Day 3: Birsemore Hill
Tuesday 1st August
Birsemore Hill has been a popular and challenging area that has been used for Scottish Orienteering League events and has played host to the Scottish Night Champs and Veteran Home Internationals.
Birsemore Hill rises to 333 metres, and includes some intricate areas on the steep northern slopes with a wealth of contour and rock detail including cliffs and crags. Longer courses will cross the Fungle Road (one of the Mounth tracks) into the neighbouring Glen Tanar Estate. With a shared arena with Day 2, and some restrictions imposed by the shooting estate, all competitors will funnel in for the last part of their courses through open and mixed terrain before emerging out of the forest into the final run-in. Thanks go to Glen Tanar Estate and Dunecht Estate for permission to orienteer in this spectacular area – Dunecht are also owners of Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven, inspiration for Merida’s castle in Disney’s Brave. 2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in Scotland, and Royal Deeside 2017 offers much of interest including castles, stone circles, hill forts and ancient settlements.