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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

Embargoed Areas

Embargo Updates


Elgin will no longer be under embargo after Saturday 11th July.

30th Jun  

Training Areas

Kingussie map

Competitions and Training May/July

NOTE: Some additional areas have been added

These areas are available from May through to end of July, 2015.

Some will have controls placed, but most don't.

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

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

Click/select a map image to see a larger version.

29th Jun  

Race the Castles video

Reminder of the event brought to you by the WOC2015 team

Race the Castles was brought to you by the WOC 2015 team last October.

This weekend there are further World Ranking Event races in Scotland, a last chance for Elite athletes to race in Scotland before WOC in August, details of the Schiehallion Weekend here.

18th Jun

Souvenir Merchandise

WOC2015 Souvenir clothing

O-Top and T-Shirt

There will be an O-Top (£25) and a Technical T-Shirt (£15), both from noname. They will only be available at the event and will be found at the Scottish 6 Days merchandise tent. They are available in a limited quantity, so once gone no more are available. So you might want to buy early in the week!

17th Jun  

Orienteering on the BBC

BBC Scotland Adventure Show

Interviews with Jess & James Tullie (Athletes), Paul McGreal (Event Director) & Mike Rodgers (Scottish Orienteering Development Officer)

16th Jun


Bulletin 3 cover

Bulletin 3 now available

We, the organisers of WOC 2015 – the highlight of the orienteering festival Highland 2015 – are looking forward to welcoming you in just a couple of months’ time.
This is the final bulletin before the WOC programme (bulletin 4) which athletes, team officials, IOF personnel, media representatives and event guests will receive in magazine form at registration, and which will be available online just beforehand.

Download Bulletin 3 as a PDF.

27th May  

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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