Race Schedule

The race schedule is likely to be as follows (all details to be confirmed):
  • Friday 12th July
    a.m. Sprint Qualification / p.m. Sprint Final.
  • Saturday 13th July
    Rest Day
  • Sunday 14th July
    Sprint Relay
  • Monday 15th July
    Rest Day
  • Tuesday 16th July
    a.m. Knock-Out Sprint Qualification / p.m. Knock-Out Sprint Finals


Bulletins will be published here as pdf documents at the appropriate time.

Bulletin 1 (preliminary event information July 2022).

Bulletin 2 (invitation) will be published 12 months in advance (July 2023). Bulletin 3 (event information) is due 3 months before the event (April 2024) and the final Bulletin 4 (additional event information) given on arrival of competitors.

Event centre

The Event Centre, including Media Centre, will be in the South Hall Complex at Pollock Halls, a short distance by Number 30 or 33 bus from the city centre.


Several areas in and around Edinburgh are embargoed for WOC 2024.

Please note that the embargoed areas and permitted routes were updated in June 2022 and some significant changes were made.

Details of embargoed areas can be accessed at: https://eventor.orienteering.org/Events/Show/6106

Embargoed areas and permitted routes may change at short notice. Potential competitors and other interested parties should always check Eventor for the most up-to-date information.

All queries regarding embargoed areas should be sent to Jon Hollingdale: technicaldirector@woc2024.org


There will be several training camps and opportunities for athletes in advance of WOC 2024. Head over to our training page for further information here.

Previous maps

Edinburgh University Orienteering Club Routegadget features many of the possible race locations including King’s Buildings (2018-01-19), Central Edinburgh (2018-01-20) and Riccarton (2017-11-19). Note these areas are all embargoed.

The Scottish Orienteering Association Routegadget includes the Race the Castles 2014 World Ranking Event.

Ordnance Survey OpenData can be downloaded for free here as ESRI Shapefiles or GML3 with the most detailed information including OS Open Greenspace and OS Open Map Local. OS Terrain 50 is available either as a 50m gridded digital terrain model or 10m contours and spot heights.

OS MasterMap is the definitive source of highly detailed geographic data and can be purchased from various sources including getmapping.com and emapsite.com. Note that licence restrictions will apply to this data.

There is LIDAR data availability (circa 2010) for Edinburgh available in the public domain here. Note that the LiDAR data will require specialist knowledge and software for input into packages such as OCAD or OpenOrienteering Mapper


Pollock Halls of Residence are part of the University of Edinburgh and during the summer vacation there are over 2,000 rooms available. A range of room types is available, including single standard rooms, double or twin en-suite and self-catering 4-bedded ‘flats’. Various meal options will also be available. Preliminary bookings have been put in place to reserve all categories as described above.

Edinburgh is well used to dealing with significant numbers of visitors from around the world and offers alternative options should teams wish to arrange independent facilities e.g. extended stay in advance of WOC 2024. A list of hotels will be listed here closer to the time of the event.