Welcome to Edinburgh

Scotland has always been a popular destination for orienteers. In 2015 we welcomed some 6,000 orienteers as WOC spectators and participants in the Scottish 6 Days and many of you took the opportunity to take in attractions including castles, beaches, mountains and traditional food and drink.

The VisitScotland website is a great place to go for further information on destinations, accommodation, what to see & do, getting around and Scottish History.

Edinburgh will prove to be one of the most exciting venues every to stage a World Orienteering Championships . As embargoed areas are gradually released during WOC there are opportunities for anyone affected by the embargoes to visit the many attractions – Edinburgh Castle, the 16th Century Palace of Holyroodhouse, Royal Mile, Royal Yacht Britannia, Royal Botanic Garden, Princes Street and many more. Enjoy the Scotch Whisky Experience and other cultural attractions such as the Scottish National Gallery and Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh is also home to several Michelin starred restaurants and boasts a wide range of different types of cuisine for those wanting to sample the culinary delights of the city.

Travel Methods/Routes

Edinburgh Airport is ideally situated, only eight miles (12km) west of the city centre and the journey by road takes about 25 minutes in light traffic. Edinburgh Trams run services every 7 minutes to the city centre with a journey time of just 30 minutes. Services to the City Centre operate between 06:18 – 22:48 hours. Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest and the UK’s sixth busiest airport. With over 333 flights per day, the airport services 33 airlines, flying 188 routes to 130 destinations. In addition to the direct European and international links, Edinburgh Airport has numerous daily scheduled services to several hub airports, including London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol.

An alternative port of entry is available at Glasgow Airport, situated 45 miles from Edinburgh city centre. Glasgow Airport services over 300 flights daily to 126 destinations.

Edinburgh’s main public transport operator ‘Transport for Edinburgh’ provides an integrated transport service across the city. The bus and tram services provide a seamless and high-quality transport choice for residents and visitors to the city. There is a modern tram system leading from the airport straight into the city centre as well as bus services across the city.

More travel information can be found at VisitScotland here.

Accommodation

There are a wide range of accommodation providers in Edinburgh, but competitive rates will be offered by the University of Edinburgh at Pollock Halls with quality student accommodation as well as a quality hotel and bistro.

Hotels offering discounted rates to orienteers will be listed here. Further information on accommodation is available here.

More accommodation tips can be found at VisitScotland here.

Eating & Drinking

Scotland is famed for food and drink and no trip would be complete without sampling whisky and haggis, our national dish.

More food and drink information can be found at VisitScotland here, as well as some great tips at This is Edinburgh, Edinburgh’s official guide.

Lend a helping hand

Whether or not you plan to participate in our open races, we’d welcome your support in one of the many volunteer roles.

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