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Case Study World-class Orienteering Culligran Estate
Case Study World-class Orienteering The first week in August 2015 saw 6000 competitors and many more fans of the sport from all corners of the world descend on Culligran Estate in Glen Strathfarrar. The Scottish 6 Days and World Orienteering Championships were held in the same week across the Highlands at Darnaway, Glen Affric, Achagour and Strathfarrar. Frank Spencer-Nairn hosted day two and said: “Here on Culligran Estate, we were delighted to welcome over 5,000 contestants to Glen Strathfarrar for Day 2 of the Scottish Orienteering Championships (“Scottish 6 Day”) held in conjunction with the World Orienteering Championships."

"After overnight rain, the sun shone and the glen sparkled. This was all totally new ground for the Orienteers. The Royal Engineers played a key role and installed two temporary bridges across the River Farrar, enabling the courses to go on to Struy Estate as well as Culligran. Helpful liaison with SSE resulted in a constant river flow being maintained for the duration of the competition. The parking for some 2000 cars was provided by Erchless Estate in a field by Struy Bridge from where the competitors and spectators had to walk in."

"All in all it was a great opportunity to showcase the magnificence of the Highlands and the resourcefulness of land managers and owners.”

Assistant Event Coordinator Colin Matheson, from Nairn, admitted the logistics of holding the events together across so many sites had taken almost 4 years to arrange and praised local estates for their support and encouragement.

The 71 Regiment of the Royal Engineer together with soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard erected three temporary bridges across the fast flowing River Farrar under the KAPE (keeping the Army in the Public Eye) and RUE (SDNG Reciprocal Unit Exchange) programs.

Norwegian Orienteers Kjell Svihus and Kristin Skadsem from Ganddal near Stavanger and her team enjoyed the challenges presented by the Highland landscapes. Kristen described Culligran as "Fantastic! Wet, like home but much greener and great for orienteering".

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