The Purple Thistle
August 18-19 2012
Arisaig, Lochaber, Scotland
General Info | Day 1 & 2 Event info
It is with great pleasure we welcome you back to another instalment of the Purple Thistle, and back to our roots where it all began on Arisaig where you can expect a warm west coast welcome.
While it isn’t a new area, Arisaig is sadly rarely used, having only seen action in 2001 with the Scottish 6 Days and 2005 when we started the Purple Thistle. So we're delighted that many of you are making the journey once again from across the UK, Europe and the World to join us for some barebones orienteering, and we hope the weather is kinder than last time we were here!
The barebones concept is all about taking the fuss out of event organisation as much as possible, while still providing an event of the highest quality, with a great atmosphere and enjoyment for all - including the organisers! So whats left for you is all that matters for quality orienteering (maps, courses, controls and electronic punching) and a bunch of likeminded people out to enjoy a weekend away from it all in a beautiful part of the country.
In light of this, the barebones concept stipulates that there can be no complaining throughout the weekend, but hopefully there will be nothing to complain about so this won't be a problem! However, please remember that this event has been put on by a bare minimum of people, a busy planning & organising team who are based across the UK (the organiser soon to be leaving for the other side of the world), along with a handful of dedicated people without whom this event wouldn't occur.
We would like to doff our caps to all those who lend a hand in staging the event, especially to the following people who have made the event possible:
- The local landowners, James Colston and in particular Alasdair Gilles whose farm and campsite is hosting the event
- Robin Strain for the preparation of SI kit and Interlopers for the loan of equipment
- All those we've managed to coerce into helping
- A very big thank you to James and Jess for planning, amidst a very busy few months!
Results will be on the website as soon as possible after the event, although we're staying in the area for a while afterwards so it'll depend on internet access! There should also be a report, photos, route analysis and discussion appearing on Nopesport.com as soon after the event as possible. We hope you enjoy your weekend on the west coast and have a delightful couple of days orienteering.
Organising Club: Auld Reekie Orienteering Society
Organiser/Controller: Andrew Brown
Planners: James & Jess Tullie
Queries: By e-mail, or 07917 821602 if urgent.
Please note: Competitors take part at their own risk!
Event Centre & Camping
The event centre and camping will be at Kinloid Farm, just north of Arisaig.
- The competition & event campsite will be based at Kinloid Farm, just beyond Arisaig which can be reached by taking the A830 "Road to the Isles" for Mallaig, which is off the A82, just north of Fort William. Arisaig is approximately 45 minutes drive from Fort William.
- Look for signs for Kinloid Farm/Camping just beyond the village.
Parking & Camping:
- Parking will be in a field on the left just before Kinloid farm, please look out for signs.
- Those of you camping at Arisaig should park and then pitch your tents in the field as shown in the map above. The campsite will be busy, so please make best use of available space. Please don’t park at the campsite.
- Anyone wishing to camp but not having already booked should also make this known to the organisers and we'll try and fit you in.We take no responsibility for you or your belongings on the campsite - look out for one another!
- Those who are not camping are reminded that there is a £1 car parking charge per day - Please have this to hand in at registration upon arrival if you haven't already paid online.
Toilets & Showers:
- As indicated on the map above, we ask that you remove all studded or muddy shoes when visiting the toilets.
- In Arisaig there are a number of eating options, the Rhú cafe and Harbour tea-rooms, as well as the Lodge Restaurant, and local Hotels all doing meals.
- There is a Spar in Arisaig for groceries.
- Compasspoint should hopefully be in attendance, for all your kit and equipment needs
Day 1 & 2: Arisaig
Directions: See general directions to the Event and Car parking
Registration & Download:
- This will be located at a cottage on the site after around 13:00 on Saturday, please look out for signs. We’ll be on the campsite before then!
- Hired SI cards and Baby Thistle maps will be available to pick up here. If you don’t need either, just make sure you sign out on your way to the start.
- After your race you must return to registration to download & sign back in - this is essential!
- Toilets are available at the campsite only, we ask that you remove all studded or muddy shoes when visiting the toilets.
- Signout at registration and follow tapes past the campsite, south under the railway bridge and follow the track up to the mast.
- Distance: 1km, 100m climb
- We don't do start times - it is a punching start.
- Saturday: The start will be open from 13.00-15.30, Courses Close at 17.00.
- Sunday: The start will be open from 10.00-12.30, Courses Close at 14.30.
- The start will be unmanned and, as it is a punching start, please leave a sensible gap between you and others on your course, it is no challenge following others!
Map & Course Details:
Day 1 Distance
Day 2 Distance
- Map produced by Deeside Orienteering & Leisure Maps in 2001
- All maps will be printed on waterproof paper.
- Descriptions will be printed on the maps only, there will not be separate descriptions available.
Finish - Courses Close at 17.00 on Saturday, 14:30 on Sunday:
- It is an unmanned finish, please punch to finish and return to event assembly and download following the tapes.
Important: You must return to assembly to sign back in and to download, even if you have retired etc. If you do not do this we will assume you are still out on the area!
Terrain & Planners comments:
- Arisaig is a large area of open moorland with intricate rock & contour detail and was last used at the 2005 Purple Thistle and at the Scottish 6 days in 2001, good running throughout with grass and heather covered ground and only minor areas of bracken. Should the weather be kind those who have time to enjoy their surroundings will be rewarded with fine views for miles around, including the sight of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna.
- Being open moorland, the area is exposed to the elements, and we would like to remind competitors that they take part at their own risk, and as such should be prepared for the elements that may be faced on an exposed hillside such as Arisaig. Please look after yourselves and others.
- In the event of very bad weather, we would recommend a waterproof is carried by all competitors.
- There will be no water on the course, and suggest that competitors may wish to carry water if necessary.
- Competitors are also asked to carry a whistle in case of emergency and to ensure that they sign themselves out on the way to the start.
- Results will be posted at download and copies will be brought along to prize-giving. They will also be available online after the weekend along with routegadget on the Purple Thistle website.
Social & Prizegiving
On Saturday evening, once we've moved some controls around for Sunday's race, come and join us for a well earned pint at the Arisaig Hotel, we'll try and get the prizegiving done around 20:00.
On Sunday we’ll try and dish out some prizes around 14:30.
We hope you enjoy the event.
All profits from the event will be going to support the Scottish Elite Development Squad