Friday 4th August 2023

Today is a middle distance event

For the last day of Moray 2023 we bring you a middle distance event in the delights of Culbin.

For the last day of Moray 2023 we bring you a middle distance in the delights of Culbin. It is expected that most courses will finish in the arena; shorter technical courses will make the most of the excellent terrain and in order to avoid dead running at the end will finish about 1km from the arena.

Culbin was planted between the wars to stabilise shifting sand dunes; the resulting open pine forest on complex topography is perfect for orienteering. The forest is mainly runnable with good visibility though some pockets of gorse and deeper heather do exist.



Image Caption: Culbin Forest

Image Caption: Culbin map extract

Image Caption: Contour details

Image Caption: Forested dunes

Image Caption: Culbin map extract

Image Caption: Culbin Woods

Image Caption: Sunny forested dunes

Final Details

Important Information

Organising clubs:
Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) supported by Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club (BASOC) and Tayside Orienteers (TAY).
Fran Getliff (MAROC) & Maire Convery (TAY).
Ali Robertson (MAROC) & Alistair Duguid (TAY).
Brian Bullen (FVO) & Chris Low (MAROC).
Snab of Moy, Kintessack, IV36 2TG.
This parking is not suitable for any campervans or motorhomes whatever their size – it is the ground clearance and weight which means that they will not be permitted to park at Snab of Moy.
All parking for campervans is at Forres Academy Car Park, Burdsyard Road, Forres IV36 1FG with bussing from there. From the bus stop in Kintessack follow the tapes and marshals’ guidance to the Arena which is a 1.2 km walk.
For cars only: Follow the A96 west out of Forres. After approximately 3 miles (just before Brodie Countryfare) turn right, over the railway, onto an unclassified road. Continue straight on for 1.1 miles then turn right at the T-junction onto another unclassified road. Follow this road for approximately 2 miles until the turn-off to Snab of Moy farm which is on the left.
For Campervans and Motorhomes: Parking is in the car park at Forres Academy, Burdsyard Road, Forres, IV36 1FG with additional bus transport to the arena. From the Findhorn Roundabout on the A96 take Victoria Road into Forres driving past Grant Park. Take South Street on your left (at the end of Grant Park before Andersons Primary School). At the roundabout take the second exit and immediately turn left onto Sanquhar Road and follow Sanquhar Road for 0.3 miles. Please follow the marshals’ instructions for parking.
Adjacent to parking.
Courses 5‒7 use the Green start, 2.1 km from the arena, which is co-located with the Red and Blue starts.
Be aware the route out to the Red/Green/Blue start partly follows a narrow path through thick heather.
The White start is only for courses 1‒4 & 8‒10 and is 1.2 km from the arena.

Complex contours in forested dune.
You may encounter walkers, dogs, cyclists and possibly even horses on route to the starts and also whilst on your course. Please take care.
The Finish for green/blue/red starts is remote, please ensure you have planned for this with your juniors.
Base map using public access LiDAR data from
Original Survey & Cartography of current map, produced for event: Jon Hollingdale, 2022-23.
The finish for courses 1‒4, 8‒10 and 36‒41 is in the arena.
The finish for all other courses is 1.7 km from the arena.
String and Off-string Courses:
600m from the centre of the Arena.
Special Information:
Please note the special arrangements for those courses which usually start at the White Start.
Mapping notes: Areas of deep heather in white forest are indicatively mapped as vegetation slow running (vertical green lines). Thinning lanes in green forest are mapped with a thin white line. Many shallow (<1m) knolls are mapped using small form line shapes (<1.1mm long); larger/steeper knolls use ‘small knoll’ symbol.
See below for more details.
BOF Registration Number: 81098

Final Course Lengths

Course Class Length (km) Climb (m) Map Scale Start
1 M10B W10B 1.6 5 1:7,500 White
2 M10A M12B W10A W12B 1.9 5 1:7,500 White
3 W12A W14B 1.8 10 1:7,500 White
4 M12A M14B 2.0 15 1:7,500 White
5 W75S W85 1.4 30 1:7,500 Green*
6 M85 W70S W80 1.5 25 1:7,500 Green*
7 M75S M80 W65S W75L 1.7 25 1:7,500 Green*
8 White 1.6 5 1:7,500 White
9 Yellow 1.9 5 1:7,500 White
10 Orange 1.8 10 1:7,500 White
14 Light Green 2.2 40 1:7,500 Green
15 Green 2.6 50 1:7,500 Green
16 W14A W16B 2.2 40 1:7,500 Green
17 M14A M16B 2.9 70 1:7,500 Green
18 M70S W55S W60S W70L 2.2 40 1:7,500 Green
19 M65S W50S 2.4 35 1:7,500 Green
20 M75L W45S W65L 2.4 50 1:7,500 Green
21 M60S W40S 2.4 35 1:7,500 Green
22 W18S W20S W35S 2.6 50 1:7,500 Green
23 M55S W60L 2.9 45 1:7,500 Blue
24 M70L W55L 3.0 50 1:7,500 Blue
25 M18S W16A W21S 3.1 60 1:7,500 Blue
26 M50S 3.2 85 1:7,500 Blue
27 M45S W50L 3.4 40 1:7,500 Blue
28 M40S M65L 3.8 65 1:7,500 Blue
29 M20S M35S W45L 3.5 75 1:7,500 Blue
30 M60L W40L 3.9 100 1:7,500 Blue
31 M21S W18L W20L W35L 3.9 80 1:10,000 Blue
34 M16A W21L 4.2 90 1:7,500 Red
35 M55L 4.1 110 1:7,500 Red
36 M18L M50L 4.6 65 1:7,500 Red
37 M45L 5.0 110 1:10,000 Red
38 M40L 5.2 115 1:10,000 Red
39 M20L M21L M35L 5.2 115 1:10,000 Red
40 W21E 5.2 115 1:10,000 Red
41 M21E 6.6 145 1:10,000 Red

* different start to previous days

Thanks to the landowners who have made today’s event possible…

Forestry and Land Scotland Dawn and Davie Nicolson

Mapping Notes

ISOM 531 “Prominent man-made feature – X” is used for significant wooden platforms and shelters. NB many small dens and temporary structures are not mapped.

Roadside gorse has only been mapped where it is dense enough to significantly impede progress.

Culbin’s sand dune topography includes many thousands of small knolls, most of which are between 0.5m and 1.5m high. Whilst the specification sets a minimum height of 1m, in practice it is impossible for a runner at speed to distinguish between 0.9m and 1.1m knolls, especially on a slope, and a map that only included the latter would be unhelpful.

Larger and steeper knolls have been mapped using ISOM 109 “small knoll”
Shallower knolls are generally mapped with form lines: these are by necessity sometimes smaller than the specified minimum length of 1.1mm.
ISOM 113 “broken ground” has only been used where unavoidable

Culbin is a working forest and is subject to regular thinning operations which have left many machinery lanes.
These thinning lanes are mapped in areas of green forest using a thin (0.4mm) white line to avoid obscuring the contour detail.
Thinning and extraction lanes in white forest are not mapped

Areas of white forest with deep heather have been mapped using ISOM 407: vegetation slow running, good visibility” (vertical green lines). This is primarily intended to inform route-choice: the vegetation screen shows where the heather is an impediment to running, rather than the complete extent of heather and should not be relied on for fine navigation.

Distinct vegetation boundaries are shown using a green dashed line.
These are generally only marked where there is a clear boundary between blocks of a single colour, e.g. there is an obvious change from conifer to broadleaf but both areas are mapped using ISOM 406 “slow running”.