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Purple Thistle 2008

Competition namePurple Thistle 2008
Start date20080823
End date20080824
CountryGreat Britain
Race typeNational
Nearest place or cityOban, Glasgow
Club/organizerNope Events
Region of countryArgyll, West Scotland
Number of competition days2
Expected number of runners500
WRE event?No
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Contact postal address11/6 Caledonian Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH11 2AW
Max distance from eventcentre to competitions10km
Event descriptionThe Purple Thistle returns to the fixtures calendar for 2008 and in true PT style we are giving you something new while visiting yet another top class area of Scotland. This year we are heading to the west coast to provide a great weekend of Barebones orienteering, allowing simple event organisation while providing an event of the highest quality, with a great atmosphere and enjoyment for all - including the organisers! So what's left for you is all that matters for quality orienteering - well planned courses using great maps in fantastic terrain, along with likeminded people enjoying a beautiful part of the country. It is only early days yet, but we will take you to (at least) two quality areas within easy reach of the accommodation. One of which is brand new, mapped especially for the event and located on an island within walking distance (via a boat) from the event centre! The other being an old favourite which will, as always, provide delightful orienteering. There will be five courses available each day, ranging from the 'Baby Thistle' which is suitable for beginners, to the technically and physically demanding 'Mighty Thistle' which will provide a classic orienteering test. As per usual we'll put together an accommodation and entries package to make your life as simple as possible, and all that will remain for you to do is put the Purple Thistle in your diary for summer 2008! With good transport links from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Oban, you can leave your car at home and take advantage of the cheap flights to Scotland... remember to book early though! You'll be able to enjoy a west coast welcome as we lay on other entertainment over the weekend, not to mention training opportunities in the week preceding the event. With the Scottish 6 Day International Festival of Orienteering being held in this area in 2011, it will be a great way to sample what is to come while taking in some top quality orienteering in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Terrain descriptionMore information to follow, but one of the areas is brand new, mapped especially for the event and located on an island within walking distance (via a boat) from the event centre! The other day will take place within 10km of the Event Centre & accomodation, offering an intricately contoured area with a mixture of natural oak woodland, birch forest and moorland.
Training possibilitiesPossibility of training nearby, or elsewhere in Scotland, prior to the event, more details to follow. Opportunity to organise your own training through the National Orienteering Centre - http://www.scottish-orienteering.org/index/natcen/
Holiday activities,nature,hiking etc.The sweeping mountains of Lorn create the perfect backdrop to the picturesque and bustling town of Oban, unofficial capital of the West Highlands and, as the main port for ferries departing to the Inner Hebrides, the 'Gateway to the Isles'. A short ferry trip from Oban takes you to one of Scotland's largest islands, the Isle of Mull. Disembarking at Craignure, those with a fascination for history can enjoy ancient Duart Castle - once home to the chief of the Clan MacLean and boasting spectacular views from its battlements - or Torosay Castle, the final destination of Scotland's first island passenger railway. Further west along the coast sits Mull's picturesque capital, Tobermory, with its gaily-painted buildings crowding around a peaceful bay. From Tobermory, continue travelling west to Dervaig, where the wildlife enthusiast can embark upon sightseeing cruises to the seabird havens of Fingal's Cave on Staffa, and the Treshnish Isles, as well as to the island of Iona, the birthplace of Celtic Christianity. Oban also provides regular and easy access to the other scattered islands of the Inner Hebrides: Coll, Tiree, Lismore and Kerrera. These are low-lying islands of golden sands and isolated beaches where wildlife lovers can discover the local flora and fauna, or enjoy the many excellent opportunities for surfing and sailing along the coasts of these most accessible, yet remote, of Scottish islands. Visit the following links for more information: http://www.visitscotland.com/sitewide/pdf/oban_mull_pdf http://www.visitscottishheartlands.com/areas/oban/outdoors/index.cfm
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