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Route out fun for all the family; Feel your life is lacking direction? Get a compass and have a go at orienteering. Even the kids can join in and you can all get fit and have fun at your own pace.

Byline: FIONA RUSSELL

ORIENTEERING

What is it? Orienteering involves walking or running while navigating with a map around a course to reach set points. It is one of the fastest-growing outdoor sports in Scotland and is ideal for all ages and fitness levels.

Tell me more Orienteers can participate for fun, fitness or in competitive races. Using a detailed map and compass, the aim is to get to all of the control points.

Orienteers must decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.

It can take place anywhere from forest and countryside to urban parks and city centres.

Anything else to know? This summer is an exciting one for Scotland as the World Orienteering Championships are in the Highlands and Moray.

Elite competitors will race against each other in a series of events around Inverness from July 31 to August 7. See w w w.woc2015.org

For amateurs, there's the chance to take part in a parallel series, the Scottish Six Days Orienteering Highland 2015.

There are events for all ages and abilities from August 2 to 8 in locations such as Glen Strathfarrar, Keppernach, Darnaway and Glen Affric. See www.scottish6days.com

Together, they are the largest orienteering events ever held in the UK. Paul McGreal, WOC

MAP OUT SUMMER AS SCOTLAND HOSTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

2015 event director, said: "I'm really excited about the opportunity WOC2015 brings, especially in helping to develop the sport at elite and club levels.

"The areas we are using for the races are incredible, including forest, moorland, mountain and urban terrain "WOC2015 in Scotland will present the sport in its true competitive, accessible light."

Who is it for? Orienteers compete in different age and ability categories so everyone can take part. There are permanent courses in country parks that can be enjoyed as a family or friends group.

When can we do it? All year round. See Scottish Orienteering at to find local clubs and events.

Cost? Many orienteering courses in parks are free or there is a small charge for the map. Clubs charge different membership fees and events start from a few pounds.

Anything else to do? Scottish Mountain Bike Orienteering. See www.smbo.org.uk

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ACHIEVEMENT At the finishing line of an orienteering race

RIGHT DIRECTION Reading a map

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 19, 2015
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