Calling all across East Lothian. Join in with a bit of Easter fun with our photo Orienteering #EasterOHunt.
7 towns across East Lothian have a map similar to below for Haddington with accompanying photos given a letter. The 7 towns are Dunbar; North Berwick; Haddington; Cockenzie/Port Seton; Prestonpans; Tranent and Musselburgh. All courses can be found on the link at the bottom of this page or by clicking on the town name above.

Prizes include Bushcraft, Trail Cycling, Mini-Expedition from Venturing Out; Wakeboarding from Foxlake and Surfing from Active Schools delivered by Coast to Coast surf school.

Your fun is to head out and navigate to the numbered points in your town and match the photo with the numbered pin.

Please share your efforts with photos and comments on social media mentioning your school and @ELOutdoorEd (twitter/ Instagram/ Facebook) and using the hashtag #EasterOHunt. Participation prizes will be awarded. (Open to all pupils at ELC schools) Please complete your course before the end of the school Easter holidays – by the 19th April. If you prefer you can email or post evidence of your participation.

Please do not post evidence of your answers – we may ask for answers only if you are chosen for a prize. Suitable evidence of participation may include photos of you out and about in your town by the control pictures or similar.

The courses and photos are able to be viewed online. Please only print if absolutely necessary and your are able to. If necessary you could ask your school to print off a copy for you.

We look forward to sharing your stories of discovering your town through a little bit of physical activity.

All of these courses have been developed by DR – a wonderful volunteer in Outdoor Learning and a fantastic orienteering coach.

All of the courses can be found at the link below. Any problems or feedback then please contact us outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk


North Berwick
Cockenzie and Port Seton

East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition – Wednesday 20th May 2020


2020 EL Schools’ Orienteering competition will take place at John Muir country Park.

This fantastic sporting opportunity is available to all Primary students from P4 to P7. A little previous experience through some orienteering training at school is required for entry – please talk to your PE specialist. Unlimited numbers so please feel free to bring along whole classes or even year groups. Entry is free. All P4/5 will be required to compete as pairs. P6/7 can decide whether to compete solo or as a pair.

Typical Course

John Muir Country Park. Bus parking available; toilets; beach; playpark. Walk/ Cycle from Dunbar /West Barns. If any school getting train we can arrange pick up and drop off from railway station. Buses stop at entrance to JMCP – 106,120, 130, 253 X7. The park is on the route National Cycle Network 76.

Wednesday the 20th May 2020. Competitors may arrive for registration anytime from 0900 to 1430. Course will close at 1530

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. In competitive orienteering the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route.

Regular participation in physical activity is associated with improved social skills, integration into peer groups and extending social networks for young people. It is also associated with reduced anxiety and improved self-esteem in young people…
British Heart Foundation (2014)

Orienteering Experiences and Outcomes across all Levels

The course itself will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Registration will take a couple of minutes and the walk to the start will take approximately 10 minutes. Pupils will be set off with at least a 30 second interval between each competitor. For 30 children expect to be on site for a minimum of 75 minutes. We will have other orienteering activities near registration and there is a play park on site and the wonders of the beach along with toilets – so feel free to plan to stay longer.

Results will be live at the venue throughout the day. Each competitor will receive a certificate and there will be opportunities promoted for taking their orienteering further with local club links

To take part
Please register your school with numbers and arrival time with Martyn – at mpegg@elcschool.org.uk by Friday 1st May

East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition/Festival

This years East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition occurs on World Orienteering Day – Wednesday 23rd May 2018. The secondary schools and staff competition will be held at the same venue (Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base) the next day – Thursday 24th May





All Primary pupils (P5 and above) are encouraged to enter. There will be three different courses for the differing age groups.

There will be 6 separate courses on the Friday for all year groups across the secondary range. (S1 to S6) Staff will be encouraged to compete on the S6 course.

Prizes will be offered to individuals and trophies to overall school winners.

