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Day 5: Craig a’Barns

Fri 2nd Aug

Craig a'Barns scenic view

Craig a'Barns scenic view

Last edited: 31st May

Today is a World Ranking Event.

The birthplace of Scottish orienteering, and widely regarded as one of the best orienteering areas in the country. Craig a'Barns was used for the Scottish Championships in 1962 and was the first specially mapped area for orienteering in Scotland. The area has played host to various events, including the Jan Kjellstrom 1990 and more recently JK2012.

Due to ongoing works (dualling of the A9) and safety considerations, competitors should access the area from the north (recommended route via Aberfeldy and the A827 to Ballinluig before heading south on the A9 towards Dunkeld).


Within the competition area, there has been an occurrence of pythopthera ramorum, a deadly pathogen causing major problems in parts of Scotland. 


To help contain the possible spread of this pathogen we request that all competitors thoroughly wash their boots/shoes with water prior to leaving the event area at Craig a Barns. All soil and needle remains are to be cleaned from footwear and clothing. An area to do so will be provided at the end of the course.


Strathearn 2019: Main Day Officials - Day 5 Craig a’Barns

Organising Clubs: TAY, INVOC & ELO
Organiser: Fiona Downie (TAY)
Asst.Organiser: Jane Anderson (TAY)
Planners: Dave Summers & Kevin Holliday (INVOC)
Controller: Trevor Hoey (FVO)
Asst. Controller: Paul Caban (INT)

Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club describes the area as “a tough area, on a steep craggy hill, often quite rough underfoot. The terrain is complex; a forested plateau split by a series of parallel valleys, with many crags, fallen trees and some areas of bracken”. For Strathearn 2019 we will extend the area to the north and east of Rotmell Farm, including some finely detailed terrain with runnable heather and rough grazing and extending out beyond the Rotmell and Dowally Lochs and down to the Mill Dam.

Thanks go to the Atholl Estates for use of the area, and if you have time to venture a bit further north their Blair Castle is worth a visit. Thanks go to the Brewster family for access to Rotmell Farm -this was built around 1825 as a show farm by the Duchess of Atholl, with Prince Albert, of Queen Victoria fame, also involved in the original design. Beatrix Potter, of Peter Rabbit fame, used to stay in the Dunkeld area and was known to visit the farm and use it in her illustrations.


World Ranking Event Embargo Details

This embargo applies to all potential WRE competitors (runners, team leaders, coaches, doctors, etc.) as well as to all others with strong links to elite squads.  Embargoes also apply to anyone intending to compete at the Scottish 6 Days.

No orienteering of any kind can take place in these embargoed areas until after Strathearn 2019.

Officials involved with the organisation of Strathearn 2019 are allowed to enter areas as appropriate e.g. race arenas and parking areas.  If in any doubt please contact Colin Matheson for authority.

Note that the embargoes do not apply to public roads running by or through the areas as defined on Google Maps.

Please see Google Maps for details of the embargoed areas.

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Map sample Craig a Barns

Map sample Craig a Barns