British Orienteering has a long tradition of competing in and staging successful international events. The World Championships have been staged in Great Britain twice: in 1976 and 1999. Once again British Orienteering is excited and pleased to welcome international orienteering to the challenging, inspiring and unique terrain found in the Highlands of Scotland.

Martin Ward
Chair, British Orienteering

Rising star gives a thumbs-up to Highland 2015

Inverness will give a warm welcome to world's best orienteering athletes

Jess Tullie in Tasmainia W Cup Long

One of the rising stars of Scottish Orienteering who is hoping for a home-nation place in the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland this summer is promising a warm Highland welcome to all.

22nd Jan  


Eventor screenshot

WOC2015 Organisers are pleased to announce that IOF Eventor is now open for Team Managers, IOF Officials, VIPs and WOC Guests to register for accreditation, transport packages and preliminary team entries. Final entries to individual WOC2015 competitions will also be made via Eventor.

17th Jan  

Camping and Event Centre in Inverness moved

World Orienteers will locate at Eden Court

Eden Court

Leading athletes from around the world will use the Eden Court Theatre complex as their base for the World Orienteering Championships when they take place in the Highlands and Moray later this year.

15th Jan  

Sprint Qualification race moved

Tessa Sprint WOC2014

After consultation with Team Managers and our IOF SEA Team, WOC2015 have decided on a change to the event programme. The WOC2015 Sprint Qualification race will now take place on the evening of Friday 31st July. All other details of the race remain the same, including location and embargos (which obviously now include a ‘lock-down’ embargo on the Sprint Qualifier town from 12noon on Friday 31st July until the race is concluded).

08th Nov

Embargoed Areas

Embargo Information

The rule not allowing the use of orienteering maps in the towns of Elgin, Nairn and Forres has been amended.

It now includes ALL maps and is not just limited to orienteering ones.

23rd Oct  

Royal Deeside welcome for world’s top orienteer athletes

Balmoral provides backdrop for third leg of international Race the Castles event

Race the Castles logo

They may not have been known to many thousands of onlookers in Edinburgh and Stirling last weekend - but for countless thousands in their native countries they hold superstar status.

The best Orienteering athletes on the planet are enjoying a taste of traditional Scottish hospitality this week as they compete in 'Race the Castles'.

14th Oct  

Scotland the Perfect Stage

Based in Inverness, Scotland, WOC 2015 will utilise the fantastic terrain that this region has to offer. From the Moray coastal towns to the rugged forests and mountains of the Highlands, the challenges that these areas present will produce worthy world champions.

  • Unique heritage, scenery and culture
  • First staged the World Orienteering Championships in 1976 and again in 1999
  • Substantial support from the local community: EventScotland, Highland Council

World Class Terrain

The terrain provided is physically and technically demanding, and will be rewarding to compete in. All this is set against the fantastic natural backdrop of the Highlands of Scotland.

The forest venues offer a range of challenges from rugged hilly ancient Caledonian Forest, with semi open terrain, contour and rock detail, to the flatter complex moraine terrain of the Moray coast.

The sprint venues offer urban areas with roads and small alleyways, parkland with sections of ornamental gardens, and community woodlands containing many paths and tracks.



International Development Programme

The organisers of WOC 2015 are committed to making a minimum of £30,000 available for a development programme to help the International Orienteering Federation develop the sport. It is anticipated that this will be used to assist less advantaged Federations prepare for and attend WOC 2015.

Live TV Production

We wish to maximise the exposure of orienteering and see the WOC as an ideal opportunity to showcase our sport through traditional and new social media. To help achieve this we have secured a budget to provide live TV coverage expected of the WOC.

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