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Day 2: Balfour Forest

Balfour well contoured area

Balfour well contoured area

Monday 31st July

Part of the extensive Forest of Birse, Balfour Forest is new to orienteering and shares some of the characteristics of nearby Glen Tanar, separated by the steeper and more complex terrain of Birsemore (Day 3).

The area includes a good mix of different terrain types, ranging from fast open forest to rough open including small patches of moorland. There is a part described by the Controller as a “well contoured area”, with lots of potential control sites.  The area offers classic orienteering with good opportunities to plan some true classic-distance style courses. Thanks go to the owners including the Birse Community Trust, Dunecht Estate, Ballogie Estate and Balfour Estate. The race arena and parking is shared with Day 3, with a one-way circuit clockwise around adjacent roads.


Nearest town: Aboyne
Postcode: AB34 5DB
Grid Ref:
Latitude: 57.05294
Longitude: -2.74578
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Categorised under: Day 2

Balfour ride, Credit:Colin Matheson

Balfour ride

Balfour crags, Credit:Colin Matheson

Balfour crags

Balfour map sample

Balfour map sample

Last edited: 23rd Sep