Spring 1Ardnaskie and FearnochSun 03 March, 2024

Local level event

Explanation of Event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Activities are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.


Last updated: Mon 04 March, 2024

Pre Event Info

Update - Robin's Nest Cafe, Taynuilt is closed.

Everyone is welcome to the EckO March Event. This event will be based at Fearnoch Forest car park but using two areas - Fearnoch for Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses and Ardnaskie (across the main A85 from Fearnoch) for Green and Blue courses.

Location Info

Near: Taynuilt
Lat,Lng: 56.44414,-5.30689

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Directions / Parking

Directions: W3W: belong.profited.verve

From Taynuilt:

Approximately 2.5km after Taynuilt, turn left off the A85 into Fearnoch using the forestry commission entrance.

From Oban:

Approximately 6km after Connel, turn right off the A85 into Fearnoch using the forestry commission entrance (not Fearnoch village)

Please park considerately in the FLS (Forestry and Land Scotland) car park.

Please note, FLS expect payment for parking in Fearnoch Car Park.

Map / Terrain


Fearnoch was originally mapped for its path and road network suited for courses up to technical difficulty 3 (including Long Orange) and bike-O. Club members have since added in some detail to the more open wooded areas and courses visit some of these areas.


Ardnaskie is bounded on the North and East by the Oban to Glasgow railway line. The A85, which runs roughly East to West forms the other border. The detailed contours in this undulating area give excellent challenges at TD 4 and TD 5. The broadleaved woodland is a mixture of mature oak and younger birch thickets and is interspersed with several marshes. This area is at its best in the spring so you can look forward to testing your navigation skills in fabulous terrain.

Registration and Start times

Registration: from 10.30

Start times: 11.00 - 12.00

Courses close: 14.00

Course Information

Fearnoch -

Ardnaskie -

The Ardnaskie Start is about 200metres from the Fearnoch car park and Download but involves crossing the busy main A85. Please take extreme care crossing from Fearnoch into Ardnaskie. All juniors to be accompanied by an adult please.

Entry Details

Juniors (under 21): £3

Seniors: £5 (members): £6 (non members)

We very much prefer online entry and online payment of entry fees.

Please email info@ecko.org.uk with the following details for each competitor:

Bank details:

Account name: Loch Eck Orienteers

Sort code: 87-43-62

Account number: 75376768

Cash payment can be made at registration using a labelled envelope.

Pre-event entry closes on Saturday, 2nd March at midday to allow time for map printing.

Entry on the day is possible, but we print only a few extra maps for each course and so there is a risk you won't get your preferred course.

Dog restrictions

Dogs will enjoy a romp in Fearnoch but no dogs are allowed in Ardnaskie. Please keep your dogs under control and clear up after them. Thank you.


There are no toilets at Fearnoch.

There are some lovely cafes in the local area eg Robin's Nest, Taynuilt or Poppies near Dunbeg.

A first aid kit and volunteer first aider will be available to provide first aid for minor injuries at the event assembly but for all other injuries please go to Lorn and the Isles District General Hospital PA34 4HH Tel. 01631 567500


All Competitors take part at their own risk and should choose a course that matches their experience and fitness.

Competitors are advised to notify the organiser of any relevant medical conditions. If you wish to do so, please email event organiser as soon as possible. All details are confidential and will be removed after the event.

All competitors must wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions.

To get to the start of Ardnaskie, competitors have to cross the main A85 road. Please use extreme caution crossing here.

There may be livestock present in the competition area – cattle and sheep.

Ticks may be present. Competitors should check for ticks as soon as possible after the event.

You MUST report to Download (at Fearnoch car park) by Course Closing Time of 1400 even if you have retired.

Contacts / Officials

Andy Dale