Information category: New-to-O

Membership Information

Join or renew here! 

Joining an orienteering club, along with Scottish Orienteering and British Orienteering, brings many benefits. We are now offering two different membership options depending on how you prefer to orienteer and what suits you best.

18th Nov 18  

World Orienteering Day 23rd May 2018

World Orienteering Day logo


Help break a world record! Here's how to get involved with World Orienteering Day in Scotland, for clubs, schools, youth or outdoor groups - anyone who wants to give it a try! Read on to download activities. 

23rd May 18  

Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend 2018

Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend

Scottish Orienteering is pleased to be part of the Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend 11th-13th May. A perfect opportunity to encourage friends and family to try out orienteering - it's fun, informal, and a great way to explore the heart of the Cairngorms National Park!

*Update 10th May: We're very sorry that the Glenmore beginners' orienteering sessions on Saturday have had to be cancelled. Maps will still be available for you to explore in your own time from Sunday until the end of summer. There is also still orienteering at the Linn of Dee near Braemar!*

10th May 18  

Orienteering, more than just running

18th Sep 16

Email newsletters

How to stay informed about orienteering in Scotland

Our recent member survey results made it clear we could do much more with email in our communications. Since we established this, we have been working hard to introduce a solution. We are therefore pleased to say that we are now able to offer a few options.

25th Aug 16  

Permanent Orienteering Courses in Scotland

There are a good number of Permanent Orienteering Courses around Scotland, for you to orienteer in your own time – as a family, a group of friends, or for individual training. Some are in cities, in parks, or more remote areas. You might find a permanent course near where you live, or near where you go on holiday. Maps are usually low cost or free of charge.

For a list of all courses in Scotland and information on where to obtain maps, visit:

08th Aug 16  

Orienteering Techniques by Gareth Bryan-Jones

The 2015 edition of this extremely popular and informative booklet is now available.

07th Jan 16  

What is Orienteering?

Orienteering control point, Credit:SOA

Orienteering is a sport that combines map reading and running. Competitors have to find their way between a series of checkpoints, called controls, as quickly as possible. There’s no set route between the controls, so you have to decide which way to go and then find your way there without getting lost.

01st May 15  

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