Current Primary trophy holders are Pencaitland (P6), Aberlady (P5) and Whitecraig (P7)

As well as the competitive elemnet theere will also be representatives from local orienteering clubs and a number of self directed orienteering activities that you and your pupils can engage with.

Schools may register for the race at any time between 0930 and 1400. Start times will be given to be as soon as possible after registration. Schools bringing more than 20 pupils will be asked to register at a particular time slot through the day. This will be advised a month before the event.

In order to secure an entry for your school please

  • let us know of your intent to attend and approximate numbers of pupils attending by sending an email to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk marked Orienteering competition 2018 in the subject field

More information will be requested and given a month before the event.

Any questions or queries concerning either the Primary or Secondary event – please contact Martyn at Outdoor Learning

Results will be published online as soon as possible after the event (next working day). All courses will be using SportIdent timing equipment

These events can be used as a springboard to enter into the Scottish Schools Orienteering Competition (usually occurs on First Friday in June – more information to follow as soon as available)

Further Orienteering Success

On Friday the 2nd June some 17 youngsters from East Lothian competed with other athletes from across Scotland at the 2017 Scottish Schools Orienteering Competition.

All results are available to view here  However a summary is given below of our outstanding athletes here in East Lothian

1st place – Scottish Schools Champion – for Maja Robertson in P5/6 girls  Longniddry PS
1st place – Scottish Schools Champion – for Angus Wright in P7 boys  Law PS

2nd place to Colin Riley in p5/6 boys, of Pencaitland PS
3rd place to Joel Atkinson also Pencaitland PS (only 2 seconds behind Colin)
11th place to Innes Wright also in P5/6 boys Law PS – and that is out of 80 boys.

P7 boys
19th Mackenzie and Josh from Whitecraig PS
33rd Alex and Ross  Macmerry PS
35th James from Athelstaneford PS
36th  Findlay and Emily also from Athelstaneford PS

P7 girls
19th Maja  from Athelstaneford PS
23rd Emberlee and Erin from Macmerry PS
33rd Sammy and Mia from Whitecraig PS

For more photos please click on photo above.

Many thanks to Hanne Robertson for all her hard work as A Pe Teacher embedding Orienteering as part of school sport across East Lothian and thanks for parents who supported their child to partake.

See below for comment from one of the athletes on the day

Thank you for arranging to take us to the Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival in Drumpellier Country Park in Glasgow. It was great fun meeting other P6s and P7s from other schools in East Lothian who like to go orienteering and we had lots of laughs travelling together on the bus and chumming each other when we got there.  I felt kind of nervous when we got there and there were lots of big buses with kids from schools all over Scotland.  It was good to feel part of a team from East Lothian as I was the only one there from my school. It was good doing a warm-up together cheering each other in and afterwards playing football and having our packed lunches. I hope next year there might be some more friends from my school with me.
It was really funny when we were all standing at the start, feeling a bit nervous watching what to do and one of the boys shouted, “You’ve got to be kidding me, he is never a P7, that is not right!”,  pointing at a really tall guy at the start and my teacher said, “No, no, he will be a 5th or 6th year!”  We couldn’t stop laughing! We all thought it was only for primary school kids, but the competition is for P5/6/7 all the way up to 6th at High School.
I would still like to do this when I get to High School and I hope I meet these guys again and they keep going from all the different High Schools they will be going to.
Thanks again,

Best wishes,


Next years Scottish Schools event – usually first Friday in June – save the date!


Adventure Award Days – first steps toward World Championships

Adventure Award Days are now published for next year. These days give whole classes over the course over a day (or half) to experience some real world learning in a variety of outdoor sports. Who knows – the next Orienteering/ Bouldering/ Canoe Sprint world champion may be lurking in your class. Make sure everyone has the opportunity to unleash their hidden talent. Book by getting in touch with your Outdoor Learning Link teacher –

Martyn, Andy or Liz

The sessions listed below are open to all schools in East Lothian – will not affect any other allocation with Outdoor Learning. First to book a day chooses venue. Watersports (Kayak;Canoe;SUP;Sail), Climbing (Indoor and Outdoor), Orienteering all available.