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:

29th Nov: NNC3 Nairn East Beach details and online entry, homepage Carse report & club league report

24th Nov: Carse of Ardersier results. Provisional Final Leagues.

18th Nov: Craig Phadrig coaching preliminary info added (homepage and coaching page)

Our next event(s): 

Wednesday 18th December - NNC event at Nairn East Beach.

Round 3 of the Northern Night Cup

Details  Online Entry

Night running tips:

  • Plan.  Have a plan and keep it simple.  Use line features more than normal. Good attack points.  Move from one big feature to another.
  • Direction.  Always keep the map set.  Path networks can be confusing at night.  Be accurate and direct on your compass bearings - don't get pushed off by vegetation or terrain.
  • Execution.  Distance estimation and pacing is important.
  • Light up the night.   Get or borrow a good headtorch!
  • Safety. always carry a whistle, always a backup light, and if you wish a mobile (our areas have good coverage).

Training and Coaching:

Technique training:  Dates for the New Year to be announced. However, if you can practice in the NIght Cup events really good training for Direction and distance estimation.

iROMP:  Controls are now out in Gallowhill.  Maps have been distributed to the training groups.  If you haven't received one and want a map for own training please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    Note: No access on Saturdays (due to shooting).

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:

Sun March 15th 2020.  Compass Sport Cup, Perthshire.  More details in the New Year.

The next few 'local' events 





Weds Dec 4th BASOC Local night - NNC1 Kincraig
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

Club League 2019

[posted Nov 29th]

The INVOC club league has come to an end for 2019.  Congratulations to all who participated and who got their 5 counting events.  The last event was at Carse last weekend and some good performances led to changes at the top.  Ken Naismith is our new Senior Mens Club Champion, whilst Jacquie Laird is the Senior Women's Champion.  Angus Laird and Rachael Scott pick up the honours for the boys and girls leagues. 

Full results on the club league page

Many thanks to Wullie Nicolson for doing the leagues once again.  Prizes to be awarded at our AGM at our Littlemill event on March 1st.

Carse of Ardesier - 24th November 2019

[posted 29th Nov]

Finally a mild November day arrived, which was good for our Carse of Ardesier event. Though the overnight deluge had dampened things in the forest. 120 people came to enjoy the orienteering and the Simpson/Sime cake sale! Well done to everyone. Thanks go to the hardworking event team of Rhona Fraser (organiser), James Laird (planner), Ronan Blackwood (SI) and Ade Chapman (MOR) (controller), and to all the helpers on the day. Great hardstanding parking, to which we want to thank the CWC Group and Alex Stewart.

Results available here 

Visionteering - 11th November 2019

[posted 12th Nov]

Thank you to Run4It for hosting Vizionteering 2019! Great to see so many people there including lots of non orienteers (you are orienteers now 😉). Thank you to Colin Salisbury for great and testing course planning and to Ronan and Susan for computing.

Well done to Johannes Petersen & Alison Matheson for the win in the men and women's category's and Finlay Raynor and Rachael Scott in the boys and girls categories.  Erica Cload taking coveted the spot prize.

Lost property: Nike beanie and pair of gloves left at Run4It.

Vizionteering results

Run4It Facebook post

Megan Keith - SportsScotland Young Sportswoman of the Year 2019

[posted 11th Nov]

In recognition of her fantastic achievements this year Megan was awarded the SportsScotland Young Sportswoman of the Year 2019 last Friday.   A lot of dedication and hard work goes into achieving results in both orienteering and cross country, winning two international gold medals at orienteering, a national cross country title, and stand out performances in the Baxters 10km and national short cross country last weekend.  INVOC congratulate you.  Well done.

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

Megan Keith - Junior European W18 Sprint Champion 2019

She's done it again.....  What a brilliant result... and whilst her parents were organising our urban event.