Scottish Orienteering LeagueSOL 2 Coille NathaisSun 29 March, 2020

Regional 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: Sun 23 February, 2020

Pre Event Info

EckO welcomes you to Argyll for SOL2. TD4 and TD5 courses will use the recently re-mapped Coille Nathais (by Deeside Orienteering and Leisure Maps) and TD1 - TD3 courses will use neighbouring Fearnoch.

Provisional details:

Ecko welcomes you back to Argyll for the second event of this year's Scottish Orienteering League. TD4 and TD5 courses use Coille Nathais which has been re-mapped By Deeside Orienteering and Leisure Maps and features open runnable oak/birch woodland interspersed with marshy and rough, open moorland. It features some intricate contour detail, occasional steep slopes and few paths. TD1 to TD3 courses, parking and assembly are in the neighbouring Fearnoch Forest, which has a public path and forest road network. EckO would like to thank Lorn Nelson and Forestry and Land Scotland (Coilltearachd agus Fearann Alba) for their permission to use Coille Nathais and Fearnoch Forest respectively.

Subject to confirmation:

We are providing a string and off-string course for our younger orienteers. There will also be a ROMP at Inverawe on Saturday 28th March with a PDF to download and the opportunity to have a go at a Maprun in Oban over the weekend. More details will follow.

Location Info

Near: Taynuilt
Lat,Lng: 56.44010,-5.29904
OS Grid Ref: NM971321
Postcode: PA35 1JB

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Directions / Parking

Travelling from South of Taynuilt:

The location to Fearnoch Forest is located off the A85 approximately 3 miles West of Taynuilt. The event will be signposted from this turn-off.

Parking will be South of the Event Arena in Fearnoch along the forest roads. Please follow the directions of the car parking volunteers. All cars must be parked by 12:00 and there will be no exit before 12:30.

Parking for campervans/mobile homes will be limited. Small camper vans should be able to park with the cars but larger vans and mobile homes will use the public car park. Please contact the organiser if you intend to bring a van. Thank you

To be confirmed:

Oban Mountain Rescue will be providing First Aid Cover so please consider placing a small donation in the bucket provided as you park. Thank you.

Map / Terrain

Coille Nathais has recently been re-mapped By Deeside Orienteering and Leisure Maps and features open runnable oak/birch woodland interspersed with marshy and rough, open moorland. It features some intricate contour and vegetation detail, occasional steep slopes and few paths. Cows will have used this area so ensure hand washing before eating.

Fearnoch Forest has a public path and forest road network which is open to the public. It is likely that there will be walkers with dogs, horse riders and mountain bikers.

There are ticks in both areas so please wear full leg cover, check thoroughly for ticks after your run and be aware of the symptons of Lyme Disease.

Registration and Start times

Registration, Enquiries and Download will all be at the Assembly Area with

Registration Open from: 10:30 - 12:30 for Entry on the Day and all other Enquiries

SI cards (free) and hired SIAC's (hire charge £2.50) can be collected from Enquiries

Reminder: White and Yellow course maps will only be available at registration.

All white, yellow and orange courses follow RED tape to the start.

All light green - black courses follow BLUE tape to the start.

Start Times: 11:00 -13:00

Start times will be allocated and should be adhered to. White and yellow courses will have a punching start. Start times will be available at Registration and the Start. Start procedure is a -4 minute call up and a punching start.


There will be two starts:

Red Start: This start will be for all White, Yellow and Orange courses and is approximately a 1.1 km walk south along the forest road in Fearnoch following Red tapes. Young juniors should be accompanied to the start from the event assembly. The start can be reached from parking but remember to go to registration to pick up your map if you are on the white or yellow course.

Blue Start: This start will be for all courses from Light Green up to and including Black. It is approximately a 0.5 km walk west from the assembly area along a very rough path into Coille Nathais following Blue tapes


There will be two finishes:

Red Finish: This finish is for all White, Yellow and Orange courses and is close to the Start in Fearnoch. Young juniors should be accompanied back from the finish to Event Assembly in order to download. Please follow the Red tapes back.

Blue Finish: This finish is for all Light Green - Black courses and is close to the Start in Coille Nathais. Please follow the Blue tapes back to the Event Assembly.

Courses Close: 15:00

Course Information

There will be a full range of colour coded courses according to the guidelines for the Scottish Orienteering League ranging from White to Black. As with all SOL's you may choose to run any course but to be competitive in your age class you should run the specified age classes below. Details are subject to final controlling.

White 2.1km

Yellow 2.2km

Orange 2.5km

Light Green 3.0km

Short Green 3.3km

Green 3.9km

Short Blue 4.5km

Blue 5.6km

Short Brown 6.9km

Brown 8.5km

Black 10.00km

Shadowing of juniors on the White and Yellow courses is allowed. However, SOA rules state that you must have completed your own race before undertaking any shadowing.

EckO is also providing a string course and off-string course for our younger orienteers to try. It will be close to the event assembly. More details will be posted soon.

Entry Details

Please use this link for Entries:- SiEntries SOL2

Entries will close at midnight on Sunday, 22nd march 2020. We may keep the entries open longer but with a price increase of £2.00. There will be limited entry on the day, dependant on map availability so please do enter in advance if at all possible.

Entry fees:

Adults BOF/SOA £14.00

Adults on colour coded courses white - light green £6.00

Juniors £6.00

SI dibber and SIAC (SIAC hire £2.50) punching will be available on the day. Use the pin punch to mark your map if there is a problem with an SI box.

In the event of cancellation, a notice will be posted on the SOA website and the ECKO website. The organising team reserve the right to retain all or part of the entry fee to cover any costs associated with the event.

We will provide a free loan of SI cards and SIAC's can be hired at £2.50 each, however there will be a substantial charge if lost (£40.00)

Dog restrictions

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in Fearnoch only. No dogs allowed in Coille Nathais area.


Assembly will be on the side of the forest road in Fearnoch so space will be tight. Unfortunately, there will be no space for club tents.There will only be three toilets at the event assembly in Fearnoch. There will be no toilets at either start.

There will be no organised catering but SCOTJOS will have a baking table in order to raise funds for the Scottish Juniors. Please try and support them and enjoy some fantastic home baking. Excellent food is also provided at The Robin's Nest and the Taynuilt Hotel in Taynuilt if you are looking for something more substantial.

No bins will be provided so please take your litter home with you.

A key drop will be available at Enquiries. Solo travellers are advised to complete an envelope with details to identify your car should you be late back.

Subject to confirmation - First Aid will be provided by Oban Mountain Rescue. Please consider giving a small donation in the bucket provided as you park.

The nearest hospital is:

Lorn and The Isles District General Hospital (PA34 4HH)

Tel: 01631 567500

Safety Information:


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.

Insurance: If you have joined an orienteering club or are competing in one of your first three events, then you are covered by our public liability insurance.

Medical conditions: You have the option of completing a medical form at registration/ enquiries which you can leave in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and will be destroyed after the event.

Privacy: When entering our events, your name may appear in the results section of the website or in newspaper reports.

Contacts / Officials

Event officials:

Planners: Ross Lilley and Dave Bleazard (ECKO)

String course planner: Bill kersel

Organisers: Jan Kersel and Andrea Lines (ECKO)

Controller: Grant Carstairs (TAY)