World Orienteering Championships

Inverness, Scotland  1-7 August 2015


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


Recent updates

Area 6 (Achilty, Rogie and Creag Ulladail) is no longer embargoed (6th Jun 2014)
Area 13 (Reelig Glen, west of Inverness) is no longer embargoed (6th Jun 2014)
Area 14 (Dingwall) is no longer embargoed (6th Jun 2014)

Dated: 06th Jun 2014  


This page will contain information, press releases, media accreditation and images/logos for download and use in publications.

Dated: 19th Mar 2014  


Training Camp 2 runs from 13 to 17 October 2014. The location is Strathdee (Royal Deeside) in Aberdeenshire. This should minimise disruption to those athletes entering the Race the Castles events on the adjacent weekends. Please note there is limited hostel type accommodation in the area. Teams planning to attend should book early. Further details including a more detailed programme will follow.  OCAD files will be available for these areas, for a fee which will be confirmed soon.

Dated: 08th Jan 2014

NEWS, December 2013

Further to the announcements on the website on the 1st August and information contained in Bulletin 1, it is planned to stage the Middle Distance and Relay events at Darnaway. The Long Distance race will be staged in Glen Affric. Further details on the Sprint Races (Relay, Qualifier and Final) will be included in Bulletin 2.

Dated: 02nd Dec 2013


Highland 2015 was “launched” at this year’s Scottish 6 Days Moray 2013. Further information about WOC 2015 areas can now be released. You can also watch the launch video on YouTube

We are pleased to announce that subject to final agreements with landowners and other bodies that Darnaway and Glen Affric will be used to stage Long, Middle and Relay World Orienteering Championships races in 2015. Forres and Nairn will be used to stage the Mixed Sprint Relay, Sprint Qualifiers and Sprint Final. Embargoes as published in Bulletin 1 remain in place for all other areas.

For the many competitors wishing to spectate and run in the Scottish 6 Days we can announce that in order to give orienteers the opportunity to compete on exactly the same terrain as WOC that the format will be two days followed by an action packed “rest day” then a further four days. The Scottish 6 Days will be staged in Keppernach, Darnaway, Glen Strathfarrar with the final day in Glen Affric, a mix of ancient Caledonian Forests, open moorland and birch forest and complex moraines with Scot’s Pine and deciduous woodland.

Day Date WOC
6 Day
Saturday 1st Aug Forres or Nairn Sprint Relay (evening)  
Sunday 2nd Aug Forres or Nairn Sprint Qual (morning)
Sprint Final (afternoon)
Monday 3rd Aug   Rest Day Glen Strathfarrar
Tuesday 4th Aug Darnaway Middle Distance (afternoon) Rest Day
Wednesday 5th Aug Darnaway Relay (afternoon) Darnaway
(Middle Distance)
Thursday 6th Aug   Rest Day Darnaway
Friday 7th Aug Glen Affric Long Distance (all day) Glen Affric
Saturday 8th Aug     Glen Affric

01st Aug 2013


You can now download Bulletin 1



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.


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.


Subject to final agreements the WOC event centre will be the new Inverness Campus, which is scheduled to open from 2014 on the eastern outskirts of Inverness, directly opposite Raigmore Hospital. The new Inverness College, University of the Highlands and Islands, will be used for the WOC Office, media centre, team meetings, conference facilities and ceremonies. It had been hoped that accommodation including a hotel would have been constructed in parallel with the new college, but at this stage these options are unlikely and a range of other facilities have been pre-booked for athletes in Inverness and Aviemore area. A hotel in Inverness has been booked to provide accommodation for the IOF Presidents’ Conference. Highlands and Islands Enterprise have kindly agreed to us establishing a campsite with all facilities including marquee-based catering. The centre of Inverness can be reached by crossing the new “golden bridge” and using the new cycleway. There is easy access to the nearby retail park, with a major supermarket, restaurant, fast-food outlets and cinema.


At the IOF General Assembly 2012 the decision was made to adopt a new model for WOC which would take effect from 2017. Events prior to this have the opportunity to modify their event programme. WOC 2014 in Italy will be the first event to use the new programme, and WOC 2015 in Scotland will also do so. The dates for the championship are 1-7 August 2015. The event will be run in parallel with the Scottish 6 Days Event which takes place from 1-8 August 2015.


There will be a programme of training to give teams and athletes the chance to sample similar terrains and race in the run up to WOC 2015:

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View a map of the embargoed areas.




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.


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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The event will run in parallel with the 20th Scottish 6 Days event. Widely recognised as one of the world’s top multiday events, this will bring 5000 competitors and spectators to what will be a true festival of orienteering.

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Cat Taylor WOC 2013
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(photo: Martin Ward)


WOC 2015, British Orienteering 8a Stancliffe House Whitworth Road Darley Dale Matlock DE4 2HJ, UK
Tel: +44 1629 734042

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