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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


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  

Car Hire


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27th May  

Swiss and Norwegians fly in to prepare for championships

Daniel Hubmann - Scottish Championship winner, Credit:WOC2015

Glasgow’s Hollie Orr just beaten by just 0.02 in women’s race

Two of the leading nations taking part in the World Orienteering Championships in the Scottish Highlands this summer have taken the opportunity to acclimatise at the Scottish Championships.

26th May  

Athlete Photos

Alasdair McLeod SHI Relay 2014, Credit:ActivNorth

You can use any of these images in publications as long as you credit the source. Click/tap to preview and download a larger version.

Info and photos of Scottish athletes is also available on the Scottish Elite Develoment Squad website

For information and photos of all International athletes visit WorldofO.com athlete database.

20th May

Entry Deadline

31st May is the deadline for:

  • All Teams to have entered the number of athletes and officials (IOF WOC Rule 9.6).  Late entries may be refused (Rule 9.1).
  • Entries from IOF Council, Commissions or National Federation personnel who wish to be accredited.
  • Booking Transport Package

20th May  

Traditional map reading skills are not lost to schools

Schools inspired by World Championships, Credit:www.insideMoray.com

World Championships inspiring a new generation to map and compass

Organisers of the World Orienteering Championships being held in the Highlands of Scotland this summer have acknowledged the concerns expressed over children no longer routinely learning basic map reading skills in schools.

14th 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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