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:

15th August 2018 - link to Nairn online entries added, and new date and venue for Moravian September fixture

5th August 2018 - Nairn East Beach Details added

19th July 2018 - First two of three autumn coaching dates announced.  Information and  registration details for the first coaching session.

Our next event:  

Nairn East Beach - Sunday August 26th. Returning after the summer holidays to our beach favourite.  Sand dunes and forest (and ice cream).  Courses yellow to blue.

Online entries now live.


Our next training/coaching session:

Saturday August 25th: 1st of 3 Autumn Series Coaching/Training.  As a lead-in to our urban series GB athlete Chris Smithard is running some urban/sprint coaching/training in Kinmylies for us, assisted by our coaches.  The focus will be on route choice, planning and picturing the control site.  A separate session for TD2/3 juniors will be available. More info on the coaching page.   This available to club members only.

Register here (closing date Sunday August 18th)

List of participants registered 

Our next Team INVOC races:

Inter-Areas Relays and Individual, Forres & Roseisle.  October 26th/27th.    The relays are open to all Juniors who can run a yellow or higher with no assistance, individual runners unassisted on white or higher are counters in the individual competition. More details of the competition available in the Juniors area of the website.   Contact Jenny Hall: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The next few 'local' events 





Summer holidays...


Sun Aug 26th INVOC

Local event

Nairn East Beach, Nairn


Fri Sept 7th INVOC

Local event - Urban Series 1

Ness Castle and Holm Dell, Inverness

Sat Sept 8th MOR

Local event

Culbin, Forres

Fri Sept 14th INVOC

Local event - Urban Series 2

Lochardil, Inverness

Fri Sept 21st INVOC

Local event - Urban Series 3

Kinmylies, Inverness

Sun Sept 23rd BASOC

National event (Scottish Orienteering League 3)

Dunachtonmore, (nr Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig)

Sun 30th Sept INVOC

Local event

Clash Woods, Muir of Ord

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

Carse of Ardesier - July 1st

[posted 3rd July 2018]

Many thanks to debutant organiser Emily Shread, planner Iain Shepherd and SI lead Pablo Alvarez-Icaza for the event at Carse.  Is this the first time juniors have made up the majority of the event team??? Clearly all the praying for good weather paid off and the heat was challenging for a run in the heather and contours of Carse. 110 people in all came, with a lot of new families following on the back of the schools league. Results can be found here.

Andrea and Thomas also wish to thank everyone for their custom – their bake and juice sale for their World Challenge expedition to Vietnam in June 2019 was hugely popular and nearly a sell out!

European Youth Orienteering Championships, Bulgaria - June 29th to July 1st

[posted July 3rd]

Congratulations to Megan Keith!!!

Megan on the run-in for the EYOC Sprint (from British Orienteering website)

Quoting from the British Orienteering website.

The opening day of the 2018 edition of European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) in Bulgaria saw a highly technical, challenging sprint in the old medieval capital, Veliko Tarnovo, confront Team GB's runners. However one athlete, in the form of young debutant, INVOC's Megan Keith, rose superbly to the demands of the race and took GB's first ever female gold medal at EYOC, claiming the W16 win by a huge margin of 34 seconds.  

Having had, what she felt, was a shaky start on a tricky first leg, she managed to keep her composure and began to accelerate through the course to dominate proceedings from then onwards. Megan said afterwards:  "I was a bit thrown off at the start, as there was so much detail on the map, and everyone went sprinting off in different directions. I was running a bit faster than I could navigate, which wasn't good, but having wobbled on the first control, I managed to catch my 1 minute girl and got everything back on track from there. The long run down from the castle was good, as I could run fast and also read my map for the last section. I looked at my watch and seen I'd only been six minutes to the spectator control, but I had no idea how long the last loop would take. In the last loop, there was some interesting route choices, and I was confused by the stairs, but it was all okay. At the end, I was happy, thirsty and a bit tired! Surprised by the result and I'm really looking forward to the next races."

Scottish Championships - May 26th

[posted 28th May]

Photo credit: Wendy Carlyle

Thanks to everyone for coming, and what a glorious venue.  Thanks to the organiser Kevin Holliday, Planner Laurence Cload and Controller Richard Oxlade - and all the volunteers.

Results available from the SOA webpage.      Photos by Wendy Carlyle.

Congratulations to the INVOC podiums:


1st: Aiden McCann (M16B), Connie Nicolson (W14B), Zoe MacKenzie (W40S)

2nd: Megan Keith (W16A), Marsela McLeod (W50L), Finlay Sime (M14B), Pablo Alvarez-Icaza (M18L)

3rd: Evan Sime (M10A), Charley Wright (M12A), Finlay Todd (M20E), Hazel Cload (W10B), Carolyn Cload (W40S)


=3rd: Charley Wright, Norbert Otreba and Angus Laird (Age class 36 and under)



[posted May 25th]

InvOC GDPR statement

As you may be aware, the General Data Processing Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“the GDPR”) came into force on 25 May 2018.  The GDPR restates and amends the law about how your data is stored and used.

What data we collect from you, how we use it, and our actions to ensure this data is protected are important to us. Most of the data about orienteering club members is collected by Scottish Orienteering Association or British orienteering Association and shared with appropriate InvOC committee members

We value your privacy and believe in transparency, so are setting out the procedures we adopt.  These are set out in our Data Protection Notice, found here.  By way of a summary, the Notice covers:

  • Transparency over who we share your data with, and why this is necessary for us in our relationship with you;
  • Our legal basis for processing your data;
  • Clarity surrounding how long we hold your data for, and  what you should do to ensure this information is erased should you so request;
  • How you can request a copy of your personal information held by us.

We encourage you to read our Data Protection Notice in full.  By continuing with your membership of InvOC or by participating in our club events and activities you are agreeing to these updates. Please contact us if you have any queries.