Inverness Orienteering Club, or INVOC as we are better known, is the local orienteering club for the Inverness area and much of the rest of highland Scotland. If you are new to orienteering, our New to orienteering? page offers a starting point  to find out a bit more about the sport, and our About INVOC page tells you a little bit about the club.

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 Welcome to the INVOC website.

Recent website updates:

14th Oct: Northern Night Cup fixtures added to homepage fixtures

11th Oct 2019: Autumn coaching block dates and sign up form added on coaching page and homepage, homepage tidy up, MOR event at Roseisle on Nov 16th added, summary info on Vizionteering added.

29th Sept: Nairn SOUL Results , Some Nairn SOUL Key Route Choices, Did you go the shortest route? (6MB file, may take a wee while to download), Photo's Courtesy of Steve Rush here 

Our next event(s): 

Mon Nov 11th: Vizionteering.   Urban orienteering at night round the streets of Inverness.  45 minute score event - get as many controls as you can and don't be late.  It will be on a new extended Inverness City Centre map.  You will go to places you have never dreamt of going!  Sponsored and hosted by Run4It (26 Huntly St).  Spot prizes and refreshments courtesy of Run4It.   

Entry on the day only, registration from 6.30pm, mass start at 7pm.  £2 per competitor/team.  U16s must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for road crossings.

Sun Nov 24th: Carse of Ardersier, Ardersier.  Regional event with courses from white to brown in the runnable and technical wood of Carse.  Good track network gives great junior courses too.  

Parking on hardstanding.  Many thanks to CWC Group for allowing us to park on the Port of Ardersier access road.

More details to follow.

Training and Coaching:

Technique training:  Sign up to our forthcoming block of training at here.

  1. Sun October 27th (11am to 3pm), North Area Junior Training for Talons and iJOS.  Loch Vaa courtesy of BASOC [sign up before Oct 21st]
  2. Sun 3 November (1pm to 3pm) - School Wood, Farr (Eagle Eyes and junior and adult Talons)
  3. Sun 17 November (1pm to 3pm) - Gallowhill (All training groups)
  4. Sat 23 November (afternoon) - Venue (to be confirmed) (Eagle Eyes and junior and adult Talons) 

iROMP:  Controls are coming in from Achtemarack, any volunteers please contact Alec This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Controls will soon be out in Gallowhill.  Maps will be distributed to the training groups.  If you want a map for own training please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Running training: The park run is a regular for many INVOCs including our best runners. For those using Strava as a training log join the INVOC Strava club. This week's Strava training league table is here 

Our next Team INVOC races:

Sat/Sun 9/10th November 2019.   Inter-Areas, Deeside.  Run for Team North at this important fixture for the juniors.  Accommodation in Aberdeen youth hostel.  Sign up by Sept 27th.  Fill in this google form.

The next few 'local' events 





Sat 26th Oct BASOC

Local (but courses up to brown) 

Loch Vaa, Boat of Garten 


Mon 11th Nov INVOC Local - night/urban Visionteering - Inverness City Centre
Sat 16th Nov MOR Local Roseisle, Burghead
Sun 24th Nov INVOC Regional Carse Wood, Ardesier
Weds Dec 4th BASOC Local night - NNC1 tbc
Weds Dec 11th MOR Local night - NNC2 Culbin, Forres
Weds Dec 18th INVOC Local night - NNC3 Nairn East Beach, Nairn
Weds Jan 1st INVOC Local - tbc


looking for planner/organiser

Thurs 2nd Jan MOR Local Grant Park, Forres

See the Events page for all forthcoming INVOC fixtures and links to other clubs' and national fixture lists.   

For 2019 Scottish Orienteering League fixtures: SOL1 Feb 24th Birsemore, SOL2 Mar 31st Dumyat, SOL3 Apr 14th Falkland, SOL 4 May 12th tbc, SOL5 Sept 8th Drummond Hill, SOL6 Sept 21st Edinburgh, SOL7 13th Oct Teviothead.  2019 Scottish Championships: May 25th Dalbeattie

September 29th: Nairn SOUL (Scottish Orienteering Urban League) 

[posted Sept 29th 2019]

Great event at Nairn today. Mix of long and short legs causing some challenges of concentration in the alleyways of Nairn on the new super expanded map. Did anyone manage Wullie’s optimum route choices? 

Many thanks to the event team of Gilly Kirkwood, Wullie Nicolson, Ian Shread and Steve Smirthwaite. 

Results including Winsplits and Routegadget are in the website. Optimum route choices uploaded too.   

Finally two children’s jackets were left in the Community Centre.  Pls contact Gilly Kirkwood (info on the final details) to reclaim.  


Photos from Steve Rush here

Junior Inter-areas - Nov 9th/10th

Individual and relay in Deeside area.  Run for the north of Scotland.  Overnight accommodation in Aberdeen youth hostel.  Stay in youth hostel with rest of Scottish juniors, or with your family elsewhere.  More info here.

