Barns Ness
Saturday 28 August 2021

Barns Ness  Saturday 28 August 2021

Barns Ness Lighthouse - MrPanyGoff via Flickr

Barns Ness and Whitesands consist of coastal grass along with a mixture of sandy and rocky shorelines. The area has had limeworks for centuries, and as you explore the area you’ll see a number of 18th-century limekilns.

Orienteers of all abilities are welcome to join us on the day when we will have a range of courses to suit everyone.


  • Simple results are here.
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General Information

Type of event:

Local event in the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) series


  • Open land, dunes.
  • Runnability is generally good.
  • There are some nettles and scratching undergrowth so shorts are not recommended – wear full leg cover.
  • Please use marked crossing points to cross fences.
  • Please observe any out of bounds areas.

Other Users:

The area is very well used by the general public including dog walkers and families. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.


The area is well used by dog walkers so dogs are welcome to come with orienteers.


Toilets are available at the White Sands car park, beside the entrance .


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Nearest Town: Dunbar
Grid Ref: NT710773
Nearest Postcode: EH42 1QP


The Whitesands Bay car park is accessed by a minor road which leaves A1087 at NT669770. The A1087 runs from Dunbar town south through Broxburn past the cement works to the A1.

Drive past the campsite on the left and on down to the barrier at Whitesands Bay. Turn left here and continue to the end of the track and park on the grassy areas.

There is a East Lothian Council £2 charge for parking.

Public Transport

Dunbar is easily reached by public transport (buses and trains) but there is none available to the event area which is approximately 2km SE of the town centre – there is footpath the whole way, either along the coast or by the road.

Registration & Start Times


Registration is online (and also for newcomers at the car park) – look for the ELO flag and tent!
Please choose an early start time if you think you might take a long time to complete your course.

Start and Finish:

Start times will be from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

Start and finish are is approximately 400 metres from Registration near the Barns Ness car park. Maps for White and Yellow will be issued at Registration. Maps for Orange and Green will be issued at Start.

Courses Close:

The courses will close at 4:00pm so it is essential that you report to the Finish by then, even if you have not completed your course.

Start Times:

Course Information


The map is printed at 1:7500 with 2.5m contours.


SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used – we will have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost.
Units, apart from start and finish, will be set for contactless punching.


There will be White, Yellow, Orange and Green courses.
There are thistles and nettles, and so full leg cover is required for the orange and green courses.
Provisional course lengths are approximately as follows…

White1.6 kmVery easy
Yellow2.0 kmEasy
Orange3.1 kmModerate
Green4.2 kmDifficult

More details about the colour coding is available on the Scottish Orienteering website.

Control Descriptions:

Control descriptions are printed on the maps but there will be no loose copies. You can download and print out your own copy


To provent crowding there will be no results displayed at the event, but they will be updated regularly during the afternoon on this website.


Neil McMillan

Other Information:

Piri-piri burr is a non-native, invasive plant has been found at Barns Ness. Rangers ask that you adhere to the notices on site by keeping your dog on a lead and sticking to the main paths within the old caravan site (near the lighthouse), to prevent any missed burrs from sticking to your clothing or dog’s fur and spreading the plant.

Entry Charges

Entry is cheaper if you are a current 2022 member of a club affiliated to Scottish or British Orienteering.

Please ensure that your membership has been renewed for 2022.

British/Scottish Orienteering member* (Pre-entry)Non‑member
Parent and Child (one parent with one child)£2.50£3.50
Larger Family Groups (one or more children accompanied by one or more adults)£3£5
Pair of Seniors£5£7
Pair of Juniors (no accompanying adults)£2£3

*Members of any orienteering club will receive a discount for pre-entry only.
**Note that although non-members are now permitted to take part, Covid regulations still limit the support we can give beginners.

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment (RA) has been carried out by the organisers, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Small children should be supervised when near the pond.

The RA will be available for inspection at Registration.

Medical Conditions:

If you, or anyone in your group (including juniors), have a medical condition that first-aiders or health professionals should know about in the event of accident or illness during the course of the event please print off the Medical Form, complete it fully and bring it along to the event.   You should complete a separate copy for each individual who has a medical condition.  Please leave the completed Medical Form at Event Registration.  If it is not in a labelled sealed envelope, it will be put in one and will be opened only in an emergency.  It will be shredded immediately after the event if you do not claim it back.


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