Orange 2STAG, Glasgow3.0kmParkOrange
Tollcross Park Sep 2020 LongSTAG, Glasgow5.0kmParkOrange
Tollcross Yellow 1STAG, Glasgow1.7kmParkYellow
TorphinsMAROC, Torphins3.5kmUrbanOrange
Torphins ParkMAROC, Torphins1.5kmPark, UrbanYellow
Tranent PostboxELOL, TranentUrbanScatter-
Tranent SouthELO, Tranent3.9kmUrbanOrange
Troqueer PostboxD&G AS, DumfriesScatterUrbanScatter
TweedbankRR, Tweedbank2.2kmUrbanOrange
UHI Inverness 1INVOC, Inverness2.0kmPark, CampusOrange
UHI Inverness Easy IntroINVOC, Inverness1.2kmPark, CampusYellow
Urban Sprint Aberdeen UniGRAMP, Aberdeen2.4kmCampusOrange
Urban Sprint Cove Sep 2020GRAMP, Cove3.1kmUrbanOrange
Urban Sprint DanestoneGramp, Aberdeen3.5kmUrbanOrange
Urban Sprint Duthie Park and FerryhillGRAMP, Aberdeen3.3kmPark, UrbanOrange
Urban Sprint WesthillGRAMP, Westhill2.7kmUrbanOrange
Westburn & Victoria Park 1GRAMP, Aberdeen2.4kmParkOrange
WesthillGRAMP, Westhill5.2kmUrbanOrange5674
Whinny Hill Green 1INT, Edinburgh3.8kmHillGreen
Wilton ParkRR, Hawick30'ParkOrange
Windswept LossieMOR, Lossiemouth5.8kmUrbanOrange

How to create your own MapRunF courses

If you’ve created an orienteering course before, setting up a MapRunF course is relatively simple. Depending on whether you are setting the course just for yourself or for use by others (e.g. in a club setting) there are two different ways of going about this:

Setting a course for your club or group

  1. You’ll need a suitable map and area. MapRunF is better suited for use in urban, parkland, or open moor areas where there is a strong GPS signal, rather than forest.
  2. If you don’t have an existing orienteering map of your area, you might be able to create a simple version for street events using the tools in OpenOrienteeringMap. Here is a simple step by step guide to this.
  3. Your map file will need to be converted to KMZ format for use within the app. There are two simple ways of doing this, depending on the software you have available.
  4. If you have access to OCAD 10 or above and your map is already geo-referenced, then you can do a simple export in KMZ format (select tiled option @ 512×512 with 150dpi resolution).
  5. If you don’t have access to OCAD or your map is not geo-referenced then the simplest method is to save your map as an image and then use the “Create a KMZ map” function built-in to the app – see step 3 in the QuickStart Event section below.
  6. You will also need to create a course file to define the locations of controls. This file will be saved as a separate KML and is most easily created using GoogleEarth Pro. The process essentially involves dropping pins onto your map to define the location of control points. Further information is available here, together with a video describing the process.
  7. The course planner should carry out a risk assessment of any hazards on their course, using this template or similar.
  8. Once you have created your files you can test out your course for yourself using the MapRunF CheckSites tool. There is more information about how to do this here. When checking your control sites it is worth noting the strength of the gps signal (green good, yellow mediocre, red poor / absent), as indictated at the bottom of your event screen.
  9. Once you have finalised your course, you should send your prepared files to for upload to the main MapRun server where it will be available for others to use. Please also send Sarah a copy of the map and course as a PDF, so that your course can be included in the table of Scottish MapRun courses on this page; Sarah can also point you towards help if you need it.

Setting a QuickStart Event for yourself / family

With the QuickStart Event function you can set up a course very quickly using just your mobile phone. This option is not meant to be used for competitive purposes and your time and gps trace will not be uploaded to any central server. The following guide will step you through the setting up process, and you can also check out this video

  1. If you have an orienteering or other map that you would like to select for navigating with, then
    • either save this onto your phone as an image file – then go to step 3.
    • or, if it is already converted to KMZ format then first upload the file through the CheckSites portal. Use your allocated PIN to access and save the map to local storage on your phone – then go to step 5.
  2. Without a specified map, the app will use a satellite image for you to set up a course – skip to step 5.
  3. If you have saved your map as an image file, you will first need to georeference and convert this to a kmz map using the “Create KMZ Map” option (from the menu on the bottom right of the main screen). Select this and follow the instructions on screen to add your map image and then match two locations between your map image and the satellite image in order to georeference its location. You should choose two distinctive locations at diametrically opposite corners of the map to get the best fit between your map and the satellite image.
  4. When you are happy with the match between your map image and satellite image, click “Save as KMZ”, give the map a name and optionally add an email address if you would like to receive a copy of the KMZ map file to use for other purposes.
  5. Now you can use the QuickStart Event option. If you have prepared a map (as above), click on “Select Map” and you should find it in your local phone storage. Otherwise, the visible satellite data will be your “map” for the event.
  6. Next, you simply need to identify locations for the Start, each control point, and then the Finish. The start should be labelled as S1 and come at the top of the list followed by your control points, and then the finish labelled as F1. Scroll around the map until you are happy with the location of each point and then click on “Add”. Note that you can deselect your map overlay to check the accuracy of siting your control points against the satellite image (real world).
  7. Once you have completed your course, click on “Save” or “Save and Email” and you are ready to start.
  8. If you want to change something on your course you can edit the event. To do this, go to your local event storage and click on the pencil symbol alongside the event – this will take you to an editing facility where you can delete controls, add more and re-order.
  9. Once you are happy with your event, select it from the local storage and you are ready to start, as for any other MapRun course.
MapRunF Create KMZ map
MapRunF QuickStart Event creation

Other useful links to assist with course setting

You can find out more detail about the processes required to create the MapRunF input files here:

If you don’t have an orienteering map of the area that you wish to use, then you may be able to generate a PseudO map very simply, using OpenOrienteeringMap. Here is a step by step guide on how to go about this.

Alternatively, contact Sarah Dunn, who’ll be happy to help you get started.

Using MapRunF in the Scottish mountains
Using MapRunF for mountain marathon training

If you need any further guidance or additional information, please e-mail Sarah Dunn –

Seasonal orienteering courses in Scotland (ROMP)

Scottish Orienteering regularly sets up semi-permanent seasonal orienteering courses, for more advanced orienteers. Called the “Regular Orienteering Map Programme” (ROMP), each course is set up for several months.

A new course at Glenmore is now available, Oct 2020. Maps (pdf only) can be requested from   Maps are free to SOA members but if you would like to make a contribution towards the costs of maintaining equipment and other expenses you are most welcome.  Non-SOA members are asked for a contribution of £3.50 (bank details available on request).