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:

21st Mar: 2019 Club leagues updated after CSC, events page updated with event officials and training dates 

14th March: Abriachan results and Routegadget

6th Mar: Scottish 6 days link to Strathearn 2019 added to homepage.

Our next event(s):  

Wednesday May 1st - Craigmonie, Drumnadrochit

The first of our spring evening series that also incorporates the INVOC Schools competition.  Details to follow. 


Training and Coaching:

Technique training: Saturday March 23rd: North Area Training courtesy of MAROC Crathes Castle.  Talons and iJOS training groups (M/W12s to M/W18s).  Register using Google Form here

iROMP:  Controls (kites on stakes with no numbers) are out in Abriachan courtesy of Ronan and Susan Blackwood.  If you want a map for own training please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

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:

17th March 2019.   Compass Sport Cup, Dunrod Hill near Greenock hosted by CLYDE.  This year INVOC are counted as a smaller club ( compete in the Compass Sport Trophy. We need only 13 to make up a team, although they do need to be from a wide range of age classes (from Orange standard upwards) for us to be fully competitive. Extra runners are always welcome as it improves our chances and makes it more sociable! Dunrod Hill is quite an interesting open moorland and was used for a SOL some years ago. Contact Club Captain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you are interested in taking part. Dave will advise on which course to enter.

The next few 'local' events 





Sun Mar 17th CLYDE Compass Sport Cup - run for INVOC Dunrod Hill,  Greenock.
Sat 27th April MOR Local Event Milbuies, Elgin
Weds May 1st INVOC Local event incl. schools Craigmonie, Drumnadrochit
Weds May 15th INVOC Local event incl. schools Evanton Woods, Evanton
Sat May 18th MOR Local event Dufftown
Sun May 19th BASOC Local event Newtonmore
Weds May 29th INVOC Local event incl. schools Culloden Woods, Culloden
Sun June 2nd MOR Regional Event Culbin Forest, Forres
Sun June 9th BASOC Jamie Stevenson Trophy (juniors) Regional Event Glen Gynack, Kingussie
Sun June 16th INVOC Regional Event Keppernach, Nr Nairn

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

Abriachan March 10th:

[posted 12th March 2019]

Well done to everybody who braved the blizzards at Abriachan today (10th March).  Abriachan tests you technically and physically and as the weekend heralded a full return to winter with snow this added an extra dimension.  The slick organisation of Team Shread ensured a smooth event, despite the conditions, particularly with the hospitality of the Forest Trust in their rooms and with their soup, scones, cakes and tea/coffee.  The courses Ronan and Susan Blackwood offered made the most of the terrain and avoided the worst – including recent forestry and windblow.  If you can get your head round the slower than normal terrain it is a great area.  Thanks to them, and Val Springett (SI), Jim Finlayson (the injured first aider) and James Laird (controller), plus all the other helpers.  Don’t forget to fill your tick report in too – including no sign of ticks.

Final results


The Tick project team(run by Scottish Rural College and Edinburgh University) were present, and are looking for volunteers to report whether they found any ticks after their run. Details on how to report ticks here - please do follow the link and report - especially if you found NO ticks, that's just as important information.

North Area Training - Saturday March 23rd Crathes Castle courtesy of MAROC

Calling all juniors aged M/W12 to M/W18.  Come and train, and make friends with other north area juniors.  MAROC are hosting a training session on March 23rd at Crathes Castle in Deeside.  Car sharing and lifts over are possible.  For those wanting to make a weekend of it there is a GRAMP regional event at Glen Dye the next day.

Register using Google Form here by Friday March 15th.



Sunday Feb 10th - Anagach, Grantown-on-Spey. 

 Provisional results, winsplits and routegadget

Thanks a lot to Jim Finlayson (organiser), Jon Shepherd (planner), Rhona Fraser (assistant organiser), David and Jenny Hall (SI) for hosting Anagach.  Icy paths were the thing for Sunday, and metalled dobbed shoes were the way to go.  Super courses in a challenging area - which all the GB squad guys and gals (including our Finlay Todd) flew round of course.  Great craic, biscuits, cakes and stoves after the event, and congratulations to all the 2018 club league prize winners who collected their trophies afterwards - and not to mention Jacquie Laird the lone whistle player.  It was supposed to be a duet, but Rona spent too long in the forest....  

2019 Coaching and Training Needs Survey

Many thanks for completing the survey. A copy of the results, and some analysis on availability for coaching dates is here.  There is some good feedback.  A copy of the initial training squads is included.  Any errors please get back to me.  

We will aim to get some coaching dates sorted ASAP too, and you will be the first to know.  Unfortunately there is no single date that everyone can do, let alone three dates!

We have limited coaching manpower and also we are not experts in all these things either.  So to take some things forward we will need some external help.  There is a committee meeting in February where we can discuss this with those who hold the purse strings.

Can I ask that all coaching related emails are directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. That way they won’t disappear into an overloaded inbox of my personal emails.