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Day 1: Glen Tanar

Glen Tanar race arena

Glen Tanar race arena

Sunday 30th July

Since it was built as a traditional highland estate in 1869, Glen Tanar has been inviting people to relax and enjoy the great outdoors amidst a beautiful 25,000 acre landscape encompassing farmland, river, pine forests and heather clad moors.

Glen Tanar was one of the first maps for Mar Orienteering Club, dating back to 1977. Previously used for the Scottish 6 Days in 1983 and 1993, more recently Glen Tanar was used to stage selection races for the World Orienteering Championships 2015. The Water of Tanar bounds the area to the north and west, with access to the previously unused parking area and race arena from the estate road by the Bridge o’Ess.  A one-way traffic system will be in place, with no exit till the permitted time. There are very pleasant areas of mature Scots Pine plantation and larch on gently rolling slopes, but areas of steep and complex terrain including massive boulders and granite outcrops may also be encountered on the longer and more technical courses. There is good network of forest tracks and rides, though the number of smaller paths is limited and will force running through the terrain. Thanks go to the owners of the present Glen Tanar Estate for use of this lovely and popular area.


Nearest town: Aboyne
Grid Ref:
Latitude: 57.05623
Longitude: -2.84314
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Glen Tanar open terrain, Credit:Colin Matheson

Glen Tanar open terrain

Glen Tanar steep terrain, Credit:Colin Matheson

Glen Tanar steep terrain

Map sample

Map sample

Last edited: 23rd Sep