Saughton Park

Managed by the City of Edinburgh Council, Saughton Park covers 34 acres and has recently undergone a major restoration project. The northwest of the map has a large amount of flat open space with playing fields, athletics track, skateboard park (with the biggest skateboard track in Scotland) and play area. The southeast part covers the formal gardens, which have many detailed features including a large herbaceous border, flower and heather beds, rose gardens, a sunken Italian garden, a bandstand, and many yew hedges. There are various buildings including a café, toilets and winter gardens. The Water of Leith flows along the east side of the park.

In 1908, Saughton was the site of the great Scottish National Exhibition, and the park opened to the public in 1910.

More information can be found here  https://www.edinburghoutdoors.org.uk/featureDetails.php?id=123 and here  https://www.friendsofsaughtonpark.org/

Terrain: Parkland and playing fields

Parking: Small car park off Fords Road at the west end of the park. Grid Ref: NT219719  What3words: rested.pint.layers. Start and Finish through courtyard and past cafe.

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Further Information
Region: Scotland
Nearest Town: EDINBURGH
Postcode: EH11 3BQ
Carpark: EH11 3BQ
At least one wheelchair accessible route
Parkland
Suitable for beginners
Suitable for intermediate orienteerers
Formal gardens ; Credit: Crawford Lindsay
Formal gardens and glasshouses ; Credit: Crawford Lindsay
Herbaceous borders ; Credit: Crawford Lindsay
Playing fields and playpark ; Credit: Crawford Lindsay
The bandstand ; Credit: Les Dalgleish
Community vegetable beds ; Credit: Les Dalgleish
Maps Available From

This is not a POC (Permanent Orienteering Course) but the following VOCs are available as Maprun courses on a mobile phone, the control sites are “virtual” ie there are no markers or ”posts on the ground”. Other VOCs may be added in the future.

Full instructions for accessing/using the MAPrun software can be found here www.scottish-orienteering.org/get-involved/pocs/

There is a 2-step process

1. On MaprunF or Maprun6 click on Select Event then navigate to UK->Scotland->Edinburgh-> Saughton and then select the Course you want (See table below). Click on Go to Start to see map on your phone

2. Download map as a PDF from the Scottish Orienteering website, link for each course in the table below. Print this off to carry with you.

 

Maprun course names

Length

Download map link

Description

Saughton Long

 

4.0km

saughton-challenge-long

Surprisingly technical in the Walled Garden!

 

Saughton Short

2.4km

 

saughton-challenge-short

Pleasant easy course.

Saughton Scatter

 

As long or short as you like!

saughton-challenge-scatter

This course has been designed for our All-Ability- Adventure project so is wheel-chair friendly.

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