Barns Ness
Saturday 28th May 2022

Barns Ness  Saturday 28th May 2022

Barns Ness Lighthouse - MrPanyGoff via Flickr

Despite many club stalwarts being away at the Scottish Championships we continued our regular slot of staging a local event on the last Saturday of the month.

Thanks, as usual, to all who came and to the team who stepped up to run the event. Special thanks to Jamie Wilson who was planning a cross-country style event for the first time and whose courses were well-received for making the most of the Barns Ness map.


  • Simple results are here.
  • Routegadget allows you to plot your route, either by hand or by downloading a gpx file from a watch or phone and to look where you and others went.
  • Winsplits Online gives another way of comparing your times for each leg.
  • British Orienteering collect results from all events and publish ranking scores for larger events.

Advance Information

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.

Type of event:

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

Barns Ness lighthouse
Barns Ness Lighthouse – copyright Sarah Charlesworth


  • 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 .


Although White and Yellow courses follow a network of paths there are some rough sections which may not be suitable for buggies.


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


This will be online (and for newcomers at the car park) – look for the ELO flag and tent!
Please select 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. We are not allocating start times.

The Start and Finish locations are approximately 600 metres from Registration.

Courses Close:

The courses will close at 4:00pm, so if you have not completed your course by then, you should stop and return to assembly. 
You must report to the Download point, whether you complete the course or not, so that we know you are not lost or injured in the dunes.

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.

CourseLength / Ascent Description
White1.6 km / Very Easy
Yellow2.0 km / Easy
Orange3.2 km / 10 mModerate
Green5.2 km / 10 mDifficult

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


Trina Rogerson


Jamie Wilson

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.

Orienteering member*
Parent and Child 
(one parent with one child)
Larger Family Groups 
(one or more children accompanied by one or more adults)
Pair of Seniors£5£7
Pair of Juniors 
(no accompanying adults)
*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 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

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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