Info: New entries for this event closed on Monday 2nd May 2022.
Pre – entries only - no entry on the day. No entry slots.
Cawdor Wood is a lovely mature open woodland with a scattering of pine areas and is part of the castle grounds. There is a good path network and some areas of complex contours.
Terrain: Cawdor has recently been remapped and provides a fine mixture of terrain with open woodland, a variety of vegetation and an extensive path network. There are a number of deep gorges which are out of bounds and can only be crossed at the marked bridge locations.
The mapped area forms part of the castle grounds which has been managed for centuries with hardwood woodlands in proximity to the castle and commercial forestry becoming more prevalent away from the castle. Courses have been planned to avoid an area that is out of bounds to all participants
Map: Pre-marked and printed on waterproof paper, scale 1:7,500 with 5m contour interval. This is a new map produced for the schools series with the help from Awards for All funding.
Planner’s Comments: The mapped area forms part of the castle grounds which has been managed for centuries with hardwood woodlands in proximity to the castle and commercial forestry becoming more prevalent away from the castle. Courses have been planned to avoid an area that is out of bounds to all participants.
There will be no forestry works during the event, but the area is widely used by the general public and visitors to the castle, please treat all you meet with respect.
All courses cross wooden bridges which can be slippery when wet.
There is a 10 minute walk to the start, care must be taken when:
Directions and Parking: Cawdor castle is situated just 7 miles from Inverness Airport and directions to Cawdor Castle are well signposted on all major routes from Inverness and Nairn. Post code IV12 5RD .The access will be using the main castle entrance and leaving the event will be the main castle exit.
Arriving by bus/minibus: Schools arriving by bus/minibus will be parked in the bus car park (directions above).
Arriving by car: parking will be at the castle not in the main car park but an adjacent field, it will be signed with an orienteering kite.
Start and Finish: The route to the registration/start will be signposted from the car parks.
The start is around a 10 minute walk from the registration area into the wood across a stile and a footbridge.
Start times for schools will be between 3.30pm and 5pm, so all school groups should have completed their courses by 5:45pm at the latest.
Starts will remain open for non-school/club competitors until 6:15pm.
The finish will be adjacent to the castle car park.
Download: The download station is in the registration area close to the castle car park, the route will be taped and clearly sign posted. It is essential that everyone returns to download even if you have not completed your course. This is so that we know you are back safely and don’t send out a search party.
Toilets: at the castle carpark
Courses close: 7:15pm
Organiser: Veronica Vargas
Planner: Steve and Iaona Scott
Controller: Laurence Cload
SI Lead: Jenny Hall
Covid Sign Off: Jim Finlayson
Committee member Covid-19 sign off: Jacquie Laird