Day 5: Glen Feardar
Friday 4th August
Glen Feardar (or Fearder) has been described as “tucked away in a ‘hidden valley’ just four kilometres west of Balmoral, Glen Feardar has that classic Deeside combination of open hillside, birch woodland, mature plantation and patchy natural pine forest. All with the added bonus of views that become increasingly spectacular the higher your course takes you”.
The area has supported many major events, including the Scottish 6 Days in 1993 and 2005 as well the Scottish Orienteering Championships during the Jubilee Five multi-day in 2012. Thanks go to Invercauld Estates, a sporting estate which covers approximately 43,600 hectares who derive their income from stalking, shooting, forestry, agriculture, tourism, fishing and let properties. For Royal Deeside 2017 the area has been extended towards Craig Nordie allowing us to stage the final two days from a shared race arena. The planners enthuse about the views to Balmoral, venue for the 2018 British Orienteering Championships, from the extended area. Glen Feardar will be accessed from the A93 at Inver, but a one-way traffic system will be in place, with no exit till the permitted time. With support from EventScotland, we hope to bring TV coverage of the final race including internet access for those unable to join us at the event.