Coast and Islands Orienteering Week

Orienteering Adventure along the North West Coast of Scotland

Sunday 25th to Friday 30th July 2021

Masterplan Adventure invite you to an orienteering adventure along the North West coast of Scotland.

Travelling through one of the wildest and most beautiful parts of Europe you’ll orienteer on areas never used for orienteering before. To get a flavour of the landscape checkout the video below.

Taking place before the Scottish 6 Days located around Lochaber, it provides the perfect opportunity to train before the big competition but with plenty of time left to experience what the NW coast and islands have to offer.

You’ll begin in Ullapool, which at 1500 residents is one of the largest towns in this remote part of Scotland! Then you’ll move southwards through Gairloch, Torridon and finishing with the first ever orienteering event on the Isle of Skye. Which in Highland terms is near to the Scottish 6 Days event centre in Fort William.

The orienteering will mostly take place in the morning or the evening, to allow you to make the most of exploring this amazing part of the world!

The organisation will be low key due to the location, number of people we can accommodate and to keep costs reasonable.

Unusually you will also have to enter all the events.

The Specifics – we will update things as more information becomes available.

Provisional Event Program (subject to land owner confirmation)
Sunday – Ullapool Urban Sprint
Monday – TBC – Near Ullapool
Tuesday – Inverewe Estate (forest and open land)
Wednesday – TBC – Near Gairloch
Thursday – Ben Shieldaig (open rocky hillside)
Friday – Armadale Castle, Skye

Map of the week

Courses (approx)

– Long technical – 5-6km
– Short technical – 3-4km
– Easy option – 2km – (Orange standard)
The long technical course will generally be planned to be a middle distance (35 minute winning time) for Men’s Elite. And the short about 60% of that distance.

– Long technical – 3-4km
– Short technical – 2-3km
– Short Easy – 2km

Entry Limit
100 people

Cost for the week
Early entry Sold Out
– Adults £100
– Juniors/Students £50

Standard Entry (Waiting List only, see below)
– Adults £120
– Juniors/Students £60

We’re still deciding on times of day to run the events. Generally early or late in the day to let you explore this amazing part of the world! If you enter now you can suggest if you’d prefer that events were in the morning or late afternoon.

We would advise moving accommodation during the week as the distance from Ullapool to Armadale via the coast road is 150 miles or 4 hours driving! It should be possible to stay 2 nights at each place which increases accommodation options and is a little bit less stressful!

If you do book accommodation before areas are confirmed we would advise booking accommodation which is cancellable in case we have to adjust the program. We hope to confirm areas by the end of 2020.

How could Covid Restrictions impact on the event?
Hopefully restrictions are a thing of the past by next summer. If they’re not we’re hopeful about being able to run the event anyway due to the small numbers of participants involved. If we do have to cancel it we will reschedule the event for a future time.

We are also offering individuals the option to take out extra insurance through the entry system in case you can’t attend due to covid or other reasons, see full details when you enter.

Questions? Contact the coordinator Chris Smithard here.

Ready to enter?
The 100 places were full within 24 hours of entries opening… Don’t despair! We’re discussing with land owners and looking into our event setup to try and accommodate another 100 people due to the demand for places. We are operating a waiting list so please sign up to that if you wish to attend. We will then let people waiting fill any extra places (in the order people signed up in). Only if you accept the place will you be charged.

Not ready to enter but want to know when more information is available? Then sign up below.

Not all those who wander are lost.


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Masterplan Adventure are an Orienteering Club based in Scotland. Best known as the organiser for Sprint Scotland.

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