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

What does a World Orienteering Championships look like

Video showing the highlights from WOC 2014 in Italy. It gives you an idea of the scale, excitement, variety of terrain and so what to expect when the World Orienteering Championships come to Scotland.

Direct link to YouTube video

24th Apr

100 Days before world comes to the Scottish Highlands


Excitement builds in the countdown to the World Orienteering Championships

The countdown to Scotland’s major sporting event of the year is entering its final 100 days with athletes from throughout the world preparing to descend on the Highlands for the World Orienteering Championships.

22nd Apr  

First home athletes named for 2015 World Championships

Scott Fraser, Credit:WOC

Four athletes have done enough to earn early selection

The first four members of the UK team to compete in the World Orienteering Champions in Moray and the Highlands have been named.

14th Apr  

Azerbaijan - a rising nation in world orienteering

Suleyman Aliyev, Credit:Suleyman Aliyev

Suleyman: WOC2015 vital part of learning process

Athletes from almost every corner of the world are eagerly anticipating descending on the Highlands of Scotland this summer.  Today we have the third in our series of features on who they are, where they are from and why Orienteering is their sport of choice.

07th Apr  

Training Areas

Kingussie map

March – July 2015

These areas are available from March 1st through to end of July, 2015.

There will be no controls placed.

See below for the areas, relevant information and preferred parking.

All of the areas are within approximately 30km of Inverness, except some urban areas found near Glasgow & Edinburgh Airports.

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26th Mar  

Training Camp 3

Glen Dye Map extract

April 2015

Following the popularity of Training Camp 2, we are delighted to announce that Training Camp 3 will also be on Strathdee (Royal Deeside) in Aberdeenshire. It will run immediately after the JK, which is being held in the English Lake District. We are most grateful to MAROC for making this possible.

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23rd Mar  

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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