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Welcome to the 6 Days

The 23rd Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event was held in Lochaber and Badenoch between the 1st and 7th August 2021. This is a scenic area in the Scottish Highlands, including Fort William, the outdoor capital of Scotland and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.

We’re looking forward to 2023 already and a visit to the Moray coast.

What are the 6 Days?

The Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event is the largest orienteering event in the UK and is a family-friendly festival of orienteering which takes place every two years.

Each 6 Days event typically attracts over 3000 competitors plus additional families and friends, and brings an enormous economic boost to the local area.

It is widely regarded as one of the best multi-day orienteering events in the world and regularly attracts orienteers from all over the world.


Entries opened on 1st January 2021

Start planning ahead for an unforgettable experience brought to you by the Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Company, the group behind bringing the World Orienteering Championships to Highland in 2015 and to Edinburgh in 2024.

What to Expect Each Day

The last time the Scottish 6 Days were held in Lochaber was 2001, but 2021 promises to be a very different orienteering experience with some fantastic new areas.

The event starts on the shores of Loch Etive at Ardchattan before moving up to Inverlochy and views of the north face of Ben Nevis above Fort William.  Orienteering then moves west to Arisaig on the Road to the Isles, passing popular Glenfinnan en route.

The final days are at Creag Dhubh and then the National Nature Reserve at Creag Meagaidh, a superb setting for the end of a great week.

There is a huge variation and variety of terrain types in some stunningly beautiful scenery.

Visiting Lochaber

As well as unforgettable orienteering, there will be opportunities to see some of the top tourist attractions in Scotland – the Glenfinnan Monument, a short trip to Loch Ness, the “Harry Potter” viaduct and even a quick hop over to the Isle of Skye.

The event centre (registration) will be in Fort William itself, a busy town with a wide range of accommodation types including chalet complexes around the Great Glen area. See lochaber.com and visitscotland.com for travel tips. From there you can take the “Hogwarts Express” across the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig; become a local hero on Camusrory beach by Morar or visit the Glenfinnan monument, marking the starting point of the 1745 Jacobite uprising.

Linnhe Lochside Holidays have kindly offered to act as the official event campsite but due to Covid-19 have currently capped the number of bookings for tents, campervans and motorhomes.   Toilet and shower facilities will be opened specially for orienteers if permissible.  Please contact relax@linnheholidays.co.uk directly to check on possible availability e.g. waiting list, campervans and tourers with their own facilities.

You will be sure to enjoy the orienteering trip of a lifetime.

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Who supports the events

Scottish 6 Days Orienteering is fortunate to be supported by some great organisation and institutions. Let us introduce you.

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