Sign up by Sept 27th.  Contact Jenny Hall for more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

INVOC Urban Series - 6th, 13th and 20th Sept

[posted 16th Sept]

Urban event 1 at lochardil down. Great running and good chat afterwards. Some little tricks catching people out. Thanks to Steve Scott, Marsela McLeod, Ronan and Susan Blackwood for putting the event on. 

Results now available for Kinmylies Urban O. Thank you to the event team of David and Jenny Hall, and David Summers, for the fantastic courses. Great to see so many people there. 

***** Just waiting for results and league standings following Dalneigh *****************

Urban leagues standings after two events here

Lochardil and Kinmylies Results 

Nairn East Beach - Sunday 1st Sept

[posted 2nd Sept]

Nairn East Beach results are now up, with Winsplits and Routegadget.  

Many thanks to the event team who persevered with the event in unusual 1st September conditions!, hand marking course changes to the maps into the late hours of Saturday night. It was a tad chilly early on, as witnessed by the start team dressed in their winter clothes, but the sun did come out late on, brightening the day up. 

Many thanks to Mairi Nicolson for organising, Angus Laird (planning), Jacquie Laird (planning), Ronan Blackwood (SI) and Joan Noble (Safety Sign off).  Mairi and Angus were first time organisers and planners, and in Angus and Ronan we had two juniors in event official positions.  Many thanks to them all.  And many thanks to the 150 odd people who came, ran and conquered the rising water table and sea levels! 

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Young volunteers

[posted 2nd September 2019]

The club has nominated Finlay Raynor for Young Volunteer of the year in the Highland and national SportScotland volunteer and coaching awards.  This year Finlay has planned/is planning two events (Culloden and Dalneigh). He has also helped with map checking/surveying of the map extensions of Culliard Woods and more recently Dalneigh.   In addition he has been involved in the coaching of BSGI, taking a P7 group, with positive feedback from that group.  This has shown a strong commitment to the club and the sport in general for someone who is quite young (he was S3 for most of the time he was doing this).

In addition to Finlay, we have had a lot of support from juniors this year.  Oscar Shepherd has a planned one event, is planning the next iROMP and coaches at Culbokie primary school.   He was also awarded the SOA young volunteer award in May 2019.   Pablo Alvarez-Icaza has led the SI at 6 events in the last 12 months, Ronan Blackwod has planned one event and has led the SI at three events in the last year, and David Hall has planned one event and led the SI at two events. 

It is hard to see where our fixture list would be without these juniors.  Congratulations to Finlay, and many thanks to Finlay, Oscar, Pablo, David and Ronan from the club.

If you or one of your children would like to know more about volunteering with INVOC please contact James Laird, Susan Blackwood or Alison Matheson.  Volunteering with INVOC can contribute to the following award schemes: Saltire Awards, Highlife Highland Leadership Programme and Duke of Edinburgh.  Juniors have been great contributors to the club, and we do our best to accommodate all volunteering contributions - within the constraints of guidelines set down by our mother organisations.  There is some more information on our junior page.

Scottish 6 Days 2019 - July 28th to August 3rd

[posted 6th August 2019]

Congratulations to the 47 INVOCs running at the Six Day. And many thanks to those 47 and others who just came down to help on our day.  This year there was an average of 2,800 people running each day.  Six areas in Perthshire.  The weather was amazingly sunny and warm, making for a very social arena.  Excellent areas, excellent course planning and excellent organisation.  Our key personnel were Dave Summers and Kevin Holliday (planners) and Jon Shepherd (INVOC volunteer coordinator and car park supremo on Day 5).  Many thanks to them, and also those INVOC members who did a double shift on the control collecting.

Special mention to our podium places - all girls!!! Girl power! 2nd place to Megan Keith in W18L, 1st place to Connie Nicolson In W14B. 2nd place to Lexie Nicolson in W12B, and 3rd place to Rona Laird in W12B. 

Results and more post race stuff on the Six day website: 

Junior World Orienteering Championships - Denmark, July 2019

[posted 6th August 2019]




Fantastic results at the Junior World Orienteering Championships earlier this summer.  Megan Keith was part of the winning relay team, alongside fellow Scot Grace Molloy and Fiona Bunn. This is the most successful result GB has had at JWOC.  Megan ran the first leg and sent Fiona Bunn out in 4th place.  The rest is history so they say.

INVOC was very well represented at JWOC with Finlay Todd also getting selected.  Only 3 clubs in the world (aside from university clubs) had two club members running at JWOC.  Selection and racing at JWOC represents years of hard work by both Finlay and Megan, and we must congratulate them on their achievements.  

Finlay also had a good run in the relays sending his second leg runner out in 10th place and just over a minute down.  He also had us all on tenterhooks with what looked like an amazing run in the sprint - showing his true cross-country speed and leading the field - until it became apparent he skipped 3 controls out.  It was a complex map and course and a number of other top runners made the same mistake. Even the best in the world make the mistakes we do. ;-)

Well done Megan.  Well done Finlay.  From all of us in INVOC.