Jan 14, 2024

Craigmillar Castle Park Local Event, Saturday 2nd March 2024

Welcome to Interlopers Local Event at Craigmillar Castle Park, on Saturday 2nd March 2024 ...

Our event is based at Craigmillar Castle Park.

Entries are now close but there will be entry on the day (EOD) subject to map availability ... 


The event will be in Craigmillar Castle Park near to the junction of Craigmillar Castle Gardens and Castlebrae Avenue. 

  • Postcode: EH16 4SY
  • Streetmap / Google Maps: Google Maps Craigmillar
  • OS Grid Ref: NT286712
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By Bike: The castle is 10 minutes cycle from the Innocent Railway Tunnel, which forms part of National Cycle Network Route 1. Less experienced cyclists, including those with children, may wish to dismount for busy on-road sections between the tunnel and Craigmillar Castle Park. There is cycle parking outside the visitor centre. To plan your journey, try National Cycle Network routes.

By bus

NB: Please allow for the roadworks / partial / complete closure of Cameron Toll Roundabout due to emergency roadworks

The castle is 12-15 minutes’ walk from bus stops on Peffermill Road, Old Dalkeith Road and Little France Park, with frequent services to central Edinburgh. Refer to the Lothian Buses website for bus times and routes.

Buses stop at bus stops called ‘Craigmillar Castle Road’ on Peffermill Road. From there, walk along Craigmillar Castle Road. At Castlebrae Avenue, by the brown Craigmillar Castle Park board, make sure to follow the pedestrian path through the park to the castle.

Plan your journey by public transport using Traveline Scotland.

By car: Parking is available on street on Craigmillar Castle Gardens, Castlebrae Avenue and in nearby streets, eg Peffermill Industrial Estate

NB: Please allow for the roadworks / partial / complete closure of Cameron Toll Roundabout due to emergency roadworks


Entries are now closed but there will be limited entry on the day (EOD).

For any last minute queries, please contact:

  • Seniors: £6(SOA/BOF-affiliated club members) / £8 (non-members)
  • Juniors / Students: £3 (SOA/BOF-affiliated club members) / £4 (non-members)
  • Pairs, Groups and Families should make one entry paying the rate of the oldest participant, put the second runner / group name in the comment box, and order any extra maps (£1 each) on the entry form.

Entry on the day (EOD) will be at non-member rates, and subject to map availability so please pre-book to guarantee a map.


There are no toilets specifically provided. The nearest public toilets are at Cameron Toll


Mix of fast open parkland, runnable forest and dense woodland. Areas of brashing (some spikey) and Rhododendron. A network of public foot paths. Area used extensively by mountain bikers so watch out for tracks through the trees that are not formal paths on the map. The area has a number of crags and these and the ground can be slippery when wet. 

Map was last updated in 2021.


Map will be to 1:5000 scale, with courses planned by Robin Galloway.

Planned to Sports Governing Body standards. Maps will be printed on waterproof paper
Yellow 1.8km Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on main paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners.
Orange 3km Moderate, controls are on or near paths, with more route choice. Good for progressing juniors and beginner adults who are reasonably confident reading a map.
Light Green 4.8km Suitable for experienced orienteers.



Start times 1pm - 2.30pm for all. No allocated start times; 2-minute intervals between starts on each course unless we have too many last-minute starters!

Courses close at 3.45pm at which time controls will begin to be collected in.

Everyone must report to the finish and proceed to Download, whether they finish their courses or not. Otherwise you may trigger a search party and/or call to the emergency services!

If you think you may take a while on your chosen course, please ask for an early start time.  Late starters on the urban courses should take care in the Park.


Event officials are as follows

    • Planner: Robin Galloway
    • Organiser: Jane & Max Carcas
    • Controller: TBC


SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used, with SI Air enabled.  If you have your own SI dibber, please bring it.  Otherwise SI dibbers can be hired free of charge, but with £30 charge if lost.  This must have been requested when booking your place for the event.


Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. By entering the event you are accepting this condition. 

Parents/guardians should explain all safety aspects to all children and vulnerable persons in their care and if you are in any doubt about their ability to stay safe only allow them to participate with a carer.

  • A risk assessment has been carried out by the organiser. Please note:
  • Longer courses pass through areas with large crags.
    There are, naturally, steep/slippery slopes, old walls/fences and rough ground to be encountered throughout the Park.  Wear appropriate footwear and take caution.  
    Beware that other people, dog walkers and cyclists use the area and may not expect you, so take extra care to avoid surprise or collision (give way, slow down, go wide, make a polite warning noise, etc). Take special care near dogs (go wide, or stand still/don’t wave arms, wait for owner).
    The area is bounded by public roads.  If you reach a public road you are at the edge of the competition are, do not cross.


When entering our orienteering events your name may appear in the results section of the Interlopers orienteering club website.  We do not share your data with other organisations, other than the sport governing bodies for administrative purposes.  We do not use it for any marketing purposes.  By entering the event you are accepting this condition.




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