• 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 the Castles 2014

The new International Orienteering Festival

Bringing you the very best of Scotland. A weekend of urban racing in the ancient cities of Edinburgh and Stirling, then classic orienteering the next weekend in forest and sand dunes on Royal Deeside. Take your pick, or stay a week in beautiful Scotland and enjoy both! Bulletin 1, Full start list

October 2014

Ali McLeod, Edinburgh organiserWhat's it all about?

Race the Castles is a great way to experience some of the most famous parts of Scotland on foot. Regular orienteers know its the best-kept secret in sport, but if you haven't tried Urban Orienteering before, here is an Introduction to Urban Orienteering.

Who's Coming

We have a growing list of confirmed international athletes who will be competing at Race the Castles. See who is coming.

Edinburgh, 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.

Edinburgh, Saturday 11th

Edinburgh Castle,  World Ranking Event & Park World Tour qualifier and the Open Race is part of the inaugural European City Race Tour. Based in the world-famous Princes St Gardens in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, you watch the world’s top athletes race on the hillside above. Then take the challenge of Edinburgh’s Old Town and Royal Mile yourself. Can you negotiate the closes and alleys of Scotland’s Capital?

Ceilidh, Saturday 11th (evening)

Join us for legendary Scottish hospitality and ceilidh dancing.

Stirling, Sunday 12th

Stirling Castle, The elite race is a World Ranking Event and Park World Tour. The Open Race is the final of the UK Urban League and part of the UK Orienteering League.
Race around the courtyards and battlements of Stirling Castle, then out into the streets and wynds of the ancient Burgh. Can you follow the footsteps of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to win victory in this historic city?

Deeside Training, 13th-17th

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

Balmoral, Saturday 18th

World Ranking Event. 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.
Incorporating UK Senior Home Internationals and Scottish Orienteering League 7

Forvie, Sunday 19th

Fast and furious racing at another iconic Aberdeenshire location. Sands of Forvie is the best open sand dune orienteering area in Scotland. Then relax on the beach afterwards, and build your own sandcastle!
Incorporating the UK Senior Home International Relay.

Map sample Sands of Forvie

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

Volunteering Opportunities

For public, and friends and family of orienteers to help deliver these events, you can find more information here.

Last edited: 31st Aug 14