Compasspoint Scottish O League incorporating Senior Home Internationals (Individual)

Sun 05th Sep 2021

Type of event: Regional Race
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 31st Mar


MAROC and Grampian Orienteers held a joint SOL weekend incorporating the Senior Home Internationals. 

On the Saturday GRAMP staged a Middle Distance races at Balmedie along with the SHI Relays, and on the Sunday it was MAROCs turn with a full distance SOL at Glen Tanar. 

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Nearest town: Aboyne

Pre Event Info


Since it was built as a traditional highland estate in 1869, Glen Tanar has been inviting people to relax and enjoy the great outdoors amidst a beautiful 25,000 acre landscape encompassing farmland, river, pine forests and heather clad moors.

Glen Tanar was one of the first maps for Mar Orienteering Club, dating back to 1977. Previously used for the Scottish 6 Days in 1983 and 1993, more recently Glen Tanar was used to stage selection races for the World Orienteering Championships 2015, and then for the Scottish 6 Days again in 2017.

The Water of Tanar bounds the area to the north and west, with access to the previously unused parking area from the estate road by the Bridge o’Ess. A one-way traffic system will be in place, with no exit till the permitted time.

There are very pleasant areas of mature Scots Pine plantation and larch on gently rolling slopes, but areas of steep and complex terrain including massive boulders and granite outcrops may also be encountered on the longer and more technical courses. There is good network of forest tracks and rides, though the number of smaller paths is limited and will force running through the terrain.

Thanks go to the owners of the present Glen Tanar Estate for use of this lovely and popular area.

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Directions / Parking

Will be located in the Glen Tanar Estate and accessed from the Bridge of Ess.

The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders so please be courteous at all times and take care especially on paths and bends. In addition please be respectful of estate traffic.

Registration & Start Times

Start times: 11:00 - 13:00 for SOL competitors. SHI competitors will have seperate start blocks from 09:50.

Course Information

Usual full range of Scottish O League courses (White to Black).

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Entries will open on Wednesday 11th August

Closing Date: Sunday 29th August


Toilets: a small number will be available in the car park.

Dogs allowed?

I am sorry but the landowner has requested no dogs at the event.

Contacts / Officials

Organisers: Roger & Trish Coombs (MAROC)

Planner: Jon Musgrave (MAROC)

Controller: Ian Hamilton

Covid Officer: Trevor Ricketts

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
Participants in orienteering should be aware of the risk of tick bites - more information here.

SPORTident timing will be used

Please note that a lost hire SI-Card will be charged for at a rate of £30, unless the Club Commitee agrees that there are special circumstances.


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