• Balmoral Castle

    Balmoral Castle

  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Castle

  • Stirling Castle

    Stirling Castle

  • Edinburgh Castle map

    Edinburgh Castle map

  • Stirling Castle map

    Stirling Castle map

  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Castle

  • Stirling Castle

    Stirling Castle

Race theCastles 2014

Race the Castles brings you the very best of Scotland. From the ancient cities of Edinburgh and Stirling to the mighty forests of Royal Deeside, a series of challenging navigational races awaits.

Homecoming Scotland 2014

Scotland welcomes the world for the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014! The year-long programme of events will celebrate the very best of Scotland’s food and drink, our fantastic active and natural resources as well as our creativity, culture and ancestral heritage. Visit Scotland in 2014 and join the celebrations!

Race the Castles is proud to be a supported event and part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 events list

Volunteer Scotland logoVolunteering Opportunities

For public, and friends and family of orienteers to help deliver these events, on the VolunteerScotland website

October 2014

Friday 10th (evening)

Edinburgh, Warm up sprint. Get your eye in for the big day with a sprint-distance race (3km running distance) in a small, secret, but perfectly formed area of Edinburgh City never previously used for a major event.   Early starters from 6pm will get the chance to run in daylight, later starters the extra challenge of the City at night.

Saturday 11th

City Race European Tour logoEdinburgh Castle,  World Ranking Event & Park World Tour qualifier. From the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, watch the world’s top athletes race on the hillside and castle above, then take the challenge yourself. Can you negotiate the closes and alleys of Scotland’s Capital? The elite race is nominated as one of the UK’s Orienteering World Ranking Events, and the Open Race is part of the inaugural European City Race Tour.

Saturday 11th (evening)

Join us for legendary Scottish hospitality and ceilidh dancing.

Sunday 12th

Park World Tour logoStirling Castle, Park World Tour and Open urban race. Watch the world’s top athletes race around Stirling Castle then take the challenge yourself around the ancient Burgh. Can you follow the footsteps of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to win victory in this historic city?

Monday 13th-17th

Training opportunities on Deeside. Hone your navigation by joining the official training camps for the 2015 World Championships.

Saturday 18th

Commonwealth and pre-WOC Races. Classic orienteering in the grounds and forests of Balmoral Castle - the Queen's official residence in Scotland. After many years of negotiations we finally have use of an area you’ll never forget. Orienteering World Ranking Status applied for.
Incorporating UK Senior Home Internationals.

Saturday 18th (evening)

Reprise those ceilidh dancing skills.

Sunday 19th

Fast and furious racing at another iconic Aberdeenshire location. Sands of Forvie is the best open sand dune orienteering area in Scotland. You will have the opportunity to run either as an individual or part of a relay team. Then relax on the beach afterwards, and build your own sandcastle!
Incorporating the UK Senior Home International Relay.

Map sample Sands of Forvie



Embargo_mapThe area between Princes St, The Mound, Market St, Cockburn St, N Bridge, Cowgate, Grassmarket West Port, Bread St, Lothian Road (see map).


Balmoral embargoed areaSee the attached map for the area affected.


Last edited: 18th Mar 14